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post #1 of 30 Old 01-10-2017, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Dubai!

Hey Guys!

My name is Sam and I'm based in Dubai. Lurked around this forum for a few days and had to sign up eventually. I've always been into fast cars, enjoyed track days and canyon runs but was never attracted to bikes for some reason, guess I was too intimidated by them. I know a few guys who hurt themselves badly on bikes and guess that steered me away, until I flew to Thailand earlier last December, Phuket to be precise, and that turned my life around.

I spent the first night walking around. It didn't take me long to realize I needed something a little quicker to move around and explore more of the island. I ended up "sucking it up" and renting a 125cc Honda Scooter. I was a little hesitant at first due to my zero experience on two wheels and them driving on the wrong side of road. Spent some time in a parking lot getting used to it and off I went! Not gonna lie, it did help that it was an auto. Excuse the horrible pic:

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I must admit though, this little bugger was a lot more fun than I anticipated. Only problem is it struggled going uphill, especially on some of the steep slopes where cars behind me would go nuts and threaten to run me over. After two weeks of maxing out this scooter, I decided it was time to upgrade to something with a little more juice. A quick google search sent me to a retired French guy who rents bikes for a living. I started reading up online on what all the pedals, levers and handlebars did and off to him I went full of confidence. It didn't take long for him to realize I knew sh!t about sportbikes and wouldn't let me rent anything other than a Ninja 250. I signed the papers and started practicing and stalling in his parking lot, 30 mins later, I was on the road with the biggest smile on my face. From that moment on, I knew I was hooked. Between the gorgeous roads and the handling on this bike, I was riding for hours every day.

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I put 1,000 km's on the 250 in 5 days (paid a hefty excess mileage penalty - worth every penny) and got confident on this thing real quick and wanted more power. I also wanted to ride up to the Big Budda and while the 250 may have done, I was looking for an excuse to upgrade. French dude wouldn't let me rent a faster bike fearing I was gonna kill myself and damage his bike, so I picked up a Ninja 650 from another dude with an Akrapovic exhaust and man did that thing sound mean. I didn't like the way it sat too much (preferred the 250's sportier stance) but it was still a ton of fun to ride.

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I had to return the 650 as I was flying back to Dubai and the moment I got back here, I started my bike and riding gear shopping. Spent the day boring salespeople at Yamaha, Suzuki & Honda but eventually my heart settled for Kawasaki! I just couldn't resist the way it looked and felt. I rode off in a 2017 ZX6R KRT Edition and man did I never look back! I can't believe I have been missing out for all these years. I never in my life thought a 0.6 Liter 4-banger could be so much fun!

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The first thing I noticed though is that the bike was too quiet, so an M4 GP exhaust is making its way here (praying I don't get an FI from disconnecting the servo). That rear fender mess also has to go as well so I ordered a fender eliminator and some frame sliders while I was at it. Also getting a leather suit soon to start tracking my bike before the weather gets too hot in summer. Interesting times ahead indeed!

I just realized I got too happy with my keyboard. Apologies for the long intro and looking forward to learning more from you guys and sharing 6R experiences. Damn, All this talk has got me itching for a ride now.

Sam
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post #2 of 30 Old 01-10-2017, 01:47 PM
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Welcome! Definitely sounds like you've drank the Kool-Aid. Might as well dig a whole in your back yard and start throwing all you money into it haha

I (along with many others here) am so in love with this sport. Sounds like you'll fit right in

As far as the servo motor goes, just disconnect the wires that go to the exhaust and leave the motor plugged in and you wont get an FI light. If you want to remove the motor completely you'll need to get your ECU flashed or get a servo buddy.
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Welcome to the forum..
I'll leave the addiction out until you get a half dozen track days under you belt..
Imagine it get's flat crazy hot there. Please gear up..
Hot is better than road rash or hospital stays..


Great newbie introduction. Pictures,, or it didn't happen.
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Thanks for the welcome guys! Definitely good to be on here.

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Welcome! Definitely sounds like you've drank the Kool-Aid. Might as well dig a whole in your back yard and start throwing all you money into it haha
Funny you say that, because I thought getting a bike is a smart way to save money. Hear me out:

A decent set of four tires on my Corvette sets me back $1500 give or take vs $350 on my ZX6R.
A decent catback on my Corvette is around $1500 as well, weighs a ton and costs a kidney to ship to Dubai. $328 for my M4 Exhaust and another $70 to ship to Dubai.

And the best part is, the ZX6R is easily 2-3 times more fun to ride than the Vette. Now tell me this is not a bargain?

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Welcome to the forum..
I'll leave the addiction out until you get a half dozen track days under you belt..
Imagine it get's flat crazy hot there. Please gear up..
Hot is better than road rash or hospital stays..
Amen to that. I am already fully geared up but am getting a custom leather suit for the track. Eye'ing to pop my cherry on Feb 2nd.

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Can you not see the ones I posted? I uploaded 5 attachments and posted them.
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Nice, what sort of Vette do you have? I've had a few. I'm guessing they wouldn't be that common over in Dubai either? I used to think I was pretty passionate about Vettes (used to track days and all sorts) until I got into motorcycles. Needless to say both my sportscars usually have flat batteries when I go to start them due to lack of use.

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Nice, what sort of Vette do you have? I've had a few. I'm guessing they wouldn't be that common over in Dubai either? I used to think I was pretty passionate about Vettes (used to track days and all sorts) until I got into motorcycles. Needless to say both my sportscars usually have flat batteries when I go to start them due to lack of use.

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Haha I can't blame you at all! My Vette has been abandoned ever since I got my bike as well, only reason I drive it now is because I can't carry my gym bag on my bike haha

Currently driving a C7 Z51, dealer was out of M/T's unfortunately so I sucked it up and got an 8speed - major regret afterwards, will be my first and last sport car with two pedals. Will be getting rid of it in May for sure. They are pretty common in Dubai as well.
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Wow, you have dealers there (we don't)! They're still pretty rare over here. I think we have like 5 C7s in the entire country. I've switched to Nissans now but still have a '74 Stingray project car to get moving one day.

PS: I can carry a gym-bag on my back https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ach-5-backpack

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Wow, you have dealers there (we don't)! They're still pretty rare over here. I think we have like 5 C7s in the entire country. I've switched to Nissans now but still have a '74 Stingray project car to get moving one day.
Sweet! I love C3 Vette's. Which Nissan did you switch to?

I've personally had it with project cars to be honest. I had an RB30/26 with a PTE 6266 swapped into my G37 and man did that car spend most of time on recovery trucks, real money pit there. It was so much fun when it worked though.

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Man that is one sweet looking bag!! It doesn't look like it'll fit 16oz gloves, shin guards and a change of clothes though haha
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Sweet! I love C3 Vette's. Which Nissan did you switch to?
300Z and 350Z. Neither of these vehicles has a tow bar, so I have to ride my Kwaka to a track day which is like 1.5 hours away. I sometimes wish I liked more practical cars but sod it, Sports bikes and Sports cars are where it is at.

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I've personally had it with project cars to be honest. I had an RB30/26 with a PTE 6266 swapped into my G37 and man did that car spend most of time on recovery trucks, real money pit there. It was so much fun when it worked though.
Wish I had more time (and money like you say!). The '74 needs all the fluids done, carb rebuilt, new battery, tyres, steering re-done. Lot of work. It's there waiting. Maybe when I get bored with the bikes.

I doubt it will have moved by next Xmas.

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Man that is one sweet looking bag!! It doesn't look like it'll fit 16oz gloves, shin guards and a change of clothes though haha
I don't know, I get a full set of clothes, visor, gloves, sneakers etc. in there (massively into fitness - my other passion). I got the Carbon Fibre one and because my ZX6R has so much carbon on it, people comment and ask if it came with the bike.

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They are there now.. Have no idea..

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Would love to drive a C7 (especially a Z51)! Funnily enough I started on a Ninja 250R (WTF is the "R" for?! Haha), then straight to a 2010 ZX6R. My partner had one of those Ninja 650s...and hers had "restricted power", not that great of a bike. Take the 6R to the track, you'll have a blast. They're a weapon...

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Welcome, that's a sweet ride!! Like others have said be prepared to start spending some serious $...it has only just begun!
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Funny you say that, because I thought getting a bike is a smart way to save money. Hear me out:

A decent set of four tires on my Corvette sets me back $1500 give or take vs $350 on my ZX6R.
A decent catback on my Corvette is around $1500 as well, weighs a ton and costs a kidney to ship to Dubai. $328 for my M4 Exhaust and another $70 to ship to Dubai.

And the best part is, the ZX6R is easily 2-3 times more fun to ride than the Vette. Now tell me this is not a bargain?
Yeah but how long do the tires on your Vette last compared to on the bike? I'm betting you'll be switching out tires a lot more on the bike Especially if you say you'll start getting into track days soon...a set race tires costs me about $400 and last me 2 days, which comes out to be about 200 miles lol

I had the same thought when I got my first bike, thinking I would save money because it was also a lot more fuel efficient than my car. That turned out to not be the case lol. Gas was the only thing I saved money on, but that was little compared to the money I put into other things such as maintenance, upgrades, tires, riding gear, etc. Changing the oil by myself on bikes costs me more than getting my oil changed in my vehicle at a dealership because the oil and filter are more expensive for bikes. And I have to change it a lot more often than in cars.

Then again, a Corvette is not exactly "average" either, so I can see how the costs of ownership for that would be more.

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