2001 Suzuki GSX750F from Canada
A lot of bike for not a lot of money
This is my first bike. A few people warned me that it may be too much bike, but the power is very smooth and manageable, and there is plenty of it.
I have put 4500km on the bike in about 5 months. No problems so far. I use the bike to commute to work and the occasional pleasure cruise.
I am a big guy. 6 feet and 280 pounds, and I find the bike comfortable enough. The longest trip I can go on the bike without a break is about an 1 1/2 hours. Lighter guys may be more comfortable.
My only gripe is the bike doesn't run well when it's cold, but it's a carbed bike so I can't complain too much about that.
I love the rounded full-faired style.
This bike is a lot of bang for the buck. I would recommend it to anyone.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2010
Nice... I started riding in May 2010, and I own a GS500E... I put over 9000kms on it over the season, and enjoyed every one of them... I am looking for a bike that has more leg room and more power, but I don't want to scare myself... I was looking at getting a Bandit, but I like the idea of insuring a 750cc bike instead of a 1200cc...
The reviews of the bike are quite good, and yours obviously confirms this. I was glad to find your review, since we are the same size (5'11 @ 275lbs), so it tells me that the bike is comfortable enough for me.
Do you feel that this is a good second bike, or do you feel that the power will be lacking by the end of the first season with it... I guess I'm asking if you are going to keep riding this bike, or are you looking to upgrade next season?
Original review poster here.
Well you will definitely notice more power vs. the 500. This bike would be a good step up, but probably won't cost you too much more than the 500 to insure.
It's funny you mention about the Bandit, because my Dad (who is 62) loves his Bandit. I find it has a much more upright riding style than the Katana, and find my tailbone gets sore after about an hour on it. It has an incredible amount of power though. All the power in the Bandit is lower in the RPM range than the Katana.
At the end of the riding season last year, the engine was a little 'pingy', but I did a valve adjustment on it over the winter, and it purrs like a kitten again.
My personal belief is you can't go wrong with a Katana. Cheap to run, reliable, and comfortable.
Have fun out there!