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"We ride and never worry 'bout the fall. I guess that's just the cowboy in us all."
"We ride and never worry 'bout the fall. I guess that's just the cowboy in us all."

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Just a few more pix from my Maui trip...
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2/6/17
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11 perfect days in Maui, while home in California flooded...

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Had to reshare. One of my favorite places!

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Stefan Bradl       .13
Moto GP        << Sachsenring (Allemagne) 2016 >>

Collection Moto GP : https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/EOvdh
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Just where I'd kinda like to be... 

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Epic! Let's backpack!!!

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Anyone know if Skully still exists? I ran into a Skully rep at Laguna Seca last week and he said they are in production and delivering... Hmmm?


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Her maiden voyage: With everyone buying Adventure Bikes these days, I was able to pickup a new, 2015 Kawasaki Z1000SX (Ninja 1000) for a song. She replaces my Concours 14, which although it is a great bike, the Connie is just too damned heavy. This Z1000SX is my new, "lightweight," touring bike.

Yesterday, I gave her her first shakedown, on roads I ride often on my Ducati. And although the Ninja doesn't quite handle like my Panigale, it's still loads of fun!

My first impression was that, for a touring bike, 6th gear was too short. The RPMs were substantially higher than the Concours tached in top gear. And if I rode a lot of freeways or straight roads -- like I did riding it home from the dealership -- I'd probably wanna take about 5 teeth out of the rear sprocket. However, with twisties so near to my home, I quickly felt very comfortable with the lower gearing. :-)

The first question I got from rider buddies though, was: Why a Ninja 1000 and not a ZX10? Well, the answer is simple. Ergonomics. I'm tired of sportbike ergos. Yes, on my CBR1000RR I could do 500 or 600 miles per day, I got kinda spoiled being able to comfortably ride one thousand miles per day on the Connie. And although my tool of choice would be my Ducati for a short, 200 mile or so, ride, the Ninja will be the bike I ride to Canada.

To that longer distance, sport-touring end, I'll add the Kawasaki OEM hard bags and a Sargent aftermarket seat (the stock seat blows!) and then, I think, I'll have the perfect cross between a true SuperSport, like the ZX10, and the Concours 14. At least, that's my goal anyway.

On the twisty roads I typically ride, top speed and high horsepower don't matter. So, the Ninja's decent handling and decent, wide powerband were kinda nice. Sure, the Ninja 1000 is NOT a fast motorcycle, but for Sport-touring, I think it's just right.


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