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Old 02-03-2013, 06:11 AM   #1
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Question '02 ZX6R Purchase Questions

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.

My Thoughts~

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.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:19 AM   #2
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That sounds like a pretty fair deal
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i dont know what the bikes sell for in your country but as you explained the bloke sounds legit and is not trying to bullshit you ....so thats a good start
and with the extra bits its a bonus
and yes you made the right choice ......start with an older bike and get some experience on the seat ....and then when you are up for it get a newer bike if thats what you want
the 02 6r as in the 'J model' (thats what model they are) are a fantastic bike to ride wether you are a novice or expert .........good luck mate
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i love my J sounds like a good deal.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:15 AM   #6
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not bad,

i'm assuming those fram sliders went on .. after the spills ..

reading your description, it sounds legit, you should be good with it ! .

Welcome to the site as well btw !
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That bike is really in pretty nice shape it seems, all of those plastics appear reparable, and the steering damper is a very nice upgrade to the J model
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Lol yeah, thanks for the welcome.

I've been looking at nicecycle and some other places, because the one thing I would like is some new grips and some different levers. Other than that I just wish it had an electronic speedometer, but I'm told without heavy modification you can't replace that one without losing your engine temp reading.
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your speedo is electronic .........no cables running to it ........just aint digital
but there is nothing better than needles zipping round the clock faces
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Mark speaks the truth!
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Welcome.

Nice choice.... J model ('00 - '02 ZX6R & '05 - '08 ZZR600 <-- sans bird cage).

Digital instruments with needles are the way to go

and just an FYI, it's called a steering damper..... not dampner, not dampener.
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Is that a non-lockable gas cap? If it is, IMO wouldn't be a bad idea to get a lockable one. I just don't like the thought of someone (other than me) having easy access to my fuel, whether it be stealing it, or adding something to it that I don't want.
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Sorry, ill remember not to make the damper mistake again thanks!

Yeah I meant digital, doh!

Yeah I'll look into a locking cap, haven't put any thought into that before.

Bird cage? O.o
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Improved fairing stay, reaching up inside to support the mirrors




I just did the switch to the new upper fairing stay. $60 from ebay directly shipped from China. Boxes tend to arrive smashed and always praying it didn't break. If it did, send in the picture and they'll send the same product again for free.

Doesn't fit 100%, 1/2hr of expanding holes with a drill and 2 rubber washers on the inside to make it stay tight and not wobble (spacing was too wide).

If more questions about that, ask. Just a rough explanation of what I had to customize.

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Aaaaaah I see, that piece cleans it up a bit yeah? Very nice, drilling out and adding a few washers isn't a big deal for me, thanks for the heads up and a pic man!
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