Hey guys, i'm Alex, I'm from Cali. 17 years old just graduated from highschool a semester early.
Ever since moto vlogging became a thing I became interested due to the nature of sport bikes.
I used to live in the county and I would have loved to own a bike there, but I have since moved to the shittiest suburbs in Sacramento. When I tell you my friend with 3 bolts in his foot, from his own personal low speed drop in residential, decides to give up bike life because of the everlasting threat of other drivers, not from his own situation... just shows what kind of dangers we face.
Joego101, 6Foot4Honda, Suburban delinquent, chase on two wheels and basically every other 'bikelife' representative have all encouraged me to continue my interest in motorcycles.
Now I have no experience, except for a chain/pedal driven bicycle. Does a 4 banger honda civic count, I mean my 07 zx6r with 12,000 miles is 4 cylinders too
Picked this bike up around the 3rd week of December. Keep in mind this week of January, 2017 we have quite the flooding going on N/S California.
Those of you Sierra Nevada hill billies na' sayin.
Anyways, so this bike is on Offer Up, I sell my civic, buy a bike for cash. Poor dude rode it to my house in 40 degree weather NO GLOVES for a good 30 minutes. I didn't have gear so he offered. 3200 later and a few bowls between us and a heated ride home for the seller the bike was mine. I mean who was I kidding, as soon as I sat on the bike I knew I wouldn't make it past the first freeway onramp.
Fast forward a month and i'm on two wheels! Took a good week of riding the clutch and learning how to stop. I didn't really tell anyone but first few days I took my bike to work I was riding it in 1st gear the whole time going like 40 in a 45 about 5 minutes from my house to work. Not bad. Finally I grew the balls to kick that shit up! After 2/3/4/5 gear, and downshifting/blipping while breaking I seem to understand the bike a whole lot more. The only things I won't be comfortable till years ahead is cornering.
So far residential turns, intersection turns no problem at 9-12 mph until I straighten out. Now is the time to wait till fucking Summer and learn how to lean on the bike better.
So first 600cc bike as a 17 year old? Only fears:
1) Other drivers (Any time i'm not hogging my own lane... Gopro will make any insurance claims in my favor)
2) Advanced Technique
Really getting a feel for the bike (460lb~ w/ fluids) is nothing. I'm 5'11'' and can flat foot a zx6r 07/08 model.
Learning clutch without prior physical (non internet guides) experience was nothing.
Learning throttle control was nothing.
Honestly it's maturity, and I can tell i'm not quite there yet to be able to hop on the freeway and hit 80 while being able to check the lane over to merge before the on ramp merging lane ends.
Also staying inside during flooding, any sort of cold that can frost my bike over if I leave it outside of work and i get off at a late time. I'd say I haven't ridden it for 2 weeks (Rain, Cold... Why should I take my super sport bike to a minimum wage job just so it could frost over each night). It takes 30 minutes (Taking my good time) to walk to work. Making a 100 a day without having to take my bike and have it constantly frost unlike in my garage makes the wait worthwhile.
Of course i'm saving for a beater civic, I just happened to be hard headed and got the sport bike mid winter. Just now waiting till spring.
I hope you all enjoyed reading my first experience. I have not dropped the bike, and I doubt I will for a good while. Like I said, probably will drop it due to other drivers, or lack of advanced technique... Say taking an onramp or any sort of 180 degree or higher turn at a higher rate of speed. Of course all of that takes time, and gradually pushing the bike will lead me to gradually learning more. So far i'm a solid rider apart from freeway action, I'll have plenty of time to get comfortable when it warms up. I have full gear, thermal gloves under protectant gloves, balaclava, etc.
I got the bike for 3200, Salvage. Fairings replaced with pretty good white China. Bar end left side is worn down from whatever drop. And the ONLY frame damage is literally the handle bar 'nicking' the frame behind. I'd say from that it still has 99.9% frame integrity.
I do have a question about my rear shock. The little bearing that it feeds into looks rusty as hell! It definitely does more to the aesthetic appearance I'm willing to bet, but what can I do to possibly replace or fix this rusting.
Apart from that one question here are some extra pictures.