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Rider Profile: TonyKZ1 (Regular)

Rider Profile: TonyKZ1 (Regular)
Real Name:   Anthony Bailey
Age:   53
Motorcycle(s):   1997 Yamaha XJ600s Seca II
1989 Kawasaki Ninja 250R (Sold)
1975 Kawasaki KZ400D (Sold)
Riding Since:   2003
Location:   Marble Hill, MO
Occupation:   See Notes..
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Occupation : Computer Technician - Mainly Apple Computers but PC's also, plus printers, plus networking, plus what we call "tech packages", ie. a computer, a dvd or video player, and a scanner connected via a switching unit to a projector system setup up in a classroom.

My Dad bought my brother & I an old yamaha dirt bike back when we were barely teenagers. Then in 2003 I bought an old '75 Kawasaki KZ400D, put quite a few miles on it and then in May 2006 I bought my Ninja 250.

1989 Kawasaki Ninja 250 - mostly stock with a scottoiler automatic chain oiling system, Oxford Heaterz heated grips, and then a pair of Oxford Muffs to block the wind and rain when it gets really cold.

I installed Pirelli ST66 tires (in original sizes 100/80-16F and 130/80-16R) back in Sept 2006. They worked pretty good dry & wet, much better than the wore-out Dunlop K630s. However the rear only lasted about 6k miles, then I installed a Bridgestone BT45 (size 130/90-16) on the rear. I've now replaced both tires with Kenda K671's 100/90-16 F and 130-90-16 R. The Kenda's worked pretty good, especially for the price. I got around 10k miles on them. I've since installed Avon Roadriders, they seem to be great tires. Good grip, on par with the BT-45s or the Sport Demons it seems. I'm now back to the Kenda tires due to a very good price for them, they're working fine as before.

November 2008 with worsening engine problems, my engine finally died, luckily I wasn't but a mile or two from home and a friendly neighbor gave me and my bike a ride to the house. I replaced the original engine with a 5k mile 1993 Ninja 250 engine. The new engine while running differently, starts easily and runs good, so maybe it's just not broken in yet. I adjusted the valves before installing the engine, it is so much easier doing that while the engine is out of the bike.

I've also upgraded to a Works Performance rear shock. I recently replaced the front forks with a set I had rebuilt by Traxxion Dynamics, they used .90 springs, 30w oil, and an oil height of 150 mm. This together with the rear shock has made quite a difference in the handling of the bike. It seems a quite a bit firmer but maybe it's just me.

Current mileage on bike as of 10/03/2013 is 94,xxx. Check my mileage tracker page listed above for the current mileage and maintenance that I've done to the bike.

We live on a small farm outside Marble Hill, MO. I then commute 30 miles into Cape Girardeau, MO. I normally ride every day - rain, shine, winter, summer, etc. Although occasionally if the weather is real nasty, I may take the our Dodge Durango SUV.

I work at the Southeast MO State University in the Information Technology Dept, basically I keep the university's computers, printers, tech packages, and network working.

Well, I guess I need to update the bike info a little. After having being involved in an multi-vehicle accident last part of October '09, I'm rebuilding my bike. Since the one year only '89 white fairing is a little hard to find. It's now got a "firecracker red" upper fairing from a '97 model, and I'm slowly getting the other parts together to change the rest of the bike's fairings and gas tank to match. It's all rebuilt now and when the weather warms up enough for a wash/wax I'll get some new pictures taken and uploaded.
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Last Updated July 22, 2015