Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Da woods
I Ride: 2017 ZX6R KRT Edition
New 2017 ZX6R KRT owner
Hello ladies and gents, boys and gals, thing 1 and 2...
New to the forums here and wanted to introduce myself, about 2 weeks ago I picked up a 2017 ZX6R KRT Edition with 0 miles (well 3 due to assembly) from a local Kawasaki dealer and have already put over 1000 miles on her. She's a non-ABS and I had them install Vortex V3 frame sliders, and Driven Racing swing arm spools for the potential of a low side (which has yet to happen and hopefully won't) and to help maintaining the beautiful machine with the Vortex rear stand.
Currently I have the bike at the dealer doing the initial 1000 mile service (checking all bolts, oil/filter change after break-in, etc) especially after having my first experience with tank slapper/speed wobbles from hitting a pothole in WNY on the thruway. I've already cleaned/lubed the chain and plan on doing most/all services myself as I used to be an auto tech/engine builder and built my WRX from the ground up. I opted for the 5 year/unlimited mile Kawasaki Warranty as I plan to keep the bike relatively stock and my dealer has informed me that Kawasaki is relatively relaxed on mods as long as they aren't the cause of powertrain failure.
Regarding mods planned, I'll start with a HID low beam, LEDs for all other locations, adjustable long clutch lever/short brake lever, tank/leg grips..then work into a Yoshi R-77 Carbon slip-on with cross-over pipe (to be heard better) and a PC (unless there's a better tuner, dealer recommended PC), and a DIY/Yoshi-style fender eliminator to stay as legal as possible. The bike is a daily, so if you recommend parts/mods keep that in mind.
As for safety I've already been suited up in full Cortech gear (3 layer jacket, waterproof overpants, and summer gloves), Tourmaster boots, and HJC FG-17 helmet with fiberglass/kevlar weave. I'm snagging a tinted visor in the next week or so, and eventually a Sena 20s EVO/30K as wired earbuds are nice but annoying due to no control, and ones with mic/remote have interference with the ignition system causing distortion.
I'm located in WNY in the Rochester area so if you're nearby don't be afraid to say hello! I'm pretty laid back yet adventurous and go hiking/exploring often, so show me some great spots for pictures and curves!
Hope to meet some fellow riders and go on cruises soon!