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    Hello everyone, my name is Sara and I just bought a 2011 FZ6R this past Friday and absolutely love it! This is my second bike, I started with a 1982 Yamaha Maxim XS400. It is currently my project bike, custom frame, new seat, modified tank, the whole gig. I thought that was fast, with all of 27HP to the rear wheel. Lets just say the FZ6R feels like riding a missile down the street. I plan to get more confident on the bike, eventually working my way up to track days. I have no doubt the bike is capable, I just need to catch up.

    I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering and love to spend my free time (what little I have) in the garage customizing, painting, welding, and designing. With that being said, the bike will get a fair amount of work over time, but likely no power upgrades, its already wayyyy more than enough. On the way already are exhaust, wheel tape, adjustable levers, heated grips, and spare headlight to work on a retrofit. Custom paint will be done over next winter, unless I decide to buy a second set of plastics, paint them, and swap out over a weekend. The "Raven" scheme sure is sharp, but I'm not one to leave well enough alone.

    I tend to lurk on the forums quite a bit, not posting unless I feel I have something unique to contribute. Great to meet everyone and I truly appreciate all the knowledge and experience already on the forum from riders much more experienced and knowledgeable than myself.

    Ride on Ladies (and Gentlemen) !
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    Greetings Sara ! This is the place for all that is FZ-6R. I have learned a lot from this site and it is a great resource for information that is sometimes hard to find elsewhere. The FZ-6R is an amazing bike and I'm having a lot of fun with modding it to my personal taste. Also, it's rather easy to work on and is easily disassembled when needed. Have fun and enjoy your new ride !
    09 FZ6R / Two Brothers Black Series Full Exhaust / Two Brothers Racing Juice Box / Pulse Engine Block Off Plates / K&N Filters / NGK Iridium Plugs / Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 Tires / EBC HH Brake Pads / T-Rex Sliders / LED Headlight / LED H3 Amber Power Crystal / LED Flushmounts / ProGrip Grips & CF Tank Pad / CNC Black Levers / Hyper Black Windscreen / IDEA Waterproof Motorcycle Gear Indicator / Nelson Rigg CL-1060-S Sport Tail Bag / Viper 3100VX Alarm

    Sedici Rico Black Leather Jacket / MotoCentric Assault Black Jacket / Sedici Boots / Alpinestars Warden Gloves / Kabuto Aeroblade III Matte Gunmetal Helmet / Kabuto Kamui Fluente Flat Black Helmet

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    Welcome! Im an ME major too!

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    Welome to the forum and your new bike Sara! I hadn't ridden in over 30 years when I bought this bike a few months ago, so it's been a great reuniting with the sport for me. My son has a SV650 so we really enjoy the rides, and the modding together.

    I have found the riders on this forum to be very kind in offering advice and suggestions. I have learned a lot here.

    Like you, initially I found the bike to be fast enough as is. However, as my diminished riding skills improved, I did find myself ringing it out quicker that I thought possible! This bike has a very flat power band relative to a lot of other sport bikes. That makes is a great street bike. I think you may find it a bit bland though as you get used to it. Power mods in my sig and what others have done oon this forum truly transform the bike. The only downside is it gets a lot louder. I like it, but some others may not.

    Look forward to hearing about your progress, please post up as you go with pictures of your work... it's what keeps this forum alive!

    What exhaust did you get?

    Cheers,

    Rob
    '12 Raven/DS70/PC/Block offs/Cut air box short v-stacks/Timing adv/-1 frt sprocket/Metzeler M7RR's/90o stems/spools/sliders/GD opener/Acc-USB plugs/Volt meter/Jewel switch/Phone mount/LEDs: Amber Jewel/Headlight/Smoke tail & flush frt & pod sig-DLR/underseat red sig-brake/DMP fender eliminator/Lithium battery/Puig touring screen/Grip Puppies/Seat 1.5" higher/Rox 1" up & back risers/Gear Indicator/KTM tail pack/M1 alarm/CC/Tank Pads/SS BL/3 back surgeries/Old fart balls of steel/Happy to be here.

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    "Custom paint will be done over next winter, unless I decide to buy a second set of plastics, paint them, and swap out over a weekend. The "Raven" scheme sure is sharp, but I'm not one to leave well enough alone. "

    I would recommend getting the extra set. Paint work is very detailed! Save the originals for if you sell it down the road. I have a front fender you could have to practice on. Just needs a little Bondo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sti491 View Post

    What exhaust did you get?

    Cheers,

    Rob
    I ordered the Delkevic system with the 13" tri-oval muffler. I spent a few days listening to different setups and the sound (sooooo good ) it offered was just too good to pass up. The price was very appealing, though for the right sound and style, price is almost irrelevant. And I get what you are saying about the power becoming more "normal" and over time, less exciting. After riding the FZ around over the weekend, I hopped in my eclipse (engine swap, limited slip, just about everything possible short of forced induction) and it was suddenly slow. Speed and excitement are a relative thing. For now though, I would like to master the power already available before adding more power, and thus more of a challenge. When I started looking for a new bike, I initially planned on a Ninja 300, something modest that I can ride closer to its limits, even if they are not as far of a distance away. But as my brother often pointed out, reaching the limits on something less capable feels good, but then I just want a bigger challenge. I ultimately decided on a non super-sport 600 as a "middle ground".

    djunglew, I am looking to find an unpainted set for a good price. It seems like a bit of a waste to spend $500-$600 for a painted set when I fully intend to sand them down and spray my base,mid-coat and clear-coat. I figure if/when I sell it I will simply offer 2 sets of fairings and offer to respray for a custom color if the buyer prefers something different. I have been spraying paint for the last 5 years or so and have come to learn that when a custom color is used, it limits the market of buyers as "one-off" is not what everyone wants. My eclipse, for example, is white pearl with blue ghost pearl over top. It is a love it or hate it color. The engine in my Saturn is violet ghost pearl over gold, very unique color, but it makes people either grin or grimace when they see it.
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    Welcome to the forum. I've been a member here since I picked up my 2009 FZ6R in the spring of 2011. I don't ride it as much as I used to, but I still lurk here and offer advice when I can.
    John

    Current Bike: 2009 FZ6R Blue/White, Shogun No-Cut Frame Sliders, Pro-Grip Tank Pad, Rascal Grafik Tank Grip
    Current Gear: HJC IS-MAX BT helmet, Fly Racing Trekker Jacket, Fly Racing Butane Pants, Cortech Adrenaline Gloves
    Mileage: 17200mi
    "A good p̶i̶l̶o̶t̶ rider is always learning."

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    djunglew, I am looking to find an unpainted set for a good price. It seems like a bit of a waste to spend $500-$600 for a painted set when I fully intend to sand them down and spray my base,mid-coat and clear-coat. I figure if/when I sell it I will simply offer 2 sets of fairings and offer to respray for a custom color if the buyer prefers something different. I have been spraying paint for the last 5 years or so and have come to learn that when a custom color is used, it limits the market of buyers as "one-off" is not what everyone wants. My eclipse, for example, is white pearl with blue ghost pearl over top. It is a love it or hate it color. The engine in my Saturn is violet ghost pearl over gold, very unique color, but it makes people either grin or grimace when they see it.[/QUOTE]

    Sounds good. Post some pictures when you do!

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    Just a quick update:

    Been riding the bike just about every day I can. It has become my primary mode of transportation unless I am running errands. About 4 months and change into owning it and I've got a hair over 3000 miles on it. Can't say enough about how fun this bike is ( I mean, omg clip-ons). Sure, something a little faster would be nice. I am already eyeing my next bike, but that won't be anytime soon. Or maybe it will. Lol, we will see.

    Along with miles come maintenance and mods and there has been a little of each. Fluids and filters were changed the first weekend and checked daily in my pre-ride inspection. Chain and tires, sprockets, bulbs and the list goes on. Changed the exhaust, clips-ons, paint and a few other little "tweaks" to make it my own.

    Next modification, and something the bike desperately needs, is the "rider mod" so to speak. Although I have put some decent miles on the bike, my abilities still pale in comparison to abilities of the bike. I have ordered a track suit (and back protector, and armored shorts ...)and looking for the last few things to be "ready" for a day at the track. The goal is not to drag a knee, but learn to connect with the bike and make it an extension of myself. Learn how to really use throttle control, and shifting my weight, to control the momentum and speed of the bike. In all the miles I've been on it, those are the moments I truly love.

    For now, here are a few pictures of how it started and where it is at currently.


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    First day in the garage


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    2 months and 1200 miles later

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    Present day. I like to say it's "mostly stock"....
    -Sara
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    The white definitely looks good!

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