Do bikes get jealous? Do they get offended if you leave them at home and take another one.?
For the last couple of weeks I’ve had a lend of a friend’s Kawasaki 1400GTR which is effectively the more touring version of my bike. Deb and I went for a spin down the coast to see if it’s something we could live with as a more touring option.
I have mentioned previously that I’m thinking of purchasing an older touring bike for our getaways and still keep the 14. The other option that’s worth exploring is to replace the 14 with something more touring orientated on the sports-tourer spectrum. Hence the test of the GTR and in a couple of months we are riding a BMW K1600GT for a week on our next overseas trip.
But I love my bike and it whispers to me like no other bike I’ve owned. Okay it’s whispers are generally with crazy in its eyes, and generally something that relates to doing inappropriate things … but the power, speed and rawness of that bike is just so addictive.!!
And we’ve shared a lot of road together over the last 10 years, with just over 300,000km between the zx14 and zx14r. So the thought of selling it has been playing on my mind.
So with Deb and I planning a 4 day weekend ride there was a choice of bike. The 14 or GTR. Here was a great opportunity to take the GTR for an extended ride for a much better test. But I just couldn’t come at taking the GTR for a number of reasons. Each a perfectly good reason. It needed new tyres, its ride position wasn’t quite right, the lights aren’t as good, … But each felt like an excuse.
… but in the end I felt like I was cheating on the 14.
So we took the 14.