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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-09-2019, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hello All,

I just purchased my 06 R6 and was just looking for any advice you might have for first things to change, riding tips or any general advice you may have! I upgraded from a Ninja 300 so do have riding experience but in my first couple rides on my R6 I have noticed the difference in riding styles between the two.
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The money you spend on mods is up to you. But this is how I always respond to these types of questions. Spend your money on quality gear (head to toe). Then get the ergos set, predominately getting the suspension tuned to your weight. I'd get tank grips as well, helps keep you connected to the bike. Inspect the bike top to bottom, noting anything that needs servicing. This might include fluids (brake, coolant, oil), new pads, inspect chain/sprocket etc etc. You see the trend here, save all the gimicky blingy mods for last. A stock bike running great beats a pretty bike running rough and dangerous.

My one tip is to spend a heck of a lot of time getting real familiar with the bikes brakes. Spend some time reading about proper braking including emergency braking and go out and practice it whenever you get a chance (once you get that rear brake sorted of course, haha). Crashes usually don't happen because of speed, they happen because the rider doesn't know how to safely stop from that speed.

Ride safe, and congrats on the new purchase.
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The money you spend on mods is up to you. But this is how I always respond to these types of questions. Spend your money on quality gear (head to toe). Then get the ergos set, predominately getting the suspension tuned to your weight. I'd get tank grips as well, helps keep you connected to the bike. Inspect the bike top to bottom, noting anything that needs servicing. This might include fluids (brake, coolant, oil), new pads, inspect chain/sprocket etc etc. You see the trend here, save all the gimicky blingy mods for last. A stock bike running great beats a pretty bike running rough and dangerous.

My one tip is to spend a heck of a lot of time getting real familiar with the bikes brakes. Spend some time reading about proper braking including emergency braking and go out and practice it whenever you get a chance (once you get that rear brake sorted of course, haha). Crashes usually don't happen because of speed, they happen because the rider doesn't know how to safely stop from that speed.

Ride safe, and congrats on the new purchase.
I plan on giving a tech at the dealership I work at a case of beer to run through it and make sure everything is good to go hahaha, I didnt think about the tank pads but I like the idea! I ran through it before I bought it and everything looked good, but it never hurts to get a trained pair of eyes on it.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 05:19 PM
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great advice I just bought my 2014 r6 I'm going to change all the fluids and have someone look at it b4 I start riding!
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Having just purchased mine (08 r6s) about 3 months ago i can give you a run down of what i've done thus far. (maybe it'll help)

I purchased new brake pads only to realize that the ones i had were practically brand new. Apparently i over-estimated the amount of pad that is on stock brake pads. Returned them no prob.
I bought a SERVICE manual. I capitalize service because the owners manual is practically useless and the service manual is where your wiring diagram and torque specs are. Actually my dealership ordered me the wrong one because they're incompetent. So i found one online and saved $95 (gg piratebay)
I purchased a extra wiring harness i found on craigslist to remedy some electrical issues. (integrated tail light was not working correctly and the previous owner had it cluster-****ed together with electrical tape)
I did an oil change. Replaced the chain, and both front, and rear sprockets.
I also ordered a new throttle push/pull cables and I'll be replacing those probably after I get off work. (Which is a royal pain in the ass)

Aside from gear.. i think maintenance (like chain lube,) is too often overlooked.
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Having just purchased mine (08 r6s) about 3 months ago i can give you a run down of what i've done thus far. (maybe it'll help)

I purchased new brake pads only to realize that the ones i had were practically brand new. Apparently i over-estimated the amount of pad that is on stock brake pads. Returned them no prob.
I bought a SERVICE manual. I capitalize service because the owners manual is practically useless and the service manual is where your wiring diagram and torque specs are. Actually my dealership ordered me the wrong one because they're incompetent. So i found one online and saved $95 (gg piratebay)
I purchased a extra wiring harness i found on craigslist to remedy some electrical issues. (integrated tail light was not working correctly and the previous owner had it cluster-****ed together with electrical tape)
I did an oil change. Replaced the chain, and both front, and rear sprockets.
I also ordered a new throttle push/pull cables and I'll be replacing those probably after I get off work. (Which is a royal pain in the ass)

Aside from gear.. i think maintenance (like chain lube,) is too often overlooked.

I will have to look into a service manual.. I just started having issues with my integrated tail light last night, the left side blinker does not work but the right side does, and it doesnt light up when I use my brakes so I dont have a brake light.. Im hoping its just a fuse because I am not to keen with wiring and the electrical aspect of motorcycles.. I also did an fluid change and lubed up the chain
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Guys, you can get the service manual free from r6messagenet
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I will have to look into a service manual.. I just started having issues with my integrated tail light last night, the left side blinker does not work but the right side does, and it doesnt light up when I use my brakes so I dont have a brake light.. Im hoping its just a fuse because I am not to keen with wiring and the electrical aspect of motorcycles.. I also did an fluid change and lubed up the chain
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I know the rear brake is actuated by a micro switch just behind the brake lever. Check that to make sure the 2 wiring terminals are seated firmly on it. Maybe they just dis-connected. If they are connected, try switching terminals. And if that fails you can eliminate the switch as cause of the problem if you have a voltage meter. (check continuity)
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The money you spend on mods is up to you. But this is how I always respond to these types of questions. Spend your money on quality gear (head to toe). Then get the ergos set, predominately getting the suspension tuned to your weight. I'd get tank grips as well, helps keep you connected to the bike. Inspect the bike top to bottom, noting anything that needs servicing. This might include fluids (brake, coolant, oil), new pads, inspect chain/sprocket etc etc. You see the trend here, save all the gimicky blingy mods for last. A stock bike running great beats a pretty bike running rough and dangerous.

My one tip is to spend a heck of a lot of time getting real familiar with the bikes brakes. Spend some time reading about proper braking including emergency braking and go out and practice it whenever you get a chance (once you get that rear brake sorted of course, haha). Crashes usually don't happen because of speed, they happen because the rider doesn't know how to safely stop from that speed.

Ride safe, and congrats on the new purchase.
Great advice
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-07-2019, 04:40 PM
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is the service manual specific to a year ? I have a 2014 ?
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