I went for a brutal ride tonight. I'm surprised I didn't kill myself as I just couldn't seem to get my shit together.
First, I'm halfway down my street when I realized I forgot to do up my helmet. Pull over, cinch it up, realize I forgot my earplugs. No big deal, I'm headed to the gas station to add air to the tires anyway, I'll do it then.
Get to the gas station a couple minutes later. Air up, plugs in, leave station. Half way up Stewardson Way I realize I forgot to zip up my damn jacket. Find a place to pull off, do up the jacket.
Short while later, I'm headed around the nice little curve as you hit Marine Way from N. West. Only going about 120 and I'm going wide. WTF? I can't make this simple damn curve? I felt like it was my first f'in ride ever.
Five minutes later I cross Boundary, move over to pass a truck and give'er gas and it hesitates like I'm running out of gas. How is this possible? There's only 210km on the trip, which was reset at the last fill. Fortunately the light at where Marine Dr joins up with Marine Way turned red as I approached. Pull in clutch, engine dies. Right out o' gas, I guess. Switch to reserve, start up, no problems -- yep, out of gas.
Continue on Marine to a gas station, fuel up. Closing the gas gap I fucking bend the key! Damn! So here I am trying to straighten the key without breaking it. Finally got it straight enough to work the ignition, without leaving a busted off piece anywhere. (Note to Kawasaki - why do you make the key so effing long?)
Fortunately things got a little better from here on. I did a little loop through downtown and back out Grandview to the freeway. Saw a guy on an '03 ZX-6R or RR (it was green, anyway) at Granville and 70th. Silver_6R, was that you? Later, a guy on a custom painted V-Max joined up with me and rode in formation for a while. Pretty cool.
Ride Safe(r than I did!)
P.S. 2000-02 ZX-6R owners: what kind of range do you get on a tank of gas? 210km (many on highway, and not aggressive riding) seems a little low to switch to reserve. And the bike only took 14l of gas - is that about right for the main tank?