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post #1 of 166 Old 04-22-2016, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Bought my second bike about a month ago... 2011 Ninja ZX6R

I believe it is pretty stock, has an M4 exhaust and frame sliders. I am wanting to learn a little bit more about what I need to do for up keep, aside from basic oil changes and tires. (Owned my last bike in 08)

Also what are some other modifications I can do?
Are short levers worth buying?

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Look at mad scientist moto for levers. He's a forum member here.

If you don't have them already I highly suggest stainless brake lines . That's typically my first mod on a bike.

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Welcome. Good to know you're a female, that is very relevant.

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Look at mad scientist moto for levers. He's a forum member here.

If you don't have them already I highly suggest stainless brake lines . That's typically my first mod on a bike.
Are stainless brake lines pretty easy to install yourself?
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Yes very. Lots of online videos bit it's basically on bolt the old lines and bolts new ones one. Hardest part will be bleeding the brakes after. Which is also easy but can be a bit annoying.

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Yes very. Lots of online videos bit it's basically on bolt the old lines and bolts new ones one. Hardest part will be bleeding the brakes after. Which is also easy but can be a bit annoying.
Awesome thanks! Seems modifications to bikes are easier than trucks.
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Awesome thanks! Seems modifications to bikes are easier than trucks.
For sure. I work on my bike a lot. Can do shit on cars
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Welcome, Ashlee.

The best mods you can do to the bike, are actually to the rider. Training, training, training. Then buy gear. Then buy cold weather gear so you can ride more of the year without suffering. A good tankbag is IMHO one of the most versatile purchases you can make.

A taller windscreen may make longer trips more peaceful, especially at speed.
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Welcome, Ashlee.

The best mods you can do to the bike, are actually to the rider. Training, training, training. Then buy gear. Then buy cold weather gear so you can ride more of the year without suffering. A good tankbag is IMHO one of the most versatile purchases you can make.

A taller windscreen may make longer trips more peaceful, especially at speed.
I live in Texas so I don't think cold weather will be too much of a problem.
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Pics pics pics pics pics where them at.
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Mods are a personal touch. I think if you spend a little time perusing these forums you will find more than enough ideas to keep you busy (and your wallet empty) for quite some time :-p

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Being a newcomer and female I feel the need to state that we ask this of EVERY new member, and we are looking for BIKE pictures :-p
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I'm a 12 month rider in Texas (waves from Lewisville) and I promise, the right gear makes winter riding in Texas much more pleasing. Welcome aboard!
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I love short levers. I use one finer on the front brake and two on the clutch. Cheap Chinese knockoffs work great too. Cheap and Good. My favorite combo.
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I live in Texas so I don't think cold weather will be too much of a problem.
Not trying to sound like I am lecturing; you will make the call as you see fit, as is your right...... long story, sorry for that.

The MSF teaches that it is always a good idea to dress for the crash. That's the one thing that you really cannot completely plan for -- taking steps to limit damage is something that many don't do a very good job of.

More gear means more material to wear away if you end up sliding on pavement, that isn't YOU. I've been adding to my collection for the last 15 years.

When I lived in OR and WA, I had heavy gear for winter. A textile jacket with liner, insulated riding pants, balaclava, insulated boots, heavy gloves.

Summer temps rarely pushed past 70 or 80, so I could use that same jacket with all the vents open and not overheat. Had to go to lighter gloves, boots, and ditched the accessories, but still had a fair amount of padding and armor between me and the road.

Now in VA, I have mesh gear with armor for summer riding. My perforated leather jacket with armor works in the spring and fall and I go back and forth on what riding pants to wear.

All my gear now has CE2 rated armor pucks in the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, and most of the time a spinal protector. Even my gloves have armor over the knuckles.

I seem to have an incident where I end up on the ground roughly every 3 riding seasons. This has held true throughout the period I have been riding on the street, which spans from 1985 to now.

Having slid on pavement in everything from 1) a tee shirt and corduroy pants, to (6th or 7th crash) armored jacket pants, gloves, boots, and a good FF helmet --- it's a lot easier on your body with gear.

The gist of this is that if you have heavy gear and it's comfortable in the conditions you are riding in, that's a much, much, much better choice than going 'light'.

I for one appreciate a bare midriff -- 'speically one without a 'muffin top' ---

But it's much harder on me looking at hamburger where that midriff once was.
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