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Little by little in just over a year, I'm finally getting my 2018 Ninja 1000 the way I want it to be. It's sleeker, leaner, meaner, yet more comfortable than it was stock.

Coming from a 2015 R1, the bike was a "head" not "heart" purchase at first but I've grown to love it and every day I enjoy riding it more. Simply a great all around streetbike for daily use, and firmly on the sport end of the sport touring spectrum when it comes to weekend canyon rides.

I think once I get some rearsets and finally do the suspension, it'll be just right for me. I just figured I'd get my money's worth and wear out the stock suspension a bit first and at least need to flush fork oil before replacing anything. Of course bikes are never really done when I have one, so knowing me I'm sure I'll find something else to do down the road.

Mods list in my sig. Attached is my latest photo after installing a solo cowl and grab rail removal plates purchased from members here. Think it's looking pretty sharp, if I do say so myself. :cool:
 

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That's good to hear!

I wonder though if you enjoy the journey of making this bike special, as much as you do riding it? For some folks that journey is part of the enjoyment.

Since you're one of those people who made the N1k more sporty, did you consider taking, say a literbike Super Sport and just made it more comfortable? I know this is like saying to the countless others who tried to make their N1k into a Concours 14, why not just get a C14! I do believe there is a huge return with very little $$ spent in simply fitting a liter SS with higher clip-on's and adjustable footpegs, bigger windscreen, heated connections, throttle lock, etc., because the performance gain is tremendous from an N1k platform to say a ZX10R platform. 30 more rwhp at least, 70 lbs. weight reduction, way better suspension and braking. That's a huge gain before any engine mods are even considered.
 

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That's good to hear!

I wonder though if you enjoy the journey of making this bike special, as much as you do riding it? For some folks that journey is part of the enjoyment.
That's a good question. I definitely enjoy "farkling" my bike. I've always tended to view stock bikes as a blank canvas begging to be customized to suit my tastes. That in mind, I do what I like, but I'd also like to think I do things tastefully and go for a clean look and good purpose. I love riding as much, I ride instead of drive whenever possible. Driving a car is pretty much torture for me.

Since you're one of those people who made the N1k more sporty, did you consider taking, say a literbike Super Sport and just made it more comfortable? I do believe there is a huge return with very little $$ spent in simply fitting a liter SS with higher clip-on's and adjustable footpegs, bigger windscreen, heated connections, throttle lock, etc., because the performance gain is tremendous from an N1k platform to say a ZX10R platform. 30 more rwhp at least, 70 lbs. weight reduction, way better suspension and braking. That's a huge gain before any engine mods are even considered.
I think the closest I got to that was an '05 R1 with heli-bars. When I had my '15 R1, heli-bars didn't release their bars for that bike yet. Such a bike would be fine for most of the riding I do, but I don't think It would be as nice as the N1K for the few times a year I take a longer trip. Like when I rode up to Laguna Seca this Summer.

The Yamaha MT-10 is about 90% or so of the the current R1 is. Basically same chassis and engine. The only issue is that it's naked. If it had at least half fairing like my old '09 FZ1 had, I'd pull the trigger. I have seen some giant touring like fly screens available for that bike, but I just can't live with way that looks. Aesthetics still matter to me.

At this point, the only bike I'd replace my N1K with is the H2-SX. I normally keep my bikes at least 4-5 years if I don't total them like the last bike, and I usually wait until my wife has leased a new car so she can't say anything when I tell her I'm buying a new bike. Haha.
 

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LMAO! I get it with the wife.

The H2 SX is dangerously close to, if not the equivalent of, a Concours 1400. At least with a white or silver C14 you can dress appropriately with a white helmet and get the ability to part the Red Sea (because it is a cop bike). I rode with a guy on a silver Honda ST1300 and he wore a silver helmet. Every damn time I came up behind me my heart would flutter from fear that I'm getting pulled over. Cars moved over and switched lanes to give us the right of way. It had that kind of psychological effect on the general public.

I sort of, kind of, want to get an H2 SX. But really pause at the weight gain. My N1k is only just as much fun as my former sport bikes. It's right at that tipping point where it's too porky to be fun flicking it into corners like the whipper snapper super sports. You can still ride it hard and not get exhausted after a while. I recently did a back to back ride with my friend on his Daytona 675R. What a torture rack of a bike. But in the twisties that bike was sublime. Corner speeds that I would feel sort of nearing the limits of my comfort zone on the N1k, the 675R felt totally relaxed and seriously planted. Side to side transitions were quick and easy. This was why I had a CBR600RR before I got my N1k. The 675R didn't feel underpowered at all, it just felt softer in the midrange. Once it spooled up it was equally as fast as my N1k. I still wouldn't get a 675R in exchange for my N1k though. Because once I'm in cruise home mode, the N1k becomes the sublime ride to Nirvana. So comfy and relaxed. The super sports are always hyper active.

Anyway, once I get over the fact that I don't need the sounds and the mental attitude of a supercharger, which is bad *** to the bone, I realize I probably won't be happier on an H2 SX. Especially now that the 2020 N1k SX bridges that gap without the weight gain. For me I'd like to get a back to basics bike to complement my N1k. Which has absolutely nothing to do with your original post! LOL! Back to your channel.
 

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Similar situation here in Oz.
Years ago I owned an 11 model SX.
& felt I’d outgrown it.
But I never messed with it.
Moved to a ZX10 & never got on with it on the road, all the powers up the top & not much use in my favourite tight mountain roads.
Years later, several bikes on & im back on an SX, but sorted out this time, straight thru system, re mapped, suspension sorted both ends.
It’s so far beyond that old 11 model now & hustles along.
Now just need a seat.
Do you like your Corbin ?
Better than a Sargent ?

It’s as much bike as you’d need on any twisty road IMHO.
After 43 yrs of riding & close to as many bikes
I.m settled
For now ?
ish
 

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That cop bike thing isnt as cool as it sounds. People halfway freak out when they see a big, silver bike. Especially if you have on a dark jacket.

Jdub, how about a picture? Im still searching for the perfect spot to place my remote reservoir.
 

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Jdub, how about a picture? Im still searching for the perfect spot to place my remote reservoir.
Same place as the stock preload knob, RC, same place as the stock preload knob :)
 

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Having a bike that looks like a cop bike is not all it sounds like it would be. People do silly things when they think a cop bike is behind them. Figure a few seconds of erratic behavior as they hit the brakes, stop texting and/or make a snap move to put their seat belt on.

Bikram, I wondered as some of the shocks have that preload adjust as well as a reservoir. I finally ended up finding the perfect piece of carbon fiber for the job. Its about time to get started. Your right though. Its not like there are many choices.
 

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Here you go Bikram. A bit difficult to photograph so here’s the destructions.
Basically there’s a supplied metal bracket & a loop around clamp around the reservoir
Neat job, JD. The Penske 8983 shock I got did not have any bracket for mounting the remote reservoir. Nor was there any suggestion as to where to mount it. There was a clamp supplied, but no bracket. So my fitting had to be improvised after fabricating a bracket to fit the remote reservoir in place of the stock preload knob.
 

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Jaydub, im the one who drives everyone crazy about reservoir position. My Penske was supplied with 2 hose clamps, and a rubber cushion. It an afterthough, at best, so im still looking for a good bracket design.

Back in 2012, the passenger footpeg hanger didnt even have a spot for the preload adjuster.
 

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Well 409, all I can say is the Wilbers is quality gear & im happy with my choice.
She’s bedded in nicely after a just completed 4,000 klm 11 day trip.
Tuning as I went.
Found the sweet spot for sure
Very happy now.
Magic carpet ride.
Check my trip notes in the thread on recent rides.
 

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This thread hijack is very appreciated as I learned some interesting things about shock options. I think I will go Wilbers now instead of Penske, that's a really nice setup.
 

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I had a fully-adjustable Wilbers some time ago on an Aprilia Futura and loved it. That shock is still doing the miles for its current owner. The guys at BeemerShop in Scotts Valley sell and service Wilbers and they are top-notch.
 

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@tyrmeltr I've got to agree, my 140 mile ride on Saturday was great! I love my 2015 Ninja 1000, now with 49,000 miles. It hasn't missed a beat, or a shift. What a perfect bike. It's my favorite of all time...

Alas, I'm going to let it go this spring...

I'm getting a 2020 Ninja 1000 SX and moving all my great accessories over to my new, favorite bike of all time!
 

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I should ask Wilbers for a commission?
Apologies for the diversion of the thread.
But as long as it’s doing folks some good there’s no harm done
 
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