So a month ago or so I got my bike already for summer riding; changed the chain and sprockets, oil and filter, replaced hoses all kinds of things an 11 year old bike needs that haven't been done or where due. At the same time I entered a contest for Cycle World subscibers to be a guest editor for them. The job was to test ride the new Kawasaki Ninja 1000 for three months and blog about it. They send you the bike and HD Contour camera and you ride it and report. All you had to do was write an essay explaining why you would be a good choice. So I did, and was picked (go figure after I spent abunch of money to tune up the Sprint). Cool! I get to thrash someone elses bike for the summer. I get the bike today, they say that the hardbags are coming with it, so it sould be a good comparo to the Sprint. AMA Rider Steve Rapp will be giving me the keys and going on a ride with me and another winner. Here's the link to the site where will be posting video and ride reports if anyone is interested, www.cycleworldkawasakininja1000experience.com.