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It's weird, every magazine picks a different bike.



Roadracing magazine picks the zx6r

Cycle news magazine picks the zx6r

sportrider mag picks the r6

Cycle world r6



All the British performance bike mags have picked the kawi zx6r, except one that picked the Honda RR.



What gives. Just goes to show that its not about which one is the best, it's about which one is the best for you! I picked the Kawi zx6r and absolutely love it. You can't pick a bad one though.....Good luck.







 

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I got mine two weeks ago also and absolutely love it. I spent the first week getting the suspension tweaked right and now it's awesome!!!! Interestingly I have had no problems with the seat or tankslapping. I had a 2002 zx6r and the front end of the new one is definitely quicker and more alive but I haven't had any head shake. Maybe I just have been lucky so far. Your right though, the scotts damper is the best one.
 

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well I don't want to give the impression that I'm under sized in that region but, no I haven't had that problem. I think it's because my arms are on the longer side and I can sit back on the seat and still comfortably reach the bars. As far as tweaking the suspension, there are standard ways of setting up suspension based on weight and riding style. you can log onto sportbike.com and go to there suspension set up section. This is a good start to use if your not familiar with setting sag, compression and rebound. There suggestions are just that and you will have to fine toon it for yourself. No one can set your suspension just right for you except you. If you don't know anything about it use sportbike.com's sugg. and then make small adjustments in one place at a time till it works and feels right for you.
 

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I weight between 150 and 165lbs year round (depending on how often I'm in the gym). I'm about 160 now. I tried all sorts of settings and ended up very close to sportriders. I did not adjust the ride height in either the front or rear. The rest is as follows. Front: preload - 4 lines showing. Compression - 2 clicks out from full soft. Rebound - 7 clicks back from full stiff. Rear - Can't remember settings but they were the same as sportriders except I went 1/2 turn softer on rear compression. I did not adjust the rear preload as sportrider did but I might try it. So far it's a great compromise between quick canyon riding and city riding. If you hit a smooth canyon or track you could dial in a bit more front end compression.



Break-in is a highly debatable subject. If you have already got 400 miles then you probably missed the most important part of break-in, in my opinion anyway and thats an oil change at 100 miles and then again at the factory specs, usually 600. Don't panic if you didn't I just like to be extra careful. Other than that, I talked to about 10 mechanics when I bought mine and they said the most important thing is to very the load on the engine and avoid lugging the engine in top gear (causes internal piston temps to get too high and effects the ring setting into the piston walls). So basically don't redline it but rev it a little in lower part of the range. Don't keep the rpm's at the same place for more than a minute or so. They all seemed to agree that after the first 600 oil change you can let it rip!!! That's what I did. Oh, just in case your not a seasoned rider, beware of the first gear wheelie! This bike is awesome!!! Oh and in case some of you haven't seen it I just got done reading Sportbikes (UK mag). Chaulk up another one for the Kawi!
 
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