Cav's ZX6R

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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby kiwikrasher » 25 Jul 2016, 21:52

I had BT021/023's on the Triumph the whole time I had it, but I did commute 130 km a day on it. I agree they aren't the ideal tyres for a 600 sport bike but I still got my knee down on them and had no chicken strips.

Now my riding is purely recreational I wouldn't even dream about fitting them.
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Monty » 25 Jul 2016, 22:55

Yeah but to be fair you probably never went out for a ride with your boss on his new Panigale!
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby kiwikrasher » 26 Jul 2016, 03:18

Monty wrote:Yeah but to be fair you probably never went out for a ride with your boss on his new Panigale!


No I didn't, and I was in no way suggesting you should have been happy keeping them on, more responding to the comment why would anyone have them fitted to a sports bike. It does seem silly, but I felt I had a valid reason. If I'd kept the Daytona it was getting a set of M7RR's. I had the local bike shop source some for me, and by the time they got back to me I'd traded it :D
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Cav » 26 Jul 2016, 07:06

In fairness, I'm considering getting a pair of Sports Touring tyres next..

The reason is simple. One set of wheels has the Brembo 320mm discs and SBS DC pads which can't be used on the road, the other set will become my 'wet' wheels but I still want to use the bike on the road if the mood takes me. Something like the Michelin Pilot Road 4s would be ideal as they warm up easier in lower temperatures, offer great wet grip, offer enough dry grip to have fun (even if the profile isn't preferred) and on the plus side I'd get better mileage off them
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Kwacky » 26 Jul 2016, 08:00

M7rr, trust me.
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Monty » 26 Jul 2016, 08:21

^ What he says. I did 4 hours in torrential rain coming back from Wales a few weeks ago. Very impressive tyre in the wet.
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Cav » 26 Jul 2016, 08:22

Aren't they more of a sport tyre than a wet weather tyre??
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Monty » 26 Jul 2016, 08:27

I'd say they're somewhere in-between, this is what Metzeler says about them.

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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Cav » 26 Jul 2016, 08:36

100% Silica... doesn't cope with the heat too well then! aha.

Sounds like a good tyre then to be fair, hmmm. I doubt I'll get them until next year as my only planned trackday is Catalunya where it should be dry. I'll make do with a random assortment of tyres for the road until then
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Monty » 26 Jul 2016, 08:47

kiwikrasher wrote:
Monty wrote:Yeah but to be fair you probably never went out for a ride with your boss on his new Panigale!


No I didn't, and I was in no way suggesting you should have been happy keeping them on, more responding to the comment why would anyone have them fitted to a sports bike. It does seem silly, but I felt I had a valid reason. If I'd kept the Daytona it was getting a set of M7RR's. I had the local bike shop source some for me, and by the time they got back to me I'd traded it :D


LOL I was trying to be funny! It wasn't a race, but he's my boss, incredibly competitive and a pretty quick rider on a very fast bike. There was no way he was going to lose me and no way he'd admit he was trying to! He was out dragging me out the corners leaving darkies and i was out braking him going into the corners, hence the knackered tyre. Never pushed a tyre that hard on the road before and they really aren't designed for it.

But what Blade alluded to was the profile not the grip and I'd agree. They've got a very rounded profile and even before I knackered them they felt horrible when tipping in.
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby kiwikrasher » 26 Jul 2016, 10:33

For all the riding I've done I really have no idea what people are talking about with tip in. I'm terrible with tyre feedback. Unless it's noticeable sliding or squirmy all I know is I'm upright or on my arse. If I feel I'm not tipping in fast enough I just consciously counter steer harder. When I rode the Daytona down to trade it, I thought 'this is still a great ride'. Then riding back on the Multi I thought 'Cripes, the rear shock on that Daytona was shite!'
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Perkles » 26 Jul 2016, 10:58

kiwikrasher wrote:For all the riding I've done I really have no idea what people are talking about with tip in. I'm terrible with tyre feedback. Unless it's noticeable sliding or squirmy all I know is I'm upright or on my arse. If I feel I'm not tipping in fast enough I just consciously counter steer harder. When I rode the Daytona down to trade it, I thought 'this is still a great ride'. Then riding back on the Multi I thought 'Cripes, the rear shock on that Daytona was shite!'

I'm exactly the same,I've got an ohlins active ttx Shock on the zx10 and can't feel any difference
As long as I'm upright I'm ok :D
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Cav » 26 Jul 2016, 14:12

Until I got my ZX6R suspension serviced it was the best I had ever ridden so I thought it was amazing. It was only after the service and revalve was done that I realised how wrong I was. That said, I still dragged knee easier on the suspension pre-service than I do now but that may be because I lost confidence after having the shock done and not the forks
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Perkles » 26 Jul 2016, 18:46

Nice to read about your updates and that you are happy with them
It's a great feeling when you gel with your bike
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Cav » 27 Jul 2016, 06:55

Perkles wrote:Nice to read about your updates and that you are happy with them
It's a great feeling when you gel with your bike

You're right, it's a great feeling improving your bike to your needs and making it your own. Cosmetically my bike is very much stock but I love how it's turned into a "function over form" kind of bike
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Cav » 08 Sep 2016, 07:54

My homemade rear sets are anodised!

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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Kwacky » 08 Sep 2016, 08:59

top work (y)
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Re: Cav's ZX6R

Postby Cav » 08 Sep 2016, 10:04

Thanks :D

Oil and filter change tonight then just brakes to bleed and sprockets to order/fit and the bike is ready for Catalunya
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