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After hearing about enough tranny issues. i think we should start a poll, and see how many people are having issues. include the following.

Your Name
Year of bike
Milage of bike
Type of oil used, and Brand (Regular Vs. Synthetic) (Kawichem Vs. other)
Type of riding (Weekend joy riding or Daily driver)
Anyother information you see needed

Please keep extra chat down so it is easier to keep track of the numbe of people.
 

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Tina
2006
32xx
Kawichem so far...thinking of switching to Aims
I do both types of riding depending on the weather
 
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marc
2005 ZX6R
12k miles
currently has amsoil 10w40 synthetic. previously motul semi-synthetic
used at the track by previous owner. daily transportation for me from 6k-12k miles. currently ridden only about once a week.
no problems so far. only annoying thing is the famous 1-2 hard shift.
 

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Jason
2006 zx6r--4,000 miles
10w40 Amsoil full synthetic
Drive occasionally to work, but mainly at night and on weekends, and drag race at different tracks about once a week during season
no problems yet!!!
 

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Ted
2006 ZX6R
4k miles
mobil 1 15w50 full synthetic
Drive to work everyday and hit the twisties on the weekend
no problem yet
 

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Eric
2005 ZX6R
12000 km
Motul 5100 15w50 semi synth
Occasional riding
Problems shifting from 1 to 2nd and from 2nd to 1st.....
 

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Shawn
2006 ZX-6r
Ride sometimes to work and weekend road trips
3500 miles
15-50 Motul semi blend (highly recommended by dealership)
No problems so far.
 

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alex
2006 zx-6r
bought new june 8th has 4200 miles on it now
first change done by dealer dno what they used since then valvoline motorcycle oil
only prob is occassional hard 1-2 and 2-1 shift
 

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Todd
2005 ZX6R
Purchased 7/6/06 with 258 miles on the clock, now showing 3295 miles
Changed oil and filter (Mobil 5000 10w/40 dino oil, Mobil1 M-110 filter) at 300, 600 and 1500 miles, next oil/filter change at 4500 miles will be with Mobil1 Tan cap full synth 15w/50
Daily commuting, weekend twisties, main form of transportation right now
No problems other than an occasional missed 2-3 shift because I get lazy.
I do plan on installing a Factory Pro EVO shift kit as soon as they are available.
 

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Louis van Tonder
2006 zx6r
6000 KMS
Shell 15w 40 Motorcycle oil
Weekend riding, two track days
 

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May I be the fool who says this again.
It certainly is a fact that many people have had transmission problems on the zx6r, but seeing it here again, its not a 90% of units problem... its a 10% of units problem. Mine is still fine (touch wood). I guesse like with all things some of them are sometimes gonna break.

I really hope this never happens to me but I have 6000KMS + on my bike and i haven't had a single problem yet. This makes one really wonder if it might not be abuse or wrong oil. And remember, abuse is not neccecarily deliberately abusing it. It might be kicking into first from second when not slow enough (i've done that twice, you can feel it in your blood you've just hurt it) or not shifting propperly....

Just my 2 cents.
 

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Sam
2006 zx-6r
10,001
Kawi oil then when i hit 10,001 - got Motul semi-syn.
Everyday including weekends (i started taking my 81 beater benz over the holiday weekend.. not planning on riding for a while.
Transmission feels very loose, not smooth. 1st - 3rd gear or when in gear and braking while holding the clutch, if feels like the whole tranny shifts forward. Hard to explain, but i know this is not how a transmission feels, kawi or non kawi.
 

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I have 2500 miles on mine. Factory oil change at 500 miles, and then I just did it about 30 miles ago with Valvoline 10w-40 oil, said it was designed for wet clutches, and 4 stroke motorcycles.

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Michael
2005 ZX-6RR
21,7XX Miles
Motul 5100 - 15W50 Synthetic Blend
Daily Commuter
I adjusted the shifter position down half to three quarters of an inch from factory. Now I only have a problem with second when I get very tired and get sloppy when shifting.
 

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Nick
2006 ZX6R
1,895 miles
Mobil 1 10w30 Synthetic
Joy Riding
I use a sock on my left shoe and that seems to help the 1st to 2nd deal
 

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05 636 for commuting, aggressive mountain riding, and 1 trackday so far. 5400 miles, no tranny issues.
 
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