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The first bike I ever owned was a ninja and I've stayed loyal to Kawasaki. Back in April 2002, I bought a left over 2001 ZX6R with zero miles on the clock. Since then, I've put 1200 miles on the engine and the fucking thing is slow as hell. I've added a slip-on, a jet kit, a K&N Filter, and an adjustable ignition advancer. This bike is extremely disappointing. I think a minivan could probably keep up with it. At first I thought it was my imagination, so I took it to my local bike shop and had the mechanic ride it around. He confirmed my suspicions and told me that I had the slowest ZX6R he has ever ridden. I broke in the engine according to Kawasaki's recommendations, but my mechanic told me that I babied it too much and that my bike will never be fast. When I thought about it, I remembered that I exceeded Kawasaki's rpm limits on a few occasions. How could this be babying it? I am super disappointed with it and I'm thinking about trading it in for a '03 ZX6RR. It's too bad that I've already spent a couple grand in go fast goodies and carbon fiber parts that are all gonna go with the bike. My mechanic told me to ride the bike really hard and eventually it will loosen up. Do you guys have any advice for me before I get rid of this slow ass POS?

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David C.
 

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Was it slow before or after the add ons? If after are you sure everything is tuned in? I broke mine in according to the manual "therefore babied it" somewhat because it was also my first streetbike. But 15K miles later it still has all the power of any 600 I have ridden, So I don't think break in has anything to do. Have it Dyno tested a few times to get some numbers and see if there are any power losses. You may have a something wrong in case have it fixed under warranty.
 

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"If you wanted a fast bike then why the F did you buy a 600?"


I hope that was sarcastic....;)


ohhh and ninjapower, you need to shift out of 1st gear, that should help it goes alittle faster..

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I feel bad for this guy it sounds like He is Kawasaki loyal but hey got a bad apple hey for every 50,000 kawasaki's made their has to be at least 1 bad bike in the bunch he will be happier on the 03ZX6R lets hope he dose not get unlucky number 49,999 again~!

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That's gotta suck having to own the own known lemon bike of our bunch of 6R's. I for one wonder how our bikes our legal....I mean, cmon now, once u zip past 8 grand on the tach, she's in her element and rippin up into the triple digits....in what....say 8 seconds. Sorry you had to be the unlucky one...I would part out the new add ons and use it to pay the monthly on the new 03. Sell your bike back or trade in or find a young kid who just watched Biker Boyz so that way he wont kill himself riding a least than ideal example of the greatest speed machine I have had the experience and joy to own. Good luck, and go for the 03. But test ride the bad bitch first and make sure she's gonna put out vs being a prude. Enough run on sentences for my ass on this topic. Keep with TEAM GREEN though.

"Ride Safe but embrace the speed." -Ninja 6R
 
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