You often hear this question when you're hanging out with other riders anywhere:
"Which is better? 10-40 or 15-50?"
Which begs the question - what on earth are these numbers? So after endless research, reading, asking around and talking to people with diverse experience in motorsports, I finally understands what they mean, and how is it relevant for us in Malaysia (read: tropical climate).
I have laid down the bike four times in total, of which three of those times is when the bike isn't even moving. Silly mistake. To make things worse, all those three times are on the right side.
So, naturally, my stock handlebar is now disfigured.
Let me confess, I'm not a big fan of sportbikes. I gravitate more towards the super touring variant. However, recent skill-up practise around the curves of the hills of Hulu Yam has made me think that I might want a sportbike (a second bike) solely for that purpose.
And then, Kawasaki launched this in Malaysia last Sunday.
For about a week now, I have trouble starting up my bike. Initially it took like 2 cranks to fire it up. On Monday, however, it took me four cranks (and a lot of anxiety) to fire it up. The bike has done about 37,000 km worth of mileage (over 18 months).
After asking around in the bikers community, I was told to inspect the spark plugs. It's about time I guess. The last time I replaced the plugs is around 20,000km mileage. It's over 17,000km now. I'm supposed to check the plugs every 12,000 km. Facepalm.
About a week and a half back, my Pirelli Angel ST decided that it would give itself up supporting the 270kg mass it has been handling for the past 21,000km (yes that's a 200kg bike + 70kg rider, for all that 21,000km of going around). Even though I am sad because I was left with almost a grand poorer after they gave up, I am happy because they last me through 21,000km.