Two times a noob
I am not only a new owner of a 2003 z1000, but a first time motorcycle owner. I am trying to learn as much as I can so bear with me. After purchasing this new Zed, I explored these forums a bit and discovered that I am very glad with my purchase. It may not be an ideal starter bike, but it is (in my opinion) a generally awesome machine.
My 03 z1000 black and red, and has been down once(right side). It has just a bit over 28k miles on it. I sent it on back to the dealership to have some things addressed with it. It is not stock, and came with an integrated tail, aftermarket levers, as well as what I assume to be LED front turn signals. The exhaust appears to be stock, but gutted perhaps. It is LOUD. I love it.
As far as riding in general goes, I plan on scheduling my MSF basic riding course soon in order to get my endorsement. I have shogun frame-sliders ordered, and have dropped some money on a jacket, helmet, and gloves. My boots arent the best but will have to do. I also am looking to get proper riding pants but am not able to right now. I have downloaded the 03 z1000 owner's manual PDF.
I have gotten into riding because of friends. They are all into super sports, and have been a wealth of information for me to draw from as I need. I intend on learning my machine, and how it differs from theirs in order to best ascertain any differences in technical riding aspects as I begin learning to ride.
Any input for general comfort/quality of life modifications as well as simply practical ones are appreciated. The bike doesnt look so hot right now, due to some cosmetic damage. I don't mind the cosmetic damage so much at the moment. I would also love input on any popular performance mods, although I likely won't be focusing on them much.
I will not complain at any bits of knowledge from you all, and will appreciate it greatly.