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Adrain Aaron Adrian
Castle Rock, CO
Cleaveland Chris Cleaveland
Plainfield, CT
Cook William "John" Cook
Huntington Beach, CA
Edwards Brian Edwards
Portland, OR
Hammond Mike Hammond
Warrenton, VA
Lynn Teri Lynn
Canton, GA
Mills Michael Mills
Pasadena, MD
Rosen Gary Rosen
Highlands Ranch, CO
Steelman Darlene Steelman
Hulmeville, PA
Wheatley Philip "Flip" Wheatley
Scotts Valley, CA
   
   
October 11, 2011
The final report cards are in for the Cycle World Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Experience! Our Cycle World guest contributors have rated their Kawasaki Ninja 1000 on a scale of 1-5 Stars (5 being the best) after riding the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 for 90 days.
See the Report Cards >

September 26, 2011
I too have had to return my Kawasaki Ninja 1000.  It’s funny…it’s not even yours but you take mental ownership of it anyway. You don’t think you’re going to have to give it back. 
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Steelman August 26, 2011
WRAP UP BLOG – So Long NINJA 1000.. I will miss you. The date was Friday, August 26, 2011. I didn’t want to give back the bike. But I was out of options. Read More >

August 17, 2011
Day 84 – Ride like a girl. Sometimes it is tough to find new road to check out, especially when you are limited by how hot it is going to be in four hours!
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August 16, 2011
Bellingham and Back. One of Mary’s business associates (a German to English translator) is moving to Germany this summer...  Read More >

August 13, 2011
I was just in the garage washing and waxing, and checking tire pressures on the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 for my Sunday ride and weekly commute.
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August 8, 2011
Day 79 – Too far for too long. I have been on the road, and unfortunately I couldn’t take Olive, although I certainly wish that I could have.
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August 6-7, 2011
Lots of miles this weekend! This weekend was really great for riding. The Ninja is up around 5000 miles now and runs like a champ. Absolutely no issues...
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Hammond August 5, 2011
Comparison: Ninja 1000 vs. Concours 14 Part IV - Ergonomics. Comfort is a subjective topic. Being an avid reader of all things motorcycle...  
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August 4, 2011
Feeling comfortable. With the odometer fast approaching the 2,000 mile mark, I’ve noticed a change in my relationship with the Ninja 1000...  Read More >

August 2, 2011
I'm back from a vacation to Ashland, Oregon. Every time I go there I wish I could have brought my motorcycle! The roads are beautiful, twisty, heavily cambered, and most are in good shape. Read More >

August 1, 2011
The Art of the Motorcycle. When Mary and I sat down to plan our various summer activities, one of the must-see trips on the list was a visit to the Thunder at CAM exhibit ... 
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July 30, 2011
Bugs, bugs, and more bugs. I decided to go with the Honda this weekend, for comparison purposes now that I’m so used to the Ninja 1000.
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Steelman July 30, 2011
The Heat Is On, A catchy tune released by Glenn Frye in 1985. Summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been brutal. Read More >

July 29, 2011
Cost of Ownership Update. I just got the bike back from its 3750 mile service so I wanted to update my cost of ownership numbers.
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Hammond July 27, 2011
Ninja Experience on the Wheelnerds Podcast. I had the fortune to stumble on a post on www.sport-touring.net back in May about a new podcast by the Wheelnerds. 
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July 23, 2011
Next Stop: Dealer for scheduled maintenance! Per the manual, the next scheduled maintenance is at 3750 miles which seems to be a very minor service... 
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mills July 21, 2011
Ninja 1000 First track day. Going fast on the street is fun.  A bit dangerous maybe, but fun nonetheless. But there are limits. Speed, lack of ability, environment ... Read More >

July 19, 2011
Lane Splitting in Oregon. I noticed that some of my fellow lucky devils with 2011 Ninja 1000s live in states that allow lane splitting... 
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Steelman July 17, 2011
Twisting, Turning…Through New Jersey! “Through The Never” is by Metallica on their self-titled album often called The Black Album released August 31, 1991.  Read More >

July 15-16, 2011
Baby’s got a new pair of shoes! On Friday the N1K got a new set of tires, Metzeler M3s to be exact.  The stock Bridgestone BT-016s never gave me... 
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Hammond July 14, 2011
Comparison: Ninja 1000 Vs. Concours 14 Part II.
I thought that it might be best before launching into a comparison of two bikes...
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July 11, 2011
Day 51 – Testing the limits. Let’s face it, motorcycles like to go fast. I like to go fast. The problem here is that police and other law enforcement officials...
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Steelman July 10, 2011
1000 vs. 500. Since I have not gotten the registration for the Ninja 1000, I am forced to let the power force rest in the garage and take my little green bean out... Read More >

July 9-10, 2011
Last weekend didn’t go as planned due to events of a personal nature so the bike sat unloved in the garage, mileage staying the same. 
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July 7, 2011
If you remember from my previous stuff, when I first got the Ninja 1000, I was commenting on the drastic changes compared to what I was used to...
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Hammond July 6, 2011
Comparison of bikes: Ninja 1000 Vs. Concours 14.
I thought that it would be a good time to write up a comparison of the two bikes that I currently own.
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July 5, 2011
July 4th Weekend – Thinking About Bikes. The Ninja 1000 spent the last weekend alone in the garage while Mary and I went canoeing and camping...   Read More >

Steelman July 5, 2011
Riding At Sunset. I am not a big fan of riding at sunset.  While the sky is beautiful, the deer are plentiful. In the city deer aren’t really an issue at sunset.  Read More >

July 2, 2011
Dropped It. Okay, now no one else has to do it. Last night, Friday, I was washing and polishing my Kawasaki Ninja 1000 for the big Fourth of July weekend. 
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Steelman July 1, 2011
Friday Night's Alright for Ridin' (and Headlights)
Ok, so I couldn't think of a song that went along with riding at night and Friday... so I tweaked one a little. Read More >

June 29, 2011
Group Ride on Skyline. For some mid-week entertainment, I hooked with a regular fast-paced street ride that leaves every Wednesday...   
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June 28, 2011
The Service Experience. Part of the overall motorcycle ownership experience is what happens when you take your bike in for service.  
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June 27, 2011
Day 37 – It’s the little things. We often purchase bikes based on reviews or initial impressions, but there are often little things that we over-look... Read More >

Cook June 27, 2011
Subject for today: Thrill rides aren’t for everyone! This past Saturday we had our annual company picnic at Knott’s Berry Farm.  After a couple of hours... 
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Steelman June 26, 2011
Breakin’ The Law. Judas Priest released “Breaking The Law” in 1980 on the epic album British Steel.  I have to admit I broke the law!
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June 25-26, 2011
Had another really nice weekend on the Ninja 1000. The bike is running perfectly and the gas mileage seems to be steadying out at 47 mpg or so...
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Cook June 26, 2011
Lane splitting/sharing – just my opinion. I’ve had several conversations about lane splitting around the office since I’ve been commuting on my bike.  
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mills June 25, 2011
Commuting. Nobody loves traffic.  But, if you do decide to commute on a bike, you inevitably end up in some sort of traffic. The 405 in California is famous for it...
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Steelman June 25, 2011
Chicken Strips?! Last night we dropped the Ninja off at Bucks County Kawasaki for the 600 mile service. Dave was there which was great.
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Cook June 24, 2011
Fuzz Head. Okay, I’ve been a little slow on the writing this week. Yes, I have been riding every day (except today) but I’ve been a little under the weather... 
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June 21, 2011
Since Steve was busy winning races on the weekend Mike Mill's picked up his bike, we had to postpone his visit to Maryland. Immediately after his race at Barber; Steve caught a red eye to Maryland to re-introduce Mike to his Ninja 1000 and enjoy a quick ride with him and his friends.

Check out the videos and photos of their afternoon together!

June 21, 2011
Risk Acceptance. The motorcycle accidents my friends and I witnessed last weekend have been on my mind lately.  I also just found out that a friend I ride with lost her fiancé a year ago due to a motorcycle accident.  Read More >

June 20, 2011
Day 30 – How low can you go? A while back I touched on the seat height of Olive, which for me has never really been a problem with any street bike... Read More >

June 19, 2011
A Perfect Father’s Day. For Father’s Day weekend I took my 450F dirt bike and the Ninja 1000 out to my friend Steve Pierson’s 4,000 acre ranch...
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Steelman June 19, 2011
What A Beautiful Day For A Ride. Today was such a beautiful day!  Sunny, high 70’s and low winds made for a perfect leisurely Sunday ride.
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June 18-19, 2011
Pillion Talk. I tested a new facet of the Ninja 1000 thanks to a friend coming out to visit for a few days – the pillion experience!
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Cook June 18, 2011
Chicken Strips – Part 1. They always say that if you ride a motorcycle long enough it’s not a matter of if but when you’ll crash. Now everybody at Cycle World ... 
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Cook June 18, 2011
Chicken Strips – Part 2. Skipping ahead, and closer to my point…the next two crashes hurt the most, mentally.  I was riding a Triumph Thruxton... Read More >

Cleaveland June 17, 2011
500-2100 miles: Wet weather riding. About 20 years ago I earned the nickname of "Rain God." If I'd been born during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s...
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June 16, 2011
Long Days. One advantage living north of the 45th parallel is the very long days we enjoy this time of year.  Let’s not talk about the gloom of winter for now ...
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Cook June 15, 2011
After my weekend ride up and back to The Rock Store my complaints relating to the seat on the Kawasaki 1000 are pretty much gone. I realize that... 
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June 15, 2011
Day 25 – Sunshine and spare parts. Have you guys checked out the price of plane tickets lately? It’s unreal, I know gas prices are affecting how much...
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Steelman June 15, 2011
Rain, Rain Go Away. I love when it rains... between 12 midnight and 6 am. Since I have not obtained the blueprints from the Legion of Doom (arch nemesis of The Justice League) for the weather machine...
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Cleaveland June 14, 2011
500-2100 miles: New no more. As expected the Ninja 1K performed brilliantly on the 1700-mile-long, 4-day nastiness now known as the 2011 New England Motomarathon.
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June 13, 2011
Parade Day. This past weekend presented the perfect opportunity to convince Mary that it was time to go for a ride on the Ninja 1000.
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Hammond June 13, 2011
Get a Grip Miles: 564 - 663. Being new to sport bikes I noticed fairly early that the grips where thinner. This combined with the forward riding position...
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mills June 12, 2011
Don't waste your time trying to explain the excitement of a basketball game, the allure of soccer, or the more recent fascination with Ultimate Fighting.
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June 12, 2011
Day 23 – Sunshine and spare parts. We all wait for the weekends so we can do what we like for an extended period of time, am I right?
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June 11-12, 2011
Rocky Mountain National Park – twice! On Saturday, a group of my best riding buddies and I met in Golden, CO and rode up Clear Creek Canyon...
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Cook June 11, 2011
The Rock Store. I got out of the house at about 7:15 AM for a ride up the 405 North, down the 10 to Santa Monica, then up the PCH to Malibu Canyon... 
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June 10, 2011
Day 21 – Nothing good! It has been a bad week for riding, to say the least. First of all, I have been hobbling around like an old woman since Tuesday...
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June 9, 2011
Bored! This week feels like it’s going by like ketchup out of a bottle. Anticipa-ay-tion…. I’ve got a nice ride planned for Saturday with the normal cast of characters.
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Cook June 8, 2011
The magic is in the details. I had my Ninja 1000 in for service at Champion Kawasaki in Costa Mesa on Tuesday. About four hours and 90 some dollars later... 
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June 8, 2011
Evening Stress Relief. Since I work from home most of the time, my commute consists of walking down a flight of stairs with a cup of coffee.
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June 8, 2011
Day 19 – Zombie attack! Yesterday was another hot day in Georgia and I needed to make a quick run to the bank, I opted for the truck rather than the bike...
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June 7, 2011
Dodged a Bullet. One of my goals with the Ninja 1000 Experience is to see if I can actually get through three months without adding any more points to my record.

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Cook June 7, 2011
Motorcycles and the gang. (Not Kool and the Gang)Saturday morning I decided to get up early and go for a ride. I left the house at about 7:00 AM. 
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Steelman June 6, 2011
Mirror, Mirror On The Bike… So Much About You I Like. As Thor and I form that rider/ride relationship, I am noticing some really awesome features...
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June 6, 2011
Day 17 – Junk in my trunk. The tricky part about riding a motorcycle is trying to figure out where to put all your stuff, and if you are anything like me...
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Cleaveland June 6, 2011
27-500 miles: Seat, controls, bars, oil, luggage and more. It's been a busy week of Ninja testing and with just two days before the start of a 1700 mile Motomarathon ride.
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June 5, 2011
Wheelies. I probably shouldn’t say this too loudly in case my mom is reading this, but the Ninja 1000 is most definitely a willing partner for those...
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June 4th & 5th, 2011
Epic Ride #2! Oh my goodness, where to begin?  Another amazing ride with great friends, and I’m more and more impressed with the Ninja 1000.
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Steelman June 4, 2011
Saturday in the Park. A delightful Chicago tune circa 1972. However, I did not see a single person selling ice cream or singing Italian songs.
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June 4, 2011
Great day on Kuro today! I got the hall pass for a couple hours and took the Ninja out on some back-road rides today. We were having intermittent rain ... 
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Hammond June 3, 2011
... by the seat of my pants: Miles 474-564 I love riding. I ride every time I get a chance as far and as long as I can. That's the key phrase here ...
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June 3, 2011
Lunch with NW Dirt Riders. Since Cycle World and Kawasaki were nice enough to literally give me a brand new Ninja 1000 to ride around...
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Cook June 3, 2011
I was going to write about the moron drivers out there today but don’t want to be negative on a Friday night, so I won’t!  I snuck out of work early... 
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June 3, 2011
Day 14 – Without her for a day! Early this morning we took Olive to Cycle Nation of Canton to get the 600 miles service done.
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June 3, 2011
Well, my black beauty has been resting in the garage while we’ve been experiencing a ton of rain these past few days. I only had a chance to take the bike out ... 
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Hammond June 2, 2011
Wind: Miles 379-474. Wind protection is important for a number of reasons. My first two motorcycles didn't have any wind protection at all. 
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Steelman June 2, 2011
It’s Getting Better All The Time. Yeah, The Beatles are a little before my time, but as a kid who grew up in a house where music was a constant...
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June 2, 2011
I’ve got another nice day-long ride planned for Saturday and should easily have over 1000 miles at that point.  Hopefully I’ll get in an evening ride on ...  Read More >

June 2, 2011
Day 13 – The wild windscreen!  There are so many great things about this motorcycle, but here is one cool feature that I checked out for the first time this past weekend.
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Hammond June 1, 2011
Tie Down Miles: 281-379. Most of the miles that I've put on bikes in the past few years have been from commuting.  It's economical and a whole lot more fun...
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Steelman June 1, 2011
Work Work Work. Today is Wednesday, although it feels like Tuesday.  Bonus! I love Mondays off.  Today I rode Thor into work via Route 413...
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Cleaveland June 1, 2011
I just pulled into the driveway of my Connecticut country home after taking possession of my brand new– correction, Kawasaki's brand new Ninja 1000.
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May 31, 2011
Rad Bike Dude. One thing that won’t be happening over the next three months is that the Ninja 1000 will be sitting in the garage getting cold. Not going to happen. 
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May 31, 2011
Today was a disappointing day on the Ninja. Kuro was eager to go as always (love that electronic fuel-injection and computerized choke mechanism) ... 
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May 31, 2011
Day 12 – Confession!  I skipped class tonight to take Olive to her first bike night; I was far too tired from the weekend to actually pay attention in class.
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Hammond May 31, 2011
Commuting: Miles 281 379. Commuting is the one of the primary uses of my H-D and so it will now be the primary use for the Ninja 1000.
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Cook May 31, 2011
So, here we are again! It’s Tuesday night! They’re having the street party/festival in downtown Huntington Beach tonight ...
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May 30, 2011
One thing I forgot to share on this blog was my 3 ½ year-old’s reaction the first time he saw the Ninja. I had already moved it into the garage ... 
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May 30, 2011
Day 8, 9, 10 and 11 – Bikes, boats and boards! What and amazing Memorial Day weekend, I wish that I could have gotten the footage to prove all the fun that Olive and I had.
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Hammond May 30, 2011
Morning Ride: Miles 153 - 281. I pulled out of the garage with the sun just coming up and mist still hanging in the trees. The Ninja slipped out onto the road ...
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May 30, 2011
Okay, so I rode the two bikes that are currently occupying space in the garage back to back and there are some differences that jump out right away.
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Steelman May 29, 2011
Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot. It’s Sunday. That means a longer ride than any other day of the week.  Today Andy and I went up to New Hope, PA...
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May 29, 2011
Much to my dismay, I didn’t get a ride in on Saturday, but I had a couple really good reasons: my band had a gig Friday night that resulted in... 
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Hammond May 29, 2011
Ice Cream Run: Miles 128 -153. After a day of yard work I was able to sneak out for a short ride this evening.  Mostly I needed to get gas for a longer ride...
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May 28, 2011
Epic Ride #1 for the Ninja 1000! After jonesing all winter for one of my absolute favorite all-day rides, a dozen great friends and I geared...
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May 28, 2011
Today was a good day to get out and put some more miles on the bike, and try to get closure to the 600 mile service and break-in period being done.
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Hammond May 28, 2011
Gearing UP: Miles 128. A sunny and not too hot Saturday.  What else could I possibly do but go for a long ride ... oh, that's right, yard work.
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May 27, 2011
A Memorable Start to the Weekend
Friday May 27 was certainly memorable, and not just because it was Memorial Day weekend. 
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May 27, 2011
Kuro (pronounced “KOO-doe”). It means “black” in Japanese. Kuro shall be the name of the Ninja 1000 I picked up today after much anticipation. 
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May 27, 2011
I’ve got a long ride planned for tomorrow so I wanted to get the bike out after work and ride some familiar roads and get the suspension dialed in a bit. 
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Hammond May 27, 2011
Delivery: Miles 1 - 128. Arriving at Manassas Honda Kawasaki Suzuki this morning I was greeted by the very friendly and curious sales staff.
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Steelman May 27, 2011
The First Day! Bucks County Kawasaki gave me a call around 1:30 pm on Friday the 27th.  The 2011 Kawasaki Ninja had finally arrived!
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May 26, 2011
Day 7 – Storms=Prep Time                  
Today was crazy! Very hot and humid during the morning and then another huge Georgia thunderstorm, hail and all 
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May 25, 2011
Aaron Adrian shares his plans for his Ninja 1000 with Steve Rapp
. See the Video >

May 25, 2011
Where is Gary Rosen now? 
See the Video >

May 25, 2011
Check out Aaron Adrian's first ride on his Ninja 1000! 
See the Video >

May 25, 2011
What an amazing day! I went to Grand Prix Motorsports in Littleton, CO and picked up the Ninja 1000. I was handed the keys to an all-black version...   Read More >

May 25, 2011
Check out Gary Rosen's first ride on his Ninja 1000! 
See the Video >

May 25, 2011
Well the day has finally arrived, after weeks of anticipation the Ninja 1000 was ready for pick up at Fay Myers Cycle World.  Read More >

May 25, 2011
Micheal Mills picks up his Ninja 1000. See the Photos >

May 25, 2011
Day 6 – Nature vs. Machine                 
It was a beautiful commute to school today; check out my welcoming party  Read More >

Cook May 25, 2011
Did I mention the mirrors work? I have had one or two bikes in the past where I could actually use the mirrors without leaning out...  Read More >

May 25, 2011
Cycle World Guest Contributors Gary Rosen and Aaron Adrian will be picking up their Ninja 1000's today! Stay Tuned to hear about their first rides!  Read More >

May 24, 2011
Day 5 – Lights, camera, action!
I don’t know anything about video editing, but I just received this great Contour camera in the mail...  Read More >

Cleaveland May 24, 2011
I may not have the Ninja 1000 in my garage yet, but I've got plans -- big plans. 
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Cook May 23, 2011
I’m sorry to say that I only got one ride in this weekend but I did get to spend some time checking the bike out.  Read More >

May 23, 2011
Day 4 – I knew I hated Monday’s for a reason!
Why would anyone with a brand new Ninja 1000 in the garage hate a Monday?  Read More >

Cleaveland May 23, 2011
I'm not good at waiting. I came to that conclusion two decades ago when I used to be a ski racer. There was something about sitting behind the starting gate and staring down at the course ... Read More >

May 22, 2011
Day 3 – Be Explosive
I have been riding motorcycles for quite a while now, but I have to admit that I am a little rusty when it comes to riding on the street. Sounds a little crazy right?   Read More >

Hammond May 22, 2011
On April 20th while looking through my email I came across one that drew my attention. The subject of the email was "Cycle World and Kawasaki have selected YOU!"
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May 21, 2011
Day 2 – Crunching the numbers.
Let’s face it, gas prices are probably going to get higher as the summer goes on, so it is my intent to ride Olive-the Ninja 1000 as much as humanly possible.  Read More >

Cook May 21, 2011
Day Two:  I know I’ll lose track of these days eventually but it sounds like I know what I’m doing! Read More >

May 20, 2011
Day 1 – That New Bike Smell
There are a few smells that awaken my senses; coffee in the morning, a freshly printed newspaper, and the smell of a brand new motorcycle. Thanks to Cycle World Magazine and Kawasaki, the latter of the three was made possible by simply being a subscriber, incredible.
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May 20, 2011
Day One:  I’ve been anxiously waiting for today to arrive.  A little anxious, a little excited (Okay-a lot excited!), and a little bit of me not really believing this was all going to happen.  You know the old saying…if it’s too good to be true…
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May 19, 2011
Guest contributor John Cook will be picking up his Ninja 1000 today at 3pm!

May 19, 2011
Guest contributor Teri Lynn picked up her Ninja 1000 today! She even gave it a name "Olive"

May 18, 2011
Looks like we have our ten lucky guest contributors selected. Stay tuned for more details on the ten Cycle World subscribers who get to test-ride the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 for 90 days!

April 20, 2011
Wow just got another huge batch of applicants for the
Cycle World Ninja 1000 experience... Read More >

April 16, 2011
Talked to Steve Rapp, former factory roadracer and Daytona 200 winner on a Kawasaki ZX6R...

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April 14, 2011
This is tough. We've got so many interesting people who sent in applications for the Ninja 1000 experience.

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April 10, 2011
Wow, We just got our first group of applicants for the
Cycle World Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Experience…
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April 8, 2011
Sent out hundreds of email applications to a select group of
Cycle World subscribers...Read More >

April 4, 2011
Wooo hooo!! We just got word that we are starting the Cycle World Ninja 1000 experience project...
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March 28, 2011
Just got word we've got a top secret project we're working on with Kawasaki that will let...

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