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post #1 of 16 Old 05-06-2017, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Wisconsin,

2 days ago I purchased an 08 zx6r with only 3k miles on it. Dude I got it from was the first owner and said that he layed it down 2 years back going 25. There where some noticeable scratches but nothing to serious. He said the main reason he was getting rid of it was it was uncomfortable to for him to ride. It was kind of an impulse buy considering the fact that I didn't even think about getting a bike till like a week ago and only started looking a day before i picked this one up. But hey it was a good deal and I couldn't pass it up. He didn't even have it posted for 8 hours before I messaged him. When I went to go look at it I had to bring my friend along who has a sazuki 750 because I didn't have my motorcycle license actually I never even drove a crotch rocket before only dirt bikes lol. But he took for a test drive for me everything seemed good so I bought it. Only thing it needed was a new battery. Then after we changed the battery took it for about an 2 hour ride and I love it! It's so much fun to ride, now the only thing I got to do is go to the DMV and get my motorcycle temps haha. And tips or advice would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-06-2017, 02:31 PM
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Even if you've ridden dirtbikes before, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you take a rider's training course.

In some states, it's required in order to get your Motorcycle Endorsement on your license. Even if it's not, it's a good idea. There is SO much to learn about riding a motorcycle, and riding a bike like this is very different in some ways than a dirtbike.

That said, how much did you pay for the bike? How long since it was last ridden? Some of the stuff (brake fluid, oil) might be due for a change right away.

Many folks on here will say: Get protective gear, get some training. I'd tend to agree. I lowsided at between 20 and 30 MPH, dusted myself off, picked up the bike, and kept riding. In street clothes, I would have been somewhere between 'in pain for days' and 'going to get my broken ankle set'. Jacket, gloves, boots with ankle protection.


In the end, welcome to the forum! We want you to stay around and read and post and chat for YEARS. We don't say to get instruction because we think you don't know anything. We say it because we ALL know there's more to learn, and we've seen people die. Stick around.
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Even if you've ridden dirtbikes before, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you take a rider's training course.

In some states, it's required in order to get your Motorcycle Endorsement on your license. Even if it's not, it's a good idea. There is SO much to learn about riding a motorcycle, and riding a bike like this is very different in some ways than a dirtbike.

That said, how much did you pay for the bike? How long since it was last ridden? Some of the stuff (brake fluid, oil) might be due for a change right away.

Many folks on here will say: Get protective gear, get some training. I'd tend to agree. I lowsided at between 20 and 30 MPH, dusted myself off, picked up the bike, and kept riding. In street clothes, I would have been somewhere between 'in pain for days' and 'going to get my broken ankle set'. Jacket, gloves, boots with ankle protection.


In the end, welcome to the forum! We want you to stay around and read and post and chat for YEARS. We don't say to get instruction because we think you don't know anything. We say it because we ALL know there's more to learn, and we've seen people die. Stick around.

Yea a lot of my friends that ride recommended taking the course and I plan on it in just going to get my temps right away that way I can ride legal until the course starts.

I ended up picking up the bike for 3k. The guy said he only drove it around the city a bit this year and put on about 300 miles last year but did oil changes and the beginning of each season. I plan on doing an oil change on Monday when I get back in town. As for the break fluid how would I know if it needs to be changed or I'll probably just end up doing it to be on the safe side.

As for protective gear I have my buddies old helmet and gloves that I'm using for now until I go out and get my own. Thanks for the advice
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Brake fluid does break down, and it gets replaced less often than it should, so it's likely it should be done. It's a fairly simple job.

Put a hose on the bleeder on the lowest caliper (left side when bike is on kickstand). Feed the hose to a bottle (like the one you just emptied, at least, that's how I work). Crack the bleeder, press the brake lever, close the bleeder, THEN release the brake lever. This should push dark brown fluid into the hose. As you do this, the MC will draw fluid from the reservoir. Repeat the steps and keep an eye on the reservoir, refilling as necessary. When clear fluid enters the hose, you are just about done.

Move to the next caliper, do the same thing. Should be like one to three pumps. Now you're done.

On gear, if you've got a plan on getting your own helmet, that's solid. The borrowed one is better than none, often not as good as a new one or one that fits you precisely.

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I would also highly recommend getting a motorcycle textile jacket. Unless you enjoy seeing your skin all over the highway

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Welcome.

From the dirt to the street, you will have some good experience which will serve you well..... riding on less than perfect traction, shifting, low speed control all come to mind.

Whacking the throttle and running it to red line as a matter of course, not so much. Top speed is much higher, and there's a whole lot more traffic sharing the same space.

Learning to leave enough room to account for the other user's actions, and how to get the most out of the brakes is paramount.

Keep adding to the riding gear. No such thing as too much protection.

It's probably a good idea to limit how much you ride with your buddies, at this point...... very easy to pick up on their bad habits without knowing it. Get through the training, asap and then ease into group riding.

Too many people want to show off, and compete. Learning restraint never comes easy, especially with your buddies. More so when intoxicants get involved. Little mistakes have much bigger consequences...... and there is only one person who decides what is an acceptable risk, for you.

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Ok so now I plan on doing a break fluid flush also tomorrow. As for a jacket I'm planning on getting on asap the only struggle is getting to the store before it closes cus I don't want to get one online without knowing how it fits.

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Ok so now I plan on doing a break fluid flush also tomorrow. As for a jacket I'm planning on getting on asap the only struggle is getting to the store before it closes cus I don't want to get one online without knowing how it fits.
The brake fluid change is definitely a wise move. Going to get a jacket from a store would also be a good idea. While you're there, maybe try on a couple of helmets and gloves? No one says you have to buy then and there, but it'll give you some idea as to what fits you best.

Some stores are better than others, but it might not be a bad idea to hang around for a while, ask their advice, try on some items and get to know the people there. Set a reasonable budget for what you need and stick to it. Everything is available online these days, so finding a local store that can provide advice, and not drastically over-price or try to push you into breaking your budget will be very helpful. Smart store staff also realise that getting someone who comes in and buys from them is beneficial to both themselves and you.

Experience of riding the dirt will give you some advantages in terms of machine control, but on the road everything happens a lot faster, the surfaces are harder, there are more hazards and myopic idiots are everywhere. An impulse buy of a motorcycle can be fine, but I'd advocate slowing things down a little. Give yourself some time now to get the essentials of two wheeled life so that you can really enjoy it in future.

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Brake fluid does break down, and it gets replaced less often than it should, so it's likely it should be done. It's a fairly simple job.

Put a hose on the bleeder on the lowest caliper (left side when bike is on kickstand). Feed the hose to a bottle (like the one you just emptied, at least, that's how I work). Crack the bleeder, press the brake lever, close the bleeder, THEN release the brake lever. This should push dark brown fluid into the hose. As you do this, the MC will draw fluid from the reservoir. Repeat the steps and keep an eye on the reservoir, refilling as necessary. When clear fluid enters the hose, you are just about done.

Move to the next caliper, do the same thing. Should be like one to three pumps. Now you're done.
Thanks for this, seems pretty simple. I recently got a bike again myself and plan on in the next week or two doing an oil change, filter recharge(K&N) and I guess I might as well do brakes as well.
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I like the bike. Is the silver/chrome a stock color scheme? I don't think I've seen it before.

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Nice bike and a great price!!

Change ALL fluids. Does not cost much and will be a good maintenance investment. Change oil and filter, brake fluids at both ends, coolant. These are simple and cheap. Eventually you will also want to have the front forks serviced with fresh fork oil......a bit more involved but well worth it. All the fluids degrade over time and lose some of their properties which allow them to do their job well.

As said before, good protective gear is a must.

Congratulations on your purchase!!!

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I like the bike. Is the silver/chrome a stock color scheme? I don't think I've seen it before.
Yea I'm pretty sure that it is the special edition paint scheme that year.
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Congratulations on the new bike. I started on a 600 as well, with previous dirt bike experience. Dirt doesn't perfectly translate to street, as I am sure you know, but there are some things you can take from it. With that being said, there is definitely a learning curve. There has been some great advice given in this thread already. The only thing I wish to add are the following:

Learn your brakes - get comfortable with them and if need be locking them up and maintaining control.

Assume everyone is trying to kill you - I don't mean to come across cynical but I always ride under the assumption nobody can see me and everyone is trying to kill me. It keeps me alert and ready for the idiot that changes lines without using his mirrors or makes a left in front of me.


All that being said, congratulations again on the new bike - it's a great choice.

Something should go here..I just haven't though of anything clever enough yet.
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Cool. Welcome.

Is it just me or does anyone else cringe when one describes a sport bike a "crotch rocket"? 😂
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