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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question Please help me decide

Hey all,

About to buy a ZX10R Gen 4 ABS model but having some trouble deciding which one so hoping some of you can weigh in with your experience with the bike and help with the choice and things to look out for.

I won't say what they cost because I'm in the UK and the prices don't translate well (you get your used bikes newer for cheaper), but I'll say the difference is about $250

Bear in mind I'm buying the bike to use mostly on track as I have a road bike, and also I'm not too concerned with high mileage bikes if they've been looked after (these engines are pretty bulletproof these days).

Bike 1
2012 model (JCF code)
19000 miles (maybe high for age)
2 previous owners
Standard
Clean - no finance owed - no insurance write off
Full service history including valve check just done

Bike 2 - $250 more expensive
8995 miles
2 previous owners
2011 model (JBF code)
Akra end can
R&G Frame Sliders
Braided brake lines
Rad cover
Clean - no finance owed - no insurance write off
No service history at all supplied - Service book unstamped

In my mind...Bike 1 has been used for commuting
Bike 2 has most likely been used harder...Maybe for track....I don't mind and the extras will be useful, but that lack of service history is a little worrying.

Both bikes look clean with original OEM fairings.

Be grateful on all your thoughts.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Just a few other things.

The higher miler bike has been regularly serviced around every 5000 miles and has just had valves checked.

The lower miler hasn't been on the road since 2015 (so what happened) and being sold by one of these warehouse type dealers that I think buy from auction (maybe it was repo'd).
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 09:02 PM
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I would have a mechanic check over both of them.

How much do you like the extras already on the second one, compared to saving money for not needing a valve adjustment check soon for the first one?
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I would have a mechanic check over both of them.

How much do you like the extras already on the second one, compared to saving money for not needing a valve adjustment check soon for the first one?
Thanks for your response...I've put a deposit down on lower mileage bike, but they have a few ZX10Rs for similar price so will check them all out if this one is a lemon.

I've had quite a few sportsbikes (R6, R1 GSXR 1K), but is there anything in particular to look out for and check on these Gen 4 ZX10Rs? Anything electronics wise, like old error codes?

Thanks again.
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I found this info for the 2011 ZX-10R:

Cons -

Steering damper is shit. If the [stock] steering damper is replaced/modded, the steering damper bracket is shit and cant handle it. (could try a GPR if it is a problem?)

Front brakes are spongy - Brembo mastercyl + braided lines can fix it to some degree, if you ditch the ABS all together and do these mods they are much better.

Stock muffler looks shit and does nothing, you can take it off and it will do zero to your noise emission, need to get rid of the 40kg catalytic converter to get some noise out of them.

They don't even need the steering damper to be honest, definitely not for the road. You can get them revalved if you think you need it for about $70.

By no means am i saying i' am a pro at riding, but the zx10r was the most user friendly for me. thru the twisties the suspension will give you the confidence to push through it, the brakes for the street i find them ideal, but if you're hitting the track more often than the streets, then i would be spending some money on them.

The bike is comfortable to ride, i do find after 4+ hours of continous riding, the standard seat can become a little painfull, but not like your riding 4+ hours everytime you take it out.

I test rode multiples bikes at the start of the month, then i rode them all again 4 weeks later, the zx10r came out in top each time. always had the biggest smile when coming back to the shop.



From:https://www.perthstreetbikes.com/for...d.php?t=168690
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I'd go with bike #1 personally. Mine has 35 thousandish kms on it and still running strong. These engines can go for over 100,000 kms if well taken care if.
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