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I have been on bikes for 26 years. My favorite to date was a 2002 zx9r. after that time I have been playing in the dirt and doing the adventure bike thing. Always keeping my eye open to the replacement of the 9. Which was in my opinion the best street bike going, a gentlemans supersport. Well during that time they brought out the zzr600 and zzr1200 even the z1000. None of them was what I was looking for. I told the wife why don't they just bring the 9 out as a zzr model that is the bike I would like. So they started doing the concourse 1400 which was just to large of a bike for the sporting roads around Arkansas. I was looking for something smaller but not so cramped as they continue to shrink bikes. ( the 9 was the last of the comfy ninjas) I was intrigued when the ninja 1000 came out but that was about it. I had given up on sport bikes all together by then and have settled in with the adv and touring bikes. Then the new of the 2014 ninja came out and it was suppose to be the super sport touring bike with nicely integrated saddle bags and a few electronic goodies. The adjustable windshield was just icing on the cake. I have installed heated grips on all my bikes and this one will be no exception to that. I just hope my knees hold up to it for the long run. Sitting on it at the dealership it felt very nice and tourable.

Anyway this looks like it will be the next bike for me and the wife. Call it a family bike. One we can each ride when the mood hits. For the long straight get there rides we will be on the touring bike and if the rides includes the trails and mining roads then we have the adv bikes to play on. The ninja should complete the stable.


"O" yea I'm John but I figure you knew that by my screen name
 

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First to say Welcome. I too have found it's a logical progression from a ZX9R (88) to a '14 Ninja1000. I even stayed with the same color, green, although they're not the same shade. Are you opting for the side bags?
 

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Welcome John! Looks like there is a bit of a common trend (if only over 3 of us) where we've gone from a ZX-9R to the Ninja Thou. Mine was a E1 in black and white and my last bike back in the UK; had a bit of time off bikes due to life getting in the way and the 2013 Ninja just seemed to fit what I was looking for the best!
 

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I have been on bikes for 26 years. My favorite to date was a 2002 zx9r. after that time I have been playing in the dirt and doing the adventure bike thing. Always keeping my eye open to the replacement of the 9. Which was in my opinion the best street bike going, a gentlemans supersport. Well during that time they brought out the zzr600 and zzr1200 even the z1000. None of them was what I was looking for. I told the wife why don't they just bring the 9 out as a zzr model that is the bike I would like. So they started doing the concourse 1400 which was just to large of a bike for the sporting roads around Arkansas. I was looking for something smaller but not so cramped as they continue to shrink bikes. ( the 9 was the last of the comfy ninjas) I was intrigued when the ninja 1000 came out but that was about it. I had given up on sport bikes all together by then and have settled in with the adv and touring bikes. Then the new of the 2014 ninja came out and it was suppose to be the super sport touring bike with nicely integrated saddle bags and a few electronic goodies. The adjustable windshield was just icing on the cake. I have installed heated grips on all my bikes and this one will be no exception to that. I just hope my knees hold up to it for the long run. Sitting on it at the dealership it felt very nice and tourable.

Anyway this looks like it will be the next bike for me and the wife. Call it a family bike. One we can each ride when the mood hits. For the long straight get there rides we will be on the touring bike and if the rides includes the trails and mining roads then we have the adv bikes to play on. The ninja should complete the stable.


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Hey John.
I had to re-read the first 2 lines of your post twice.
I've also been riding for just over 26 years and my favorite bike was a Candy Lime Green 2002 ZX9R. Should have never sold it. Kawi nailed it with that bike.
Biggest drawback was the lack of proper luggage for touring. I was spoiled by the VFR I had before the 9.
I hope to test ride both a 2013 and 2014 in the next few weeks and will post up ride reports here.

Cheers,

Rob
 
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