Originally posted by Joss
You will please notice the brand new addition…a 2002 Kawasaki ZX-6R…went over this morning and picked it up.
Now that you’ve got that new 6R, can accessories be far behind? Take this for what it’s worth (based on my experience), remembering that I’m a cheap basta…er, frugal individual:
Gonna have to have a stand! I bought a Lockhart Adjustable Swingarm Stand Series II since it’s cheap (Competition Accessories/10% discount AMA members), seems to be plenty sturdy, and you can hoist the bike on it by yourself with little chance of dropping it
. I tried the Lockhart Race Swingarm Stand, but the sucker wouldn’t allow me to hook it under the spools without banging into/fighting with the exhaust pipe. The Lockhart Adjustable Stand doesn’t bang into the pipe. With the Adjustable, just hook the left pad under the swingarm, and hoist the bike off its side stand slowly. It’ll tilt right (off the side stand) and position itself on the right pad, and up she goes, no muss, no fuss. The wider race stand requires you to right the bike FIRST, then hoist it up. Pretty damn tricky to hold the bike upright with one hand on the rear grab rails while trying to hook the stand under the spools and hoist the bike.
Front stand? Well, I got Lockhart’s New Front Stand, but not real happy with it. Ordered 2 from Competition Accessories, both which were damaged. They wouldn’t send another, so I took a chance and ordered directly from Lockhart. No luck, as it was damaged also! It appears Lockhart has a problem at the factory with somebody stacking these front stands and banging/scratching the hell out of ‘em. Competition Accessories gave me $20 off to keep the second one, which I’ll probably end up painting this winter.
Hit the TRACK & TUNER link in left column, then LP USA STANDS & BUTTON KITS PHOTOS link.
Slip-on? You may soon want something a little better looking and sounding than the stock pipe. I liked the looks of the V&H S4 Titanium, and it sounds great! Much cheaper than Akrapovic, looks better IMO (love that machined double end cap), and fortunately, sounds great! Couldn’t find one to listen to, so I took a chance on the sound. Folks tell me it sounds like a 9R at idle (it kinda spits instead of idling). It has a pretty deep tone at idle, but once you hit 4000 rpm, it turns into a high pitched wail: just the way I like it! When off-throttle, especially 'round 4000 rpm, it sounds like a cross between a babbling brook and an angry beehive! I really enjoy listening to the sucker burble when slightly off-throttle, cruising 'round 4000 rpm. The V&H slip-on is not so loud that it drowns out the intake, but you’re probably gonna need earplugs on the highway (‘course, helmet/wind noise is probably gonna require ‘em).
Shields: I recently took a pretty cold weather ride, so I may hold off on aftermarket shields since I actually stayed pretty warm. I’m thinking of adding either a ZeroGravity Double Bubble or the Lockhart Euro Screen. Still mulling this one over…