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Forum: Face plant 07-25-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,882
Posted By Ninjak
Came out of the movie theater, years ago, and...

Came out of the movie theater, years ago, and found a handful of people hanging around my FZR1000. When they saw me with my gear they started asking questions about the bike etc.

Feeling...
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2011, 11:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 957
Posted By Ninjak
Took my ZX14 to a trackday

This thing is way more fun on the track than I expected. It's been several years since my last track day and that was on a KLX400 supermoto. I was a little nervous about the big Ninja, especially...
Forum: Road warriors 11-18-2010, 07:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,340
Posted By Ninjak
I agree. This is my 13th bike, and it is my...

I agree. This is my 13th bike, and it is my favorite. Personally, I love the looks. I found it more comfortable than the 'busa, too, for my 6'4" 260lb bulk.
...
Forum: Road warriors 05-12-2010, 08:39 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,453
Posted By Ninjak
Definitely do this! But, i've ridden 'Busas,...

Definitely do this!

But, i've ridden 'Busas, and as the owner of a ZX-14, I was surprised at how docile and forgiving these bikes actually are.

Still not the best first bike, but probably...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2010, 02:06 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,233
Posted By Ninjak
The DRZ400 is a great option and a set of...

The DRZ400 is a great option and a set of lowering links are a relatively cheap way to bring down to a manageable height.
Forum: Road warriors 03-02-2010, 12:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,416
Posted By Ninjak
This is the first time I have ever looked at a...

This is the first time I have ever looked at a Harley Davidson and thought, "I would like to own that."

These are good-looking bikes. And they look like they'd be fun to putz around on.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-14-2010, 10:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,470
Posted By Ninjak
I was going to suggest the same thing. Just catch...

I was going to suggest the same thing. Just catch the end of the shift lever with the bit of sole that sticks out.

I found I could leave the lever a bit lower that way, making the downshifts...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-12-2010, 09:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,950
Posted By Ninjak
A week of prednisone has knocked the pain back to...

A week of prednisone has knocked the pain back to tolerable levels, and I had my first apoointment with a PT yesterday. She evaluated my movements and gave me some starter exercises to do at home to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-06-2010, 02:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,950
Posted By Ninjak
Thanks guys! You've eased my mind a bit. ...

Thanks guys! You've eased my mind a bit.

There's a lot on the 'net about what it is and some on how to treat it, but not much on how it affects you day to day.

I have most of the risk factors....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-05-2010, 09:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,950
Posted By Ninjak
Riding with bad discs. (Not the kind you're thinking)

I don't know if this is the right place for this.

Does anyone here have deteriorating or degenerative lumbar discs?

I recently had a bout of lower back pain severe enough to send me to the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2010, 07:27 AM
Replies: 1,753
Views: 805,532
Posted By Ninjak
I want one! :cry Dammit, Yamaha. North Americans...

I want one! :cry Dammit, Yamaha. North Americans want cool adventure bikes too.

I was surprised, though, to learn that it is considerably heavier than the 640 Adventure. How does it feel in the...
Forum: Road warriors 01-14-2010, 01:04 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,383
Posted By Ninjak
My current bike. 2006 ZX14R. It has been a while...

My current bike. 2006 ZX14R. It has been a while since I owned a bike that makes me grin spontaneously just being on it. Even just cruising down a straight piece of highway, it makes me happy to be...
Forum: Road warriors 01-08-2010, 07:41 AM
Replies: 526
Views: 124,829
Posted By Ninjak
Not immediately, but within a couple of days. In...

Not immediately, but within a couple of days. In late summer 2002 I bought a gorgeous 2001 CBR929RR. The bike was flawless. Smooth, fast and arguably the prettiest bike I've ever owned.
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-10-2009, 09:16 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,072
Posted By Ninjak
Maybe it does look official, and if it keeps...

Maybe it does look official, and if it keeps people from running me over I'm ok with that. But it doesn't hurt that the color of that vest is extremely eye-catching. The picture really doesn't do it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-07-2009, 02:26 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,072
Posted By Ninjak
Since I started wearing this thing, ...

Since I started wearing this thing,

http://nk.smugmug.com/Other/Misc-junk/a716d2a5371fca5ce40288d3103b01/140824789_2SXib-M.jpg

the number of people trying to kill me has dropped noticeably....
Forum: Road warriors 11-02-2009, 03:42 AM
Replies: 3,003
Views: 860,918
Posted By Ninjak
If this has already been mentioned, I apologize....

If this has already been mentioned, I apologize. But, I have always liked the looks of Il Mostro. Pure, distilled motorcycle. Nothing there that doesn't need to be.
...
Forum: Road warriors 11-02-2009, 01:28 AM
Replies: 5,089
Views: 384,569
Posted By Ninjak
I don't care for Harleys, it's just not my thing....

I don't care for Harleys, it's just not my thing. I don't really like cruisers in general, though my friend's M109R is actually a pretty sweet bike, but it's not what I would buy.

The main issue I...
Forum: Racing 08-09-2009, 01:17 PM
Replies: 1,167
Views: 48,639
Posted By Ninjak
A small, national guard base, who were on drill...

A small, national guard base, who were on drill weekend while the AMA was in town.

Lemme tell you how thrilled I was to be at work when the AMA finally came back to HPT. :baldy
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-06-2009, 10:20 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,142
Posted By Ninjak
Rode to work one day, and when someone asked the...

Rode to work one day, and when someone asked the inevitable question, they looked right at my helmet, gloves and tank bag on the desk, while my Joe Rocket jacket was clearly visible on my chair.
...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2009, 08:38 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,049
Posted By Ninjak
I really enjoyed my EX500, but I never rode it on...

I really enjoyed my EX500, but I never rode it on the street. :evil

http://nk.smugmug.com/photos/49253653_TPXBJ-M.jpg

But I can vouch for the reliability (even modified), ease of maintenance...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2009, 08:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 17,446
Posted By Ninjak
This one looks like the v-twin.

This one looks like the v-twin.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2009, 07:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,535
Posted By Ninjak
Everything is closer to you in the tunnel. The...

Everything is closer to you in the tunnel. The sense of speed is greater because your field of vision is suddenly filled with the walls and ceiling rushing by.
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 01-06-2009, 04:56 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,703
Posted By Ninjak
Milford Lake ORV area here in Kansas has always...

Milford Lake ORV area here in Kansas has always been one of my favorite places to ride off-road. But, you had to keep your head on a swivel because of the quadtards that flocked to the place.
...
Forum: Road warriors 01-03-2009, 07:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,172
Posted By Ninjak
I owned a CBR929RR for a while, and I found that...

I owned a CBR929RR for a while, and I found that the worst pain wasn't my wrists or knees. It was my butt. The seat on those things is a plank of wood with some vinyl stretched over it.

I replaced...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-02-2009, 03:52 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 10,277
Posted By Ninjak
No, but I don't go ATGATT either. I wear jacket,...

No, but I don't go ATGATT either. I wear jacket, gloves, helmet and some form of boot. But, I don't have riding pants. For some reason, that's the point where it gets annoying to me unless I'm riding...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-02-2009, 10:15 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,404
Posted By Ninjak
Last time I checked, driving/riding on public...

Last time I checked, driving/riding on public motorways was not a right.

The use of said motorways is regulated, and law enforcement agencies have the right to ensure that the users are complying...
Forum: Road warriors 12-31-2008, 06:36 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 25,496
Posted By Ninjak
What did you use for luggage? I'm planning a trip...

What did you use for luggage? I'm planning a trip on my 14 for this summer and need to get some soft bags. That wide tail section looks like it might cause problems, though.
Forum: Road warriors 12-30-2008, 06:41 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 23,449
Posted By Ninjak
As far as longevity, I don't know. I don't...

As far as longevity, I don't know. I don't usually keep bikes for more than a couple years.

But for toughness, my '93 XR650L was nearly indestructible. It was my first off-road capable bike, so I...
Forum: Road warriors 11-11-2008, 06:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,136
Posted By Ninjak
The ZX-14 is more comfortable, but the Busa is a...

The ZX-14 is more comfortable, but the Busa is a bit sportier in the handling dept.

I love my ZX. I can ride it all day, and it puts 175 hp and 105 lb/ft to the rear wheel (on the dyno) if I feel...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-03-2008, 06:33 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,818
Posted By Ninjak
And the street isn't the track. Stuffing...

And the street isn't the track.

Stuffing your bike up the inside and banging fairings is fine in a controlled environment, where: there is no oncoming traffic; there is no sand/oil/etc. on the...
Forum: Central From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States 05-07-2008, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9,727
Views: 563,637
Posted By Ninjak
Well, I've chucked the whole dirt/dualsport thing...

Well, I've chucked the whole dirt/dualsport thing for now. The siren song of silly horsepower pulled me in again.

http://www.nk.smugmug.com/photos/290899001_n2wdf-L.jpg
...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-22-2008, 03:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,915
Posted By Ninjak
+1 here in Kansas in springtime. :D Once,...

+1 here in Kansas in springtime. :D

Once, when I was young and stupid, I rode my Ninja from Topeka to KC to visit a friend. On the radar was a 10-mile wide line of storms stretched across I-70...
Forum: Face plant 04-16-2008, 10:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,853
Posted By Ninjak
Best wishes to your friend. May he still have the...

Best wishes to your friend. May he still have the opportunity to learn from this.

As to selling your bike, this sort of thing is scary, but we don't sell our cars when someone we know has a bad...
Forum: Thumpers 12-17-2007, 02:17 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 14,204
Posted By Ninjak
1987 Kawasaki Ninja 750R. Picked it up in 1989 as...

1987 Kawasaki Ninja 750R. Picked it up in 1989 as a repo from the credit union on Minot AFB shortly after tech school. 3500 miles, perfect condition for $3000.


My first love....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-05-2007, 09:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,107
Posted By Ninjak
I believe the XR50 has an adjustable throttle...

I believe the XR50 has an adjustable throttle stop/screw. Have a look at the manual.
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2007, 01:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,825
Posted By Ninjak
They will offer two. A 450 and 525 version....

They will offer two. A 450 and 525 version. Linkless rear suspension and Ohlins all around. Looks like a hoot to ride.

http://img.timeinc.net/quad/content/images/2007/ktm_intro/007_lg.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2007, 05:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,102
Posted By Ninjak
XR600R. Simple, tough, all the mechanical...

XR600R. Simple, tough, all the mechanical complexity of a hammer.

And with 99% of the population gone, gas is gonna be pretty plentiful for a while. Until it starts to varnish.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-19-2007, 06:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,135
Posted By Ninjak
People have the right to choose what they want to...

People have the right to choose what they want to wear. But I reserve the right to point and laugh and say "I told you so" when their stupid decision bites them in the ass. :lol3
Forum: Road warriors 06-13-2007, 01:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,463
Posted By Ninjak
To me, one of the best things about a trackday is...

To me, one of the best things about a trackday is pushing your "usual" bike without the worry of cars, cops, animals, etc.

Just make sure the trackday you go to has a street-rider type class. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-15-2007, 05:29 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,757
Posted By Ninjak
+1 I just can't do the ATGATT thing. I wear...

+1

I just can't do the ATGATT thing. I wear MOTGMOTT (most of the gear most of the time). :evil

But, sometimes (very rarely), I just say fuckit and go with the bare minimum (helmet, gloves).
...
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