Saturday, January 23, 2010
I went, I sat, I rode
The Ninja is lime, as a Ninja should be. She has (count them) zero miles. How can I ride a bike with zero miles? Are they crazy? The test ride starts in the parking lot. Actually that's not true, it starts with more sitting in the showroom. I'm not flat footed. I'm not on the balls of my feet. I'm on tippy toes. I can't back up because my feet would slip out from under me. I'm not sure this is a good idea. Then we move to the parking lot.
I have three guys standing around watching. (GO AWAY PLEASE!) One slow loop around the lot. She feels pretty good...lots of engine braking with this one. Second loop, second gear even better. All my stops are good. I don't drop the bike. Ok, time to hit the road. It's only a short ride, but it is very, very good! Do I sound excited? Am I nattering on? Sorry.
I get in the wrong gear once or twice, but the ninja handled it well. Did I mention it was a wonderful ride, a "one with the bike" sort of ride. I thought the high seat height would scare me, or worse cause problems at stops, but everything felt right. I love the high, upright seating position. I can see all around me. I can tell already cornering is gonna be nicer. Much nicer. She wants to corner. And she can lean! I can lean!! Who knew.
Sadly, we didn't bring her home. I have a bike to sell first. :(