Well, I joined the club yesterday.
So, for 15+ years, I have wallowed in the world Harley-Davidson. Not just riding the bikes, but also working at a dealership for ten of those years. I never considered myself a Koolaid drinker, having started out on Sportbikes, but the bikes became my ride of choice.
Two years ago, things started to unravel for me inside that little world. I had bought a new 2017 Dyna to replace my old, always falling apart Shovel. The Dyna had some issues, right from the start, but it ran and rode. A month later, the new Softails were released. A month later, I bought a Fat Bob that had been dropped in the showroom by a fellow employee. Many issues with that bike. A year and a half later, I was tired and didn't want to deal with it anymore, and downsized/traded for a Sportster.
Evo Sportster motors are generally considered to be bulletproof...except for the one I got.
Blown motor, and months in the dealership, I finally had had it. I did something I never thought I would do, I broke off the relationship with HD. They stepped up and did the right thing, buying the bike back, but I was moving on, once and for all.
I started searching for a bike. Initially looking at Japanese cruisers. It is want I knew for many years. It was comfortable. I looked at a few, and they all reminded me of HD. I just couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. Something deep down had completely turned me off and there was no going back.
Which brings me to the Z900. Spotted in a dealership while looking at cruisers. The bike had just over two thousand miles on it, still bone stock, and cheap, at five grand. Very cheap compared to what I had grown accustomed to.
I walked away, thinking, sportbikes were a thing of the past for me. Only I kept thinking about this bike, while looking at other bikes, in other dealers.
I went back. It was still there. I took that as a sign, and pulled the trigger.
I put about 150 miles on the bike going home. Honestly, the power scared the sh#t out of me at first. I hadn't been on anything with balls, in years.
I'll get used to the power, get used to rounding a corner without sending sparks lightly leaning. It will take a bit.
But, it does feel like coming home.....