It’s been 6 years since I started riding a motorcycle and I’ve just gotten to the 7000 mile mark. For all intents and purposes I’m still a pretty new rider even though I’ve been riding for a while now. Not a lot has really changed in the last 6 years in terms of riding except for a few pieces of equipment.
I’m still riding around on my green 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R which I bought new from Gables Motorsports. Luckily (knocking on lots of wood in my house) its still in the same condition as when I bought it. There’s a lot of bug splatter and dirt but thats to be expected. It probably needs a new front tire finally, its looking a little bald but I had to change out the rear tire during the first year when I got a nail in it.
I have changed out my helmet and gloves since my first days riding and I’ve added some Kevlar jeans to my riding gear for some extra protection which also has some impact pads for the knees. I also updated my helmet speakers to Bluetooth which was an awesome gift from my wife one Christmas. Every once in a while I take out my GoPro and do some filming but its rare and I don’t like wearing the chest harness all that much. The only thing I would change if I could afford it would be to upgrade to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX6 636. But in actuality, I don’t really need that sort of bike since I ride so little, its more of a desire.
I think for Christmas I’m going to get a new front tire when I get my yearly service. I don’t ride far enough to warrant service based on mileage, if I did that I would have only gone through 2 oil changes by now. I think I’ll hit 14000 miles in another 7 years, maybe by that time they’ll have some affordable electric motorcycles! That would be totally sweet!