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post #1 of 26 Old 04-01-2017, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. I'm currently coming over from a Honda vtx 1300 I just sold a couple weeks ago. I got myself a 01 ninja zx6r. I'm pretty excited to see the difference from cruiser to sport bike and am looking forward to see what this bike can do!


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Hey guys. I'm currently coming over from a Honda vtx 1300 I just sold a couple weeks ago. I got myself a 01 ninja zx6r. I'm pretty excited to see the difference from cruiser to sport bike and am looking forward to see what this bike can do!


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Welcome to the forum.. Where do you hail from.

Want to find what you bike can do.
There is one and only one place you will be able to. The track.
Find one and do some track days.
That was the reason I bought mine.
Still have my cruiser, 2007 Triumph Tiger 1050.
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I'm in the USA more specifically NY. And I didn't mean see what it can do too speed, I mean more like cornering and maneuvering. The Honda was very bulky lol.


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I'm in the USA more specifically NY. And I didn't mean see what it can do too speed, I mean more like cornering and maneuvering. The Honda was very bulky lol.


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LOL,, And I didn't mean for top end speed either. You want a liter bike for that.
If you really want to find out what the bike will do for cornering it's the track or your full blown crazy to try it on the street.

You want to see how it can flick, how it can corner. Do a track day.
Can not say it loud enough, your missing out.
Taste the crack, track crack that is.


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Yeah not really into the track scene.


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Yeah not really into the track scene.


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To bad,, it's like sex. You don't know what your missing until your cherry is popped.

In that case, get some gear. Budget for tickets and wish you the best staying alive trying to get even close to the limits of your bike on the street. You should be impressed.

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Yeah been on the 636 quite a bit lately. Been just fine.


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OK,, Look forward to your impressions.

And pictures.
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Sure thing. I'll set a day aside and get some pics


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Hello and welcome!

Some of us like to ride street and track, some just ride street, and some just ride track. It's all fun!

Congrats on the new bike!
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Welcome​ lad, show us your steed, eh?

Do you want to be a safer rider? Do you wanna see what that lovely bugger (ZX) will return as far as a cornering playmate? Wanna not look like a total wanker whilst cornering (or even deploying the side stand)?

But you are not the competitive type? Here's how to acquire more skill, ride safer, save money on repaires: 1) Enroll in an MSF course; if you've already finished that, enroll in an ERC from MSF. 2) Enroll in a track day class. Check the ego at Tech Inspection. There will be guys/gals on 10-yr old EX250 & old BMW R80s that ride rings around people on R1s & Panigales.

You don't have to be a racer, or even a wanna be racer, or just a plain canyon squid to learn to improve your riding skills. You just need an open mind, paper & pencil to write notes, and a few gallons of gas. At the end of the day you'll be a safer, faster rider. Over the long run, you'll drop your bike a whole lot less. You'll have fewer visits to the hospital/urgent care facilities. Not a bad trade for your track time time & money spent, in my opinion.

You won't regret it one bit.

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I also really like the power, nimbleness, agility, of the 636cc ZX6R. I also have never been to the track.

It is what it is. Some guys love it, I haven't made time or funds yet.

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There is very little performance wise that the 636 won't excel at compared to your VTX. But it is less comfortable overall, and by design is one heck of a lot less stable.

The 636 will feel like a 10 speed bicycle, compared to your VTX. you will have trouble adjusting to the braking..... the rear on the 636 is effectively less than 10% of the available stopping power -- the rest is all on the front. The front rotors are so big, and the mechanical advantage so great, you can lock the front wheel almost instantly if you try and grab a fistful.

One or two finger stopping is common. If you want maximum braking performance, you have to learn to let the front end compress before you ask for the max. Progressively squeezing the front, so you take at least 1/2 to 3/4 of a second to reach max squeeze will let you stop much more effectively than you can imagine.

If you stab at the brakes, and the front skids, the fork will extend and reduce the pressure between the contact patch and the road..... not good for max braking.....
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Hello rymadness and welcome.

Congrats on getting a sport bike. Once you get fully accustomed to the bike you will be amazed at how well it brakes, corners and eats up twisty roads. You can have a lot of fun with a sport bike on public roads and still stay out of trouble. I have been for 15 years!

Track days are not for everyone. I had a dedicated track bike for years but sold it and have not been back to the track since. But to really find out what a good sport bike is capable of the track is the only place to explore its full potential. Once I worked my way into advanced group and began running race rubber I was blown away at what these things will do.

However that is not to say a sport bike is wasted on the street. It is just that most folks have no idea just how fast these things will go through a corner until they have been on a track where it is safe to push beyond sane but spirited street riding pace. On the street you have to be super cautious. Develop your riding skills, know the road, use your head and don't get too carried away and you will be able to take it to levels your cruiser could never achieve while putting a grin on your face so big you can swallow your ears.

Congrats on the purchase and welcome to the addiction!!!
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