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.
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.
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