In 2006 I had a 1998 Suzuki GSXR 750 SRAD that would barely stay running. I was 18 years old and didn't really matter I still rode it everywhere. Eventually it go to the point where I had to push star tthe thing everytime I wanted to ride it because the battery would get weak from me trying to start it normally. After finally deciding to part ways with it, in 2007 I decided to buy a new bike, I was working two full time jobs and was doing pretty well. I purchased a 2007 GSXR 1000 in yellow/black/silver.....
I picked the bike up on a Wednesday after I got off of work I remember being so excited I could barely get any work done that day. Picked it up and pulled out of the dealership and made it one mile up the street and the storm of death rolled in and soaked me and my new bike, didn't really much care I just rode on. It happens everytime I buy a new toy.
Fastforward two days later (Friday)
My girlfriend shows up at my work and tells me I am going to be a dad. I was scared out of my mind. Didn't know how I was going to do it or what to do, I was kind of still a kid myself but more responsible then most. I thought about selling the bike but it being so new to me I kept it. I rode it all the way till April of 2010. Long story short my daughter needed some medical evaluations done and specialty doctors were involved and I was doing everything I could to support her and pay for it even though I had insurance it didn't matter.....I had to let the bike go. It sucked I was crushed. Hind sight is 20/20 though cause we found out a month or so after letting the bike go that my daughter had nothing serious going on and it would be an easy thing to fix and she would be just fine. I got out of riding for a bit though.
In 2011 I bought a 1999 R1 and joined this forum and I kept it for a while but it became hard to commute with because of my job requirements at the time....a couple years later I got a chopper..... I wont say much else about the chopper it's just not the same
After searching for some time and having the local DMV involved I found out that getting my old bike back wasn't going to happen, I think it ended up in a junk yard or something IDK. I finally tracked on down that was identical to it and began contacting the guy......to make another long story short, this guy, after talking for a couple weeks, basically quits answering my calls and texts out of nowhere and a bunch of promises were made empty. We had set up a date and place to meet as he was coming from texas and I was coming from tampa area of florida. Never heard from him again, sucks cause I really wanted the one he had but id rather him be sketchy ahead of time then me be somewhere waiting for him.
This past weekend I made a trip with my dad to Orlando to pick up his new motorcycle, Honda ST1300 which he loves and then we made a trip all the way to the other coast of florida to get my 2007 GSXR 1000, I searched high and low and contacted several people to find the right one and this one was it. 7800 miles and came with lots of extra parts and the rare matching helmet that was a option only at some dealerships from my understanding. I never got lucky enough to get the helmet with my first one but I got it with this one..
Anyways enough small talk here are some pics.
On the right was 2008ish, yeah i was the coolest guy I knew
Left is this past weekend
As far as plans go......I will be cleaning the absolute crap out of this bike, previous owner kept her washed but definitely not detailed like I do things, I already got rid of the wheel tape and the full throttle stickers and the mirrors will be going next. I dont know what long term plans will be, other then obviously keep it. The bike currently has a full exhaust, power commander, new tires and chain, aftermarket windshield, hid headlights and some other stuff here and there.
Ill post more about it as time goes on.....no it's no R1 and I know it's not everyones first choice but I enjoy it and have a history with it already.