One of the first things I do when I get a new or new to me motorcycle cycle is evaluate and adjust the suspension. I will also tell anyone who will listen to do the same. So how is it that I’ve had my Ninja 1000 for two years and somehow completely forgot to do this? I can’t say.
I can say that less than an hour in the garage with a friend, a socket wrench, and a spanner saved my relationship with my Ninja “thou”. I had been preparing for some time to sit down with the Ninja and say “We need to talk”, but now we’re getting along swimmingly. So what led to this near breakup and how exactly was it saved? Read on, friends…
Front tire going on the rim
After putting about 1600 miles on the Ninja 1000, I am pleased to have received a new set of Continental Road Attack 2 Evo tires to replace the Bridgestone BT-016 OEM hoops from the factory. I have ridden on Continental motorcycle tires in the past including the Road Attacks, Road Attack 2’s, as well as the second and third generations of the Sport Attack series.
At the Sport Attack 3 press launch earlier this year, I was asking the Continental crew when we might see a a Road Attack that uses some of the new technology in the Sport Attack 3. They suggested I try out the Road Attack 2 Evo’s as there was a lot of that tech from that tire that went into the “Sports”. This past weekend we removed the OEM Bridgestones from the Ninja and the RA 2 Evo’s were set on the rims.
The Ninja 1000 has a lot of things going for it and I generally have been pleased with the bike but the handling has been a bit “nervous” from the outset. I am hoping that the change to these Continental hoops will improve this situation.