2005, it's got only 25 000 km on the clock but a bit of a spotty service record so I'll be doing the 24 000 km service before the summer. The difference between work and play is that on playtime I don't get paid for getting my hands dirty wrenching on something.
I just have no money to work with or I'd consider an upgrade.
I thought there was money to be made in IT, and here I was wrenching separators and programming process controllers and thinking those IT motherf***ers were swimming in gold.
Though I've actually been keeping my eyes out for a Gold Wing instead
The dealer I bought the GSX-R from referred to a Gold Wing he had on sale as an 'open top Civic'. Ha was kidding of course. A Gold Wing weighs MUCH more than a Civic.
You know that a Gold Wing is so yuuge you need a sea captain's degree to ride it on the roads and a maritime pilot to park it?
I could go on and on but because you're obviously hitting mid-life crisis now, before I was done ragging on the Gold Wing you wouldn't be listening because on average I would only have about 30 years before you die of old age.
I'm replacing it with a Snell 2015 certified Scorpion EXO R2000.
Looks clean. I'll be still using all the gear I bought when I had the SV650s, including the AGV Stealth SV. I have to sweat off some 10kg but it's doable.
I'm not entirely happy with it, I like the fit, the style and the features (kevlar-glassfibre shell, integrated sun visor and proper, functional cooling that's isn't always a certainty at that price range) but turns out AGV's are loud and there's nothing you can do about it. Lucky me, the dairy I work at is getting rid of all of the disposable earplug dispensers, so I reckon I could get a huge pile of ear plugs for pennies. Once I run out of earplugs or the Stealth SV starts to delaminate, I'll replace it.
Right now I'm looking at an Olympia
Get leather. Leather doesn't flutter and it actually has abrasion resistance. Better yet, get a 2-piece suit that you can zip together from the waist. That way you get 95% of the benefits of a 1-piece suit (the last 5% comes to play if you take a tumble at 200km/h), 100% of a leather suit (anything leather is always better than anything fabric) and a leather jacket to use with a pair of kevlar jeans.
I have a pair of kevlar reinforced jeans, a nice 70's style retro faux aged leather jacket and a 2-piece suit (image stolen off ebay). Also a pair of riding boots (nothing fancy, just a sort of sport touring style of boots) and leather gloves and some fat fabric gloves for those extra cold days. Everything but the gloves and helmet I bought second hand.
The 2-piece is a bit cheesy with the tribal-esque styling but check out the blue jacket.
I paid a whopping 50€ for it. It's got a detachable liner and proper protectors. Talk about a steal.