I'm starting one of these posts because I want a log of what I do to my bike, and wanted to share my experience of upgrading + maintaining the ZX6R.
This is my fourth bike; I've owned a '07 Ninja 250(sold), a '94 CBR600F2 (lowside into mountain side, bruised tailbone, good thing I'm usually ATGATT), and a '03 CBR600RR (sold). FZ09 vs ZX6R
I was really debating between a '13 ZX6R and a '15 FZ09, both for ~$6500. I decided to go the ZX6R route because it had already depreciated 50% only after two years, wouldn't depreciate that much more after that, and would be more track appropriate out of the box. I'm definitely thinking of purchasing an upright position bike in the future, and it will most likely be the torque monster that is the FZ09. Also, Philadelphia area insurance for under people under 25 years old is stupidly high. Initial Purchase!
This is what it looked like the day of purchase (2/27/16), ~4800 miles. Overall it was in great condition! A few paint chips on the gas tank, and the fairing where the mirror is attached had some scratches because it was indented by some movers. Already had a gas tank cap installed (TWM, I think?), and a Two-Brothers M2 slip on. Also came with a free sick underglow kit installed. Dunlop Q3s
Tires needed to be replaced. The previous owner liked to do burnouts (his words) and I figured I might as replace both tires.
I chose Dunlop Q3s because my friend had an extra rear one I was able to pick up for cheap; got them replaced at Philadelphia Cycle Center at a decent rate.
Putting the licence plate on was a bit harder than it should have been because of the license plate lights because I had to splice the wire and re-crimp it back together; I'll probably be removing those in the future. Puig Windscreen
Also, wanted to replace that black windscreen. I hate black windscreens, they make the bike look cheap and you can't see through it! Replaced it with a Puig one.
I also took off the stock mirrors and added a CRG folding left mirror. Mostly because I couldn't see anything with the stock mirrors and they're not really adjustable? I like the no mirror look, but may put them back on in the future. Out with the old, in with the new
Sold the CBR600RR for a little less than I'd like, but meh. Was getting annoyed w/ Craigslist buyers at this point, and was impatient. P1X Power tip
I was a bit annoyed at how loud the exhaust was - I've never been that big of a fan of two brother slip-ons. I tried the P1X exhaust tip, but a bit of the paint scratched off immediately and wouldn't install and wouldn't really fit on properly. Also, was kinda too quiet? By the time I received the power tip, I've already started to like losing my hearing + the backfire noises. Decided to return it. I'll probably replace the slip-on with some sort of full exhaust in the future; I dislike the full exhausts that use the stock passenger peg holders so I may get that Two-Brothers S1R that supposedly has even more a hp/torque gain. TechSpec Pads
Put on TechSpec pads, which are actually really mediocre. The three piece set that they sell for the ZX6R has too high of a placement to be useful. I could have ordered the five piece but I was trying to be stingy. Took those off and will be replacing them with some Stompgrip pads. If anyone wants my old TechSpec pads, let me know.
I know I'm not even remotely reaching the limits of this bike yet, so I'm mostly just sticking with bike protection parts for now. R&G Racing Tank Sliders
Ordered these tank sliders by R&G Racing. They are smaller than I thought (and really expensive for two bits of carbon fiber, like what the fuck) but I don't want to deal with scratches on the tank in the event of a crash. I wish the ZX6R had the plastic fairing like the CBR600RR on the gas tank, but whatever. Woodcraft Rear Spool Sliders
Don't have much to say about them. Wanted some Swing arm protection, and these double as spools. If you get these, make sure you get the one specifically for the ZX6R/S1000RR.
Our spools are a bit recessed so you need that extra washer that helps the slider sit flush along the swingarm! Upcoming Parts:
I have some Woodcraft frame sliders, front axle sliders, and Galfer front superbike brake lines. I chose the Galfer brake lines because people say that they're slightly better than the GP in terms of stopping power, and they're cheaper. I'll be doing a brake fluid flush/oil change/etc. before my first track day, so I figured I might as well get that out of the way too.
Bonus dog photo!
I haven't really done this kind of post (and really haven't been on any forum since ~2006) so let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!