hello all, i''m a first time owner and new rider. just had my 05 kawasaki ZX-6R delivered and man its even sweeter than it was in the show room, can't wait to get out and ride her this weekend! any tips or tricks please feel free to chime in!
beleive me, i respect this thing, sitting still it looks like it will kill me but i love it, i do plan on taking it slow, i have a buddy coming to help teach me a few things. i'm excited and scared all at the same time, but a good scared! thanks for the advice, i'll read as much as i can before i take her out again.
actually my insurance company is telling me they are buying me a brand new bike, and they are also telling me my rates aren't even going to go up (I love state farm). My bike will be here in a week and half.
But I second wearing all your gear, and wear it all the time. After my little "incident" I did not even require a bandaid. I was a little lucky but gear works incredibly well as long as it is on you.
i'm not really the weelie type, so no worries there, i like speed, but i'm smart enough and have enough self control to know i have a thing or 100 to learn. no msf yet but will be taking one in the spring, i don;t think i can get into any classes that are left. as for gear, i have a helmet, and am working on a jacket and some gloves.
please get yourself some pants as well. I went down, was wearing pants and they got torn to shreds but I am ok and ready to ride again. One of my friend's boyfriends went down with just jeans, ended up in the hospital and is scared to get another bike. Your knees and ass will thank you. I just got some pants I could wear over whatever I had on.
Definetly get goves. To me they are almost as important as a helmet. Your tendants are just below the skin, the tear like rubber band. Even if they just stretch, they will hurt for years (I'm speaking from expirience. almost 3 years since I hurt mine and I still have the grip strength of a five year old).
Just respect the bike, and remember to dress for the crash not the ride. Gear will really save you, and it make the difference between bitching about scratched plastics and taking an ambulance ride.
Also keep in mind, that while your bike will out accelerate virtually anything on the road, it stops about as well as an accord, and only if you have good skills in that department. Practice panic stops, get the feel of that front brake. If you like to go fast, practice panic stopping from the speed you like to go. Pay attention to how long (distance wise) it takes you to stop from that speed, that how far up the road you need to look.
Be carefull, have fun, and welcome to SBW