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post #1 of 23 Old 04-24-2016, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone so for the last month and a half I've been on the search for a new track bike since I blew mine out at Laguna Seca this year. And yesterday I picked my new track bike up and I'm pretty happy with what I got and that is a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R! I went down to San Luis Obispo to pick it up from a fellow ZX6R member. The motorcycle was fully loaded with after market parts I was looking for specific to track riding, literally didn't have to buy anything for it. On that note there is things I WANTED to buy for it which at this moment will only be CoreMoto SS Brakelines from MotoMummy(good package deal there) and some MadscientistMoto brake and clutch levers! Also currently in the process of painting from a hideous orange to a matte black paint.

Just got this bike and I already have it apart haha.

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post #2 of 23 Old 12-28-2016, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Just kinda wanted to update this with what I e done to the bike since!

Well first thing I did was paint the bike it was an ugly Home Depot apron orange. I couldn't stand it so I went to my local Home Depot and bought matte black spray cans! Looks way better now!



After that went out and bought some CoreMoto Brakelines and installed those! I think for the 07-12 model the SS brakelines are one of the best upgrades you can do to it!

After that I saw I swap my old speedodrd from the 07 model to the '12 model so I did that!

Soon after I did some small stuff like get Dzeus fasteners from out good buddy PainfullySLO(make life easy), got the ECU flashed by Schnitz Racing, bought a Zero Gravity Corsa Windscreen, and gave changed my brake pads to EBC EPFAs.

Currently I have replaced the front fork springs from .95 kg/mm to 1.10 kg/mm and the fork fluid from 5wt to 7.5wt. Tomorrow I will be taking the rear Ohlins Shock over to Kyle Racing and having them install a new rear spring and have them refreshen the internals.









Don't think I need to do much more because my skill level isn't up there to push this bike to the limits.

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Nice snag! So, what's next?
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post #4 of 23 Old 12-28-2016, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Nice snag! So, what's next?
TrackDays, TrackDays, and even more TrackDays!!! Jk my goal is to get my racing license through AFM by 2018. This upcoming year hopefully has. A lot in store for me, (graduating with my Associates, getting into police academy) should take up almost the whole year. Plus I want to be able to get into A group before I get my license if I'm not in A group then I won't attempt to get my license. I just feel like I'd be a hazard if I'm not able to get to speed.

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Plus I want to be able to get into A group before I get my license if I'm not in A group then I won't attempt to get my license. I just feel like I'd be a hazard if I'm not able to get to speed.
I hear this often and it's what I said this past year. The guys convinced me to just go for it this year.

You should read PSlo thread of excuses to not race or whatever it's called. He talks about the excuse of "not fast enough"

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I hear this often and it's what I said this past year. The guys convinced me to just go for it this year.

You should read PSlo thread of excuses to not race or whatever it's called. He talks about the excuse of "not fast enough"
Oh god I beg I sound like the guys he talks about that gives excuses. I can mentally picture me reading his post and kinda laughing because I am that guy.
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What's the thread? I wanna read it! I might've already seen it but don't remember.

I tend to agree with you Felix though just because I've been in a few races where there were a few racers that really shouldn't have been there....call me a selfish dick if you want, but when you're 10+ seconds slower than the next slowest guy and about 30 seconds slower than the leaders it can be a hazard. When I raced with MRA this summer at HPR, I lost out on a possible 4th place position because of a back marker that was insanely slow. I mean I'm not that fast and that was a new track for me and even I lapped her after like 5-6 laps! At that point it's just like putting a novice rider at a track day in the advanced group. There is a reason pretty much every track day org has groups based on skill level. You'd think racing should be at least the same if not more strict. In professional racing there is generally a 7% or maybe in some cases 10% rule, meaning in order to qualify to even be on the grid you have to lap no more than 7% slower than the pole position time. There is good reason for this.

The way I looked at it is simply in that I didn't want to be last. So I checked lap times from races at tracks that I've been to and looked at the people that finished towards the bottom. When I realized that my lap times during track days were at least that much or better, I decided it was a good time to start racing and that's what I did. I think out of all the races I did so far I only finished last (in my class) once, which was my very first race ever at a track that was unfamiliar to me and I finished only a couple of seconds behind the guy that was 2nd to last....who happened to be my buddy and it was his first race ever as well
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What's the thread? I wanna read it! I might've already seen it but don't remember.

I tend to agree with you Felix though just because I've been in a few races where there were a few racers that really shouldn't have been there....call me a selfish dick if you want, but when you're 10+ seconds slower than the next slowest guy and about 30 seconds slower than the leaders it can be a hazard. When I raced with MRA this summer at HPR, I lost out on a possible 4th place position because of a back marker that was insanely slow. I mean I'm not that fast and that was a new track for me and even I lapped her after like 5-6 laps! At that point it's just like putting a novice rider at a track day in the advanced group. There is a reason pretty much every track day org has groups based on skill level. You'd think racing should be at least the same if not more strict. In professional racing there is generally a 7% or maybe in some cases 10% rule, meaning in order to qualify to even be on the grid you have to lap no more than 7% slower than the pole position time. There is good reason for this.

The way I looked at it is simply in that I didn't want to be last. So I checked lap times from races at tracks that I've been to and looked at the people that finished towards the bottom. When I realized that my lap times during track days were at least that much or better, I decided it was a good time to start racing and that's what I did. I think out of all the races I did so far I only finished last (in my class) once, which was my very first race ever at a track that was unfamiliar to me and I finished only a couple of seconds behind the guy that was 2nd to last....who happened to be my buddy and it was his first race ever as well
That's where my thinking is, I don't want to be a hazard to people that are much more experienced, luckily I've done a trackday at all the tracks that AFM goes to except Sonoma Raceway. I think you just gave me what to look for SBK. Once I do a trackday again at Buttonwillow, Thunderhill East, and Sonoma Raceway I will look at my lap times and see where they comepare to the lower guys. If I'm not even close then I will be doing more TrackDays!( darn right hahaha)
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Sbk you Def read it. You replied in it multiple times I think.

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Here's the specific snippet that he posted about it.


Overcoming excuses
Over the years I have heard countless excuses from people about why they canít race. Here are some of the highlights:
ēIím not fast enough/donít ride well enough Ė I hear this one a lot. My counter is simple: I got faster by racing. When I first started I was slower than most people on the track but I learned quickly, I had to! Nothing will teach you to ride more proficiently quicker than getting out there on the grids and mixing it up with people who are also learning. Thatís right. The people you will start out racing are all in the same boat as you; a desire but not a lot of experience. You will be on an even playing field.

ēIím waiting until I hit xx.xxx laptime Ė This one comes from the track day riders a lot. What they donít realize is that they will hit that goal and surpass it much more quickly when you are racing. The spirit of competition will push you hard and you will become faster quickly

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Sbk you Def read it. You replied in it multiple times I think.

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Oh yeah, that one! lol

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Been working on the suspension this last 3 days and well since I did the front I thought to myself "just to the rear so it's all new!". At that point I took the rear shock off and today I took it to Kyle Racing in Sand City. Talked to the tech that was going to do all the work and he said no need for a new spring just a refresh of the suspension. Which that included new oil, new gas or nitrogen(not sure what they use), and cleaning of all the internals.

At this point I went home and waited for the phone call saying that my rear shock is ready for pick up so I cleaned the inside of the swing arm and the back of the engine that I usually can reach.



After that I started to prepare the wheel for install which to me means cleaning the wheel spacers of all the old grease that is on them and putting new grease.



After that cleaning the old grease off the axle and again putting new grease on it. Cleaning the area where the axles go through. Decided to clean the sprocket as well since it's dirty with chain lube and dirt from my trip into the dirt at my last track day haha.


Then bam got the call from the shop so then I went and pick it up so I can put everything back on.


Found that these spacers where on the bike Shock already so I just installed them back. If I remember right it raises the tail end and helps with tip in??


Torqued everything down for the shock and because I wanted to be a little nit picky I had to make sure that the hydraulic preload handle was at the same angle that the exhaust comes out of haha



And then I finally was able to just sit back and look at my beautiful baby!



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That's awesome! Looks super clean man.

That's funny I just sent my Ohlins TTX to Kyle Racing for a new spring and they just sent it back to me today.
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That's awesome! Looks super clean man.

That's funny I just sent my Ohlins TTX to Kyle Racing for a new spring and they just sent it back to me today.
I got their before most mail companies pick up so it might have been one that I was looking at when I was in their shop lol. There were a boat load of ohlins products waiting for something to be done to them.

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