As the title states, the Ninja is no longer with me. I put her up on Craigslist and had far too many offers, and I finally jumped on one. So, I ended up with another truck. 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 4.8L v8.
After riding the Ninja for 1500 miles in a month and a half of so, I decided she needed to find a new owner. It occurred to me that the bike was only going to go downhill the longer I held on to her (she was already 14 years old!). So, away she went and I ended up with a newer and nicer ride than my current truck (1996 GMC Sierra, 4.3L v6 dog with crank windows and puny A/C)
I really didn't NEED a new(er) truck, but I couldn't resist. 4-wheel disc brakes, ice cold A/C, v8 that can actually pull a trailer, power windows, Kenwood flip-up head unit with TREO speakers and subs, new tires, and not to mention it's my favorite body style! However, the guy (actually, 18 year old kid) pulled a fast one on me since it needs intake manifold gaskets since it gets the common 'erratic idle' when the truck first starts up and it's cold outside. It could also use a new oil pickup seal since it does make a little rocker arm ticking upon initial startup. It does have a dent in the bed and a cracked windshield, but overall I firmly believe I came out ahead. The truck needed a little TLC and I'm glad the PO didn't know how to fix things, which made repairing things here and there very easy on me!
But wait, there's more! The truck was the kid's only source of transportation. He had ridden motorcycles a few times and grew up riding dirt bikes and 4 wheelers. I hope he doesn't tear up the bike. That bike was gorgeous. After I realized the kid was ONLY going to have a motorcycle to ride, I almost tried talking him out of the trade. "Are you sure you want to have a motorcycle as your ONLY source of transportation??" I remember asking him several times as we're signing/trading titles. He acted a bit arrogant like 'it can't possibly be that bad' and 'pfft, I got buddies with trucks.' Don't get me wrong, I LOVE riding, but I also love air conditioning, and caging it up when the weather sucks. Long story short, I gave the kid as much advice as I could and drove home.
PS- I also realized that the Ninja would be a horrible bike to ride in the summer due to all of those plastic fairings. The bike nearly cooked me on an 80 degree day in traffic! I was a fool to ever think I'd hold on to the Ninja and sell the 919
Plus, I could easily trade one of my trucks this winter to some poor sap with a clean late model supersport