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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Karl with a K would like to say hello!

Hello everyone I would like to introduce myself. My name is Karl (35) and I live in Orange County California. I was big in the Honda/Acura and other Japanese import car scene duing the early 2000's and was always in awe of street bikes. I made a decision that one day I would become a motorcycle rider and own a street bike. Fast forward to March 2019 and I took the plunge to make my dream come true. I signed up for a motorcycle training course at Saddleback college in southern California and received my motorcycle license.
I feel like the major Japanese manufactures bikes are pretty close matched per displacement so I decided to go with the bike that I think looks the best and was in my price range ($5k or less). I found my new love, a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 that is beautiful and runs great. It is my only vehicle and ride it almost everyday. I am very excited to learn something I always used to be in awe about. I don't know anyone that rides unfortunately so I am learning on my own. Which brings me to gixxer.com, I hope to learn as much as I can from all of you and be a positive representative for Suzuki. Thank you everyone!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 10:09 PM
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Welcome and have fun... Please be safe out there and keep the rubber down!
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 11:44 PM
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Welcome aboard!
Please be careful out there. The 1k is a lot of bike for a new rider!
Please share some pics of the bike when you can!
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Here are some pictures and the modifications that i have done.
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Re: Karl with a K would like to say hello!

Great decision, however be safe. Welcome aboard this is the best site for any information the members here are all geniuses.
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Welcome to the site, I hope that bike gives you plenty of trouble free miles. Be safe out there.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 02:05 PM
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Welcome, sweet bike. Has all the mods worth doing already done. Your sheet doesn't specify the brand of levers though, just be sure they're not the cheap Chinese levers. Have a tendency to bind up and cause brake locking/pressure. Neither of which have a good outcome. A LOT of people buy them because they're $40 for a SET vs $150 per CRG or ASV lever. Trust me they're not something you want on your bike though. Ride safe man, a 1k is a ton to learn on.
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Re: Karl with a K would like to say hello!

Oh boy. So you took a quick course then went out and bought one of the most powerful sportbikes ever made? Brilliant!

This ain't cars. This riding game is nothing to be toyed with. If you ever truly want to learn to ride and enjoy this sport for what it is long term you may want to invest in a bike that will actually teach you something instead of letting a Gixxer 1000 ride YOU around. Here's the deal..these machines (even 600s) take time to learn and reward experience while quickly punishing inexperience. There is a price to be paid to ride these bikes and it cannot be measured in greenbacks. Too many people make the mistake of thinking that experience can be bought. It goes like this....crawl, walk, then run. Get yourself a smaller bike that isn't so poisonous to your learning curve, then graduate to another smaller bike, then perhaps another, then step up to the literbikes once you've put in the work. And maaaaan....this game has a strange way of humbling guys who hop on big bikes without putting in the work. And YES...I'm saying that to scare you.

I'd rather ride and control an Analog bike than ride and be controlled by a Digital one.
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Re: Karl with a K would like to say hello!

^Here's a pic of the gear that he uses:


Note the tennis shoes and "jacket" with CE approved armor.

The K5-K8 front caliper is not well regarded. The K9-L1 caliper is, and uses the same pads. But the pistons are smaller, which worsens an already inferior hydraulic ratio. You ought to switch to a K9-L1 MC or, better yet, a Brembo 17RCS.

+1 on the brake lever unless you switch to the RCS.

I see frame and swingarm sliders but they aren't in your list. Neither is the tank cover. Also the bar end balancers seem to be missing with nothing, ex. sliders, in their place.

The pics in the #4 post show turn signals & mirrors. The mirrors are gone in the pic here and there might be flush mount signals in their place, none of which is in your list. 49CFR571.108 requires a minimum center-to-center separation of 16". Flush mounts lower that from 24" to 11". Also "Each turn signal lamp on a motorcycle shall have an effective projected luminous lens area of not less than 2258 square mm. (3 1/2 square inches)." Yours look like they're pushing things.

Converting to a single exhaust leaves a gap on the left side where the exhaust exited. 1Carbontech used to sell a filler panel to make things right. But it was pricey and has now been discontinued. Perhaps there's some other solution.

What helmet is that?

CA, particularly SoCal, doesn't think well of removed cats, as Yoshimura and Two Brothers have found out. I don't think that it is being done very widely in CA but I have read that in some areas the cops are smart enough to tell if a cat has been removed and will ticket you for doing so.
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^Here's a pic of the gear that he uses:
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Re: Karl with a K would like to say hello!

Welcome to the circus OP ...

As already stated , a 1000cc supersport for your first bike is less than ideal.

Can you survive, yes , but it will impact your learning and punish you for making mistakes (which you WILL do)

I’m guessing since this is your only vehicle you won’t entertain the idea (or can’t afford) of buying a smaller bike and putting this one in ‘mothballs’
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for welcoming me to what I think is the best gsxr forum. I'll clarify some of the things you don't like about my choices. First buying and learning on one of the fastest race bikes in 2007 is a big hurdle to take on but I made the decision and understand your disapproval. The picture of me on the bike was taken a few days after i bought the bike, two days later i received my riding gear. The bike didn't have mirrors (just led blinkers) when i bought it, now i have proper mirrors. My helmet is a Bell qualifier isle of man edition. Billv my front brakes work well but i will look into the k9-L1 MC. I didn't put down the swingarm sliders, didnt think it needed to be told. The bar end balancers have been installed. Never thought about the exhaust filler panel, ill look into that. I had to have the CHP go over my motorcycle because it was stolen years ago and all of the plaques that the DMV needed to see we're gone. And the CHP officer looked at my exhaust and all he said was make sure it's not loud because they can pull me over for that. I'm surprised the exhaust isn't obnoxious, I like it. I ride everyday and love it, i know it is powerful but its the only bike I've ridden so its just normal to me. Hope you guys can look past the unpopular decision i made and enjoy my participation on this forum.
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Re: Karl with a K would like to say hello!

+1 I'm not trying to bust your balls but those tennis shoes set me off. Good to hear that you've straightened out the mirrors. If this is your first bike, I'm inclined to suspect that you don't know what good front brakes should feel like.

I'm not a helmet expert but that helmet looked a bit suspicious. My KBC was getting long in the tooth and about six months ago J&P Cycles was selling the Bell Qualifier for $65 shipped. A Bell helmet with ECE approval at that price was hard to pass so I bought this:

Contrary to what Bell says it's quite noisy. I like how easy it is to remove the visor and to open/close it. But keep the interior padding away from velcro. I mainly use it for running around town on a dual sport and have only used it a few times on the GSX-R. Recently I was on an entrance ramp to the 101 at 60-70 MPH and looked back to judge the traffic I'd be merging with and to check for cops. The air flow at that admittedly strange angle was enough to open the visor a notch or two. That shouldn't happen and I consequently I can't recommend the Qualifier for use on a sport bike (no issues when my head was pointed ahead though I wonder what would happen if I looked way up). Aside from the noise, it's fine around town. Suggest that you consider getting something else.
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I won't argue with ya about what good brakes feel like, they are the only brakes I've ever used lol they stop so thats good. I work seven days a week now but I really need to find time to practice hard stops somewhere safe. The Bell helmet was in my price range, love the isle of man TT and it comes with "mips" which is kinda cool. The wind noise is the worst, i have all the vents open so i might try closing some but i doubt it will make a big difference.
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