A good all round motorcycle if your budget is low, and you want to keep running costs down
Sticking front brake piston.
Headlight aim is way too high, and doesn't want to adjust.
For the age of the bike the acceleration is good, I think the bike has around 87Bhp at the back wheel, this is good for a 600CC, and the bike is quite small.
I'm 6'2 and I find the riding position extremely comfortable. The seat is good, and the handlebars are in a good position.
Mirror position is excellent, no need to move your arms to see behind you.
The front brake problem was easily rectified by a strip down of the calliper and a rebuild.
The suspension is good, and makes for comfortable riding over long distances.
I don't like the fact that the headlight is always on, but that's what happens when you buy an import.
The engine is as reliable as it gets, with regular oil/filter changes the bike will take a regular beating, and will have no trouble in sending the needle into the red area.
I do find the rear end of the bike twitchy in the wet. That was easily cured though by removing the Bridgestone rear tyre and fitting a Continental TKV12.
Fuel consumption is on average 50Mpg, not bad for a bike that will tour and also race on the local roads.
Nice clutch, I'm not fond of hydraulic clutches, it was nice to get back onto a bike with a cable clutch.
I have a full stainless exhaust system fitted to the bike, as I use it all year round, the silencer is a Chrome MOTAD version.
Chain and sprockets are fairly cheap for this type of bike. I have a DID X-ring fitted. Which will probably outlast the life of the bike.
The bike does look somewhat dated now due to its age, and its design does lack that of the newer style machines. But, if you're a lover of the big K, then that's something you like about the bike.
Rear footrests are in a good position for the passenger. My girlfriend is 5'11 and she has no issues with the bike, and it also has a good grab rail position.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2005