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Old 03-11-2012, 06:13 AM   #421
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I just did the 600 mile service on the bike. Couple tidbits you guys might want to be aware of...

You'll need the proper filter "socket" to go over the filter. I bought two filters while at the shop yesterday and went to the autoparts store afterwards and bought the correct socket/wrench. You'll need to remove the two plastic push-pins at the bottom of the farings where both right and left side come together at the bottom. I also removed the two fasteners that are next up the chain on the left side. It gave me a lot more access to the filter.

The service calls for inspections of all water hoses/fittings, brake hoses/fittings, and clutch cable adjustment. As well as the adjustment for the throttle cables. You also need to check your chain. In 600 miles mine was "over-due" to be tightened. I'm going to buy some spools and a stand for the next service... Was a little less fun with the bike on the sidestand.

I just ordered a center stand and spools from one of the vendors on fleabay...

Took me an hour to do all of the above.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:07 AM   #422
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So the 2011 Z1000 and the 2012 650R are on one group, and about $710.00..and the magazine discount saved me $111.00 on just those two
She is going to send me all of the new paper work as all of my bikes were due in a couple of weeks anyway. When I get them I will give up the total results but I was shocked. Looks like I will have a new magazine in the rack
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edit..I think the 1000 is $710.50 and the 650 is .05..


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Did you check Progressive?
I am charged 172.oo, with a multiple bike discount, and if I pay in full I will get another 8% off that. Total would be 158.24 for a 2010 Z1000, leaving me more money to spend on any magazines.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:03 PM   #423
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Progressive wanted to charge me $1282 annually... I told Flo I wanted a divorce and went with Allstate for $520 per year on mine. In the interest of full disclosure, I had a no fault accident winter 2010 (ran thru diesel spill in an intersection that caused the first motorcycle accident I've had in 28 years riding by that point) and one speeding ticket from 2008.

I went up from $278 annually for a FJR1300. I was FLOORED at the price increase by Progressive... Was totally happy with their service on the FJR. Would never recommend them for anything "sportbike" related... Putting it into perspective, I had a Porsche 911 Turbo that wasn't costing me that much to insure annually with higher coverages... Progressive won't get anymore of my business.

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Old 03-11-2012, 03:04 PM   #424
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Is that a current price quote?
I have noticed that insurance companies change prices year to year and I have switched back to Progressive because of the sport bike insurance prices.
I guess Flo likes me. My sport bikes - VFR 98.oo, CBR600 100.oo, 900SSFE 79.oo, ST1300 111.oo, V65 Sabre 49.oo, VTR250 80.oo, now how can the 250 cost more than a 900cc or 1100cc bike?
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:22 PM   #425
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Current as of Feb. 3rd. Bought the bike early January and transfered my insurance, and then got the shock of a lifetime from Progressive... And prompty started shopping. Actually I owe Progressive a "thank you", because it caused me to shop ALL of my policies and I ended up moving everything else (cars/home/umbrella policies) to Liberty Mutual for a savings of over $1000 per year on that as well.

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Old 03-11-2012, 06:15 PM   #426
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Lot of cheap prices quoted here...I assume we are all talking about full coverage...not just the minimum??
I had progressive but Dairyland smoked them by half.
My jackoff agent couldn't add the new bike while I was at the dealership... Which is why I contacted the home office while I was still at the dealership. They have their own insurance office right there.
I am having them run me by all of the company's they represent just to be sure, but they are getting my business regardless if is Dairland or not.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:46 AM   #427
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I can't speak for anyone else, but because I've got a $1M liability policy, I actually have to carry the same coveraged across the board on all my vehicles. So my coverages for the motorcycle through Allstate are at $250K/500K/100K full coverage.

Progressive was insane. And to add insult to injury, their only comment to me on the phone was that they'd love to quote me for my other plans to "make up the difference" I was losing on JUST my motorcycle policy. Told them under no circumstances would that be happening.

Everyone's situation is different and some of what the insurance industry bases your rates on has nothing to do with driving records, but I even inquired about how they came up with the $1000 increase. I asked all the right questions, knowing my credit score was at the "800" level and that my debt ratio was very favorable. I paid for the motorcycle out-right, so there was no lien on it. The Progressive supervisor "claimed" that it was because it was a liter class sport bike.

Moral of the story is to shop around periodically. The savings on my other policies was pretty impressive as well...

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Old 03-12-2012, 06:12 AM   #428
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A couple of comments -

Insurance: I checked all over for insurance since I had Progressive on my old bike and their rates for the Ninja were crazy. The 2 cheapest companies were State Farm at $307 and MetLife at $292. That's for full coverage, $500 deductible, 100/300 limits.

Spools: Make sure you buy small spools or you'll need to remove them before riding the bike if it still has stock exhaust. The left spool will potentially hit the muffler if they're large and can damage the mounting tab on the swingarm. Mama Kaw won't cover that under warranty. I bought the BikeMaster 'race swingarm spools' from Motorcycle Superstore and they work ok. There is the slightest of scuff on the inside of the left muffler but no hard interference.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:03 AM   #429
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Progressive was insane. And to add insult to injury, their only comment to me on the phone was that they'd love to quote me for my other plans to "make up the difference" I was losing on JUST my motorcycle policy. Told them under no circumstances would that be happening.
Yea they all want ALL of my business....until they find out that I am a manufacturer...then its..uhh...well..
Here is a shot of the Z with its older brother, and new cousin
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:17 AM   #430
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I love my Ninja, but those Z1000's are definitely good looking.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:58 PM   #431
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Installed some DDM Tuning HIDs today. Pretty painless. Write up to follow...

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Old 03-13-2012, 01:05 PM   #432
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Hey jerks! I installed HIDs and they are sweeeeet. Here is a little tutorial:

http://www.riderforums.com/3rd-gen-z...pic-heavy.html

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #433
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Sell me benefits of trading my 06 KTM 950 sm in on Ninja 1000.

Really enjoy the KTM but curious how much more fun the Ninja 1000 is...

Thoughts anyone?
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:25 AM   #434
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Spools: Make sure you buy small spools or you'll need to remove them before riding the bike if it still has stock exhaust. The left spool will potentially hit the muffler if they're large and can damage the mounting tab on the swingarm. Mama Kaw won't cover that under warranty. I bought the BikeMaster 'race swingarm spools' from Motorcycle Superstore and they work ok. There is the slightest of scuff on the inside of the left muffler but no hard interference.
Good thing to mention....I picked up some spools a couple weeks ago and noticed they'd be close to hitting the muffler under a good compression of the rear suspension.
I considered taking them out and only putting them in when I want to use my race stand to R&R the rear wheel for a tire change. I'll have a look at the ones you mention too.

btw - Corbin now has their seat done for the Ninja 1000. I ordered the front seat, price is a few bucks cheaper than the Sargent (not enough to be worth mentioning) - and I've liked my Corbins a bit more than the Sargents I've had.
That's a personal preference thing completely... both excellent seats.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:52 AM   #435
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Good thing to mention....I picked up some spools a couple weeks ago and noticed they'd be close to hitting the muffler under a good compression of the rear suspension.
I considered taking them out and only putting them in when I want to use my race stand to R&R the rear wheel for a tire change. I'll have a look at the ones you mention too.

btw - Corbin now has their seat done for the Ninja 1000. I ordered the front seat, price is a few bucks cheaper than the Sargent (not enough to be worth mentioning) - and I've liked my Corbins a bit more than the Sargents I've had.
That's a personal preference thing completely... both excellent seats.
Everyone has raved about the Sargent seat but I didn't like the way mine felt. Too hard and what felt like ridges on the edges where my legs sit. But I did like the style of the Sargent and the quality and construction are first rate. So I sent mine off to spencers to have it reworked. After putting about 100 miles on the modified Sargent I think I might have found something that will work for me.

It's exactly as you mentioned. Everyone's preferences are different.
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