Love it.In defense of the bike:
I don't compare the SS to something like my wife's Ninja. That Kawasaki is practical transportation. She doesn't want to do anything but add gas and oil (or, to be more precise, have me add oil). The SS is more of a cafe racer mentality. Something that's wild and temperamental. There's gotta be a tradeoff somewhere, and if the bike was a dog there would be no reason to mess with it. But there's something special about the SS. Kinda the looks, kinda the sound. Kinda the feel. It's like having a petite, adorable, oversexed Italian girlfriend from Bologna who is, to be sure, kind of a nut; but in a generally entertaining way. Sometimes she goes bonkers on you, but she's redirectable, and in the end the sex is good, and she doesn't expect you to spend a lot of money on her. Sure, she might crack up completely someday. But probably not today.
I'm on my third engine. I've rebuilt the bike after a mate cartwheeled it in a gravel trap at Eastern Creek, then my output shaft failed and lunched the gearbox. The frame cracked! I then crashed it 2 weeks after it was all tip-top (rebuild no. 2), my regulator failed and the battery blew up spewing acid all over the place, then my bike had another issue with 1st and 2nd gears slowly failing so the engine gets pulled again, rebuild no. 3! Then my swing arm tried to eject itself when a circlip came of the end of the pivot. The last thing to happen was the oil pressure sensor failed, spewing oil on the rear tyre.
Sure there are bikes out there that could be less hassle but this bike is so alive. The combination of snorting flat-slides, hot cams and big bore exhaust sends a chill up my spine - even thinking about it.
I bought the bike new in '97 and before that I had a '95 model. I'm still in love with my bike.
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