Nice thread. I've been endorsed since 99' and my first ride was a red 99 SV650, which I loved and drove the hell out it the first year of ownership. I recall putting nearly 8K just in the summer alone. It was the bike responsible for mastering the skills needed to keep me alive or nonparaplegic within IMHO, one of the crappiest places to ride - the infamous Pacific Northwest or Seattle/Bellevue to be very specific. Most drivers aka cagers, have a cellphone in their hand and their brains and wits down where the sun doesn't shine. I sold it to pay for an engagement ring - yeah, I know, it was more than a worth while trade off, but at current times, I sometimes doubt it :) Next ride was the 02' GSXR 750 as this and the R6/R1 was the FOTM ride at the time. It gave me more of an adrenaline rush, but was much more less forgiving over the SV. This bike with the combination of Pacific Northwest cagers, bestowed fear of the grim reaper. After putting 2K miles on it, I sold it.
Flash forward to current times and not too long ago, I purchased an 01 SV650s with 8K miles to relive the fun and comradery of fellow riders with the the repurposed peace sign as our paths crossed, but sadly, will be posted on Craigslist this week. I guess having young kids will make you do strange and crazy things. Also, it doesn't help that some a**hole in a Cadillac Escalade nearly clipped me in the HOV lane while weaving in/out of traffic going at least 80mph (i was cruising at 70mph) on I-405.
Safe riding everyone.
Edited by alphaphoenix - 4/12/11 at 12:19am