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I'm finally picking up the 12 this Thursday, plan on a good 2 hour ride before I have to be at the bus stop for my youngest.

Have a few more questions...

What size spool to I need for the swingarm for a center stand ? Some of the sites have real nice anodized spools, but they require you to pick a metric size and I don't have my service manual yet ( on order).

How concerned should I be about the new tires and road curves when I start riding ? I've owned plenty of bikes, but this is my first new one. Never rode on new tires, always slightly used. Never put enough miles on 'em for a new set before I swapped out for another bike.

Dyno locations in NJ, for when I get it broke in and to get a baseline ?

Other than that, I'm pretty much set for now. Sure I will have more for you once I get a few miles on the seat. The last bike I owned was a shaft drive Yamaha Seca 650. I've rode a few of the litre bikes, looking forward to one of my own.

LOL, you'll get a laugh out of this... when I first started looking, I had it narrowed down to either the Yamaha R1 or the Honda VTX, both nice bikes, at completely opposite ends of the spectrum. I friend of mine on the TDR, who races Kawa's in New England, told me to stop fooling around and look at the ZX, I took one look and now I'm here. I think I made the right choice.

Thanks in advance.

Scott W.

2001 Dodge 3500 CTD making 450 RWHP on #2 alone. 2002 blue ZX-12R, stock, but not for long. I am my own warranty station. </p>Edited by: <A HREF=http://pub56.ezboard.com/bkawasakizx12r.showLocalUserPublicProfile?login=bigsaint>Bigsaint</A> at: 9/3/02 9:21:33 pm
 

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Big, don't do a straight 2 hour ride.

Here's my thoughts:

Heat cycle the motor at least four times.

By that I mean full operating temp., followed by a complete cool down (6-10 hours).

Sometime we can go to chat and discuss, but if your new bike is coming in soon, trust me on this.

- Blitz

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> How concerned should I be about the new tires and road curves when I start riding?<hr></blockquote>

Be very careful, especially your first 100 miles or so. On ramps seem to be the worst area. Keep your RPM's 4000 or below and you will be fine. Until the tires get some heat in them they will be slippery.

I believe the spools are 10mm.

Blitz is correct. You need several heat cycles. Short rides and let her cool down completely. A short ride is about 15 minutes or so. Check out Koz's break-in recommendations.





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I believe the spools are 10mm. When you pick your bike up and they don't warn you about new tires, I would be in question about everything else. Blitz is correct on the heat cycle theory, not quite as critical as a 2-stroke, but I'm a believer in the principal.

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Thursday is going to be a nice sunny day, no rain!!!

Yep, heat cycle is the way to go!!!...I rode my Blue '02 around the neighborhood varying the RPM never going above 4000rpm for 15/20 minutes...Letting it cool down for 2 hours, I couldnt wait any longer then that!!! <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"> I did that for 200 miles...Took me a couple of days...

I have the Muzzy spools on both my 12s...They are the best spools around!!!...A high quality beefy piece of Billet Aluminum and the size is 10mm!!!

Dont worry about the tires, unless your going to disreguard the breakin and ride it like an animal...I dont think you would do that!!! <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol">

Best of Luck with the New 12!!!...Your going to Love it!!!...From now on cars and trucks will be JUST TRANSPORTATION !!!


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Okay, thanks guys ! I'll take your advice on the warm up/cool down procedure a well.

Scott W.

2001 Dodge 3500 CTD making 450 RWHP on #2 alone. 2002 blue ZX-12R, stock, but not for long. I am my own warranty station. </p>
 

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Bigsaint,
Another point to note is that the brake pads will need a bit of time to "bed in" as well. Don't go nuts approaching a bend! Take your time and enjoy getting accustomed to her quirks! Hours to do are gettin' few!
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I never heat-cycled mine.Just some healthy doses of throttle to load it till the rpm limit(4000,6000,etc.).It seems like a strong runner though.I found a nearby dynojet I'm going to put to good use,before and after I install the Akra,pc, and k&n's. I hope it's at least around 170.Seems like it should be.

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Almost BigSaint, I wonder how well you will sleep tonight <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"> <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

Isn't the anticipation great <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

Just like when we were teenagers huh? <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol"> <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol">


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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> Almost BigSaint, I wonder how well you will sleep tonight

Isn't the anticipation great

Just like when we were teenagers huh?<hr></blockquote>

Man, ain't that the truth ! I feel like a 5 year old on Christmas Eve. Kinda bummed about not taking a long ride tomorrow, but if it's better for the bike, I'll do it the right way. I figure I still can get at least 2 short trips in tomorrow, with about a 7 hour cool down in between. Friday I'm going riding. My neighbor just bought a bike of his own and is taking the day off. I will stop after 30 minutes or so for a short cool down, followed by another 30 minutes, just can't avoid it as the weather and the bike will be screaming " let's ride". I'll keep the rpms under 4000 and vary them as much as I can. Just looking forward to getting to know the beast.

Thanks again for all the info ! Initial impressions to follow.

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I think he will be on the board all night. Won't be sleeping! <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

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Don't ride with anyone but yourself during the burn in. Its too easy to get sidetracked and forget your schedule.

There is a really good article floating around out here, which explains why the heat cycle is so important, from a metalurgical standpoint. I am searching for it. It was well written.

The just of it was that the metals in the cylinders, in conjunction with the electro-plated bores need to "season" through several full hot-cold cycles to seat/temper properly.

I wouldn't normally push so hard on a subject, but I feel very strongly about this one.

Enjoy, tomorrows your day.

Break it in right, you will be rewarded by the bike.



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Okay, I promise to follow the schedule for Thursday. And do my best to keep to it on Friday. Friday's the only hard part. I'm back to work on Sat/Sun. ( plan on riding it in) which works out great as it's a 15 minute ride with a 8 hour layover. How about short cool downs after 15 minute rides, say 1 hour each ? Or am I still pushing the envelope ?

Scott W.

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Scott, might wanna change that oil after a 100 or so miles too, just to get all that initial breakin crap outta there. That'll give ya more cool down time! Oh, and if you think it's bad waiting for the bike, just wait! You get to wait for 1000 miles before you can crank that throttle! (2000 miles for us poor '00 riders!).

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I'm talking complete cool downs. 6 hours min.

It sucks, I know. Been there done that. But its worth the price.

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Okay, I'll follow your advice, but it's going to kill me !!! Going to hit the rack now, see y'all tomorrow night.

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Good luck sleeping! <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol">

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