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Hello and finally! Finally starting to post on this forum I enjoy reading and learning from. You are all wonderful teachers. Finally took my MSF class and got my license last year, now that we're living in the country (thank you Harley-Davidson for making a Class M endorsement not too intimidating to get here in Wisconsin lol). Finally sold my practice blue 06 250 and bought my son's blue 09 that I coveted this spring. Finally I can ride relatively comfortably along with said son and the husband too; finally getting my stock blue Ninja to look pretty much how I've imagined I wanted her to look; kudos to Chris Kruzel of DrippinWet and Brian at CGD Graphics - absolute great guys! Gotta put the Projekt D fender eliminator kit on that's been sitting here in the box ... for 2 months. Just ordered an HMF black C/F exhaust tonight after months of reading, researching, and YouTube-ing (thanks, Hellvetica) and finding a can't beat it price so I have no excuse anymore. Still on the fence about the quiet core insert. So I think I'm going to try without first... Thank God the son is both a mover and a freaking bodybuilder - I'll have him cram that new pipe on when it gets here. ;)
 

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Thanks! I'm sorry to hear your mom 'hates your bike', BlackBoar. She's maybe nervous it might kill you? Good thing it hibernates all winter up there like ours do. I have to keep that horribly scary feeling in check myself each time my 18-year-old only son and baby takes out his 08 Cbr600RR. So I at least insist on ATGATT; and breathe again each time he gets back home safe and no one 'took him out', but I hate hearing about the close calls because some folks just don't see... Hope it does not get by him how cool it is his mom's got a sportbike too, lol.
 

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Welcome Lowcarb, the more the merrier!!
 

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Welcome! I guess you've been waiting on a lot of things for a long time... Glad they finally came together for you! You should post a pic of your happy riding family. Also, props to you for riding (1), and for riding a sport bike (2). Indeed one of the coolest moms I know, for sure! Oh, and as a son with a mother who worries constantly, never, ever stop telling your son that you worry or that you love him, as you obviously do. We might not like to hear it, and sometime get a bit frustrated or embarrassed, but it has given me a clear head more than once before doing something stupid, and kept me out of a lot of trouble.... So, from another son, thank you! All mom's deserves props beyond which we can give them! Keep it up, and keep riding...
 

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Thank you so much, Spooph, for your kind reply and very well-worded example of how sons do think, and that loving mothers should indeed tell their sons they are loved- gets them to think- even when we know these 'boys' don't show that they like to hear it. Moms know they need to hear it anyway- part of them will always be four years old inside, no matter how much they try to tamp it down, lol. On that note, last summer my dad went to a fatal accident scene (he's a chaplain) where a 17-year-old boy on a blue sportbike (like my son's) had been killed, and he ended up on the local news at that moment, and he mentioned that he was going to take his 17-year-old grandson who rides to this place with this blind hill to remind him that while motorcycling can be very fun, it can also be very dangerous. I think that was a powerful message to my son when he did see it, and knowing family does care and worry when each of us is out there riding is important for all of us to hear. So very sad for that family- that could have been my son instead, and that has not gone past me.

Now on a fun note - my dad is 69 and has been riding since a teen and had a fun summer ripping around on a V-max with drag pipes he bought on a whim! Now he's back to his calm cruising Vulcan, but had some good safe fun. I do have a pic of the three of us on our bikes I'll try to drag up, hubby wasn't on that ride, but it's nice to see three generations sharing a common joy!

I'm waiting on my HMF pipe to come this week - ordered a quiet core because I'm nervous it'll be obnoxiously loud and I'd rather have it available than not. If I have to shim the needles to get it to run a little richer if needed, oh boy that's something I'll have to take in to have done because those tiny carbs seem pretty delicate, intimidating and scary!

Thanks again for writing, Spooph, you are a wealth of knowledge I greatly respect- and a general nice guy to boot!
 

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Thanks, Jay! And Lord I so agree! Imagine what it's like for me living 30 miles from the HD plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - with all due respect to them, it's literally all we see...so lady sportbike riders are indeed in the minority around here. But funny I would never have guessed that when I took a beautiful scenic ride up to the AMA Superbike races at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI this June. Glad to see sooo many gals of different ages with their own keys there! ...Guess I really shouldn't worry too much about my pipe being 'too loud' here in HD country. ;)
 

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I'm near Madison, WI, (College town) and I see a ton more cruisers than sport bikes too. At the local bike night it's at least 4 or 5 to 1 in favor of the cruisers.

Did see a new 250 Ninja SE tonight, and there is another blue 250 that parks at a house in my neighborhood.

Around here, if it's not a cruiser it's a scooter.


Jay
 
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