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post #1 of 16 Old 04-15-2017, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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My 01 zx6r is officially mine

So I picked it up yesterday and rode the heck out of her. I love it! So smooth. And coming from a cruiser I'm impressed. The riding position isn't that much harder to get used to. And the corners are amazing. However she's going to need fork seals and an oil change but she looks pretty good for her age. Let me know what ya think!


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post #2 of 16 Old 04-15-2017, 08:05 PM
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Nice... how did you find her
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Congrats on your new to you ride. Looks pretty good, from the one photo. I like the engine covers sticking through the fairing--- much less likely to whack the entire fairing in a tip over that way, the case should take at least some of the hit, much like a slider would.

Ergos aren't as severe as later renditions -- the clip ons look like they are above the top triple, the mirrors are mounted higher on the fairing, the seat is nice and flat and broad.

Can't tell what kind of shape the chain is in -- how many miles on the bike?

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Congrats on your new to you ride. Looks pretty good, from the one photo. I like the engine covers sticking through the fairing--- much less likely to whack the entire fairing in a tip over that way, the case should take at least some of the hit, much like a slider would.



Ergos aren't as severe as later renditions -- the clip ons look like they are above the top triple, the mirrors are mounted higher on the fairing, the seat is nice and flat and broad.



Can't tell what kind of shape the chain is in -- how many miles on the bike?


Chain is in good shape. But I'm doing a chain and sprocket swap soon anyways. But the bike has 23,000 miles


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Does the back tire look as good as the front? That looks like new or almost new rubber. With any bike, it's a really good idea to replace all the fluids ASAP, so you know where you are time wise.

If it doesn't already have them, you would benefit tremendously by swapping the front OEM brake lines to braided ones.

If I may ask, what was the cruiser you rode before this?
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Does the back tire look as good as the front? That looks like new or almost new rubber. With any bike, it's a really good idea to replace all the fluids ASAP, so you know where you are time wise.



If it doesn't already have them, you would benefit tremendously by swapping the front OEM brake lines to braided ones.



If I may ask, what was the cruiser you rode before this?


They are OEM Lines and I like your idea of the braided ones I hadn't thought about that. The front tire is a pirelli diablo 2 I think and it is new. The rear one is a tomahawk t3 and it's so/so
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Does the back tire look as good as the front? That looks like new or almost new rubber. With any bike, it's a really good idea to replace all the fluids ASAP, so you know where you are time wise.



If it doesn't already have them, you would benefit tremendously by swapping the front OEM brake lines to braided ones.



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They are OEM Lines and I like your idea of the braided ones I hadn't thought about that. The front tire is a pirelli diablo 2 I think and it is new. The rear one is a tomahawk t3 and it's so/so [...]
In addition to changing the brake lines for braided, I'd suggest changing out that rear tyre for a matching Diablo II. Mismatched rubber is not the greatest idea. Good tyres and braided lines are great options without turning it into a money pit.

I always loved the G most, but the J comes a close second.

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In addition to changing the brake lines for braided, I'd suggest changing out that rear tyre for a matching Diablo II. Mismatched rubber is not the greatest idea. Good tyres and braided lines are great options without turning it into a money pit.



I always loved the G most, but the J comes a close second.



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You probably won't be able to notice whether the rear is squared off at this point -- I don't know who makes a tire called tomahawk, so I assume it is a tire from a less well known mfg. If you can see noticeable wear, I'd consider changing the rear so you are on roughly the same point in tire life front to back.

Going through the bike and getting all of the time related services done would be a really good place to start. Coolant flush, brake fluid flush, air and oil filters, and probably look at the valve clearances. The shop manual is a priceless tool, for all of this. The battery may be questionable, on a 15 year old bike -- I can't see how that would not have been replaced at least once, at this point. If it hasn't, it almost certainly needs to be.

Nimble, smooth, and pretty darn quick.... that's what you should be experiencing. Making that repeatable is the goal.
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You probably won't be able to notice whether the rear is squared off at this point -- I don't know who makes a tire called tomahawk, so I assume it is a tire from a less well known mfg. If you can see noticeable wear, I'd consider changing the rear so you are on roughly the same point in tire life front to back.
I'd never heard of Tomahawk tyres either (they're definitely not a reputable brand in the UK), so I thought I'd look them up.

It turns out, they're used tyres that have been stripped to the carcass and new rubber put on top. According to the source, they're not technically a retread, but they are dirt cheap.

It's entirely up to you, but I wouldn't fit a "re-used" tyre any more than I'd reuse engine oil or brake fluid. When you're putting your wellbeing into a few inches of contact with the ground, my recommendation is to make sure it's something good. I'm not daft enough to start a 'Which tyre is best?' war on a forum, but my recommendation is to stick with known brands and make sure they match.
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TBH, OP,

First and foremost should be getting the fork sorted out. That's an immediate safety risk.

If its got to come apart for seals, go ahead and toss in the proper springs for your weight and riding style. Most 600cc bikes went with springs that are much too soft, which helps with ride quality at the expense of handling. Seems like the Japanese engineers, and quality people all weighed at least 40 lbs less than the typical North American, and selected springs that were 'just right' for a rider who weighs around 140 lbs in full riding gear.
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TBH, OP,

First and foremost should be getting the fork sorted out. That's an immediate safety risk.

If its got to come apart for seals, go ahead and toss in the proper springs for your weight and riding style. Most 600cc bikes went with springs that are much too soft, which helps with ride quality at the expense of handling. Seems like the Japanese engineers, and quality people all weighed at least 40 lbs less than the typical North American, and selected springs that were 'just right' for a rider who weighs around 140 lbs in full riding gear.
This is also an area that just about everyone ignores. I've opened up the forks on bikes I've bought, and found fork oil that was 'factory', but sure as hell wasn't 'factory-fresh'. If you're going to replace the fork seals, do as RJ recommended and change the springs for your weight/riding style, but don't ignore the fact that fork oil is available in different weights which can be mixed to better suit without needing to go whole hog and change the shim stacks, etc as well.

Personally, I reset the suspension to stock settings and:

1. Ride
2. Note what needs to be adjusted in terms of preload, rebound, compression.
3. Adjust
4. Repeat

If you're within a couple of clicks of reaching maximums, you'll know that springs/oil weights/air gap/shim stacks/valves will need changing. It means your ride is safer, more comfortable and you'll be a hell of a lot faster than any exhaust/jetting/Power Commander mod will ever make you.

I'd recommend swapping out that rear tyre for a matching Diablo II before you go for suspensions setup, as this will have a big effect on what will need changing.

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