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Hello everyone ,I'm a 58y/o rider , been riding since 1977 and I do love it. I must admit I don't own a Ninja 1000 but it has caught my eye. Right now I have a 2001 FZ1 and a 2007 Aprilia Tuono. Both of these bikes are great in their own way but the FZ has almost 80k miles and I'm thinking the Ninja would be a perfect replacement since I do all my touring on the FZ.
 

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Welcome Joe. The 1000 is a good choice. I have a 14 with 8000mi on it and it's been great. Most of those miles were touring our riding the great Tn. roads. I did change the gearing ( taller ). I think i'am the senior guy here (71) but like this bike a lot. Have done several 500mi+ days and it's fine.Where in NY
 

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Welcome Joe. The 1000 is a good choice. I have a 14 with 8000mi on it and it's been great. Most of those miles were touring our riding the great Tn. roads. I did change the gearing ( taller ). I think i'am the senior guy here (71) but like this bike a lot. Have done several 500mi+ days and it's fine.Where in NY
Holy crap you're an old fart.

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Welcome Joe. The 1000 is a good choice. I have a 14 with 8000mi on it and it's been great. Most of those miles were touring our riding the great Tn. roads. I did change the gearing ( taller ). I think i'am the senior guy here (71) but like this bike a lot. Have done several 500mi+ days and it's fine.Where in NY
NICE 71 and still doing 500 mile days , you do have some fine roads down there. I do love the Smokey MTs and the Blue ridge. I live on Long Island but I do most of my riding in Hudson Valley and the Catskill MTs, so for me it's 90 miles to the meeting spot :)
 

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Welcome empire state
The farthest north I've ridden is newburgh for museum and orange coast choppers.
 

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ToNY go north young man. Some of the best riding in the country is just north of Newburgh. Duchess & Columbia counties in NY and western CT & MA is great riding. A great go to spot is the Toy Maker Cafe in Falls Village Ct. Good food and the chef(owner) is a motorcycle nut. There is always a lot of m/c guys around. Sunday mornings you could see anything pull in. From an old Sunbeam to latest Ducati. Follow Joe he knows were to ride.
 

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Welcome Joe, I live just outside of Buffalo so I keep NY from being invaded by all those crazy Canoodians!!!.. I too had an FZ1 of same vintage but it wasn't set up for touring. My N1K is my winter ride in Florida & I'm very happy with the '14 model which has some significant changes from earlier models. You'd like the added power of the Ninja for sure. Good forum here IMHO.
 

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ToNY go north young man. Some of the best riding in the country is just north of Newburgh. Duchess & Columbia counties in NY and western CT & MA is great riding. A great go to spot is the Toy Maker Cafe in Falls Village Ct. Good food and the chef(owner) is a motorcycle nut. There is always a lot of m/c guys around. Sunday mornings you could see anything pull in. From an old Sunbeam to latest Ducati. Follow Joe he knows were to ride.
You are correct sir !!

Tony if you want to hook up let me know . We all have heated gear so we ride almost right to the winter. I could meet you at the throgs Neck , I could show you the back roads thru Westchester 22-121-116 to 301 the hit the Teconic head north 10 miles and hit Hope Well junction -rt 82s
 

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Your offer is most kind. The Taconic is a scenic masterpiece.
As a fair weather rider, I have no heated gear besides the vest insert on my joe rocket jacket. I just downgraded my insurance to basic without comp and collision. $8 @month.

I will switch to amig, but my monthly full coverage with geico was $99 @month. The CFO likes this financial outcome every winter.
 

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I rode many years without heated gear, but once I did I was like what took me soo long to get it. Riding in 40-30 degress and feeling toasty is pretty good
 
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