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post #1 of 15 Old 05-09-2017, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from WA state

Im new to this forum and to the Kawasaki family. Ive been riding motorcycle and other motorsport machines off and on throughout my life and I recently picked up a 2006 ZX6R. It was a spur of the moment decision but I'm now pleased with my decision to get the ZX6R.
In 2005 after crashing my Suzuki bike I couldn't afford another bike but after 12 years riding again, and Im again realizing how nice it is to be on a motorcycle again.

I look forward to picking up some tips form some of you here and maybe get to ride with some of you.
Oh I can see why the ZX6R is a favorite bike with a lot of 600cc riders, it had some pep to it.

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post #2 of 15 Old 05-09-2017, 12:06 PM
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Im new to this forum and to the Kawasaki family. Ive been riding motorcycle and other motorsport machines off and on throughout my life and I recently picked up a 2006 ZX6R. It was a spur of the moment decision but I'm now pleased with my decision to get the ZX6R.
In 2005 after crashing my Suzuki bike I couldn't afford another bike but after 12 years riding again, and Im again realizing how nice it is to be on a motorcycle again.

I look forward to picking up some tips form some of you here and maybe get to ride with some of you.
Oh I can see why the ZX6R is a favorite bike with a lot of 600cc riders, it had some pep to it.
Welcome back to the addiction.

I have taken time away from riding on some occasions..... the longest break in riding was 12 years, between when my son was born and when I retired from the USN (1999)and had enough income to afford another bike.

biggest things that came as a surprise, was how much my vision changed as I aged. I simply don't see in the dark the way I used to. This comes on so gradually , you don't notice it day to day, but I could definitely tell when I rode a bike at night and couldn't see sh*t.

If you have taken a significant break from riding, I cannot suggest strongly enough that you may gain a LOT from taking some refresher training from some professional instructors.

Between my eyesight changes, and my slightly slower reaction speeds, AND the H-U-G-E improvement in braking performance.... there was ample opportunity for situations to get away from me.

I have personal experience with how much slower you heal, as you age.....
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Yes it is an addiction☺ ive been thinking of taking a class amd im sure i Will but first I'm gonna start by reading my state's motorcycle handbook, and I'm YouTube videos on different things riding, then practice it somewhere.

No that I'm 40 y/o and having gone down once I have changed my riding style. I don't care too much for riding at night, (I have, but I don't make it a common practice) because if there's a object in the road I won't see it until it too late.

Also I don't wheelie anymore lol. I lot have changed with my style, mainly i realized that the road is not my race track.
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Welcome to the forum.

Love hearing about taking some lessons. The best I know of is a track day orginization.
Your not as young as you used to be, so healing isn't fun.
Besides our vision, reflexes take a hit also.

Find a track day group that has classes between sessions.
You can get decent used gear, even new the cost is less than a hospital stay and much less painful.
If you start now, you will have a 15 year jump on me.

And yes, without pictures. It didn't happen.
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In Washington @MotoCT and @Dustinwalbon are both hanging around. Dustin mentioned he's up for helping people learn at a trackday if you're headed to one.
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Lol I've seen that statement before. I'm trying to figure it out. I haven't been on a forum in a long time. :-)
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In Washington @MotoCT and @Dustinwalbon are both hanging around. Dustin mentioned he's up for helping people learn at a trackday if you're headed to one.
I hope to get to the track sometime. It will give me confidence in my bike if I even find myself coming in too hot into a curve. Ill know how to handle the bike.

Indy i hope i still got it, I do try to stay young.
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LOL,, you do brother..

My number was my age, several years ago.
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Good. I feel better now, being 40 years old on a sport bike.. I love that style of bike. When I drive the bike home, I was like Oh Boy what did I just do? It was uncomfortable, now I love it, it feels good. No pain at all, just numb arms at times.
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Welcome and congrats on the new ride! Always nice to have another member from the NW. Where about in WA are you? You need to check out The Ridge motorsports park if you're interested in getting on the track. There are so many good organizations running track days and schools there this year. Definitely my favorite track in the NW too. You'll learn more and progress more in one track day than you can in a 1000 street miles. Ken Hill will even be there this summer during the "Track Time" track days! Hope to see you out there, but until then enjoy the ZX6R!

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Good. I feel better now, being 40 years old on a sport bike.. I love that style of bike. When I drive the bike home, I was like Oh Boy what did I just do? It was uncomfortable, now I love it, it feels good. No pain at all, just numb arms at times.
Shoots, 40 yrs old, you are just a PUP. Some of us older guys would love to be that young again. Play to stay young is my motto. I skateboard pools and other transitions with kids ( 15-30 yr olds). I may be a bit stiff but I love playing with the kids. It keeps it all in perspective. What could be better than a day riding, skating or skiing? Welcome.
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I sent you the friend request. Jermaine Pea.. I'm the one on PNWriders of is organizing the ride to Diablo Dam on Sunday.
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I added you. ( = no street bike (only track bikes) as at 35 still not "responsible" rider on street. self induced grounding (=
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