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A Way To Escape | @zxena_the_ninja | Rider Stories

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What I currently ride?

Im currently riding a 2015 kawasaki ZX636R Ninja. This is my third bike but my second Ninja!

My first bike was a Suzuki GSZR 600 SRAD with a power commander, which was a bit much as I learned on a 125, then went straight to a super sport 600. My second bike was a 2005 Ninja 636R in lime green, and it was this bike that made me become a Kawasaki fan boy! I love them!

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Why did you start riding?

Since I was old enough to know to hold on, I've been riding pillion on my dads bikes. He's always been a biker and naturally, it passed on to me. I loved being out on a hot day on the back of dads bike. Riding the roads to a biker cafe and seeing all the amazing bikes and getting to sit on a police bike! (one of my best memories as a biker kid).

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Why do you enjoy riding?

Anyone who is a biker already knows the answer! But I guess we've all got our own unique reasons.

For me, biking is a sense of freedom that nothing else can bring. Being on the bike, riding down a sweeping road, taking corner by corner is a way for me to escape. No matter what has happened in my life, the bike has been there to relieve some stress and take my mind off of things!

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Have you ever had an accident?

I've had 3! The first was all my fault. I was riding through town in the pouring rain and I took a corner a little too fast, my wheels lost grip and I didn't have the experience to recover, so I slid down the road. It cost me some cash to fix the first ninja. My second accident was early last year. I was sat at a red light minding my own business when someone went ploughing into the back of me. I hurt my leg a little bit but the bike took the brunt of it!

Finally my third was January this year. The slowest, but most painful. I was riding around a roundabout at slow speeds on a dark morning, and hit a patch of fresh oil (that's what the police said). My experience counted for nothing this time, oil will get ya! Anyway, I had a metal water bottle in my backpack and landed on it, breaking ribs and chipping my scapula! Bike was completely fine.

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What equipment can't you live without?

This ones easy.... full protective gear! but the one caveat is that my helmet MUST be all black with no graphics. And of course a tinted visor!

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