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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptGoodvibes View Post
    I was intimidated up until the moment I left the parking lot on my new I4 bike. Then I took the long way home which was about 200 miles instead of 2.

    It was much easier to ride than I had anticipated.
    I agree with the Captain. I never meant to imply that an experienced rider should fear a big inline 4. I just know that us Twin guys can sometimes make it sound as if riding an I4 around town is a nightmare of rowing up and down through the gears all day. With the big ones that's just not the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Java View Post
    I agree with the Captain. I never meant to imply that an experienced rider should fear a big inline 4. I just know that us Twin guys can sometimes make it sound as if riding an I4 around town is a nightmare of rowing up and down through the gears all day. With the big ones that's just not the case.
    It's not the case with a 600 I4 either. When people say they are anemic around town, I believe its someone who has never ridden one.
    My ZZR would lift the front wheel from a stop just as easy as my 650 can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asp125 View Post
    In a similar vein.. The HyperStrada. Urban mode is only 75Hp (110 Hp Sport mode or 110 Hp Touring mode with traction control).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Java View Post
    ... I just know that us Twin guys can sometimes make it sound as if riding an I4 around town is a nightmare of rowing up and down through the gears all day. With the big ones that's just not the case.
    I see a lot of folks around here that short shift their sport bikes. If you're shifting around 4k, you're going to be doing a lot of shifting. Get them up into the 12k+ range and it's not that big a deal. I get what you're saying Tom. I've heard that opinion and tried to coach riders who held firmly to it. When the bike is easily able to merge at interstate speeds in 1st or 2nd gear (3rd for the FJR), the "shift all the time" thing just doesn't hold water.
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    As a former I-4 600 rider, I can say we row through the gears just because we like to hear the vroom of rev matching downshifts.

    Most street riders on middleweight sportbikes use too high of a gear - esp in the twisties.
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    Resurrecting an old thread -- Ninja 1000 for sale in ABQ

    ((waves)) Hi, everybody.

    A used Ninja 1000 ABS has finally come up for sale in Albuquerque. Like an idiot, I foolishly went and sat on it this past Saturday. And dammit: I fit.

    2015 Ninja 1000 ABS at Albuquerque Ducati


    It's definitely clean. Apparently has had two previous owners. Should I be concerned about a three-year-old bike having that few miles on it?

    If it's still there on this coming Saturday, I'm taking it for a test ride. I'm sure my insurance company will be thrilled to take my money....

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    I wouldn't be concerned about that few miles, esp given your mechanical ability to check out what you need to.

    Hope it works out in your favor!
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    Hard bags and everything! Dooo eet!

    Psst.. it's only 6hrs from ABQ to here, just sayin'
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    Update:

    Test rode it. Freaked me out for the first 10 minutes, then I settled in for the last 10. Seems relatively docile at lower speeds that I was using for the majority of the test ride, although I can tell you it accelerates *fantastically* to get on a busy freeway in ABQ. Not too bad ergonomically. The seat is low enough for my short inseams. And I still hate Kawasaki mirrors because they still haven't figured out how to make them usable, no matter what level sportbike they're on.

    They are asking $6,000 out the door, which is below both KBB and NADA values for a 2015 bike.

    I put down a deposit. Dammit.

    So, uh, yay me?
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