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just got my 96 katana 600

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as the title says i just got my 96 gsx600f and i could use some advice

1) i haven't really been on a bike this big before can someone please explain why neutral is between first and second?

2) Also how effective are sliders? will the just protect the bike or will the stop the bike from crushing my leg if i go down?

3) what shoes are the best i was thinking of getting yellow construction worker's boots, but now im thinking it will be harder to shift in them

4) is there a place i can strap the helmet to the bike so i don't have to carry it with me everywhere?

5) do any of you guys know where i can get a owners manual for this bike? (over the internet and free would be the best)

6) what kind of protection do you reccomend? (right now i have a body armor jacket a helmet and i was thinking about buying kneepads/shin guards to wear under my pants)

7) i bought it used with about 18,000 miles on it is there anything that will need to be replaced soon like the chain?

any info you guys could give me would be great didn't take the MSF yet i just want to drive it around before i have to take the test also just finished reading "Proficient Motorcycling" highly reccomend it. they cover alot of stuff people normally wouldn't think twice about
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I got a 95 Katana 750 about a month ago and have been enjoying it a lot.

1) Take the MSF!!!

3) I wear those work boots, but I am looking for motorcycle boots. Unfortunately I have not found any I like. Well, I did find a pair I liked, but I felt they offered less protection than my work boots.

4) If you have "D" rings on your helmet you can lock it to your bike by taking off the seat and placing the "D" ring over a peg you will find there. Replace the seat and the helmet is locked. Its a pain, but it can be done. Unfortunately I have a quick connect and can't use this feature. Do you know how to take off the seat?

5) Try eBay. The owners manual is out of print for that bike (oldest manual in print is for a 98) so you will need to find someone selling their old one. I lucked out and found a guy selling it the same day I bought the bike
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I would put in fresh gas. Who knows how long that gas has been in there. next, what position is the gas switch in. With so little gas in the tank, it might need to be on the reserve setting (not ON which is the one that can flood the engine).

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