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post #1 of 9 Old 02-18-2017, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all! New to the site, just bought a 2012 zx6r last year with 2400km on it. Now up to 5700 and just waiting for the darn snow to melt!
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-18-2017, 12:49 PM
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Good luck with the wait..... I haven't missed riding within a month, in quite a long time.

Remember, when you DO get to start riding again that the conditions on the roads are not the same as when you last rode. Lots of dirt and sand in the corners early in the season. Walk on eggshells, until you are sure of the conditions. More heavily traveled roads will have the tires of the vehicles clear off the grit sooner than less traveled ones.

As you go through a corner, it's common for people to cross through both sets of tire tracks in a lane. Best to plan on keeping to one or the other in a turn unless you KNOW it's free of debris.

"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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Good luck with the wait..... I haven't missed riding within a month, in quite a long time.

Remember, when you DO get to start riding again that the conditions on the roads are not the same as when you last rode. Lots of dirt and sand in the corners early in the season. Walk on eggshells, until you are sure of the conditions. More heavily traveled roads will have the tires of the vehicles clear off the grit sooner than less traveled ones.

As you go through a corner, it's common for people to cross through both sets of tire tracks in a lane. Best to plan on keeping to one or the other in a turn unless you KNOW it's free of debris.

Thanks for the heads up, i don't plan on taking it out until they get the street sweepers out on all the roads anyway. With the amount of salt they lay down here it will just wreck everything. On the plus side i have a few mods I'd like to get done before riding anyway.

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Thanks for the heads up, i don't plan on taking it out until they get the street sweepers out on all the roads anyway. With the amount of salt they lay down here it will just wreck everything. On the plus side i have a few mods I'd like to get done before riding anyway.
You'd be surprised at how well Kawasaki does at preservation of materials in harsh conditions. Almost everything on the bike is tested and developed to survive in the very conditions you have.

The salt attacking after market parts would be a much bigger concern to me, than having it do anything to the OEM parts.
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You'd be surprised at how well Kawasaki does at preservation of materials in harsh conditions. Almost everything on the bike is tested and developed to survive in the very conditions you have.

The salt attacking after market parts would be a much bigger concern to me, than having it do anything to the OEM parts.
Nice good to know! Maybe I will be getting out sooner than expected. Have a set of Pazzo levers coming, hopefully some core brake lines, frame sliders(not sure of brand yet) and -1 sprocket in the front before the season starts.

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Yeah like these guys said just go easy early in the season. Not sure how long you've been riding, but I lowsided early in my riding career on an early day when I hit some sand in a corner and had to brake for a deer.

Too bad it happened then, I definitely could have saved it easily with my experience now. Oh well!

Enjoy the bike man! Oh, and welcome!
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Yeah like these guys said just go easy early in the season. Not sure how long you've been riding, but I lowsided early in my riding career on an early day when I hit some sand in a corner and had to brake for a deer.

Too bad it happened then, I definitely could have saved it easily with my experience now. Oh well!

Enjoy the bike man! Oh, and welcome!
Ya I been ridding dirt bikes pretty well my whole life but don't worry I know that street bikes are a whole new animal. Should be able to get some decent rides in this year though. Really happy with the bike so far!
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Ya I been ridding dirt bikes pretty well my whole life but don't worry I know that street bikes are a whole new animal. Should be able to get some decent rides in this year though. Really happy with the bike so far!
I know from conversations here, that motorcycle insurance is incredibly expensive in Canada.... what I don't know is what sort of mandatory training/certification is there?

Does it follow the UK model? Tiered licensing and on road testing?

It's also occurred to me that if you don't pay for any sort of medical insurance, vehicle insurance is potentially a much smaller hit on your income than the medical would have been. Higher than the US price structure, but you would 'net' more income overall?

Street bikes in general are much heavier than dirt bikes, and can reach much higher top speeds. They don't wheelie as readily, and grip considerably better on pavement. Sport bikes in particular have quite limited steering lock, and the ergos make it much more difficult to stand up on the pegs. Suspension travel is much less compared to off road bikes.

I know the fines for speeding are much more severe in most regions of the great white north, relative to the US, so being a hooligan is more costly if you are caught.

Take it easy, and never ride faster than you can stop in the space that you can see.....

"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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