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Forum Help / Problems / Re: Hosting a Parts Manual
« Last post by Knuckles52 on Today at 08:01:47 AM »
you could always try something like GoogleDocs and share the link here.
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Z900 - Main Chat board / Re: 600 Mile Service 2021 model.
« Last post by Hyperone88 on Today at 02:12:31 AM »
*Originally Posted by 3alfa3 [+]
Kawasaki Service or Oil Change?
my wrench 🔧 come on early at 400 miles so I turned both service features off, I cannot recall the mileage it was set at. The dealer serviced the bike at 580 miles but they never turned anything back on. Havenít seen the wrench again. Kawasaki made this confusing . I guess I could turn both back on if I wanted
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Z900 - Main Chat board / Re: 600 Mile Service 2021 model.
« Last post by 3alfa3 on Today at 01:40:24 AM »
*Originally Posted by Hyperone88 [+]
wonder how I was able to turn this feature off? Not sure if I can turn it back on, will have to try

Kawasaki Service or Oil Change?
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Z900 - Main Chat board / Re: 600 Mile Service 2021 model.
« Last post by Hyperone88 on Today at 01:33:31 AM »
*Originally Posted by 3alfa3 [+]
I think they use software for that, but not sure.


From manual:


wonder how I was able to turn this feature off? Not sure if I can turn it back on, will have to try
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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Anyone upsized their tires on Z900?
« Last post by Its about speed on Today at 01:29:09 AM »
Z900-WA,  THANKS!

Excellent info on the rear tire comparison.  Easy to understand.  Are you a professional writer?

Just yesterday while  on a 260 mile jaunt through the  river canyons of Trinity County, Ca ... this same topic became a discussion amongst myself and 2 other oldtimers.

The 55 profile seems to lay flatter on the road and leaves zero chicken strip.  I'm certain the taller profile balds in the center at fewer miles.

Maybe you could write a similar comparison on our front tire options for the Z900?
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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Better seat cowl
« Last post by iBuchon on Today at 01:07:01 AM »
Thanks guys! I considered keeping it to myself, but hey, this forumís been good to me.  :821:
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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Better seat cowl
« Last post by superpig on Today at 12:53:28 AM »
*Originally Posted by iBuchon [+]
  Verdict! It fits, but it doesnít. Iím going to post a video showing fitment issues, but hereís the deal. This cowl is much better quality than the Z900 copy I got. The support is metal, the hardware looks great and the plastic is ABS. At least itís stamped ABS.
  Will it fit directly on? Yes, but itís really hard to get it on. If you have another cowl like I did you can simply swap out the support and it works perfectly. (Cut off the wing-like sections) I did that to check the fit before I bend the support it came with to the right shape. As far as the plastic cowl itself, you would think it belongs on the 900. Exactly what I was looking for!
  The black it just plain gloss black, so good luck matching colors if you want to. It doesnít matter to me since Iíll be wrapping it to match the rest of the bike anyway. Satin photographs so much better!
  Iíll cover all the details in a video.

Looks amazing. Looking forward to the video. Definately plan on doing this as well at some point.  :047: :028:
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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Better seat cowl
« Last post by Krim on Today at 12:37:04 AM »
*Originally Posted by iBuchon [+]
  Verdict! It fits, but it doesnít. Iím going to post a video showing fitment issues, but hereís the deal. This cowl is much better quality than the Z900 copy I got. The support is metal, the hardware looks great and the plastic is ABS. At least itís stamped ABS.
  Will it fit directly on? Yes, but itís really hard to get it on. If you have another cowl like I did you can simply swap out the support and it works perfectly. (Cut off the wing-like sections) I did that to check the fit before I bend the support it came with to the right shape. As far as the plastic cowl itself, you would think it belongs on the 900. Exactly what I was looking for!
  The black it just plain gloss black, so good luck matching colors if you want to. It doesnít matter to me since Iíll be wrapping it to match the rest of the bike anyway. Satin photographs so much better!
  Iíll cover all the details in a video.








Yowza! Love it. Love it. Love it. I am very likely going to straight up copy you. I absolutely love it.

The whole thing has come together very nicely.
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Z900 - Main Chat board / Re: 600 Mile Service 2021 model.
« Last post by 3alfa3 on Today at 12:22:31 AM »
*Originally Posted by broderp [+]
Any idea how that feature gets activated and or reset? (Does the dealer require a special service tool, or is there some sequence of button presses to do the same thing?) I wouldn't mind having it on, but would like to be able to reset it once I do the Service myself.

I think they use software for that, but not sure.


From manual:

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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Anyone upsized their tires on Z900?
« Last post by Z900-WA on Yesterday at 11:50:50 PM »
I might be able to actually help answer this question (or at least provide some factual evidence) for anyone considering the pro's & con's of changing Rr. Tire sizes.

Got this idea from recent DMT tire comparison vid. I used my contour gauge that I normally use for flooring installs. I'll Attach the image.

So far, I think the results are pretty interesting.

1st off. Yes I upgraded to Q3+'s right after getting the Bike. Couldn't find a 180 @ the time, so I went w a 190/55/17. I did a bunch of research & w our bike & tire rim a 190/55 is fine from a safety stand-point & once mounted, although the 190 is slightly wider, the bigger difference is actually the steeper profile of the 190 tire on the 5.5" rim. I really wanted the Q3+'s & was actually interested in trying it out.

Aside from the obvious improvements the higher performance tires & stickier compounds would make, once scrubbed in I immediately noticed a significant improvement in steering response, specifically re: tip-in & overall flickability from the steeper profile on the rea w no discernable drawbacks initially, but over time I did notice some definite tradeoffs, so ultimately I'm not sure I'd do it again. Fortunately, I should know for sure soon, since I just received the new 180/55 rear I ordered and am having it installed in the morning. I'm anxious to get it on and compare it to the performance of the 190.

I went w a Q3+ again since I was really happy/ impressed w the performance of the tires overall & they wear at a rate of about a 1/2 ratio, Rr/ Fr. From day 1, the Q3+'s were a night & day difference from the stock tires! That said next time around I may try something else out just for the knowledge & experience/ for comparison sake. I'm curious to see how different brands really compare in terms of performance & longevity.

Speaking of... My current 190 is wore down to the wear bar indicators after about 3K miles of hard riding inc. 1 track day. Which isn't terrible, but I was hoping for the closer to 4-5K that many other riders w similar bikes claim to get out of their Q3+ Rrs or even the 6-8K people claim to get w some other brands of hi-performance tires like Michelins etc.

The only potential downsides I've noticed from the 190 vs 180 are...

1. They wore down wayyy faster in the very center than they did on the sides or even the full crown of the tire, the wear accelerated w mileage & ultimately resulted in a very flattened center-profile. This drawback became more & more noticeable in the bikes handling-feel & I'm pretty sure it actually led to accelerated tire wear & decreased straight-line traction (pretty much always).

2. At times my Rr. tire would spin unexpectedly in 2nd gear, particularly when doing clutch ups or even just doing power wheelies if it was less than 50-60 Degrees out. This is w tires fully warmed up and on good pavement @ 30-40mph. I won't know for sure if this was a result of the larger tire size until the this fall when temps come down again & the 180 is broken in, but it did seem very unusual for such a sticky compound tire, especially when running pressures as low as 30-32psi cold.

All this is to say that given the extra cost, accelerated wear and diminishing returns in profile steepness over the life of the tire & potentially reduced upright traction. I don't think there are any logical advantages to using a 190 vs 180 w a 5.5" rim. Especially when u can see from the pic, that there is barely a perceptible difference in appearance re: tire width "Cool Factor".

Btw, if anyones looking. I did find some great deals on good Continental & Michelin tires on sale this week. Lmk if u want the links or any other info etc✌

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