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Old 09-26-2010, 04:54 AM
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I own a 1990 zx10 ninja, yeah I know oldschool but paid for. It's hard to get the front end as high as I want, I know its a little heavy and long but like I said it's paid for. When they made bikes like this they didn't all look the same. Is there a magic trick to this? I've ridden wheelies on other bikes and it didn't take as much effort. If someone can give a little advice I would appreciate it. It's getting a little frustrasting!!!!!!!!!
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Need to offset the forward weight bias and tall rubber on the older bikes. Slide your butt back as far as you can and still reach controls. Take bike to about 9 grand in 2nd, then downshift into first and nail the throttle. Hang on.....
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Thanks for the reply Jeff. I kind of chuckled when I read it. You said 9 grand in 2nd and down shift to 1st and give it lots of throttle. Sounds like a hell of a ride but I will try and let you know what happend. As soon as I find my nuts and keys. I will make sure I rub the Jesus sticker on my tank ahead of time.(a little help won't hurt) Thanks again. I was also thinking of getting a second bike. Looking at a 03 zx9.
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Won't a ZX10 wheelie without clutch?
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Still haven't tried the second to first with a hand full of clutch yet but it seems to me I would be going over 40 to get to 9,000 rpm's. This year of zx10 won't wheelie without the clutch. Wheel base is kind of long but I might have to settle on being real fast. Good reason to get a smaller (600) bike to stunt and have fun on.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:58 PM
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The ZX9 does many things well, and that's the beauty; it's not a race bike and not exactly a touring bike. A great commuter and weekend runner. I like them because they're right in the middle of the spectrum. A little heavy to stunt on. All depends on your jones.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:41 AM
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I don't really understand the downshift part of these instructions but that's all good. I've really only ridden a few street bikes and they were all rockets. I don't think I'd want to rev a litre bike to 9g's and dump the clutch...but that's just me (even if it is older). Personally I'd start out doing 10-20mph or so and get it up to about 5g's and dump the clutch to get used to the lunge of the longer bike and work up from there. I know my 2007 ZX6R didn't have much torque so it was easier the faster I went. I don't think you'll have that problem with your bike. Take care and gear up...oh, and try this in an empty parking lot, getting busted for "stunting" sucks, trust me lol.
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not to revive a dead thread, but i restored a 1990 zx 10 from a bucket of parts....
The bike was made to wheelie with no clutch. I twelve oh clocked many times by just dumping the throttle in first gear. plenty of power and doesnt slip the clutch like members suggested to do i dont know why people suggest that that year bike wasnt capable... makes over 120 hp.

guess nobody else had the ***** to try it
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