Post Master General
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
On any bike that is new to you and has some years on it, be prepared to spend some time sorting out niggling problems.
A lot of the time, there will electrical issues. Frequently, this is in some way related to corrosion in the contacts of connectors in the system. For this reason, it is a good idea to purchase some dielectric grease, and spend the time to pull apart the connectors and flood the interior with the grease. Physically pulling the male and female pins apart will scratch through the corrosion and allow them to make good electrical contact. The grease provides a barrier to oxygen, so there won't be any more corrosion.
Switch gear on the bars tends to trap water. The micro switches that tell the ECU the position of the clutch lever, and the side stand are prone to gumming up due to dirt. It's a good idea to ensure these tiny switches are working as intended. Flooding those with WD-40, and then exercising them so you know they move freely will save you a lot of heartache later.
A fresh battery, with clean connections to the harness is another point of confidence.
Tire maintenance amounts to making sure you have legal tread, and that the tires are less than 5 years old.
the chain, the oil, the brake fluid, lighting..... all of it benefits from attention to detail.
It's a really good idea to download the shop manual and inspect the bike according to what's required there. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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