6 Years and 7000 Miles of Motorcycle Riding

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!

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Bye bye Ninja 250 :(

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Today was a little bit sad.  I had to sell my wife’s bike which means I’m down to riding the 650.  The decision wasn’t really mine since the bike wasn’t mine in the first place.  I was more a care taker for the bike to make sure it at least was put on the road once in a while but it was definitely a fun bike to have around since it was so light and even had some spunk to it when you went up past 10K RPM’s.  The reason to sell it was really because no one was riding it.  I have my own bike and since I have a little daughter, most of my time can’t be spent riding around and taking care of the bikes so my wife decided to sell hers since she really hadn’t ridden it in a while.  I put the bike up for sale on Craigslist and after a few false starts I was able to sell it to someone that had a real interest in learning how to ride and wanted a cool looking bike in the process.  I’ll admit that I love the graphics on the 250 more than my 650 and the fact that it was a special edition was just icing on the cake.  The 250 only had 1321 miles on it in 3 years.  My bike is closing in on 4000 so you can tell I didn’t have as much time for it as I would have wanted.  Although we had to sell the bike, I’m glad it went to someone that had a willingness to learn to ride it and have as much fun as me and my wife did with it.  Maybe in the future my wife will want another bike or a CanAm.  I would personally love a Ninja ZX6 636 but not right now, maybe when my daughter is a bit older and I have more cash to burn on another expensive toy 🙂
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I has a Motorbike

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Through a slight oversight on my part, I accidentally announced to my parents that I have a motorbike by sending them a photo book with me and little E on it.  So I guess now I can at least blog about it.  The lovely picture above is of my 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R. I decided to get it in Kawasaki green.  This is their signature color and it looked way better than getting it in blue or black. This picture is a bit old now, I actually bought the bike in the summer of 2010 and I’ve been a weekend rider ever since.  It’s hard when you travel and have a family to get some time to ride but my wife is nice enough to give me some time on the weekends to go out for a little while and at least get the oil moving.

Now I didn’t originally want to ride a motorcycle, but my wife convinced me that it would be a fun thing to learn together so we both took a class.  After taking the class we decided, well hell why not lets get a bike!  So there it is, I am the proud owner of my very own motorbike.  Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of places to ride a motorcycle safely in South Florida.  The only real place that I go is up and down I-75 and US 27 both of which are close to my house and I normally only do it during off peak hours to avoid all the crazies.  I used to go down I-595 but they’re doing a ton of construction there these days so I’m not going there until they’re finished sometime in 2014.  I-95 is just off limits totally.  I hear of too many people getting into crashes in cars, and the ones that crash on motorcycles don’t normally make it so going to Miami or Miami Beach on my bike is totally out of the cards.

Thats ok though, I’m happy with my bike and the areas I can ride.  One day when I have the time, I’d like to try a trip down to Key West.  That will be 3 hours of riding but I won’t do it straight.  It’ll have to wait till E is a bit older though and she can enjoy Key West with me and the wife 🙂