Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Oh man I feel ya. I came from a 2015 R1 that was my daily rider. Over 30k miles in 3 years. I'm kinda in that 1% category of squid that survived to middle age and is now a Kraken.
Anyways, totaled that bike and decided to try something better for commuting and the ability to take longer trips. I figured the Ninja 1K while a "sport tourer" was the sportiest of the sport tourers. I thought the owners would gravitate 50/50 between sport riders that still need a great street bike and touring riders, with some being kinda of both. At 44 I still feel young and too crazy for this bike compared to a lot of the owners, so it's refreshing to see someone in their 60s have the same concerns.
That said, while I may have never lusted for the Ninja 1000, I have, after spending thousands on mods, learned to appreciate the bike for what it is. It's a head not heart bike for me. This year I plan on riding to Laguna Seca for World Superbike and later in the Summer riding Yosemite and the Sierras, a trip I could never do on a supersport these days. I still miss how that R1 revved and pulled on top though, that bike was like a drug. That said, not sure how many years I will keep this bike and I have my eyes peeled for the market offering something that gives me the qualities of the Ninja 1000 with higher levels of performance.
Not a BMW guy myself, but the S1000XR would perhaps be a bike to consider. A little more ADV positioned than the Ninja 1000 but so much of that S1000RR DNA in it a guy like you would appreciate.
I really really like the Yamaha MT-10 except the looks and lack of wind protection. Having ridden them a few time the bike is about 85-90% of what my R1 is but in a much more liveable package. In a few years I may still end up with one and put a dorky windscreen on it. Even better if Yamaha comes up with a faired version or at least a half faring like the FZ1 had.
Also, I love the H2-SX, while a bigger bike than the Ninja 1000, the appeal of that supercharged motor is hard to pass up. Especially after reading with just a conservative tune it will make 200hp. Much like the Ninja 1000 it actually suits a lot of the riding I like to do, but with the power I miss. Beyond that I am considering adding a salvage title GSX-R750 to the garage for canyons and track days because I'm starting to realize I can't have one bike do it all without making a lot of compromises.
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - Akrapovič Racing Line Full Exhaust; BMC Air Filter; Corbin Saddle; CRG LS 2.2 Mirrors; Driven Grips; Driven PAIR Block Off Plates; Dunlop Q3+ Tires (190/55 rear); GPR V4S Steering Stabilizer; Kawasaki Frame Sliders; Mirror Block Offs; Moto Dynamic Fender Eliminator; Moto Dynamic Integrated Taillight; MRA Racing Double Bubble Screen; ProGrip Tank Pad; R&G Racing Engine Covers; Speedy Moto Tall Boy 50mm Clip Ons; Woolich ECU Tuning With Race Tools And Quickshifter.