I live in Hildebran, NC and ride 181, NC80 and the Blue Ridge Parkway often. I will be heading to the Tail of the Dragon in September. This will be the first time riding the Dragon on the Ninja 1000. I have been the past four years on the ZX14. I love the 14 but looking forward to riding the 1000 this year. It just feels more nimble, not to mention more comfortable. If anyone ever wants to meet up and ride let me know. I have days off during the week and every other weekend off.