So you know that myth about that rider who replaced his after market tail tidy with the OEM one….
Well I’m that rider.
Yes, I went out, paid for the OEM tail and had it installed.
1 – when riding in wet or other muck, the tail of the bike, including the brake light, the top box, pillion seat and my back, get covered in muck. Sick of that.
2 – when installing the Givi bracket, it came with a part that fit around this OEM tail, but NOT with the aftermarket tail that it came with. While reports from other Ninja riders has been that this is unnecessary, I’ve felt cautious about overloading my topbox without it.
And a little niggly thought was that in case some pedantic policeman wants to defect the bike. But as I’ve never seen that happen, I am not sure it would. The first two reasons were enough for me to go ahead. And to be honest, it doesn’t look completely bad. It’s a lot slimmer than the one that was on the Daytona. That was like a barn door on the back of the bike.
But, that ‘s not the fun interlude. As the loaner, I was given the keys to a 2020 Z900. A little 950cc naked bike. This was a lot of fun, with a sporty engine, short gearing and very nimble.
If I was going to spend my days zipping about in the city, awesome. I spend most of my riding droning up the freeway or long distance travel (with some interstate riding mixed in). No screen on the Z900 means more fatigue on those rides.
But there’s other things, like I’m really not used to the mirrors being attached to the handlebars and moving, unlike all my bikes, where they are attached to the fairing. Also, you ride along and it feels like all the bike in front of you is missing…. I know, silly, but that’s how I feel.
So a naked is not for me as my main ride. A second ride though, for all those around town trips I don’t do.. ok, maybe a third after something like the Daytona. Or after something that was Learner Legal for the girls. Maybe a Z400? (hmm, now that’s back to being a second).