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Howdy y'all, this is my 3rd kawi. Started out on a 250, then had a 99 zx-6r. Now I have this one...a 2002. Not done of the mods yet, have the flushmounts for the front buy never installed em yet. So far:

LP V2 Speedscreen
LP Short Stalk 3's
LP Flushmount V's (patience!)
Custom front/rear seat skins (on order)
Pro Grip grips
Yosh RS-3 slip-on
Tankslapper tank protector

well the website it being fussy so no pics yet!





Edited by - Grunt_99 on 07/08/2002 00:11:52

Edited by - Grunt_99 on 07/08/2002 00:12:59
 

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Good Choice, Kawasaki True huh?

Just curious, how come you didn't go bigger this time around? Usually the next bike after a 600 is a 900 - 1000 cc's

My next bike is going to be a custom chopper, I don't know when since its a lot of money.

Something like this:

 

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Well it's a long story actually...get comfy<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

I swapped bikes with another guy (R6). First time riding with him. He rode a VTR, and an RC51 that day (my buddies) no prob, so I let him try mine. Well, when he rode the other bikes it was in a straight line. I didn't know that we were heading towards a really twisty road. There's one really deceptive corner that gets a lot of people their first time thru. Well it got him!

I couldn't believe it. He wasn't hurt though, and in case anybody is wondering, yes he would have crashed even if he was on his r6 - but my bike has been thru that corner much faster with me on board. he totally wadded it, rider error, he paniced, but all he had to do was countersteer and go for it. He mainly rides in town, not the twisties.

Anyway, I was still paying on that bike. And he didn't have much $$$ either, and it was nto going thru insurance. i didn;t really want a half-assed repaired bike, and it was gunna cost ~$4000 (Canadian) to do it right. So we spoke to the local kawi dealer. I traded it as-is, and he paid me the diff to bring it back to blue book value. It was the easiest way. So it did cost me $$$. I didn;t have the extra couple of grand to go for the 9R (plus I wouldn;t have gotten as good a deal, they didn't have a 9 in stock like they did the 6). I could have scraped it up, but in all honesty, I loved my zx-6r. Had it under a year, so I was more than happy to get a nice new shiny one. Plus, mine was a 99 (single headlight) so going to the new body style was sorta like a whole new bike, at least cosmetically. Still, I like the old one too.
 

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Dude that sucks... Sorry to hear that, at least you got something out of it.

I lucked out, I have the 2000 ZX6R (which hasn't changed much) so my 2000 is just like a 2002. At least I don't feel jipped like the Yamaha 2000 R6 and CBR F4 owners do.

Man I would be pissed if I bought a bike and the next year they decided to drastically improve it. Which brings me to the next question.

Since ZX6R are slow sellers what do you think they are going to do next year to keep up with the other 600's? Although I love the ZX6R, I have to admit it's outdated compared to they other 600's

Fuel Injection, Lighter, Digital Cockpit? or do you think they will leave it the same and promote the supersport tourer? For the money and for real life riding the ZX6R is hands down the best 600 out there. For the track its the slowest, but who really rides on a track?

Dave
 

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It's hard to say what will happen next year. I hear rumours of an all-new zx-6r for next year, but to be honest, I've only heard that on chat rooms like this - not exactly the best places some times to pick up rumors. I also rode all the 600's (except the gixxer) and I would choose the 6R over the others. Here's MY lowdown (not exactly the gospel)

Honda - (F4, I never rode an F4i), Good all around bike, better for new riders than all the rest because the power is so linear. Good all-around bike. Bars seemed really high to me, decent seat (f4i's is a major step back there). Seemed like ya had to really rev it to make power. Handled really neutral, another reason I think it was a good beginner bike. Docile when ya want to, but able to run hard if ya want too. Decent 2 up, good fairing.

Yamaha - (01 champ edtn) Really weak brakes, this was a letdown. Biek is really small and light (good & bad). Nimble, but not quite as planted as others. And forget about 2 up. Didn't seem to want to make any power below 1000rpm's. Pulled well after that. No wind protection. Handles really well. Tranny is really clunky, and ya gotta really launch it right, not like the other 600's. Sound slike I'm dissin' it, I'm not, but I think it makes a much better track bike than a street bike. I almost got one, but found a deal on my 6r instead.

Kawi - Best usable power of the bunch, down-low and midrange is great. Nice sound even for stock can. Nice ergos, can do 2 up. Silky smooth tranny, brakes are much better than my old 99's were (even those were better than the r6's). Weighs only a bit more than the r6, but it feels heavier, but it's splanted and stable in corners and at high speeds. Good seat. Good wind protection. For me, it makes the best street 600. I still love the sytling, but I do with all the others too.

So for me, I think I'd still get a zx-6r regardless of the changes the others make next year. If not, I'd probably go with the honda. The R6 is out cause I take the wifey sometimes, and the gixxer, as sweet as it sounds seems like it's probably too track oriented too (but I don't know yet).

Anyway, I think maybe we'll see the 636 hit North America. In the UK, it's either the top selling sportbike, or the top selling 600 (I forget). Also, Superbike (UK mag) did a 600 comparo with all the Japanese 6's, TT600, & the Ducati 748. Well, the gixxer took top grade, but guess what they picked 2nd? The 636. And yes, this included track testing. They loved the chassis, motor, brakes, etc etc. So I don;t think it's going to be a valid statement to say the kawi won;t do well on the track anymore. Cause even if the 636 motor doesn;t arrive, you can probably bet the other changes (chassis/suspension etc) will be applied. Whew! Well I'm done.
 

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Ok, uploaded some pics to another site, hopefully these will work...

Well, every time I try to link to pics it takes the equals sign out and kills the link...anyway, click here
http://community.webshots.com/album/43057160jmgOKl (updated link)

to see 3 pics I uploaded tonight. One of the new bike, one of the almost invisible Tankslapper protector, and one of my old bike the day before buddy wrecked it

Edited by - Grunt_99 on 07/08/2002 22:42:35

Edited by - Grunt_99 on 07/09/2002 14:32:54
 
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