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post #1 of 19 Old 03-21-2017, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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New to the forum and new to bike riding. I am in my early 50s , last time I sat on a road bike I was in my 20s. Been jetskiing since my 30s and almost given it up now due to the on going expenses of the sport. Decided to buy a bike that caught my eye. It's now sat in my garage waiting for me to pass the tests. Mid life crisis, maybe! I have a circle of friends who all have various bikes and I would love to be a part of that. Let's hope all goes well. Thanks for letting me on the forum and all advice welcome.

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post #2 of 19 Old 03-21-2017, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome!

Just FYI, that's a 2008 model, registered in 2009 for you. If you're looking for parts, they'll be listed as 2008.

It's a nice looking bike, and it includes the rear hugger.

The bike might be more powerful and nimble than what you remember. A lot of guys will tell you to take a trackday, and instruction is always good, but for me, I simply choose what skill I want to work on, make goals, go practice, and attempt to keep adding those things together to become a better rider.

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post #4 of 19 Old 03-21-2017, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I had been looking for parts under 2009. Not sure of the correct part but it's for connecting the back brake light to pedal as the switch is just hanging down. I assume it's a bracket and spring. Bike had some custom work done I think hence the the switch not being connected.

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Stealthy. I like it! NOT a COP magnet color. I'm most always speeding so that's the only reason I don't like COPS.
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Thank you, I had been looking for parts under 2009. Not sure of the correct part but it's for connecting the back brake light to pedal as the switch is just hanging down. I assume it's a bracket and spring. Bike had some custom work done I think hence the the switch not being connected.

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Yeah, on mine, the rear brake light switch fits on a small bracket, tightens with a nut, and has a long spring running to the brake lever.
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Stealthy was the word used to get me buy it.

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I ride with a guy just like you. He just turned 50, he is from the UK originally but has lived in California for 30 yrs. He had ridden a lot as a young lad but gave it up due to other interests. He is now back in love with riding. He rides more than anyone that I know. Plus, he is a MADMAN. But so am I, that's why we are best of friends..... Good luck on the riding thing and welcome.
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post #9 of 19 Old 03-21-2017, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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I'm hoping to get that feeling, as I have been told by my friends it's awesome. Fully kitted up, just a waiting game now.

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Hello and welcome!

You can find the rear brake light switch here: Kawasaki Motorcycle Parts 2008 ZX600P8F Ninja ZX-6R (European) IGNITION SWITCH Diagram
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Welcome aboard, mate. Glad to have another 50+ (wiser) rider on the forum. I like the stealthy black '08. Coming from red Hondas & Ducati, I can vouch that any colour is better for not attracting the constabulary than another red sportbike.

Do yourself a mega favour, and down load the shop manual that's appropriate for your model. Best part it's free from the forum.

There's a puny number of trolls that inhabit the forum, for the most part, pay them no-mind. They eventually disappear back into their caves. Otherwise, there's a wealth of experience and institutional intellect that resides here. Feel free to ask questions.

Folks here, tend to be a bit touchy about pictures - rarely too many. They are greatly lauded so don't be bashful. Most especially if you go for a bike holiday!

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Welcome.

I will (hopefully) turn 56 this summer. Been riding off and on since I was 12. If you want to ride, then you will ride.

The biggest caution I will toss out there, is you may lose energy more quickly than you expect. I find I get colder faster than ever, and also dehydrate more easily. Your focus and situational awareness are key.... both will be degraded if you are tired, cold, angry, hot, etc.

Just be aware, and take what steps you need.

The rewards are most certainly worth the risks, especially if you manage them intelligently.
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Hello and welcome to the forum young man.

My history is similar to yours. Bought a Triumph tiger 1050 on my 50th birthday as a present to me, after several years of surviving took a total control course and decided I really needed to step up my training. After 4 track days on the tiger bought a 06RR and haven't looked back.

Can't say it loud or strongly enough. Find a track, get with a track day organization and let it rip.
You will be amazed at what you will learn, finding out what you don't know and the amount of fun you will have.
Worst case, you will get some gear you really should be using anyway. At our age, road rash SUCKS.

Look forward to some more pictures.
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Thanks strider.

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post #15 of 19 Old 03-22-2017, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Indy, thanks for the feed back. There are a few track courses around my area and I do intend to rip around one of them. Got all my gear ready, just need the riding skills now.

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