So, introductions first. I'm Christopher and I've always wanted to ride but never had any friends that did so and didn't relish the idea of learning on my own. I recently returned from my first deployment at my first command, and got to know SEVERAL very experienced riders while I was in the sandbox. So, happy birthday/tax return to me (Birthday was Jan. 30th, tax return is depositing soon) I am buying my first bike.
Before I was allowed to purchase this, in good military fashion I had to undergo several counseling sessions with my command, to make sure I was making the right decision and wasn't going to immediately kill myself on a bike. After all the talks, and input from various riders (One of my sessions had me talking to my Master Chief who has been riding for ~20 years on various bikes) I decided I wanted a super sport. I liked the look of several, and actually had an '08 Triumph Daytona 675 in mind, fresh from the local dealer with a clean title and rebuild, but after much discussion (and no small part of crying from me about having something nice) I went the smarter route of picking something that I wouldn't punch myself in the dick for laying down.
This takes me to my current purchase option, a 2002 ZX6R. Specs are as follows
2002 Kawasaki ZX6R 600cc 22,000miles ~$2500
- Toby Steering Dampener
- -1/+2 Gearing
- BRAND NEW Dunlops
- K&N Air Filter
- RK Racing Chain and Sprockets
- Full D&D Exhaust(Headers back, Jet Kit as well)
- Custom Fender Eliminator/Under Tail Kit
I brought a friend(Alex) to look at the bike yesterday, and he noted some of the following.
~ Idling Low *FIXED* The owner didn't know about the knob on the side to raise it, so Alex went ahead and adjusted it to idle properly.
~Hanging a bit on the RPMs *** Alex didn't seem too worried about this, but we'll be bringing it sometime this week to a local shop to have it inspected.
~ Numerous Scuffs/Scratches, 3 cracked panels. **To be honest, this I am not worried at all about. I'm actually a Structural Mechanic who works with Fiberglass and Paint/Corrosion shop so if I wanted I could fix the fairings up myself. That I would wait on until the end of the year so I have time for a few *OOPS* moments before I spend time working on it.
I actually like the bike, the owner has had it since '05 and he seems like a pretty good guy. He's in the military as well, has another ZX6R he bought for his wife that she's too scared to ride (Put it down a few weeks ago, shook her up and now she drops it anytime she goes out). He's using that bike until he returns from his next deployment and picking up a newer one. He was really helpful, is including a tank bag and an iCON Helmet (FIts PERFECT, what luck!) and said he'd like to keep my number so we could go on some rides together.
I would like to hear thoughts and opinion on the bike, along with anything you'd like to say about that bike in particular for a new rider.
*Assuming I get my tax return on time (Wednesday deposit according to the IRS) I'll be taking that bike to my BRC (Military Basic Rider Course) and will have a chance to learn on the bike I plan to ride which should be helpful as well. Also once some pictures I have finish uploading I shall be including them.
**EDIT** Funny that my title is Squid, considering I am in the Navy.