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picked up my first kawi zx10r gen 4
been with honda for the past 4 years so learning as i go

curious what important upgrades i should start saving/buying for my bike. as a reference, i canyon and track often so handling is priority. best bang for my buck parts. not trying to wipe out my bank account at the same time.
she is pretty much stock
asking for advice from all the knowledge that is in this community.

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My priorities would be crash bobbins and radiator guard, then ride it for a while before deciding on what mods are necessary for you :smile2:
 

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My priorities would be crash bobbins and radiator guard, then ride it for a while before deciding on what mods are necessary for you :smile2:
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I'm with the bloke across the pond. Ride her and find out what you think could be better. Brakes? Gearing? All are question marks until you actually get the feel of your bike and what she does in certain situations. Cosmetic stuff is in the eye of the beholder, so that is up to you.

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Just a personal thing but if you track often I would do a shock and fork cartridges. I found that the single biggest ticket item on the bike that shaved lap times was suspension. I don't think I could over emphasize that. A Brembo m.c. and upgraded brakes are awesome as well. Congrats on the new whip btw and welcome to the forum.
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The cheapest steps most guys start with is to shim the rear shock by 6mm and set the stock suspension up properly.
 

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For power upgrades, rifleman's 1/5th turn throttle insert and then a woolich flash and a de-cat exhaust. The exhaust and flash will add a TON of power.
 

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For the street, a taller windscreen is nice. Most people buy a slip-on exhaust and get the ECU reflashed.

The gen4 really does make a great street bike stock. My advice would be to ride it a few times a decide what you think needs improvement before spending a bunch of money.

For track riding, find the closest garbage can and put the shock in it. Then replace it with a Ohlins, K-tech, Penske or some other solid aftermarket option along with new race linkage. The shock on this bike is a turd. I did my fork cartridges when I replaced the shock so I can't say how the stock forks perform with a good shock. Plenty of people race with stock forks, I have never tried it.
 

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I did the Guhl flash, 1/5th rifleman and slip on that removed the cat. Just now putting on a stand alone qs. Love it.
 

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everything is good on this bike but just change the can to graves and have to do fender eliminator and now I do one more thing: rad. guard as my stupid loop is rocky and looks like I've holed two 10r rads. Forks are excellent; brakes are perfect; shock is great; rearsets are fantastic; grips are awesome; bike will do it all but only if you know how to ride. If you don't know how to ride this super like all super will not want the rider.
 

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For the street, a taller windscreen is nice. Most people buy a slip-on exhaust and get the ECU reflashed.

The gen4 really does make a great street bike stock. My advice would be to ride it a few times a decide what you think needs improvement before spending a bunch of money.

For track riding, find the closest garbage can and put the shock in it. Then replace it with a Ohlins, K-tech, Penske or some other solid aftermarket option along with new race linkage. The shock on this bike is a turd. I did my fork cartridges when I replaced the shock so I can't say how the stock forks perform with a good shock. Plenty of people race with stock forks, I have never tried it.
Thanks for the advice. What I need to know. I'll make sure to keep an eye for a ktech or ohlins.

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everything is good on this bike but just change the can to graves and have to do fender eliminator and now I do one more thing: rad. guard as my stupid loop is rocky and looks like I've holed two 10r rads. Forks are excellent; brakes are perfect; shock is great; rearsets are fantastic; grips are awesome; bike will do it all but only if you know how to ride. If you don't know how to ride this super like all super will not want the rider.
Thanks! Have Graves can on its way

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Just a personal thing but if you track often I would do a shock and fork cartridges. I found that the single biggest ticket item on the bike that shaved lap times was suspension. I don't think I could over emphasize that. A Brembo m.c. and upgraded brakes are awesome as well. Congrats on the new whip btw and welcome to the forum.
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When it comes to aftermarket suspension, I've only dealt with ohlins but I have seen many threads that ktech is very popular choice. And I've only heard of ktech from owning a zx10r... ohlins vs ktech?

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When it comes to aftermarket suspension, I've only dealt with ohlins but I have seen many threads that ktech is very popular choice. And I've only heard of ktech from owning a zx10r... ohlins vs ktech?

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KTech is great along with Bitubo. Never used either personally but I know there are guys here having great results with each. Member SDSting is a KTech guy and member evallarta1 is a Bitubo man. I think they are all three really good products. :thumbsup:
 
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