I'm 39 years old, have owned 27 bikes since I was 16, have ridden through 36 states so far, have hit 7 deer while riding and was hit once by a drunk driver in a pickup truck. ATGATT.
I love motorcycles. But I do love some more than others.
A few favorites from my list of owned bikes are: 1994 Ducati 900ss, 2002 Honda RC51, 2003 Honda VFR 800, Buell XB12X Ulysses (owned 4!), ZX14 and my current 2004 ZX10R.
What terrifies me is that my 10R is being sold today and I am looking to pick up a Ninja 1000 tomorrow.
After owning 27 bikes, the ZX10R has been a revelation in sport bike ownership. The thing is simply amazing. The handling is incredible and I truly feel like I am in touch with the road. But pushing 40 and having the urge to tour again, I'm looking for something with great handling and power that is also capable of touring. I have toured on my RC51 and while that sounds torturesome, it wasn't as bad as you might think. And my God, that v-twin motor!!! But now I must also take my lady into account.
I found a mint, stock 2011 Ninja 1000 with 11,000 miles for $5800. I've talked the seller down to $5200 which seems like a good deal. It's two hours away.
I have read many reviews and read many articles about the Ninja 1000 and it seems like it will fit my needs and desires pretty well. But unfortunately, I have not had a chance to ride one so I will be "buying blind".
I did have a chance to sit on a Z1000 and from what I've heard, the ergonomics are similar. They feel similar to my old VFR and I toured on that bike adequately. I'm sure the ninja will have more power than the
VFR did but considerably less than my ZX14 which I rode from Pennsylvania to Florida to California and back. Unfortunately after that 13 week trip, I hit a deer and destroyed it the day after I got home. Crazy.
After destroying the ZX14, I discovered the Buell Ulysses and fell in love. I owned four of those bikes consecutively and did some touring as well. While they are fantastic machines, I was really missing the pure sport aspect of a supersport/superbike. So I traded my last Buell for this ZX10R. I have not owned it long but it is a remarkable machine.
I am getting the itch to tour again and my girlfriend is up for taking a ride. So I am looking for something that I can tour with but something that I still feel connected with the road on. I really hope that the Ninja 1000 is the ticket.
So the 10R will be sold today and I should be sitting aboard my new ninja 1000 tomorrow. I will post pics and update after I take possession.
In the meantime, can somebody please convince me that I'm not crazy?!?