So, I got a Ninja. First step really has to be to thank and acknowledge Netrider. The title of the thread is a nod to the thread where I introduced my new Bandit, 8 1/2 years ago, and there have been lots and lots (and lots) of 'Hmm, what if I bought a...?' threads started by me in the intervening years. I've also received lots of great advice and learned lots about riding from this place. As I said in a post in General ('Hypocrisy'), I paid $13,300 for a 2016 model dark grey Ninja 1000 with 4 km on the odo. I did feel a tiny bit 'bait-and-switched', because I put down a deposit over the phone on a green one and then was told that had sold and I could have a grey one. If I cared about the colour I would have fought back, but I honestly didn't, and had kind of 'settled' on the green despite not loving it - the stripes seem too retro to me. I'm cool with the grey... even though in many photos and from many angles it looks black, and my last bike was black. I will very likely put some matt black Vance and Hines Urban Brawler cans on it soon: the fishtail exhausts stand out even more on this colour scheme, and they also sound pretty thin. Those are only a few hundred bucks from the US and apparently easy to fit. I'll also be getting a rad guard, because my ride from the Sunshine Coast where I bought the bike back to the Gold Coast was interrupted by what turned out to be a stone hole in the radiator. The guy at Triumph Springwood went above and beyond to pull it out, get it to a radiator repairer and get it back in... and get all the sprayed coolant washed off the bike... on the Friday arvo before a long weekend. Picked it up this morning and rode home from Brisbane via Beaudesert and Mt Tamborine. Still running in a bit, but just loved every minute of it... even riding through the twisties behind a badly-piloted Pajero rather than setting my own pace. (The really good bit is that the school holidays finish after this weekend but I have 2 weeks holidays, so those roads should be a lot more 'mine' for the next little while.) I'm not being super rigid with the running in, but trying to keep changing up the revs and not lugging or screaming it. It's done 290-odd km already, and will probably hit 500 km over this long weekend, so the running-in period will be worked through pretty quickly. I'll post some more pics, and also review it a bit more, in this thread over the next little while, but a couple of things I do notice: 1. It's taller at the seat than the Bandit: I'm on balls of the feet on both sides, or sometimes flat foot one side and ball the other. That's fine for me at this stage: I have enough sense of balance at this stage... and someone who doesn't probably has no business riding one of these. 2. I have to be a lot more precise in all my inputs: the Bandit has more 'inertia' and is more tolerant of imprecision, but things like throttle settings *matter* on the Ninja, and timing of throttle and clutch and so on is more precise. It's a good thing, not a bad thing, but I need some better habits. Pretty much everyone who owns one says 'replace the stock 50 profile rear tire with a 55 for better handling'. I'm not wealthy enough that I'm taking off the brand new stockers and replacing them, though: i get to look forward to some new handling when the stockers wear out. Very happy with my choice... and now I need to go ride again!