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post #1 of 15 Old 07-29-2016, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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New Rider from Dubai!

Hi everyone,

Originally from Canada, I have moved to Dubai for work. It was always a dream for me to own a bike, but could never justify due to high costs and short riding season in Canada. Also because i don't know how to ride and all the news/videos of bike crashes, i always feared it.
I wanted to conquer that fear. I also wanted to eventually commute on a bike to avoid the heavy traffic on the highway.

So I signed up for full riding classes in Dubai and passed in my second attempt. Although they trained us on 125CC bikes that are used by delivery riders.

My background, i have worked as a part-time mechanic in my dad's garage. Currently I'm in IT. I'm 6ft4 tall rider.

I picked up a used 05 zx6r as my first bike. Just brought her home early in the morning as I avoid riding with cars at the moment till i get comfortable with the bike. Drivers here are aggressive and don't respect riders. This morning i almost got hit by a driver at a round-about. Also, its really hot here during the day.

i didn't name her yet. She got 27k on her. Looks a little beat-up, some paint cracks, chain kinda looks a little loose, tires have to replace by sept when the weather is better for riding. But since i don't know a lot about bikes, I might take her to the kawasaki dealership to do an assessment of what needs to be done.

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Hi everyone,

Originally from Canada, I have moved to Dubai for work. It was always a dream for me to own a bike, but could never justify due to high costs and short riding season in Canada. Also because i don't know how to ride and all the news/videos of bike crashes, i always feared it.
I wanted to conquer that fear. I also wanted to eventually commute on a bike to avoid the heavy traffic on the highway.

So I signed up for full riding classes in Dubai and passed in my second attempt. Although they trained us on 125CC bikes that are used by delivery riders.

My background, i have worked as a part-time mechanic in my dad's garage. Currently I'm in IT. I'm 6ft4 tall rider.

I picked up a used 05 zx6r as my first bike. Just brought her home early in the morning as I avoid riding with cars at the moment till i get comfortable with the bike. Drivers here are aggressive and don't respect riders. This morning i almost got hit by a driver at a round-about. Also, its really hot here during the day.

i didn't name her yet. She got 27k on her. Looks a little beat-up, some paint cracks, chain kinda looks a little loose, tires have to replace by sept when the weather is better for riding. But since i don't know a lot about bikes, I might take her to the kawasaki dealership to do an assessment of what needs to be done.

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Thanks for reading this!
She is pretty! Much potential! Have fun, be safe and welcome!!
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Dang Dubai? I'd figure you'd be riding an rsv4, h2, or just something super expensive.


Welcome tho man!!
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Not me man, i'm not that rich! got a family to take care of.
the max i would go is street fighter like the yamaha z10!
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She is pretty! Much potential! Have fun, be safe and welcome!!
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Dang Dubai? I'd figure you'd be riding an rsv4, h2, or just something super expensive.


Welcome tho man!!
Not me man, i'm not that rich! got a family to take care of.
the max i would go is street fighter like the yamaha fz10 once i get some riding experience under my belt.
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Welcome, Jaber.

Getting to know your bike is an important part of staying safe on the bike.... knowledge is power.

First thing I would recommend is to download the shop manual for your bike, so you have it as a reference. If you have a garage to keep the bike in, you then also have space to do some of the maintenance on it.

If you are like me as your Dad was a mechanic, you also know your way around a wrench. Priceless.

Get to know what is actually appropriate for setting the slack in the chain, and at the clutch lever. These items are frequently too tight, which causes undue wear.

If you are unfamiliar with maintaining a chain, odds are fair that there is an issue waiting in that area. Get us some close up pictures of the chain, and of the rear sprocket.

The shop manual shows you what the inspection marks are for the brake pads -- that's a bit more advanced than the most basic inspection; first thing you need to do is inspect the brake fluid..... if you can see colour in it, it has probably passed it's peak performance.

Has the bike you bought spent it's life in Dubai? Seems like it would be a fairly harsh, dusty environment. That's tough on rubber parts and air filters. I would give some consideration to replacement brake lines, and would recommend close inspection of the air filter -- if you want to run the OEM paper design, I'd order one up. If you don't use it now, it would be good to have on hand for when you do need it.

Oil and coolant changes are pretty routine.... if you have the time and patience, those are tasks that should be easily within your skill set.

If this is your first street bike, odds are good it will eventually have a sideways parking moment.... the most important thing to protect is you so buy the best gear you can afford for that, and then give some thought to protecting the vital bits of the bike.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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As for the loose chain, they do look loose even when properly adjusted. Mine just about touches the swingarm up front when no one is on the bike.

Once I'm seated, it tightens up. It needs to be this loose so it's not over-tight when you really compress the suspension.

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Welcome, Jaber.

Getting to know your bike is an important part of staying safe on the bike.... knowledge is power.

First thing I would recommend is to download the shop manual for your bike, so you have it as a reference. If you have a garage to keep the bike in, you then also have space to do some of the maintenance on it.

If you are like me as your Dad was a mechanic, you also know your way around a wrench. Priceless.

Get to know what is actually appropriate for setting the slack in the chain, and at the clutch lever. These items are frequently too tight, which causes undue wear.

If you are unfamiliar with maintaining a chain, odds are fair that there is an issue waiting in that area. Get us some close up pictures of the chain, and of the rear sprocket.

The shop manual shows you what the inspection marks are for the brake pads -- that's a bit more advanced than the most basic inspection; first thing you need to do is inspect the brake fluid..... if you can see colour in it, it has probably passed it's peak performance.

Has the bike you bought spent it's life in Dubai? Seems like it would be a fairly harsh, dusty environment. That's tough on rubber parts and air filters. I would give some consideration to replacement brake lines, and would recommend close inspection of the air filter -- if you want to run the OEM paper design, I'd order one up. If you don't use it now, it would be good to have on hand for when you do need it.

Oil and coolant changes are pretty routine.... if you have the time and patience, those are tasks that should be easily within your skill set.

If this is your first street bike, odds are good it will eventually have a sideways parking moment.... the most important thing to protect is you so buy the best gear you can afford for that, and then give some thought to protecting the vital bits of the bike.
Thanks RJ!
The bike is originally from UK, but has spent about 5 years in Dubai.
Since I'm a beginner and didn't want to fool around without some expert checking the bike out first(and its extremely hot here lately, 110 farenheit) I found a good bike mechanic which i took with list of issues i saw:
Some of the issues it had:
-Small oil leak. Upon opening the fairings, it was leaking from both size and tiny leak from header. It was dropped and they did some shitty welding to control the leak. This mechanic cleaned up the welding and painted the covers.
-Hand break lever was too soft, something wrong with the master cylinder.
It was actually from a CBR and had some O rings that were leaky. Replaced it.
-Chain was loose and noisy when you shake it. It was definitely gone, so replaced that. Sprockets looked good so kept those. code on it was 520, replaced with a japanese brand called EK.
-and lastly the infamous issue with Kawasaki as I have read and heard many times is overheating. Got the rad flushed,cleaned, but still the bike is reaching high temps. The weather is not helping either. I might remove the thermostat completely to allow full flow.

since its hot here, I see lots of squids. But I don't give a shit, I always wear my Alpine textile jacket, shoes and gloves. Need to get some good pants with armour though.
Has anyone tried a cooling vest like Glaciertek? it keeps you at a cool temp for at least 2-3 hours.
Apparently Kawasaki bikes here are not popular due to parts availability. so I have a rare bike.
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I want to live in dubai! How can I get a job there too!
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