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NEW Bike SERVICING - 1st time - what's covered?

Hey guys,

When I bought my 2016 ZX6R, it had barely 3000 miles on it. I am not sure if the previous owner did ANY service what so ever. But I do understand that a new bike usually is required to get their 1st service after 500 miles or so.

My question is what's covered in that service? And if it was never done, am I missing something big? I did an oil change recently and got the chain cleaned/adjusted.

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-22-2019, 05:36 AM
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Download the service manual - for free - from this forum and you’ll know all!

Just noticed you have 90 posts .... you should already “know all.”
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As Riverszzr points out on a regular basis, the most important thing that could be checked would be the valve clearances....... Not listed as a first service.

1st service generally amounts to checking for leaks, and loose parts. Fluid levels. Adjusting the chain, setting controls to match your ergos, tire pressure. All of that is stuff you can and should do yourself.

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Download the service manual - for free - from this forum and you’ll know all!
Just noticed you have 90 posts .... you should already “know all.”
Yeah, I'm just not the "know it ALL" type. I like to ask.

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As Riverszzr points out on a regular basis, the most important thing that could be checked would be the valve clearances....... Not listed as a first service.

1st service generally amounts to checking for leaks, and loose parts. Fluid levels. Adjusting the chain, setting controls to match your ergos, tire pressure. All of that is stuff you can and should do yourself.
I recently did the oil change, chain cleaned & adjusted, check for loose motor mounts at the dealer.
I also got the suspension adjusted to my weight from Evolution. Coming summer (when I actually ride the bike), might brake fluid changed, lubricate cables, and top off the coolant.

Valve check is usually more expensive and reserved for later (I think). Will download the manual also
What else?

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Actually sit on the bike in riding position in your gear, and reach for the controls with both hands and feet. When you stick your fingers straight out, they should be resting on the tops of the levers. If you have to reach up or down, loosen the clamps that hold the levers, and rotate them on the clip ons, so they DO align with your hands. Same thin with the rear brake (just under the toe of your boot when you slide your foot forward off the peg), and the shifter..... depending on if you have it set up in the 'normal' 1 down 5 up pattern, or the GP 1 up, five down, you want the tip of the lever to be set so you make a minimal motion to move it. Shouldn't have to poke around for anything. Should all come to hand naturally.

Same thing with adjusting the engagement point on the front brake, and the clutch. Once you have the orientation set properly, it's a lot easier to suss out where you want the 'bite' to occur. Should be within your natural comfortable grip, where you can apply consistent controlled pressure without having to make an extreme motion out of it.

If you're street riding, it's a really good idea to figure out how to get the most out of your mirrors. Having a nice reflection of your elbows or forearms isn't terribly helpful when it comes to scoping out where the threats are. I've found with my '09, I can see the most to the sides and rear if the tops of the mirrors are parallel to the ground, and the stalks are stretched out as far as possible to the sides. The mirrors are sort of fan shaped, with a point If the widest part sticks out the furthest, and extends towards the ground, you get a better field of view. My mirrors are set to show me what's just past my peripheral vision, when I turn my head to that side. If I need to see directly behind me, I lean my head 'out' from the center of the bike so the angle I am viewing the mirror at changes. That 'sweeps' my field of view, nearly directly behind me to nearly 75 degrees by shifting my head maybe 8-10".

The further away you can recognize potential threats, the more time you have to decide what to do about them. Really good idea to always have a plan..... and to never need it. Anticipation is everything. Sightlines are lifelines.

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Actually sit on the bike in riding position in your gear, and reach for the controls with both hands and feet. When you stick your fingers straight out, they should be resting on the tops of the levers. If you have to reach up or down, loosen the clamps that hold the levers, and rotate them on the clip ons, so they DO align with your hands. Same thin with the rear brake (just under the toe of your boot when you slide your foot forward off the peg), and the shifter..... depending on if you have it set up in the 'normal' 1 down 5 up pattern, or the GP 1 up, five down, you want the tip of the lever to be set so you make a minimal motion to move it. Shouldn't have to poke around for anything. Should all come to hand naturally.

Same thing with adjusting the engagement point on the front brake, and the clutch. Once you have the orientation set properly, it's a lot easier to suss out where you want the 'bite' to occur. Should be within your natural comfortable grip, where you can apply consistent controlled pressure without having to make an extreme motion out of it.

If you're street riding, it's a really good idea to figure out how to get the most out of your mirrors. Having a nice reflection of your elbows or forearms isn't terribly helpful when it comes to scoping out where the threats are. I've found with my '09, I can see the most to the sides and rear if the tops of the mirrors are parallel to the ground, and the stalks are stretched out as far as possible to the sides. The mirrors are sort of fan shaped, with a point If the widest part sticks out the furthest, and extends towards the ground, you get a better field of view. My mirrors are set to show me what's just past my peripheral vision, when I turn my head to that side. If I need to see directly behind me, I lean my head 'out' from the center of the bike so the angle I am viewing the mirror at changes. That 'sweeps' my field of view, nearly directly behind me to nearly 75 degrees by shifting my head maybe 8-10".

The further away you can recognize potential threats, the more time you have to decide what to do about them. Really good idea to always have a plan..... and to never need it. Anticipation is everything. Sightlines are lifelines.
Great advise and write up. If you can attach pix of the mirrors... not sure if I got that.

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So the bike was originally bought as Good Times Motorsports, Sacramento. I'm the 3rd owner (2nd owner was very brief). I wanted to know what services had been done, and when, so I can plan what to do next. When I called the dealership, spoke to Laura (Serv.Manager), she told me that she can't share any info about the bike's service history with me, it's not legal. I don't get it - she didn't even answer when I asked her to just tell me when was the 1st oil change done. She said the dealership had a contract with the original owner, I am not their customer, so it's a matter of privacy (and bunch of other B.S), but she can't tell me anything about the bike's history.

Is any of this true? I just wanted to know what kinda work was done and when.... What's the secret about it? How can I get that info?

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Great advise and write up. If you can attach pix of the mirrors... not sure if I got that.



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Thanks for the Pix ^

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You're welcome. They look unconventional, but that's the best way to see as much as possible with the mirrors on my '09....

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So the bike was originally bought as Good Times Motorsports, Sacramento. I'm the 3rd owner (2nd owner was very brief). I wanted to know what services had been done, and when, so I can plan what to do next. When I called the dealership, spoke to Laura (Serv.Manager), she told me that she can't share any info about the bike's service history with me, it's not legal. I don't get it - she didn't even answer when I asked her to just tell me when was the 1st oil change done. She said the dealership had a contract with the original owner, I am not their customer, so it's a matter of privacy (and bunch of other B.S), but she can't tell me anything about the bike's history.

Is any of this true? I just wanted to know what kinda work was done and when.... What's the secret about it? How can I get that info?

Thanks!
That’s b.s.! We’re not talking about medical records here ....it’s a frick’n machine! I would try my best to not use THAT dealership in the future...
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