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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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New to this forum

Would just like to say hi to everyone, and give some background on myself.

I have taken the MSF course, and am going back in the spring for the intermediate and eventually the experienced rider courses. I have invested a fair deal of cash into the proper leathers, and the bike I bought was an '03 blue and white GSX-R 600. Has a fair deal of plastics damage, but runs strong and is a nice sturdy, comfortable bike.

I have been reading around on here since a week ago, I've ridden the bike around town a little, but not too much. I have been replacing some damaged things on the bike since I bought, first thing I did was new bar ends and frame sliders, the plastics have suffered enough as it is.

I guess the only things I have going for me at this point, being new on here and all, is that I have taken the MSF course and got myself some good gear. Got my service manual too, since I love doing my own work and hate paying someone to do what I know I can do myself.

She's a work in progress, but the gas tank will be out of painting tomorrow, and the side panels I will be fitting on saturday.

The previous owner was very sketchy with his maintenance, so what I ended up doing was just replacing the chain and sprockets (-1+2) completely, took off the extension, and raised it back up to stock height. Replaced all the parts that had rashing (he lowsided both sides at fairly low speeds it looks like) new levers, bar ends, mirrors, windscreen, all new plastics custom painted from an 01-02 1k theme to the 600, had the wheels painted gloss black, new frame sliders, grips, fairing bolts, and exhaust. She'll look brand new on sunday when everything is fully up and running. Also, I added some of my own personal taste with the LED's, I know it's not everyone's thing, but my Suzuki Forenza has them, and now the bike matches.

I'm also a very active member at both gsxr and gixxer . com, but I found a local forum, and figured if I ever needed help, it'd be great to know people around me =]
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 09:52 PM
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Wow! I mean seriously wow. You are a rare breed. You have taken the proper steps to educate yourself on riding techniques, you bought the right gear and you raised the bike back to stock height and unstretched it. Unbelievable.

Just remember if the time comes when you do need help wrenching on your bike don't be too proud to admit you don't understand something or don't know how to do something. And be willing to pay your mechanic.

Nice intro. Ride safe out there.
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It's been a fun few months to say the least. I grew up in a household that never worked on any car or bike, nor did we have any bike till I bought mine. I've always loved taking stuff apart, and new I could do so much with a bike to make it my own. I guess I ran out of stuff to do on my car, haha. Here's a few more pics I couldn't add to the first post. I know some guys like to know what we ride in the off season =]

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Just remember if the time comes when you do need help wrenching on your bike don't be too proud to admit you don't understand something or don't know how to do something. And be willing to pay your mechanic.
Don't worry about that, if I am in way over my head, you guys will know. So if it comes to cracking the case open, you guys will be my first choice for help.
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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 10:22 PM

 
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I'm with Grasshopper. Great intro, and finally someone who knows something about something, even for a new guy (even though you ride a Gixxer, which will be forgiven).

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I bought a 2002 Honda CBR600F4i as well

Gave that one to my older brother, he recently lost his job, and I love having someone to ride with. Was way too good of a deal to pass up. $1500 and it only has 3,500 miles on it.
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Welcome.

As for the msf...the intermediate is the same as the basic course, but at a quicker pace. I think they eliminate the class work and the exercises on the range are a bit briefer. Just so you know. Some expect more. There's a few rider coaches on here too.
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As for the msf...the intermediate is the same as the basic course, but at a quicker pace. I think they eliminate the class work and the exercises on the range are a bit briefer.
I know, I just figured I could use a refresher before jumping onto the streets again. =] Plus there was some hot chicas in the last class I took.

Gas tank will be out of painting today, so I should have some updates tomorrow, and hopefully a finished *looking* bike, still have some wiring issues to tackle, but the pictures should look good
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Welcome aboard.

As anxious as you are to get out there and ride, try and keep the first few months out on the street to the standard riding season. Better weather, better roads and a more aware public...all things that will make it easier to learn the ropes.

Ask lots of questions and don't push yourself too hard. You've taken some really good first steps, stick with that theme!


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As Grasshopper stated, great intro. Welcome aboard!

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Welcome! It's the off-season, so there's not a lot of postings about rides, etc. right now. Once the weather clears up, there will be a lot of us itching to ride.

Congrats on taking the time to learn something about both your bike and your riding. The guys/gals on here include some very knowledgeable folks on both riding techniques and bike maintenance. Ask intelligent questions and you will get good answers.

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By far the best intro I've ever seen!

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like hopper says good job unstretching and unlowering that bike, most folk who know whats up actually raise those gsxr's up a bit, only a moron stretches a 600, i have a 02 600 and worked at a dealer when those were new, there isnt much i dont know about that gen of gixxer, and i'm near the 55/355
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Welcome to the forum. Great intro, and like everyone else has said, if you have questions don't hesitate to ask everyone here is rich and knows everything about everything. But seriously, ask away we likely do have someone on here that knows just about any question asked. The forum's members are very diversified.

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Nice intro ...... welcome and such !


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As everyone previously stated that is a great intro and a rare one indeed.

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BTW, grasshopper is the resident SV guru if you need. I've yet to find someone more knowledgeable about an SV than him.

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I appreciate it guys, and I definitely look forward to some weather we had like on Monday and Tuesday, but that little window was ruined because of the body shop.

As far as my gear goes, I'll probably end up getting a higher quality helmet, I have a dot approved one, but may want to look into something more test-proven. The jacket is one of those blue/white joe rocket leathers, with the pads, and I know that will save my skin if I ever go down. I'm probably heading over to the dainese store in schaumberg this weekend to look at some boots, and possibly some pants, but boots for sure. My hiking boots won't cut it if something were to happen. I figured, I'm 20, I would love to live long enough to legally drink
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just wanted to say im so hard for your intro bro.

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^ Best reply yet. (No offense to anyone else) I just love a good laugh.

Gas tank is back on the bike, starts up, stuttering a bit, but it hasn't had gas go through it since early december.
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by far the best intro i've ever seen!

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To me, everyone on here will know more than me, so don't worry for now

Worked on the bike all morning, wired up everything, and here we are!

Gas tank came out great, intake halo lights look nice, and will work wonderfully for getting me that extra bit more noticed at night.
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