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I have been waiting to get a motorcycle for 10 years. Finally got the financial footing to do so, and decided to do it right by doing a MSF course followed by a track day before getting my own bike for the street.

I am located in New Orleans, LA. Rode dirt bikes for a long time when I was younger.

When choosing my first bike, the Ninja 400 was my first choice, but after riding a 636 for awhile, I couldn't pass up on the power, extra stopping power, and handling.

So here is my bike, '16 636 KRT. Looking for many upgrades as time goes by and definitely open to any maintenance suggestions as this is my first bike and I hope to keep her running top notch. Bike had 2600 miles on it when I got it, and now has 2900 only 6 days after purchasing it.

Currently has Woodward rear sets, Woodward frame sliders, and a tail tidy along with integrated Z tail lamp.

First upgrades/mods I am looking for is some tank grips, engine cover/protectors, "brap" can, and some HID headlights.
 

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Ok OP, first welcome. And look at the picture actually looks like you have Vortex Rearsets. Not a bad thing, they actually offer a Lot more than WoodCRAFT not woodward.

Frame sliders are perfect. Look on this forum for Frame Slider thread, I guarantee there's a post from the likes of @sbk1198, @RJ2112, or a thesis from @ZedExMuse.

As far as maintenance, somewhere on this forum is a service manual. Kawasaki actually does a good job of portray WTF you actually need and more importantly TORQUE specs. They are alot more critical on bikes.

Either way welcome. Btw that color scheme is the o ly other color scheme I like besides the 13's and 14's.
 

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Ok OP, first welcome. And look at the picture actually looks like you have Vortex Rearsets. Not a bad thing, they actually offer a Lot more than WoodCRAFT not woodward.
^What he said!

Frame sliders are perfect. Look on this forum for Frame Slider thread, I guarantee there's a post from the likes of @sbk1198, @RJ2112, or a thesis from @ZedExMuse.
LOL at the "thesis" comment!


OP, good on you for doing the MSF class and even a track day first. People with dirt bike backgrounds tend to pick things up very quick. Welcome to the forum.
 

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Ok OP, first welcome. And look at the picture actually looks like you have Vortex Rearsets. Not a bad thing, they actually offer a Lot more than WoodCRAFT not woodward.

Frame sliders are perfect. Look on this forum for Frame Slider thread, I guarantee there's a post from the likes of @sbk1198, @RJ2112, or a thesis from @ZedExMuse.

As far as maintenance, somewhere on this forum is a service manual. Kawasaki actually does a good job of portray WTF you actually need and more importantly TORQUE specs. They are alot more critical on bike
Hey, hey, hey I feel cut to the core. Comedians; You'll have to subscribe to motorcycle magazines when I'm gone. Oh... wait, what MC magazines? Well PB, SBK I hope you happy... ... ... pleasuring yourselves.:hump6

Oh sorry OP, was this thread s'pose to be about you?

You'll need a shop manual,

http://support.bazzaz.net/service_manuals/ZX636D.pdf

Frame sliders, fork sliders, swingarm sliders - all Woodcraft. Period! Why? Eric Wood, major domo of Woodcraft, is a trained engineers, and also a nationally ranked MC racer. He examines not only remains of his off-track excursions, but also those of his competitors. These real world boo-boos are the incubators of his company's products. They are very intelligently designed. You quite simply do better

Another item that I have on my '15 S.E. are the Kawasaki engine case sliders they can/will save you a tonne of money; from driveway tip overs to low speed track day/race get offs. They are very stoutly built, and in the event of a fall the plastic covers can be replaced for a small charge - you won't have to replace the whole thing.

https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/kawasaki/motorcycle/2015/ninja-zx-6r-30th-anniversary-edition-zx636effa/accessory-engine-guard
 

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Welcome. Nice bike, and a great intelligent start.

Now that you have the manual in hand, find the maintenance section..... The VIN sticker has the mfg date of your bike. Use that as the basis for what time sensitive maintenance requirements apply.

At 3 years old, things probably haven't gotten too far yet. Brake fluid is often ignored. Do not do that. Especially if you plan on tracking the bike. Consistent braking system performance is critical.

Engine coolant degrades with time as well, probably still okay but follow the manual.

Having done msf, and a track day..... How's your stockpile of riding gear? The little things matter in time. Eye protection, hearing protection, I have to think you already have gloves, jacket, pants?
 

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Hey, hey, hey I feel cut to the core. Comedians; You'll have to subscribe to motorcycle magazines when I'm gone. Oh... wait, what MC magazines? Well PB, SBK I hope you happy... ... ... pleasuring yourselves.:hump6

Oh sorry OP, was this thread s'pose to be about you?

You'll need a shop manual,

http://support.bazzaz.net/service_manuals/ZX636D.pdf

Frame sliders, fork sliders, swingarm sliders - all Woodcraft. Period! Why? Eric Wood, major domo of Woodcraft, is a trained engineers, and also a nationally ranked MC racer. He examines not only remains of his off-track excursions, but also those of his competitors. These real world boo-boos are the incubators of his company's products. They are very intelligently designed. You quite simply do better

Another item that I have on my '15 S.E. are the Kawasaki engine case sliders they can/will save you a tonne of money; from driveway tip overs to low speed track day/race get offs. They are very stoutly built, and in the event of a fall the plastic covers can be replaced for a small charge - you won't have to replace the whole thing.

https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/kawasaki/motorcycle/2015/ninja-zx-6r-30th-anniversary-edition-zx636effa/accessory-engine-guard
Thanks for that shop manual. I have a decent amount of mechanical background working on cars back when I was a teen and plan on doing a good bit of work myself. This will definitely come in handy. Also thanks for the link to the engine sliders. Ordering them right now and hope they come in before my first track day on the bike possibly this Sunday.






Welcome. Nice bike, and a great intelligent start.

Now that you have the manual in hand, find the maintenance section..... The VIN sticker has the mfg date of your bike. Use that as the basis for what time sensitive maintenance requirements apply.

At 3 years old, things probably haven't gotten too far yet. Brake fluid is often ignored. Do not do that. Especially if you plan on tracking the bike. Consistent braking system performance is critical.

Engine coolant degrades with time as well, probably still okay but follow the manual.

Having done msf, and a track day..... How's your stockpile of riding gear? The little things matter in time. Eye protection, hearing protection, I have to think you already have gloves, jacket, pants?
Thanks! My stockpile of gear is... kind of ridiculous in my opinion for how far I am in (4 weeks since MSF course and less than 1 week on my own bike).
I have a Sedici 1 piece for the track. Already went down in it, low sided going ~20mph, just scuffed the Sedici logo on the left arm a tad, no other damage.
Dainese Super Speed Textile Jacket with AStar lvl 2 Nucleon back protector
AStar perforated full length boots, absolutely love these things.
AStar gloves (can't remember which ones) (needs replacing due to that track day fall).
Helmet is an AGV K3 which needs replacing as well (due to the fall, debatable as the shield is kind of the only thing that hit from the video evidence.)

Still need some good riding pants to round out everything as well as some street gloves and racing gloves. Definitely open to suggestions on anything as well as criticism.
 

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Thanks for that shop manual. I have a decent amount of mechanical background working on cars back when I was a teen and plan on doing a good bit of work myself. This will definitely come in handy. Also thanks for the link to the engine sliders. Ordering them right now and hope they come in before my first track day on the bike possibly this Sunday.



Thanks! My stockpile of gear is... kind of ridiculous in my opinion for how far I am in (4 weeks since MSF course and less than 1 week on my own bike).
I have a Sedici 1 piece for the track. Already went down in it, low sided going ~20mph, just scuffed the Sedici logo on the left arm a tad, no other damage.
Dainese Super Speed Textile Jacket with AStar lvl 2 Nucleon back protector
AStar perforated full length boots, absolutely love these things.
AStar gloves (can't remember which ones) (needs replacing due to that track day fall).
Helmet is an AGV K3 which needs replacing as well (due to the fall, debatable as the shield is kind of the only thing that hit from the video evidence.)

Still need some good riding pants to round out everything as well as some street gloves and racing gloves. Definitely open to suggestions on anything as well as criticism.



As far as gear goes, think situational - think seasonally. I have perf Dainese 2-pc - make sure the jacket and pants zip together. That is a MUST for most, if not all track days/schools; perf Sedici & Sidi boots; same goes for gloves. I wear this for late Spring, summer, early autumn situations. I have a Performance Bike (bicycle) camel back hydration system. I throw in a bottle of a sports drink & a bottle of juice. If I can, I'll freeze the night prior.:BigGrin

I also have dedicated cool gear for hot weather, as well as dedicated warm gear. Invest in an electric jacket - don't puss-out and buy only a vest. I feel an electric jacket is an absolute must! There are also heated pants, gloves, booties & head cover; these are nice to have, whereas the e-jacket is a must.

My complementary gear to the above is totally H₂O-proof. H₂O resistant stuff is quite simply not suitable. Don't waste your time/money on the stuff. If you get wet even on a fairly mild day your are rapidly inviting hypothermia. At which point your brain will start to misfire. And that's every bit as dangerous as hyperthermia.

I hope you have work stands, if not do spend the extra coin for Pit Bull brand products - they are simply the best. I guarantee you'll be glad you did. Also, they make a simple product that I LOVE, the Pit Crew Tire Wedge:

https://www.sportbiketrackgear.com/pit-bull-pit-crew-tire-wedge/

Another item(s) that will utterly save your sanity are captive wheel spacers. These wee gubbins will save you from sounding like you have Tourette's Syndrome.

For dozens of years I've been a dedicated fan of :BigGrin's double-bubble (dbl) windscreen, but recently I switched to their Corsa windscreen, and totally love it.

https://www.sportbiketrackgear.com/zero-gravity-kawasaki-zx-6r-09-17-corsa-windscreen/

I personally believe that Fully Adjustable rearsets are a must! As well as Fully Adjustable
Clip-ons
are a must!

https://www.speedymoto.com/products/handle-bars/omni-bars/

And yet another small item(s) that will save you money are the Woodcraft Folding toe pegs.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/woodcraft-folding-toe-piece

Well, this list will keep you busy for a while. Good luck/have fun.
 
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