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Okay...i've seen on these forums that some people think sliders are really a waste of money for the ninjas. I can't remember exactly why they said that sliders didn't really work well with the ninjas.

I know this guy from school who rides an R6 and competes in stunt shows on a regular basis and he freaking swears by sliders. He said I better get some slider on my bike ASAP. Supposedly the last time he went down he only spent 200 bucks getting his bike to almost new because he had sliders to protect his bike when he ditched it at 80 mph. He said without the sliders his bike would have most certainly been ruined.

So my question is...what's up with sliders? Should I get them or not? They don't cost that much but if they aren't going to do any good then i might as well save the money.

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Sliders that attach to the motor mounts are strong enough to hold up during a crash. Those that attach to a fairing bolt won't hold up to anything more than a tip over. The problem with the ZX-6R is that the left side motor mount bolt is behind the coolant tank. To get sliders that are effective one must relocate the coolant tank or, like the R&G sliders, modify the tank to allow the slider bolt to pass through. I have some R&G sliders and they are very well made but they require both lowers to be cut and they are expensive.
 

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edit: doh! swjohnsey replied with a lot of the same info while I was typing mine up...

The problem with the typical kawi sliders is they bolt into the fairing mount holes. The problem there is they are too narrow to withstand any serious damage, the bolt would just bend & snap. It's debatable how helpful they are. Low speed (as if someone tips you bike over on it's sidestand, they might help). To sustain an impact they need to be mounted using the motor mounts (like your buddy's R6).

To do this on the kawi, you need to drill a hole in the fairing...not biggie on the right side. But on the left the coolant resevoir bottle is in the way. There is a company in the UK that sells a kit with a modified bottle and sliders that mount using the motor mounts. But it's pricey. RG Racing is the name. Forget the site URL offhand, something like http://www.rg-racing.com (that's it I just checked). Those are the only decent sliders for the 6R that I know of.

But you might be able to make your own following their design. There is a thread on cycle forums (kawi section) about a guy fabricating some based on these. You'd have toi drill your bottle and seal it around the hole. Stay tuned... I want some myself!



Edited by - Grunt_99 on 12/03/2002 13:58:00
 

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That's mine after a 35-40 lowside. The cheap slider actually held up quite well until the off-road excursion when it was ripped right off the bike. It was ground down about 1/2". I think it could've been better, but even the frame mounts wouldn't have saved the plastic when the rear point went in backwards.

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