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post #1 of 14 Old 06-18-2019, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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New rider in central florida

What’s up folks! First time sport bike owner here, purchased a 2013 about a month ago to run the streets on. Been poking around the site and decided to join because why not. As for the bike I only plan to change the colors and I’m looking into an ECU flash, no track. I’m here for good advice and look forward to the learning experience. Peace!
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-18-2019, 02:35 PM
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Welcome! I know you plan on changing it but I like the all black fairings. Post lots of pics during your upgrade process.

"Real simple, son! Cops are coming! There's a kilo of Colombian bam-bam under the car. Time to be a man. You got hair on your peaches or what?"
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-18-2019, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome! I know you plan on changing it but I like the all black fairings. Post lots of pics during your upgrade process. <img src="https://zx6r.com/images/smilies/bigthumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Thumbs-up" class="inlineimg" />
Thanks and will do. I like the black too but I NEED to be seen. Too many elderly people where I’m living currently lol
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-18-2019, 02:57 PM
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...I like the black too but I NEED to be seen. Too many elderly people where Iím living currently lol
LOL I hear that!

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-31-2019, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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6 months, 10k miles, a set of tires and 1 low-side later
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... And it's still all black....

Glad to hear you're okay and racking up miles.

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... And it's still all black....

Glad to hear you're okay and racking up miles.
After things getting extremely squid-ish that night I figured I should learn to ride it versus worrying about cosmetics yet. Don’t wanna make it pretty then slide again. Not at my own fault anyways if I can help it
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Price goeth before a fall.... Glad it's just your dignity that took the punishment.

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post #9 of 14 Old 11-02-2019, 05:59 PM
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Welcome, I'm trying to figure out where in central Florida you found a curve to low side on. :-) I dropped mine a couple of times - low speed, amazing it didn't get much damage at all. My wife said, "now your bike is like you, it has scars". I love the giant bandaid.

Know what you mean about the folks, there are old folks and then there are crazy drivers. Rode my CBR600RR and ZX6R (2014) to Sarasota a few times. Scary part was the road to Anna Maria Island! Lots of lanes lots of bad drivers, lots of places to pull out and turn. I prefer empty roads. Story behind the pic. It's western Missouri 2 lane road, was behind a truck pulling a boat who had been running pretty good but slowed down a bit. I got a good opportunity and passed, looking in mirror noticed SUV behind the PU behind me pulled out at the same time. I was committed so went on by and was well over speed limit but figured the worst mistake I could make was slowing down. Cleared truck and pulled over (using signal) and the officer blew by me! A couple of miles down the road he pulled someone over - never even looked at me. I was on a BMW with side cases and a duffle bag on top of the rear seat.
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-02-2019, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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It wasn’t as much of a low side as it was a ‘late decision to turn and locked my rear tire up because I was going too fast while approaching a left turn at an intersection’ lol. It was too fast to hold at the point of the turn so when it came all the way out to my right side and laid down I basically hopped over the bars/windshield and banged up my wrist attempting to catch myself. Bike was at my feet when I stood up. Also left my jacket at home that night. All lessons learned!
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post #11 of 14 Old 11-03-2019, 02:40 PM
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Locking the back brake and sliding the rear around, almost certainly means you didn't use anywhere near as much front brake, as you could have.

This sort of crash is fairly common when a rider is self taught. I speak with that experience.... Between 1985 & the present, I have had an accident on very nearly every motorcycle I have owned. Seems to happen about every 20,000 miles or so.

I can say that the first serious-ish crash in '85 was nearly identical to what you've described. A series of fortunate circumstances resulted in me and my best friend walking away with skinned knees, elbows, and palms. Any other day of the year, I would have killed my friend stuffing him headfirst under a car at 40 mph. No helmets, or other protective gear.

I decided that I could not explain what happened. As a result, I took a training course from MSF, so I could learn about why. I won't bore you with details -- we've had a good number of instructors participate on the forum, any of which would very likely say the same thing I have.

Target fixation, lack of scanning for threats, not having a plan for what to do if things go south.... The list goes on.

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post #12 of 14 Old 11-04-2019, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Glad you both made it out of that one. I can’t remember who made the post on here but I’d put my money on it being you RJ, who said “if it’s putting a smile on your face you should probably slow down”. That one stuck, even took screenshot but I can’t find it now.

There were no other cars on the road when I dropped it but a cop came out of nowhere like they always seem to do & helped me lift it back upright
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You can always trade distance for time.... You cannot trade time, for distance.

Can I suggest you find your local MSF, and sign up for the experienced riders course? You use your own bike, so there's very little wasted time. As you have figured out most of the basics, erc will concentrate more on the mechanics of operating the bike.

Countersteering, braking, balance, visualizing where you want to go..... Enough drills to get you comfortable with the skills..
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I plan on taking one in January. I realized that I have entirely too much at stake when I saddle up.

I bumped into two other riders in traffic the other day, both zx6rs (‘06 & a ‘19) then ended up riding with them for about 2 hours. I must say that’s a lot better than chasing 1000s around. Well long story short one does track days so I’ve picked up a few things from him in our conversations. Unfortunately the ‘06 was totaled later that same night by his bro-in-law
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