Touring rig it is not, but when the 500 miles between home and the evening's lodgings are littered with places to scuff a knee slider, the ZX-6R is the bike to be aboard. In preparation for the trip, I swapped the Ninja's sticky track rubber for the OE Bridgestone BT-016s and installed a Zero Gravity Double Bubble windscreen ($89.95 from www.zerogravity-racing.com). The DB's taller, wider shape cuts a more accommodating hole in the atmosphere while maintaining the Zed Ex's aggressive appearance. Also in anticipation of the trip and the Ninja's eminent return to its maker, I decided to re-install the stock exhaust. Even with the optional decibel-reducing tip in place, I felt the Two Brothers pipe I'd been running was too loud, and glares from my neighbors confirmed my suspicions. Returning the Ninja to its sewing-machine stealth mode helped me avoid unwanted attention, and yanking the fuel controller apparently restored my gas mileage as I averaged 41 mpg over the course of the 1100-mile trip. The journey did however, put the final nail in the BT-016s'coffin.