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Wannabe 400 owner checking in.

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Hello! My name's Al and I live way down in Southern New Zealand at around 45 degrees south of the equator.
I'm 48 and have been riding since I was about 10 yrs old, starting on my fathers sheep farm. After a couple of dirt bikes I got my first road bike when I was 18 and the love affair has continued for the last 30 years. I've done a lot of touring and have seen a fair bit of the world from the seat of a motorcycle.
About fours ago I got into sealed circuit racing and I currently race a Suzuki SV650 in the Formula 3 class, also called superlite here in NZ.
My last road bike was a CBR300R and I'm now looking for something with a little more pep for passing quicker and safer. It would be fair to say I'm a sports rider, just love riding the wheels off small bikes that are easy to throw around and dont pull crazy speeds that are going to get you into trouble.
So I think the new Ninja 400 will fit the bill nicely!
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Hi Al,

My husband and I are discussing a cruise around New Zealand for a vacation this coming year and would love to have insider tips for the area.

We are similar in age. You're only a few years older than me. I too got the bug of riding when I was younger. I lived out in the country and dirt bikes and ATVs were all that we knew as kids. I've had quite a few bikes over the years and loved every single one of them for the specifics that they could provide at the time, but never went the racing route. I am truly fascinated with the Ninja 400 this time around and look forward to your thoughts on it.

Nice incremental upgrade but i'm surprised you didn't mention anything higher up in CC's within the sport bike segment. Most people I know with 300R's tend to go for CBR600's and the like. Is there any potential you could be going that direction instead?
@talon Give us a yell Becky if you end up booking a holiday here and I'll give you a few ideas. Most overseas riders enjoy NZ for the scenery and relatively low volume of traffic on the roads. But it is increasing as the population grows (nudging 5 million) and tourism expands. I don't think you and your husband would be disappointed. Were you thinking of renting bikes here or shipping your own over?

@NinjaRyder Ha ha, I get asked that a lot. Have you ever heard the expression 'It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow? Well it took me a few years to work that one out for myself. The Ninja 400 will be my 17th motorcycle purchase and I've had everything from 100cc to 900cc. Singles(9), Vee twins(3) flat twin, Vee four, In-line fours (2) but the Ninja will be my first parallel twin so something different again. Looking forward to trying something new!
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