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So I'm a new rider and just bought my first bike 2 weeks ago a 2006 Kawasaki zx6r. I got in my first accident. I was stopped at a red light and when I was about to go I felt too confident and pulled on the throttle while letting go of the clutch. I popped a wheelie and hit a curb. I got a little banged up especially from my gun. My gun and holster broke my belt loop and slid to my backside. The holster with the weight of my gun dug deep into my back causing a big cut. But fuck my cut I'm worried about my bike. So anyways here's the damages on my bike....

Clutch cover broke cause me to loose all oil and bending my clutch springs
Fairings
Footrests

I bought a clutch cover. springs,bolts,heads for the clutch. And everything else cosmetic. I'm worried about the clutch. So when I rplace the springs ect in the clutch do I have to adjust the tightness or something or do they just go in?

I don't know a lot about bikes yet lol so don't laugh. Just want to know how I can fix the clutch.

Also one more thing... I bought a 03-04 clutch cover for my 06. It said on eBay that it would fit. Do you guys know if that clutch cover will fit my bike?
 

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My suggestion..

Replace the clutch. Sell it. Buy a bike that's harder to kill yourself on, and wait to return to a zx6r until you have some experience.

I won't laugh, as its actually fairly serious.. I'm glad you're mostly OK and alive to tell, but please don't ride it again. At least until you have more experience under your belt
 

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My suggestion..

Replace the clutch. Sell it. Buy a bike that's harder to kill yourself on, and wait to return to a zx6r until you have some experience.
I agree. I rode a Ninja 250 for a year+ before buying my Zx6r... Glad you are ok though.
 

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I'm not selling my bike. I making payments on it from a guy a know. Just wanna fix it.
Riding for 2 weeks.. Already wrecked it due to being cocky.. Not trying to be rude, but seriously, this isn't the bike for you. At least not yet. I hope you reconsider before you seriously harm/kill yourself or someone else.

If not.. Best of luck. At the very least, try to ride as cautious as you can.
 
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Like the others, Im glad your ok.

Unlike the others, Im gonna say that your bike is a fine first bike, as my 07 zx is my first street bike, you just need to relax with it. To pull a wheelie from a stop light into a curb is rediculous. You need to calm down on that throttle before you seriously hurt yourself or someone else. Hopefully you were wearing some sort of gear as well other then your helmet.

Idk if your interested but maybe take a rider safety course or something. In some states, you get a nice reduction on your insurance.

As for your clutch question, I cant realy help you on that but i hope you get things squared away. Be safe on that thing brotha :coocoo
 

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Yeah I was wearing full protection. A leather vest helmet my jacket my gloves jeans high top shoes. I just panicked a little and I learned a valuable lesson. It's a learning experience. Everyone wrecks sooner or later. And I'm going to take that class as soon as my bike is running
 

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Yeah I was wearing full protection. A leather vest helmet my jacket my gloves jeans high top shoes. I just panicked a little and I learned a valuable lesson. It's a learning experience. Everyone wrecks sooner or later. And I'm going to take that class as soon as my bike is running

Glad you're taking the course.

Anyways as far as the clutch goes. Go over to the service manual section of the forum. It will answer a lot of questions and make it easier.

Get some proper pants though. Jeans won't hold up very well if you were to go down with any speed

The whole learning experience thing is kind of my point.. A less powerful bike probably would have just scared you.. Instead of hauling ass on one wheel into a curb.
 

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Hi! Welcome!

I am sorry to hear about your off. Fuck the bike. It is just metal and plastic. The important thing is you are here to tell the tail. I hope that you heal quickly.

The only generalized advice I am qualified to give:

If you have not already done so, buy and always wear full gear. No matter how short the trip, or how careful you are going to be.

Get training in how to operate the high performance machine on which you chose to hurdle your fragile body around. MSF BRC (motorcycle safety foundation, basic riding course) is a minimum. A performance riding school is a true growing experience.

Gun in tank bag. I believe that your intro post proved the logic of that. If not consider how many times you have used a gun in anger then how many times in two weeks you have been hurt by gun on body. Personally I do this with everything including watch and ring. Google "degloved finger motorcycle accident" for more information.

IMHO the following two resources should be included with purchase of any motorcycle, especially a sport bike:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVWLIfChUwg
^^ really bad acting... really good information
http://files.meetup.com/1510087/A+Twist+of+the+Wrist+II.pdf
^^ the book

Next time when wheelie goes too much. Rear brake and roll off, then steer.

Some advice I wish I had taken two years ago (my wreck a few weeks after purchase of my zx):
Get a less powerful bike. Anything below 50 bhp should be much more forgiving. I can speak for a klr650 as being an excellent learning tool. It is built like a friggin tank. Cheap to buy (especially the gen1). Cheap to maintain. Bombproof. Much more forgiving on the power delivery. It can hold its own against most cars from a stop light.

A personal anecdote:
This morning leaving my apt complex on wet relatively cold roads (with knobbies) on my klr, I had a slight case of freudian throttle. The rear spun, and stepped out an inch or two and recovered. Could I have recovered that slide on my zx today? probably. A year ago? maybe. Before msf? probably not. On the klr the answer would be probably for at least two out of those three conditions. It doesn't kick in as hard.
Because it doesn't kick in as hard, I am forced to keep my speed up and practice all the basic skills. I feel I am safer, and significantly more confident. All of that leads to it feeling "slower" and like I have time to think. I can tell you I am probably faster today on my klr then I was 6 months ago on my zx.

I hope you heal up quick and ride safe, regardless of the decision you make on which bike to ride. Sorry if the above came off douchie. If so please find below a kitten video as an apology.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBrSvHPY1NQ

Ey3
 

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Glad you're ok. I can't really suggest to start on a smaller bike since I did start on a r6, then a cbr600rr, and finally to what I have now. HOWEVER, i STRONGLYYYYYYYY suggest you go take that class...they will provide you a bike. That bike won't cost you anything if you drop it there. 600's are in no way under powered and are extremely fast. You really just need some experience...and the best way is to get into that class and ride. GL
 

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Well im sure u learned from ur mistake and wont be trying that shit again. 03 clutch cover wont fit on an 06. Get a cover for an 06...all u need is the cover. Just replace that if its cracked. Everything else inside should be fine.

Report back when u have the part and well let u know how to install it.
 

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First of all - get a clutch cover from a 05 or 06. Those will fit.
If your bike hit the bike hard enough to crack that cover - have the fork checked too.
Put the zx6 in the garage for a while and get a cheaper beater bike that is easier to ride, a standard or offroad type of bike with upright riding position - so mutch more comfy for city riding. Learn a bit on that bike and use the zx6 a bit now and then and compare - what happens when you do "x" with the beater, and what happens when you do it on the zx6?

You say the zx6 is your first bike.
If your son just got his drivers license for a car - would you give him a nice, goodlooking car (maybe a older camaro, a sporty hatchback like the ford st260 (i think it is 260 now right?) ) or would you give him a Lamborghini gallardo on that same day he were to begin learning how to drive?
The lamborghini is 0.7 seconds SLOWER then the zx6 from 0-60.
You get my point?

It is mutch more fun to ride a slow bike fast, then to ride a fast bike slow, im not saying sell the zx6, just wait for it a bit, a old z500, f650, cb600f, gsx750, pretty mutch anything is a lot easier to learn on, and learn a lot faster. The time until you will really discover your bikes capabilities will be so mutch shorter by using one of those for a while, while also having the zx6.

Jeans and a leather vest is not full gear.
Full gear is leather suit, boots, helmet and gloves made for the job and a good back protector. if you are to wear a gun while you ride, try to attatch it to the bike somewhere instead.
Glad you are ok and dont crash again!
 
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I'm not sure if I have the qualification to give advice as I've only been riding or a year.

Hopefully you took the MSF course I not do it, Its amazing what the basics will do for you.

Here is your Bikes Service manual. After i messed my bike up the first time and asked for advice from an old cantankerous gentleman he told me over and over READ THE DAMN MANUAL

http://support.bazzaz.net/service_manuals/ZX636C1_C6.pdf

It should give you step by step instructions on anything you need.

I started last year on 04 636, Its all about respecting the machine.
Shit happens, Educate yourself, Fix your bike, And ride.
 

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see I'm new to owning a street bike my self but have been around bikes my whole life and as someone who has never been around em or anything i don't think they know the capabilities of these machines. people need to respect these bikes considering what they can do. like others stated people get to cocky to fast and think they can ride like a pro or do more than they're capable of. be safe out there and hopefully you have learned a lesson to tone it down and of respect.
 
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