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What a fantastic day! I just bought me the new 2014 Cascade Candy Blue ABS Ninja 1000.

I have to share with you how I got here.

I started riding 15 years ago as a passenger with my husband. After some time he bought me my very own 600 Honda Shadow for Christmas. Awhile after I sold it and started riding my husbands Yamaha V-Max. My next bike was the Neptune Blue Ninja 250. This began my love with the Ninja. After riding my 250 to South Dakota and the Badlands I decided as much as I loved my bike, especially the color, I wanted more power to keep up with my husband on his Concours 14. So, I sold it and bought me a 2012 Ninja 1000 Grey/Black. I wanted a blue one but this was not an option at this time. So, I decided I would have it custom painted after we got back from riding it to the Grand Canyon this past year. While working with a custom bike painter in choosing the right color, I happened in February of this year, to stop into our local dealership just to say Hi and sitting on the floor I saw for the first time the 2014 Cascade Candy Blue Ninja 1000. It was love at first sight.

Dilemma: How do I sell my bike which I have a note on and get my dream bike without being upside down? I couldn't until today!

I happened to go to the local dealership to look at that beautiful bike I couldn't buy and while I was there an individual wanted to buy my bike. Yes, you guessed it I sold it right on the spot and turned around and bought the blue one. I couldn't be happier! I am ecstatic, elated, and so grateful.

I highly recommend this bike! I put a lowering link on it, since I am only 5'5, and the kickstand cut down so that it leans properly. When you lower it this is a must. Once lowered it allows me to be flat footed on the ground, it sits me back more, and allows me to be even more upright. I have lower back problems, due to gymnastics, so sitting upright is critical. As you can see I like to travel long distances. The Ninja 1000 is not only comfortable over long distances but the performance is incredible! It is everything you could want and more. It is super light, nimble, easy to handle, great in the twisties, and I can knee drag anytime I want.

I could go on and on about this bike but until you ride it yourself you don't know what you're missing!

Have a Blessed Easter and Great Riding Weather To All,

Blue Ninja Girl
 

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Such a cool story..I'm not sure how I'm supposed to feel when a GIRL likes the same motorcycle I do...But, well.......Maybe its due to my being **** near a Senior Citizen, but I agree with her and am proud of that.

A question, Ninja girl....what did you ride before? Your skills are pretty high based on your comments, so would you have recommended this bike for yourself, five years ago?
 

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Welcome Blue Ninja Warrior. At 5'5", I can't call you an amazon warrior.

I'm happy with my black/red one but I'm learning how excited blue make people. Maybe it's unique and rare.

You must be living right cause God granted the desire of your heart.
You were willing to be runner up but you got the grand prize.

What's the cost of a lowering link and what are the pros/cons?

Location?
 

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Just got off of my new bike today which I now have 129 miles. It was a gorgeous Easter day down here in South Texas!

Extremely difficult keeping it at 4000 rpm's. My husband and our friends jokingly laughed that they were getting awfully good gas mileage today.

Thanks for all of the really nice comments about my post!

Well to answer your question I previously rode my husbands Yamaha V-Max for a long time. The 167 horsepower to the rear wheel was great as a slingshot bike, but not really good on the twisties. And the Mad Max was really too heavy. So I bought me a Ninja 250 which I rode for 2 years. At 33 horsepower it didn't compare to the power of the V-Max, but it was so much fun throwing it in the curves. This bike is extremely fun and a great teacher. I would have kept this bike but trying to keep up with my husband's Concours 14 is IMPOSSIBLE!

Now would I recommend the 1000 to someone who doesn't have any experience on sportbikes? The answer is NO.

I truly believe in order for someone to ride the 1000 you need to learn to respect it first. As great as it is if you don't learn how to ride on a smaller sportbike first it can easily get away from you. You need to build up your skills and confidence first. My 250 did this for me. Five years ago I would not have been ready for the 1000.

In fact, when I sold my 2012 Ninja 1000 the day before yesterday, my husband and I lined our bikes up and it was the first time that I was able to take him through the first 3 gears. This was a great day for me, but then he was gone. Lol!

However, I will continue to hone my skills on my Blue 1000!

As for the lowering link I believe it cost around $200 installed with an adjustment of 1-2 inches. I have found no cons to the lowering link.

The pros of the link allow me to be flat-footed and by the lowering of the midpoint of the bike it actually sits me in a more upright touring position. This is more comfortable for cruising or touring. However, I can still lean forward when I want to get into the curves.

Have fun riding and thanks for letting me post!

Blessings to all,
Blue Ninja Girl
 

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Blue too!

Just got off of my new bike today which I now have 129 miles. It was a gorgeous Easter day down here in South Texas!

Extremely difficult keeping it at 4000 rpm's. My husband and our friends jokingly laughed that they were getting awfully good gas mileage today.

Thanks for all of the really nice comments about my post!

Well to answer your question I previously rode my husbands Yamaha V-Max for a long time. The 167 horsepower to the rear wheel was great as a slingshot bike, but not really good on the twisties. And the Mad Max was really too heavy. So I bought me a Ninja 250 which I rode for 2 years. At 33 horsepower it didn't compare to the power of the V-Max, but it was so much fun throwing it in the curves. This bike is extremely fun and a great teacher. I would have kept this bike but trying to keep up with my husband's Concours 14 is IMPOSSIBLE!

Now would I recommend the 1000 to someone who doesn't have any experience on sportbikes? The answer is NO.

I truly believe in order for someone to ride the 1000 you need to learn to respect it first. As great as it is if you don't learn how to ride on a smaller sportbike first it can easily get away from you. You need to build up your skills and confidence first. My 250 did this for me. Five years ago I would not have been ready for the 1000.

In fact, when I sold my 2012 Ninja 1000 the day before yesterday, my husband and I lined our bikes up and it was the first time that I was able to take him through the first 3 gears. This was a great day for me, but then he was gone. Lol!

However, I will continue to hone my skills on my Blue 1000!

As for the lowering link I believe it cost around $200 installed with an adjustment of 1-2 inches. I have found no cons to the lowering link.

The pros of the link allow me to be flat-footed and by the lowering of the midpoint of the bike it actually sits me in a more upright touring position. This is more comfortable for cruising or touring. However, I can still lean forward when I want to get into the curves.

Have fun riding and thanks for letting me post!

Blessings to all,
Blue Ninja Girl
I have the blue one too, 729 miles on it so far here in San Antonio, TX. Came from 2 previous Hayabusa's and love this Ninja. I'm 6' 220 lbs and it hauls me around with no problems. I bought the saddlebags (must have) and the tankbag with tail bag. Saving $ to get the gel seat!
 

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Congratulations and thanks for sharing your story.
Your passion for riding really comes through...
It's great when you spouse rides too :)
Enjoy!
 
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