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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-18-2007, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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91 zx-6, 1st bike

So I know someone that is selling a 1991 Kawasaki zx-6 with 17,000 miles. The price he is asking is 2000 dollars and he is throwing in a helmet (doesn't fit me) and a joe rocket mesh jacket. Just wanted to know what you guys thought of this bike and the price. Also he said he dropped it once on a very slow turn. Condition seems good for a 91, two small cracks.
Also another question, besides gear and insurance what other expenes are there when purchasing your first bike.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-18-2007, 01:23 PM
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don't know much about the bike but as far as other expenses.

MSF Course! Definitely a must, preferably before you shell out the money for a bike, gear, insurance and all that stuff. That way you'll at least have a pretty good idea of whether you want to ride or not.

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I will be taking the msf course without a doubt. The only problem is that the next opening is in like July. I was thinking of getting the bike and taking the test and then just taking it easy until my time for the msf course comes. I don't want to pass on the deal because I have a feeling it won't last long, the guy really wants to sell the bike because he needs the money for a down payment on his next bike.
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Nice bike

I breifly owned a 1992 ZX-6D and have ridden a few ZX-6E's as well (basically the E model is pretty much the same as the D, but adds a ram-air system)

When the ZX-6D came out in 1990, it was the most powerful, top dog 600 of the time. About 80 rear-wheel horsepower, low 11's in the quarter mile, and about 145mph top speed. Certainly more than enough to keep a newbie like yourself entertained.

What I really liked about the ZX-6 is that it was REALLY comfortable. The ergonomics are almost sport-touring vs racer replica. You can actually ride the thing all day without needing a chiropractor. Personally, I've always liked the look of the bike too. The styling was way ahead of it's time and still looks relatively modern today.

If it's in good condition, I think $2000 is a good deal for it.
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Thanks for the replys, I did notice that this bike has been the most comfortable one that I have sat on. Definetly a plus. I too like the look of the bike, when I saw it I thought he told me the wrong year.
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Use nadaguides.com and kbb.com to determine what range the bike is probably worth. Then adjust (if you can) for local conditions. For instance, CA residents seem to pay much more than the rest of us for bikes. Remember those listings presume the bike is in excellent shape, which you've described is not the case, so discount probably applies.

And a used bike is an excellent first choice.

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When I KBBed the bike, the site said $2,200 or $2,300. There is a small scuff mark on the side because he dropped it and like two small cracks I saw. But he is also throwing in a helmet and a jacket so I guess it all evens out.
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When I KBBed the bike, the site said $2,200 or $2,300. There is a small scuff mark on the side because he dropped it and like two small cracks I saw. But he is also throwing in a helmet and a jacket so I guess it all evens out.
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I have a 90 ZX6D, its a great bike, you can keep up with any new 600, has modern rubber and modern tire sizes, suspension parts are available, airtech makes cheap aftermarket plastics, only downside to these bikes (all of the ZX6 models, even the R's) is the clunky tranny and 2nd gear issues.
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