Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Austin, TX
Motorcycle: 1990 GSXF750 + 1999 GSX-R750 + 2004 SV650S
Re: 99-05 GSX Katana cooling issues?
My first bike was a 90 Katana 750. Then when I bought the SRAD, my wife inherited it. Like SRADIATOR said, it's air/oil cooled. 88-97 are pretty much the same, But I think 90 and on were shim style valves. The 600s have a different subframe than the 750s. In 98, they redesigned the bike. The 03s got a new tail with the same tail light as the Busa.
The engines are practically bulletproof. The bike is extremely reliable and a great commuter with the occasional run on the twisties.
Now for the bad: the bike is heavy in comparison to any other SS bike. Not so heavy that my wife can't handle it, but you definitely feel it. The other complaint she has is the levers are too far away for her small hands.
If you get the "pre-98" Katana, watch out for the second gear issue. A lot of them had issues where it would pop out of second gear. Most of that was due to rider abuse, but there was an underlying problem with some. That's the only real issue I can think of.
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Last edited by paradoxmd; 04-20-2008 at 11:55 PM.