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Cheapest 2008 near me that looks ok. Definitely not my favorite color though. I think I'd like to go for red or lime green. For a huge price difference though I could always get the fairings painted.

2008 Kawasaki Ninja Zx-6r -6r, Maumee OH - 110961610 - Cycletrader.com

Forgot to bring up the mileage also. 22k. From what you all have said, that's way too much. Right?
 

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A bike with around 20k miles is certainly not too much. As long as the bike is cared for, these motors can last a long time and handle plenty of abuse. Things to look for:

Tread on tires. A new pair will set you back.
Brake pad life
Brake fluid color
Fork seal leaks
Any fluid leaks in or around the motor
Oil condition
Any weird sounds while running
 

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A bike with around 20k miles is certainly not too much. As long as the bike is cared for, these motors can last a long time and handle plenty of abuse. Things to look for:

Tread on tires. A new pair will set you back.
Brake pad life
Brake fluid color
Fork seal leaks
Any fluid leaks in or around the motor
Oil condition
Any weird sounds while running
How long is a long time? Thank you for the list!
 

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How long is a long time? Thank you for the list!
There are people on here with well cared for ZX6 motors that last 100+ thousand miles.

It really all depends on if the motor was taken care of. Regular oil changes. Coolant flushed at least once every other year. Spark plugs changed regularly. Air filter cleaned or replaced regularly. Fuel taken care of. Valve adjustments performed on schedule.

I bought my 2006 ZX6 with 20k miles and last year it laid down 112hp on the dyno with NO tuning. All I have is a slip on exhaust, K&N air filter, and the jumper mod.
 

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Hi Torokdesigns,
How long have you been riding dirt bikes?
What kind of dirt bike did you have?
How is your mechanical knowledge?
Just trying to get an idea of where you are at. :)
 

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There are people on here with well cared for ZX6 motors that last 100+ thousand miles.

It really all depends on if the motor was taken care of. Regular oil changes. Coolant flushed at least once every other year. Spark plugs changed regularly. Air filter cleaned or replaced regularly. Fuel taken care of. Valve adjustments performed on schedule.

I bought my 2006 ZX6 with 20k miles and last year it laid down 112hp on the dyno with NO tuning. All I have is a slip on exhaust, K&N air filter, and the jumper mod.
Ok thank you.

Hi Torokdesigns,
How long have you been riding dirt bikes?
What kind of dirt bike did you have?
How is your mechanical knowledge?
Just trying to get an idea of where you are at. :)
It's been about 5 years now. I do not own any, just ride a lot with my friends. My mechanical knowledge is lacking. Once I get one I'll be visiting the forums regularly to see how to do things.
 

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Cheapest red one, same price as the green one but red has 16k miles.

2007 Kawasaki Zx6r -6r, Mansfield OH - 110691162 - Cycletrader.com

But it's a 2007
WHY so paranoid about an 07? it's the same bike, they might have changed colours but there are no improvements made between those years.

The red has a nice new(er) chain but the picture doesn't tell much else about its condition.

Stay away from the 22k... you already mentioned you don't know much about bike mechanics.
Unless you only weigh 170lbs, you wanna service the suspension, do a valve adjustment (not difficult but very labour intensive), flush all the fluids, most likely need new brake pads, chain, sprockets.

The thing with bikes, you can't let anything go past a relative condition of 50%.
if brake pads get low they might let the brake pistons get wedged cuz they're fairly short and don't like being extended out due to low brake pads.

a worn sprocket will eat the chain (stiffen up links, making both sprocket and chain worse)

old brake fluid isn't effective anymore, will have collected moisture and causing brake fade or more a spongy lever.

old engine oil will wear on ALL engine components since the clutch uses the same oil.

squared off tires are no fun to ride with unless you live in the souther states that got no hills or twisties.

2008 Kawasaki Zx6r Ninja 600, Cincinnati / Bethel OH - 111070506 - Cycletrader.com

This is more something you need.
All i can see is a missing windscreen and a heavily dented tank but the frame slider saved most of it. if it got around 10k milage that would make for a great beginner bike!
The dent is easy to pull out and then just repaint the tank.

Bike comes with a nice Leo Vince exhaust and cleaned up tail. Tho it still has the original sprocket/chain.

2007 Kawasaki Ninja Zx-6r -6r, Sumter SC - 111590668 - Cycletrader.com
This is an absolute stock bike except for the cleaned up tail.
Needs:
Chain
Sprockets
Tires (?)

probably brake pads and oil change.


2007 Kawasaki Zx-6r -6r, Huron OH - 109589999 - Cycletrader.com
This bike has been down on the right but only upper fairing scraped and is missing mirrors.
Brake fluid still looks yellow (good)
Tires are good
chain/sprocket have been replaced.
yosh pipe
frame sliders
Tidy tail
fancy Gator seats

This one gets as close to ready to go as possible.


2007 Kawasaki Ninja Zx-6r -6r, Springfield OH - 111440822 - Cycletrader.com
Almost same features as the previous, very clean.


2007 Kawasaki Ninja Zx-6r -6r, Bensalem PA - 111546697 - Cycletrader.com
TwoBro pipe with cleaned up tail
under 6k miles, good price.



2007 Kawasaki Ninja Zx-6r -6r, Asheville NC - 111508060 - Cycletrader.com
I'm jealous at the rider! He lives on;y 1hr away from the Dragon Tail. This dude rides pretty hard.

SS lines
Gripster Tank pads
Tires good
Twobro Black edition pipe
Cleaned up tail
Puig tire hugger

Even tho it's been used heavily, i'd still buy it if i'd like the 08 look as much as you do.



have fun shopping.
 

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I started on a 600 SS. I was fine on it, never had any problems. Sold it and after a few years I picked up a Ninja 250. I realized how much I did not know about riding. I picked up some much better riding habits on the 250. Now I am back on a 600 and it is a totally different experience. I thought I had the 600 perfected but now I realize just how much more a 600 has then I have. My advice based on your size is like others have mentioned, go with a twin 650. Plenty of power and fun but easier to learn good riding habits. A 250 will be very underpowered with your size.
 

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Make sure with any bike you purchase you make that you have also purchase a front and rear stand.

This will make it much more enjoyable and easier to work on the bike, and it's better for the bike than letting it sit on its kickstand.

Pit Bull makes the best stands, but they're expensive. At least they can usually be found on craigslist for ~$75.

And like we've mentioned above, spend money on good gear, not just a jacket. Quality boots, gloves, jacket and helmet are all needed. You will probably go down and you should (well, hopefully) want to be protected.


And again, the 07 and 08 are the exact same bike. Find one in the best condition or just pick the color you like. If you find one specifically that you like, post up for advice.
 

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Or, buy an '05/'06 and spend almost half as much money for a hell of a bike.
He stated multiple times he WANTS that 07 look.

We're talking against a wall if it comes to reasoning with his logic as there is non other than for a status symbol.

He'll learn sooner or later that it wasn't the smartest idea and how physically challenging just the riding position is. No one here can tell me they don't get back pain after 1/2hr ride on the hwy.

But most beginners will complain even more about developing carpal tunnel syndrome which is false impression due to a bad riding position.
 

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He stated multiple times he WANTS that 07 look.

We're talking against a wall if it comes to reasoning with his logic as there is non other than for a status symbol.

He'll learn sooner or later that it wasn't the smartest idea and how physically challenging just the riding position is. No one here can tell me they don't get back pain after 1/2hr ride on the hwy.

But most beginners will complain even more about developing carpal tunnel syndrome which is false impression due to a bad riding position.
So true.

Just for kicks:





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I took a couple minutes and ran a quote through Geico...

Assuming:

birthday: 1/24/1996
car DL since 16
motorcycle DL at 18
single, no kids
financed motorcycle
MSF course: yes
no accidents or other claims.
no tickets or other violations
random address in Red Bluff, CA

The yearly premium is Your 12-month policy is only $1842.80

I just chose the minimum insurance requirements for a full coverage policy. I'm sure my assumptions aren't correct, but probably not too far off. This is just for comparison anyway.


Same information with an 08 Ninja 650 Your 12-month policy is only $1385.80

Ouch either way! Holy cow!
 

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I took a couple minutes and ran a quote through Geico...

Assuming:

birthday: 1/24/1996
car DL since 16
motorcycle DL at 18
single, no kids
financed motorcycle
MSF course: yes
no accidents or other claims.
no tickets or other violations
random address in Red Bluff, CA

The yearly premium is Your 12-month policy is only $1842.80

I just chose the minimum insurance requirements for a full coverage policy. I'm sure my assumptions aren't correct, but probably not too far off. This is just for comparison anyway.


Same information with an 08 Ninja 650 Your 12-month policy is only $1385.80

Ouch either way! Holy cow!
Do it through Progressive. I've always found Geico (at least here) is crazy expensive comparatively.
 
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