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post #1 of 17 Old 04-30-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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My niece is interested in running at the strip with me. I don't want to start her on a bike that is over powered and see her get hurt. I thought of setting up a Ninja 650R. I thought I'd lower it, stretch it and strap it (even though it probably doesn't need stretched) I hope it will instill confidence and help her in the long run. Plan on keeping the motor stock other than a clutch upgrade. Do you guys know anyone or see anyone ride these bikes at the strip and do you think it would be a good starter bike?
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probly be a good starter bike but really dont see to many 650r at the strip... have you thought about a zx6r ?

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How much riding experience does she have? I would think a properly prepped zx-6r would be a better option. The zx-6r would have a lot more possibility for upgrades as skill increases.
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She doesn't have a any seat time on the strip, only seat time is on the dirtbike. She is tall for her age 5'7" but doesn't have her liscense yet and no road time. I thought about a zx6 but it might be a little to much for her starting out. I've done a little research on the ninja 650r and the sv 650 but not much on drag racing them. Only 64-70 hp on the 650's and a little over a 100 for the zx6. I might be able to tone it down enough for her starting out.
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Never been on a Ninja 650, but my buddy had a SV650 and the low end torque made that quite prone to wheelies. Of course it wasn't strapped, stretched, etc either. Anything she could get some seat time on at this point would help. Having never seen her ride, I would say its your judgement call from here.

A lowered/stretched ZX-6r will not have any wheelie problems w stock gearing. And if the suspension is set up right with a good tire it won't spin off the line, especially since starting out she should leave at idle. The ZX-6 will be trapping a lot more at the big end though, I would guess between 110-120. So thats something to consider.
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I thought if I ran a zx6, stretch, lower and strap it, keep stock gears but set the shift point low where she not running the bike out. Would you suggest doing something different with gearing also to where she isn't flying through the traps Goodwin or do you think just lowereing the shift point will do it?
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Depending on how much you lower shift points, that will certainly help to keep speeds down.
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post #8 of 17 Old 05-02-2012, 09:24 PM
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Get her a zx10..she will out grow that 6 very quick...then your left with a stretched and lowered snail..ask yousrelf could u control and twin turbo lambo? prolly so or would u want a honda civic...Best thing to do is let her put around on urs for a while to get her used to power/control and wheelies...then turn her loose..
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here is a pic of my old 04 zx6r lowered/stretched... i will tell you its nothing like more torque and power but i did have alot of good times on my 6r but once i got a chance to ride a liter bike its been no looking back since
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I'm not putting her on a 10 I know that for sure and I want to make sure I can buy her another bike later on. (funeral is not an option) I don't mind having a snail setting in my garage if I can't sell it after she is done with it. I would of been happy with a zx6r or a 650 when I was her age, she's only 15. I hope she's not getting on here and listening to you guys, next thing I know she'll be asking me for a 10r or even worse one of mine.
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