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FZ600 track bike?????

So I've had this bike since I was about 18. It's been sitting around in pieces since I blew the motor probably 10 years ago. The block needs to be welded crankshaft repaired, needs a new sleave and freshen up the bearings and it should be good to go. I still haven't decided whether or not to find another motor or maybe even modify the frame to mount an fzr motr in it. Anyway, this is an old school bike. If I took the time to fix it is this something I would learn alot from on the track or am I wasting my time?

I guess I may be a little excited after seeing this pic surfing the web for info yesterday. Thinking.....this could be my fz. although with some time, blood, sweat and tears I guess it could be done

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sounds like a new motor would be the way to go there, but as far as a track bike...I'm not too sure, you'll probably be afraid of the FZ (handling, brakes, etc) after years of riding a supersport.
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sounds like a new motor would be the way to go there, but as far as a track bike...I'm not too sure, you'll probably be afraid of the FZ (handling, brakes, etc) after years of riding a supersport.

I was just searching ebay for some stuff. I wonder how hard it would be to stuff a fzr 600 motor in that frame although that would add some weight. As far as handling in brakes I was thinking of putting an fzr600 rim on the rear so I could get some decent rubber on it and I could always put fzr 600 forks and calipers on it. I think that would take care of handling. If that's what you meant PJ, I'm not sure. I actually just threw a bid on a rear rim on ebay. If I remember right the bike handled pretty well when I had it. It is skinny and light, 400lbs, becuase it was before they went to water cooled systems. Is that what you meant PJ......you know how it is to work on these old bikes. Would it be worth it, especially since I have another bike and basically have time to work on this one.

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Honestly, I don't think it would be worth it, you can pick up track bikes for pretty cheap these days. The money you'd spend retrofitting it would probably be the price of a hawk race bike or something along those lines. I'd just part that thing out on ebay and buy something else. My 2 cents anyways.
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Don't put the FZr rear rim on there. It's an 18" and there isn't very much as far as selection of rubber for that size. Most people put a CBR F2 or GSXR wheel on those things for better rubber selection.

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I'd just part that thing out on ebay and buy something else. My 2 cents anyways.

go do a search on fz600 on ebay and see how many people actually buy items that are listed for that bike. It'd be pretty hard to sell anything off of it. Heck, I wasn't even able to sell any of those gsxr parts, and that was a pretty popular bike at one time. I'm pretty sure I have two choices here. Junk it or fix it.

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Don't put the FZr rear rim on there. It's an 18" and there isn't very much as far as selection of rubber for that size. Most people put a CBR F2 or GSXR wheel on those things for better rubber selection.

Javio,

do you know something I don't??? I wasn't sure a gixxer or f2 rim would fit. If it does I hope I lose that bid on the fzr rim? The only rim conversion I've ever read about over the years on the fz was the fzr rim. Even still there is more selection on that rim than the one that is on there.

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Javio,

do you know something I don't??? I wasn't sure a gixxer or f2 rim would fit. If it does I hope I lose that bid on the fzr rim? The only rim conversion I've ever read about over the years on the fz was the fzr rim. Even still there is more selection on that rim than the one that is on there.
You can still get B-Stones for 18" rims and they're plenty sticky. You can also do a rim swap with a Bandit 400 or a TZR on an FZR 400, I imagine the same is possible for an FZ.

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You can still get B-Stones for 18" rims and they're plenty sticky. You can also do a rim swap with a Bandit 400 or a TZR on an FZR 400, I imagine the same is possible for an FZ.
So what about the bike sticky??? I'm pretty sure the frame is pretty much the same as your 400. Is it a good learning experience or would it be more beneficial to forget about it and wait till I can buy something more modern?

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The frame is totally different, the 400 has an aluminum frame. I say look into it and estimate costs, then look at costs of race ready bikes. You may be better off buying a race ready something, if you're only doing track days then you don't need the latest and greatest. As far as being a good learner bike, hell yeah but flexy. Of course I think everyone should ride a 400

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Javio,

do you know something I don't??? I wasn't sure a gixxer or f2 rim would fit. If it does I hope I lose that bid on the fzr rim? The only rim conversion I've ever read about over the years on the fz was the fzr rim. Even still there is more selection on that rim than the one that is on there.
I guess it's just a matter of fabricating spacers and stuff. How much $$$$$ you want to spend. I wouldn't do it, but then again I don't have the $$$$ to blow. I just bought some 18" Bridgestone rubber. BT010's.

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I guess it's just a matter of fabricating spacers and stuff. How much $$$$$ you want to spend. I wouldn't do it, but then again I don't have the $$$$ to blow. I just bought some 18" Bridgestone rubber. BT010's.

hmmmmm I was thinking more along the lines of slicks so a gixxer rim maybe a good idea. I'm going to need to measure to make sure I have enough space between the swingarm for one though. spacers shouldn't be a big deal. If need be I could just turn something on the lathe.

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you can get B-Stone 18" slicks, the front would be a 110 that would normally be a rear of a 125.

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you can get B-Stone 18" slicks, the front would be a 110 that would normally be a rear of a 125.
soooooooooo Sticky.........you never did give me the opinion on the bike. Are they still worthy of tracktime and being part of a good learning process or should I just get this thing running and either let my wife ride it or dump it.

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Get it running an toss; do some minor maintenance(fork oil, tires, brakes) and get it on the track. If you're going to have to put more than $1500.00 for that, then forget it.

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Get it running an toss; do some minor maintenance(fork oil, tires, brakes) and get it on the track. If you're going to have to put more than $1500.00 for that, then forget it.
thanks man!!!!!!

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Yeah.....I'm going to be searching ebay like a hawk for either parts I can use or a new motor. I'm going to try not to spend alot of cash on this. Since I'm already riding a litre bike and have ridden it on the track I got a feeling I'm going to want to upgrade to a modern 600 trackbike soon. This thing is just sitting here though and has been for 10 years. Parts don't seem to sell on ebay so It looks like I gotta fix it or trash it.

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OK,


so I got a .60 over high compression piston kit, a port and polished head, a jet kit, an exhaust. That ought to boost that stock 55 ponies to something halfway respectable. I've got a motor I'm bidding on that should help me get this thing running fairly inexpensive. Funny thing is I'm seeing Ohlins shocks for this thing going for a little over $100 and Fox shocks for $75 pop up on ebay here and there. This may not be a bad track bike after all. Now I gotta decide whether or not to get it street worthy first to teach the wife to ride or just buy a third bike for her.

I This is what someone else has done with the fz as a trackbike. I think I could live with this as long as it teaches me. So I'll be on the hunt for some FZR wheels and possibly getting a shock and the forks redone after I get it running.

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