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post #1 of 11 Old 10-27-2015, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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New Midwest gen1 owner

Hello all, as the title says I am now an owner of a 2005 gen 1 zx10r.

The bike has some work already done to it, like adjustable levers and aftermarket clip-ons as well as a lowering link on the rear, and the front end lowered as well. Previous owner also added bike LEDs in the fairings, that are hidden well, and a low beam HID.

A little bit about me is I have ridden dirt bikes and 600 super sports, but the 10r is a different experience for sure. The 1st gear is fairly flat for the short range driving I have been doing to get used to the bike, but then again it hasn't even gotten to 6k, where reading has said it starts to come alive and 9-10 k is where it just goes insane. To be honest I am afraid to take it that high right now, fairly sure I'm not ready for it yet.

However I am very excited to have it, and can't wait to get myself ready to ride on the street.. And for the first time I have also actually gotten mad at the weather for raining

If I get a chance I will post up pictures.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-27-2015, 11:04 PM
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Welcome.

Respect is a good thing to have for this bike. That's being smart, not afraid.

It's a great bike, enjoy.
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Quick few questions, being new to the bike.

what is the oil weight for gen 1's? is it also 10w40?

and if it is, will Mobil 1 full synth high mileage be ok to use? or are there better oils for bikes?

I have other questions but I can't remember them right now.
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-30-2015, 02:12 PM
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10w40 motorcycle oil. Any brand that states "JASO MA" on the specs is safe to use. Amsoil and Maxima are my favorite full syns. Honda GN4 is the cheapest bang for your buck mineral oil that I will use. Don't put automotive oil in your bike.

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well I asked the previous owner about the oil he used.

they guy who put the bike together ( the engine was gone through and redone for "longevity" apparently and only has about 7 K miles) said to use Schaeffers oil.

but when looking through schaeffers oils, NONE are Jaso MA spec. so I asked them about this.

apparently the only negative effect would be from the clutch potentially slipping, which additives/friction modifers could prevent. knowing the clutch is a wet clutch I am wondering WTF the builder was thinking...

I finally found an owners manual online through Kawasaki Australia. and apparently 10w50 is okay to use too ( we sometimes see temps above 104 here)

I think I will get the silkolene fully synthetic ester race oil in 10w50.

or I may get amsoil. don't know yet.

I have also dfoudn out the front tire is a Michelin pilot power, and the rear is a bridgestone battlax BT016.. in 190/55zr17... rather then 190/50zr17...

oh well, at least the frame isn't cracked... yet..
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Automotive oil is not designed for 12k rpm, or for solid lifters, or for wet clutches. Just go to the bike shop and buy the correct oil. Silkolene will be fine. The tire size is just a preference; I run a 55 on mine.

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Automotive oil is not designed for 12k rpm, or for solid lifters, or for wet clutches. Just go to the bike shop and buy the correct oil. Silkolene will be fine. The tire size is just a preference; I run a 55 on mine.
actually I think the guy is using their race oil as they use a 10w50 full syn race oil for racing vehicles that see up to 11,000+ rpm

but the wet clutch part is what is getting me the most.
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oh and I forgot.. we don't have lifters.. our lobes hit a bucket over top of the valve stem.. usually with a shim ontop of the stem and under the bucket.. ;)

but I know what you mean.
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Ha, yes the lifter buckets are called "tappets" technically. Long time mechanic here. ;-) Another tip: the Gen 1 generator spins a 2X crankshaft speed, so it sees 24k rpm. Lucky for you the 05 generator is upgraded over the 04 design.

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Ha, yes the lifter buckets are called "tappets" technically. Long time mechanic here. ;-) Another tip: the Gen 1 generator spins a 2X crankshaft speed, so it sees 24k rpm. Lucky for you the 05 generator is upgraded over the 04 design.
auto tech here.

although when it comes time to check cam/bucket clearance, I think I will let a shop do the work... that way if it's wrong and they blow it up, replacement engine is on them.

long time auto tech here.
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