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Apr 6th 2019, 06:08 PM   #31
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
Bought some speed-bleeders on amazon. took me about 15 minutes to install. Took ten for the first one, then 5 for the other two.

These things are the business.

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Did a thorough bleed and added new fluid in like 20 minutes for both front and rear and half that time was rigging up a hose and bottle.

The old fluid was pretty gunky on one side, clear on the other, and brownish in the rear.

All of it is clear now.

And I _did_ get some air bubbles out. The lever is perfect now.

I recommend the speed bleeders. Makes it SO easy I'm more likely to keep up on it, whereas in the past I have neglected brake fluid.

Edited by Sentinel on Apr 6th 2019 at 06:17 PM
Apr 6th 2019, 08:05 PM   #32
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
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With an ABS bike, are your brakes, the bhp you can generate, the negative g's the braking system can generate, limited by the ABS setting more so than by the brake pads/calipers/lines/tires/road surface etc?

You see? With an ABS bike, isn't braking power a software setting? At least, the high end would be.

Just a though as I await my new pads from the Amazon delivery drone.
Ideally, no - ABS is supposed to kick in only when your tire is locking, i.e. when you reached maximum braking power and about to lose it. If you threshold brake perfectly well, ABS will never kick in.
Apr 7th 2019, 04:30 PM   #33
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
Just got back from a ride.

Impression: It's geared crazy low.

I think maybe that will help me keep my speed down.

I prefer to run at low-ish rpms. It feels more relaxed. And this thing turns like 4500 at 60.

What a pleasure to ride though. It works better the faster you go, just like they say.

33mpg on that tank.

Yeeks.
Apr 9th 2019, 08:38 AM   #34
 
  Mar 2016
  Columbia River Gorge

  Ninja 1000
I am biased in favor the N1K and Kawis in general.

Had 2005 Z1000 before getting new 2011 N1K which I am still riding. Was looking at Super Duke as potential replacement but am now thinking of upgrading to 2020 N1K, with all the electronics, next year.

I did not find the gearing to be too low, but did want some more punch. Had CycleTune add K&N air filter, PC5, and DynoTune. Already had twin Two Bros cans. All that = + 6 HP, but it feels and sounds like much more. A very sophisticated beast now. Big difference, I love it.






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Apr 13th 2019, 01:41 PM   #35
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
I just got a new air filter installed, coolant changed, brakes, brake fluids, and a bunch of cleaning.

I found this in the airbox:

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The old filter looked like it came from a John Deer. FFS the dude i got this from is NOT a motorcycle dude.

But its cleaning up ok and it rides great.

I think I have everything done now for the season. The front rotors have a tiny little warp I can feel at walking pace. So I have to get new rotors because it bugs me and slow speed brake weirdness is tipover territory, and no one wants THAT.

Concur about the gearing. It _is_ too short, but I find it makes me go 60 on the highway instead of 75 so maybe that's good?
Apr 15th 2019, 11:05 AM   #36
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  Jan 2016
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
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I found this in the airbox:
Looks like you may have had a winter time tenant who made them selves a nice little Mouse House.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
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The front rotors have a tiny little warp I can feel at walking pace. So I have to get new rotors because it bugs me and slow speed brake weirdness is tipover territory, and no one wants THAT.

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Maybe not. On my '12 N1K, I also picked up a low speed pulsing (grabbing) in the front brakes. I only felt it when slowing to around less than 10 mph (usually when coming to a stop), but also found it quite annoying.

I was advised (by those more knowledgeable than I) that it was either a dirty rotor (glazing/braking material build up) or a bent one. I tried the cheaper solution first and deglazed my front rotors with 400 grit sand paper, and then installed new brake pads from DP Brakes.



The low speed pulsing was gone, but the bike picked up a high speed 'harmonic vibration' (best description I can offer) when braking at (or above) freeway speeds. As the bike would slow down the vibration would subside and the braking would smooth out. It was nothing dangerous or intimidating, as there was no instability nor anything that would induce a loss of confidence. It was just there. As time went on, it did diminish quite a bit to where it was virtually unnoticeable, but would still manifest under hard braking conditions (emergency stops and such). When I had to replace my rear rotor (due to a turkey strike), I decided to replace the fronts as well and went with EBC pads (FA379HH).



No more harmonics, and the brakes felt great.
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Apr 15th 2019, 01:46 PM   #37
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2009 F800GS
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Originally Posted by Sentinel


headphones.

it's deeper, more Kawasakier, than the stock cans, but not necessarily much louder, which is good. The cat is the whole flow-restrictor thing.

BTW, dan-moto makes a header for like $350.00 and I'd try it. Their stuff is actually ok.
In your video you mentioned an '82 GPz 550 with a Yoshimura exhaust as sounding great.

I had an '83 - first real street bike, and did the exact same thing. Jet kit & Yosh exhaust. Man, did that bike sound good, and it was SO much fun. A nice, big step up from the 1965 Honda Trail 90 I was riding the year before! haha.

Congrats again on the bike - looks and sounds great, despite the bad bathing habits of the previous owner.
Apr 20th 2019, 03:26 PM   #38
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
Just got back from a morning ride. Did 150 miles today. Stopped twice for espresso.Chilly. Liking this ride.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/HDXboSrSvnwCMAyF7
Apr 20th 2019, 05:17 PM   #39
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  Apr 2019
  Salem

  Kawasaki Vulcan
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just got back from a morning ride. Did 150 miles today. Stopped twice for espresso.chilly. Liking this ride.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hdxbosrsvnwcmayf7
tetsuoooooo!!!
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