Howdy folks! Been lurking for a little bit on here and have just been reading up/researching suspension info.
An about me/ short story time since I have nothing to do at work but all this caffeine is making want to do stuff:
Let me preface by saying that I have no motorcycle riding experience at all. bicycling, sure, but nothing motorized. If you want to be generous, I went two up before when i was a kid and the two more times was when a buddy of mine let me ride his cruiser and just let it move on it's own with a little clutch play. I've always wanted to get a motorcycle but never really got around to it. Instead, i put wrench time in for cars since i feel like working on those don't necessarily require a garage. I felt that way after having done a cylinder head swap out in my apartment's parking lot under the Vegas summer sun.
I eventually got my own house and have some garage space now. The motorcycle desire never went away so for the past couple of months, I've just been watching and reading things about the FZ-07/MT-07 and was so sold on it. I wanted it so bad but was hesitant after looking it up and realizing that the seat height was a little bit over my inseam of 28". So i convinced myself to not get an FZ and at most build a used 90's bike, cafe it out or streetfighter and not really feel bad knocking it around since I didn't have any riding experience and it was pretty much too tall for me.
Last week i got a letter in the mail saying that I had to take my car to the dealership for an airbag recall. At first i was a little skeptical like what the f@#k? The device that's supposed to increase my chances of survivability actually turns into a pillbox that shoots shrapnel straight to your face, neck, wrists and other fleshy bits. I laughed and thought that I might as well wear a helmet while driving. Unfortunately, this recall was in fact true and accurate so off to the dealer I went. On the way back home, I passed this motorcycle dealership which i've always seen and told myself, I might as well sit on some bikes just to maybe get this bike dream slash pipe dream all out of my system.
Went in, scanned the showroom floor, avoided eye contact and bee lined for an Fz to sit on. Sadly, it was more of climb on affair and not exactly a, lemme swing my leg over it type deal. Cycle-ergo wasn't lying. I really am by the tip of my toes. My big toes to be exact. Let me jump off and just get out before somebody catches me. "Hey what's up man?!" f@#k. I was spotted. How do I get myself out of this. This kid who ended up catching me trying to slink away was pretty cool and we end up just shooting the shet and eventually come across a Honda Grom on the Showroom floor. He motioned to give it a go and since i've never been on one, i figured might as well see how it feels. It seemed right. Maybe it was mostly because I could definitely flat foot the thing so easily or maybe because it was super light, or both.
I ended up going home with a Red 2015 Honda Grom as a play thing. I had to have it delivered since I didn't have insurance for it. I wasn't expecting I'd be able to nor even want to get anything that day. On the way home i was just giddy with excitement. Driving behind a dually truck that was pulling a a trailer that had my first "motorcycle" on it. Imagine a 125cc pit bike looking thing with an extended swing arm sitting on a trailer that looked like it was made for a bunch of dirt bikes or for 3 side by sides to be lugged on after going at it on the dunes. It was definitely a hilarious sight i wish the stoplights actually turned red on the way home so i could snap a photo. Nonetheless i was excited to get on it. As soon as i got home and the delivery guy rolled the Grom off the trailer and into my garage, I rang my insurance right away and got everything set up.
I waited for night time since that's usually when there's less traffic in my neighbourhood. As the sun set, I put on my helmet and gloves in true squid fashion. I opened the garage and stalled barely getting out of the garage. I think at that point I was actually rolling because the driveway was a bit of a very tiny decline. Hah.. nobody saw me. All is good. I find the friction zone and figure out the clutch and throttle balance on this tiny 125cc. Realzied that clutch alone wasn't enough to make this 125 move on it's own. Before I knew it, I was going through all the four gears that the little Grom had. It was amazing. I'm such a f@#king badass. No wonder a lot of people have been getting these things to mess about in. The aftermarket support for Groms are ridiculous. Bigbore kits and what not.
For a week now, i've just been riding around the neighborhood and sometimes even on the main streets to familiarize myself with the bike, it's little quirks, and to gauge my wanting for a bike. Do i really want one? Is this just a phase? Did i do it for the hype? Who knows. Only time will tell right? I guess it is true that knowing how to drive stick does help newer riders understand clutch friction points but that's about it. Maybe that's why i felt so comfortable on it. It may be arrogance, or just sheer stupidity but i went and returned the Grom and got a Silver 2017 FZ-07. Again, I asked myself, is this a phase? Did I do it for the hype? Who knows. Only time will tell. Hopefully, I'm the one to telling it, not the news, and not the daily paper's obituary section.
This is pretty much why i've been lurking the site's suspension discussions. Lowering links, horseshoe style, the most i could get away with raising the fork through the triples, and even shaving the seat or just learning to one foot/hot potato the bike.I want to lower the bike asap because I actually tried to ride the bike this morning to work only to end up tipping over at the end of my driveway when I was slowing to a stop. Remember my buddy's cruiser? I did the same thing to it. Good thing it was in his grassy backyard. It's a challenge to catch a bigger bike let alone stopping a tip over with just your big toe. luckily enough I was able to slow the bike down substantially and just ended up scratching the bar end and brake lever. Nothing bad. But oh well, i wanted bar end mirrors and shorty levers anyway.
Very little riding experience, bought a 125cc , rode it for a week, returned it, got an FZ-07. I'm probably an idiot for doing that.
I don't have much but I'll upload photos for those interested. I Don't have full leathers but I got a decent flame suit on so any criticism is welcome!