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Old 11-01-2012, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got a 2007 zx6r at a steal of a price:

I have entered the realm of the Kawi


If you read my info in the link above, you can kind of see my background. But I'm looking to turn this bike into a track bike. And yes, it will be my first track bike, but not first bike.

So i'm looking for anyone with:
some general knowledge
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advice on gear(I've heard some places don't allow 2 piece suits which is what I have at the moment)
advice on mods(specificaly for the bike I have. I know the general "suspension, ecu flash, rearsets, etc.")
And anything else you want to throw in there.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the addiction and say goodbye to the money in your bank account.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh I have an 09 R1 project that has been taking it all. And thats not even track. Haha. But I'm pretty much expecting to be thumbing for rides and holding my cardboard sign that says "will race for parts"
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Nice start to a great trackbike.
This is who I bought my track fairings from. I couldn't justify spending $900+ on farings that are going to be wrecked at some point. Optimal Racing Kawasaki 07-08 ZX6 Bodywork - Superbikestore.Net.
I know the front suspension is crap for the track. You might be able to get some new internals, I also know that people have fitted the Showa BPF to the 07-08.
A 1 piece is really nice. I wouldn't feel comfortable on the track with a 2 piece. Zippers break. The 07-08 are geared really high. so new sprockets are needed.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Im tossing up making it full track, with the few exceptions to keep it street legal.
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If you have a R1, just make it all track. The 07-08 wasn't the greatest bike for the street. It is rather uncomfortable.
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I HAVE an R1, but I want to track a 600. Plus, with the mods I've done with the R1, it wouldn't be applicable on the track.
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That's what I am saying. I saw that you have a R1. Your other post (5) made it sound like you wanted to keep the bike street legal and ride track and street.
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Ohhh, my fault. Yea I'm having one of those days...

My only reason for wanting the zx6r to be street legal is because the R1 was just more of a project that I wanted to see if I could do, and it's not the type of bike I would ever "push" on the streets. I would LIKE to have a bike that I could have some fun with on the street curves along with the track since I have never been on the track. Like I said, it's an idea.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Never been to the track, I would suggest getting decent pit stuff. Don't have to go all out yet but get stuff you can use for a long time. You want to be comfortable and be able to relax after you get off the track. EzUp, some chairs, good cooler, at a minimum. Trailer, fan/AC, table, bicycle/pit bike etc if you want to really chill out. Make sure the forks are straight, slap some track plastics on it, rearsets, clipons, set up your suspension for you.

You are going to sign up for beginner for your first few trackdays, keep the right mindset, you will get bumped up if they think you are ready or you could ask and they will see if you are ready. I only say that because of your "will race for parts" joke. Go ahead and get a 1 piece suit since you plan to make this a habit, used or cheap is a good route, plenty of good quality cheap suits out there, boots, spare gloves and helmet. Wait to get your power upgrades, no point right now unless the exhaust is busted up from the other guy's wreck.

You have plenty of time to get it in shape for the track
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