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post #1 of 26 Old 03-18-2017, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Newb here to the forum and the streets..

Just got licensed and and only have 100 miles under my belt. Been an MX rider/racer for yrs but next to no street experience.. I live in NW Pa. so the snow is ruining the high I have right now of owning this $2500 gem!! '06 ZX6R.. Got to take her out the day after I got her but bad weather for the last 3 wks.. She's super clean and only has 13000 miles.. Just put a new tank pad on from pro grip.. Looks sweet.. I got the itch real bad... Looking forward to being a member on here and meeting some new riders and making some new friends!

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Welcome to the forum.

New to the street, could not say it loud enough. Do some track day's.
You will get to really learn about your bike and get some skills to keep you alive.
OH, you will have more fun than I could possibly say.
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Welcome... nice bike!

Having the dirt experience will definitely help with knowing how to use the controls but that's pretty much the point where the styles split and are completely different. If you haven't already, take an MSF course and check out A Twist of The Wrist 2 on youtube. Corny but you'll learn a lot. Pretty bike and she's a quick little bugger so take it easy for a bit Then get in track days in As mentioned... fun stuffs. (oh and I hope you have taken care of getting your gear situated)

Any questions about the bike at all throw a thread up and ask the question. (search first... it might have been answered). Someone will chime in!

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Thanks for all the input guys, just took the MSF 15 hr course and got my license upon completion.. She's definitely quicker than the 2 strokes I'm used to!! My main concern is trusting the bike in corners, definitely a little hesitant to lean into them.. On dirt I'd just grab a handful of throttle.. Got helmet, gloves and jacket so far, not sure how far I should take it on gear for street riding?? Is there a sight I can get on to find a track near me BC I know of absolutely zero.. And is there usually other newbs there that I will fit in with? As far as the controls, braking, clutching etc it come second nature after being on MX for so long but it still a different feel.. Thanks again for any info and input!! Oh and the warm welcome.

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Hello and welcome! Congrats on the beautiful new bike!

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Welcome and congrats on the bike. Looks good and sounds like you got one heck of a deal!

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Thanks for all the input guys, just took the MSF 15 hr course and got my license upon completion.. She's definitely quicker than the 2 strokes I'm used to!! My main concern is trusting the bike in corners, definitely a little hesitant to lean into them.. On dirt I'd just grab a handful of throttle.. Got helmet, gloves and jacket so far, not sure how far I should take it on gear for street riding?? Is there a sight I can get on to find a track near me BC I know of absolutely zero.. And is there usually other newbs there that I will fit in with? As far as the controls, braking, clutching etc it come second nature after being on MX for so long but it still a different feel.. Thanks again for any info and input!! Oh and the warm welcome.

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One major thing to keep in mind.... your dirt bike you use the rear brake all the time. Your street bike's brakes work differently and about 80% of your braking force is on the front. Learn how to use the brakes properly so you don't have any oops moments.
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^^ Welcome, and a few more things that are the same yet different between off and on road riding:

Traction. There's tons of it on the street. Your off road experience will help you in the 1-5% of the time street riding gets goosey because of the surface.

Suspension travel... there's almost none, on a street bike.

Acceleration...... I'd say that the dirt bikes generally accelerate harder, but run out of steam a lot sooner. Terminal top speed for most dirt bikes is at or below 100 MPH. You need to be mindful of this when you 'give it the berries'--- very shortly after that you will have to find out how good the brakes and traction are if you aren't planning far enough ahead.

Steering lock.... much less lock to lock on a SS bike compared to a dirt bike.

Ergos are a lot less forgiving on an SS bike, but not impossible. You do a LOT more of the steering with the clip ons by pushing on the one on the side you want to go than anything else.... can't look over your shoulder very easily, etc.
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post #11 of 26 Old 03-19-2017, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the concern, I will definitely keep all of this in mind!! I watched twist of the wrist last night and learned a lot as well. Definitely will be taking it easy for awhile!!

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Hello and welcome!
Not sure where you are in NW Pa but Pittsburgh International Race Complex is probably the closest track for you. It is located in Wampum in Beaver county, I think it is known as PittRace currently.
As far as gear goes...get as much good stuff as you can! Just don't skimp, remember it is worth the price if it is going to save your life..or skin.
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Movie is terrible isn't it haha. That one guys facial expressions are so bad. Lot of good info in it though.
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It was pretty painful to watch to say the least, lol.. And yeah that guys a total goob!! I looked up tracks near me and the track below Pittsburgh in wampum is an hr and a half away which got me excited but it appears they only do car/kart racing. And the other track was the same distance away in Ohio and they are not allowing motorcycles yet but hope to be in the future.. Other than that I'm traveling 4-5 hrs so I don't forsee any track days in my immediate future.. Just gonna have to take it easy and test the waters a little more each time I guess..

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It was pretty painful to watch to say the least, lol.. And yeah that guys a total goob!! I looked up tracks near me and the track below Pittsburgh in wampum is an hr and a half away which got me excited but it appears they only do car/kart racing. And the other track was the same distance away in Ohio and they are not allowing motorcycles yet but hope to be in the future.. Other than that I'm traveling 4-5 hrs so I don't forsee any track days in my immediate future.. Just gonna have to take it easy and test the waters a little more each time I guess..

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I just checked PittRace's webpage, they still do motorcycle track days. Look up "N2 Track Days" they are a track day association which holds track days there. Looks like they have some coming up in May at PittRace.
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