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Hello Everyone.
Got my Ninja 400R [Two weeks now] as a downgrade from a Fireblade and I am honestly happy with it. In my opinion, I don't think anything past 650cc is designed for public road use. Just track. Too much power that will either get you straight to the morgue or ICU if you lucky. Even a little twist of the throttle.

Here [Nairobi], the law is not that much an issue so we don't worry about tickets. You can go whatever pleases you. I have had various episodes with the CBR1000RRR that ultimately made me downgrade [ Having owned it for 2 years] . Call me a chicken rider or whatever but I think I did the right thing. BTW, I am 26. Been riding since 19.

I have had so many episodes and ultimately I decided a downgrade was handy. Most people upgrade! There was this one time I was doing like 160 kmph and since we usually have some rubble strips on our highways, I had totally forgotten about them! Hit the brakes, did a stoppie kind of and still bumped into the car in front at like 60kmph!

Our roads get washed with soil and sand due to winds making them totally slippery so cornering doesn't usually work most times. I have skid many times even when doing as little as 20kmph and just hitting the brakes when someone suddenly jumps across the road from nowhere [Welcome to Africa]!.

Nway, I am glad to be a part of this community and hope to learn so much and share. So far 1300kms and counting in 2 weeks!

P.S: Sorry for the lengthy read.
 

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Welcome to the site Al3xie!
Great to hear from other parts of the world.
Do you have any photos of your ride and area? It would be great to see!
While others may not agree, good call on downgrading, shows you have a good head on your shoulders and are not taking your skills for granted. Sounds like the conditions there are not the friendliest for riders.
 

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Thanks Zandit. It wasn't a simple choice downgrading and I am happy with my New Ninja. Really happy. I am going to upload photos soon. Wake up too early and I am back late. We never have winter here and other than seasonal rains, you can ride all year round. Actually, I have NEVER seen snow! Only on TV! During rainy seasons, that's the best time to ride! No skids. Perfect grip because of washed roads.
 
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