Question about 1988 Suzuki GSX 600 F (Katana)

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I'm a first time buyer and i'm intersted in buying what i was told is called a susuki katana 650. Ive ridden before but my knowledge as far as brands and models is concerned is slack. Basically the price wanted for this bike is not high at all, it's a 1988 model, it has a problem with charging the battery when riding (which has been replaced three times) wich tells me it might not be the battery that's the problem, it jumps out of 2nd gear at 4000rpm and apparently takes a few seconds for the bike to get up to speed per gear after a sudden ****, maybe the carb or timing? I need advice on what exactly these problems might be and what sort of cost i'm looking at to get the bike in a good running condition.

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There are some problems with the alternator which charges the battery. Not a huge problem, but added to the other issues I would pass. Rebuild of carbs will help with the acceleration, but it also sounds like it needs a transmission rebuild as well. It shouldn't pop out of gear it either has bad syncros or gears in the transmission. Cost to fix this will be more than the added price of a newer well running bike. Unless of course you can do it yourself.

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