In January I had never been on a bike at all and had very little experience with a manual transmission.
So to preserve my skin and learn how to actually handle a bike and not let a bike handle me. I picked up a 2015 Ninja 300. Which I put 5891 miles on in the coarse of 7 months.
I was getting a little to content on that little thing, so I did a quick search on cycle trader and was looking for a 600, or a GSXR750 at the biggest.
But I really wanted to keep with a Ninja.
I sent Lexington motorsport in Ky, a message reference a 2015 GSXR600 they had marked down to $8500.
The next morning just for giggles I checked what insurance would run me, ended up at like $604 a month...... So that was a big NEGATIVE.
A few minutes later a sales person from Lexington MS, called and asked me if I wanted to come look at the Gixxer, but after explaining the whole insurance thing, he suggested I looked into some older bikes. Which at the time, I was not really interested in, but just to be nice I listened to what this guy had to offer.
He mentioned a 2009 ZX10R for $6500... My first response was..... Ok, whats wrong with it? He laughed abit and said nothing at all. And sent me a pic, *****Insert picture here*****
then went on to say, it only had 4180miles.
This immediately spiked my interest, and I set up to go look at it that following Friday.
On the spot I fell in love with this beautiful monster, and filed the paper work right there. I got a call Monday morning to come pick 'er up.
So as of Monday, I got on something other than my 300 for the first time and man.... was it awesome.
It was a bit of a learning experience for me as I tried to navigate downtown Lexington KY, (University of Kentucky's campus) on a new literbike in rush hour traffic.
When I made it home, 65miles away I was quite sore from the extremely tight steering and rock hard suspension. And honestly the bike was useless for a hard acceleration as the front wheel would pop up constantly.
To remedy this issue, yesterday I called Ohlins and spoke a really friendly guy from the "race technician" line and he gave me a quick rundown of the suspension on my bike, and gave me directions on where to find the information on correctly setting my suspension up for my size (which is abit of a task, as I am a rather small rider at 140lbs)
With the recruitment of my dad, to hold the bike upright and take the measurements, we got the bike dialed in per the instructions from ohlins, and from Dave Moss's instructions on youtube from a class he taught.
I had to basically back the front and rear suspension almost all the way off, and turned the damper (which was set at 100%, explains why I was sore from navigating Lexington) back to 40% where it feels perfect.
Anyways, I know this has been abit long winded, but I get a little carried away talking about this new toy of mine