It’s done, the bikes are swapped. I’ll add some photos in the next few days. It’s really dusty from the trip up so I’ll clean it and get some photos (when its not 40C outside).
Happy and sad.
The Ninja is in fantastic shape. Basically new, but already run in. It is a December 2011 (so basically a 2012, hence the colouring that confused me) with 2600 km. It was serviced in May with everything looked at and all the fluids replaced and a new battery.
It does have original tyres, they’re BT016. That does make them older, but its been stored inside so I am confident they will get at least maybe another 8000km or so out of them. Then I can look around for something more like the T series, a more sport touring tyre to put on it. I’ll be gentle for the first few hundred kms as they settle back into use and I see how the wear goes.
Other than that, I’ll save up for a topbox (top case some call it). I’m leaning towards Givi as I have positive recollections of their gear in all weathers.
So a new bike. And to think, back in 2004 when I bought the VFR I didn’t expect to ever get another bike.
Oh, and the other good new is that it fits in the garage!