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post #1 of 9 Old 03-01-2017, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from Fond du Lac, WI!

First time as a member of the ZX6R forum. Just purchased a 2009 ZX6R . . . bone stock with 2,500 miles on it. Quite the story, really, but excited to have it. I've never owned a Kawasaki before, but I've heard wonderful things about the 2009 ZX6R, so here we are! I do all of my own work (for the most part), and like to tastefully modify my bikes as I have extra $ and time. Just a note to say "HI" and introduce myself and my bike.

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-01-2017, 05:38 PM
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Welcome..... the '09 has some seriously stiff fork springs installed -- I weigh over 200 lbs in full riding gear, and have the suspension set almost as soft as it will go for spring pre-load, for street riding. Set up on the factory spec, my teeth would clatter together riding on the freeway, and my vision was blurry..... much too stiff, IMHO. Maybe good for a racetrack..... not for what I do with the bike. Did one heck of a stoppie that way, tho.

There was a service bulletin issued concerning the regulator/rectifier.... call your local Kawi dealer and see if the replacement has already been done on your bike. It's free.

The only other thing that has been an issue for me, has been the throw out rod on the clutch. Someone had the lever slack adjusted too tight, and that caused accelerated wear on the tip of the rod. To the point that it failed.... it's only a $15 part; but it should really last the life of the bike. Some amount of time and effort to take it all apart, sort it out and then figure out how to put it all back together.

The shop manual you can download from here, is a h-u-g-e benefit.

"Basic stuff fellas. Use your head for something other than to break your next fall."

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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Nice find,, if you didn't pay a lot you got a steal.
You should have great rides ahead of you.

Pretty low miles, would suggest doing all the fluids.

Would bet the original owner didn't.
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Nice find,, if you didn't pay a lot you got a steal.
You should have great rides ahead of you.

Pretty low miles, would suggest doing all the fluids.

Would bet the original owner didn't.
Great rides?? Hell yeah he does, he lives right by one of the best race tracks in the midwest! Plus that area around Fond du Lac is pretty nice.

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Great rides?? Hell yeah he does, he lives right by one of the best race tracks in the midwest! Plus that area around Fond du Lac is pretty nice.

Welcome to the forum!
Assume your mean Road America.

Have thought about doing a track day there, heard it was a big HP track liter bikes?

Looks like the OP is 40 minutes away. If I was that close big HP or not, would have to go.
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Assume your mean Road America.

Have thought about doing a track day there, heard it was a big HP track liter bikes?

Looks like the OP is 40 minutes away. If I was that close big HP or not, would have to go.
Yep, it's my favorite so far. Very fast one. You should definitely go there some time. I live 10 hours away and i've gone once a year for the last 4 years and plan on going again this year too.
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Yeah, it was a steal for sure. I only paid $3k. AMS oil purchased and ready to change. Just waiting for the garage to get above freezing :-)
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Yes, I only live about 25 minutes from the track. I go multiple times per year and my sons have learned to love the sport. I have thought for many years about having a "track only" bike that I could thrash around on, but time and money are the limiting factors . . . it's not cheap to ride around a race track! For the most part I use my bikes for "spirited commuting". I bought the ZX6R because, quite honestly, I couldn't pass up that deal. I've never seen a bike this nice for $3k. I'm really looking forward to superbike races this year at RA . . . ALWAYS a good time. Thanks so much for the welcome!
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