Service Time. 30k. So my Ninja went in for a service and I rode out on the Z900 again. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know if they will help you out…
I thought that this would be a good chance to really get to know it on more of my daily ride, rather than last time which was bike shop to house and back (about 10 mins each way) when I didn’t really play with it. So a little poke through the local streets before off down the highway to work. Ducking off the freeway for a nearby bakery that sell awesome char sui banh mi (Viet pork rolls). And then to work.
I’ll be honest, it felt much more comfortable riding on the freeway on the Z900 when compared to the BMW F700GS from a couple of servicing ago. Even though the GS had a small screen it felt like I was hanging on trying not to get blown off the bike. The Z900 didn’t feel like that. And I thought my neck might be aching the next day from trying to hold my head in the airflow, but that didn’t happen either.
It was a nippy little thing, short first gear and nimble too. A little disconcerting at first without a screen and a chunk of bike ahead of me. I’m also unused to handlebar mounted mirrors. Everything seemed (dash, mirrors, the front of the bike) like it was all squashed up in front of me and I always had to look down to see anything. Easy to get through traffic though.
While it was fun, and I took a couple of side trips on the way home. I was happy to return it. Though, I definitely will push for a naked style bike if one of my daughters ever looks for a learner bike.
Got my Ninja back, new front tyre and pads. I find that one of the effects of spending most of my 30km commute on a freeway is that my bikes tend to wear their fronts first. So 22500km from the Road 5 front and still going on the rear. New pads are as far as I can tell, the first for the bike. Again, a lot of cruisey freeway work means they don’t get worn very quickly.