My name is Sam and I'm based in Dubai. Lurked around this forum for a few days and had to sign up eventually. I've always been into fast cars, enjoyed track days and canyon runs but was never attracted to bikes for some reason, guess I was too intimidated by them. I know a few guys who hurt themselves badly on bikes and guess that steered me away, until I flew to Thailand earlier last December, Phuket to be precise, and that turned my life around.
I spent the first night walking around. It didn't take me long to realize I needed something a little quicker to move around and explore more of the island. I ended up "sucking it up" and renting a 125cc Honda Scooter. I was a little hesitant at first due to my zero experience on two wheels and them driving on the wrong side of road. Spent some time in a parking lot getting used to it and off I went! Not gonna lie, it did help that it was an auto. Excuse the horrible pic:
I must admit though, this little bugger was a lot more fun than I anticipated. Only problem is it struggled going uphill, especially on some of the steep slopes where cars behind me would go nuts and threaten to run me over. After two weeks of maxing out this scooter, I decided it was time to upgrade to something with a little more juice. A quick google search sent me to a retired French guy who rents bikes for a living. I started reading up online on what all the pedals, levers and handlebars did and off to him I went full of confidence. It didn't take long for him to realize I knew sh!t about sportbikes and wouldn't let me rent anything other than a Ninja 250. I signed the papers and started practicing and stalling in his parking lot, 30 mins later, I was on the road with the biggest smile on my face. From that moment on, I knew I was hooked. Between the gorgeous roads and the handling on this bike, I was riding for hours every day.
I put 1,000 km's on the 250 in 5 days (paid a hefty excess mileage penalty - worth every penny) and got confident on this thing real quick and wanted more power. I also wanted to ride up to the Big Budda and while the 250 may have done, I was looking for an excuse to upgrade. French dude wouldn't let me rent a faster bike fearing I was gonna kill myself and damage his bike, so I picked up a Ninja 650 from another dude with an Akrapovic exhaust and man did that thing sound mean. I didn't like the way it sat too much (preferred the 250's sportier stance) but it was still a ton of fun to ride.
I had to return the 650 as I was flying back to Dubai and the moment I got back here, I started my bike and riding gear shopping. Spent the day boring salespeople at Yamaha, Suzuki & Honda but eventually my heart settled for Kawasaki! I just couldn't resist the way it looked and felt. I rode off in a 2017 ZX6R KRT Edition and man did I never look back! I can't believe I have been missing out for all these years. I never in my life thought a 0.6 Liter 4-banger could be so much fun!
The first thing I noticed though is that the bike was too quiet, so an M4 GP exhaust is making its way here (praying I don't get an FI from disconnecting the servo). That rear fender mess also has to go as well so I ordered a fender eliminator and some frame sliders while I was at it. Also getting a leather suit soon to start tracking my bike before the weather gets too hot in summer. Interesting times ahead indeed!
I just realized I got too happy with my keyboard. Apologies for the long intro and looking forward to learning more from you guys and sharing 6R experiences. Damn, All this talk has got me itching for a ride now.