I have started riding a motorcycle in 2002 unless counting a few attempts on a moped as a teenager. To learn how to operate a motorcycle I took a rider training provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The course taught me the basics to survive in the every-day traffic and now I am on my own :-) Well, not really because the friendly community of riders who meet at eSportbike.com helps a lot by sharing their experiences.
My first motorcycle was 1994 Kawasaki EX500 as you can see on the picture. The EX500 is a great learner's bike, very forgiving and still immensely enjoyable. However, the bike was destroyed, while parked, by some driver who hit it with a vehicle.
My next motorcycle was a green 2000 Kawasaki ZX-9R. At first I was intimidated by the 140hp engine but soon fell in love with the bike. Unfortunately on Saturday Mar 6, 2004 (only 3 weeks after I bought her ), three black guys stole my ZX-9R which was parked in front of my apartment building. One neighbor saw them pulling the bike into a light blue Plymouth caravan and then quickly driving away. Based on the witness account, the bike was stolen only about 30 minutes after I saw it for the last time (it happened around 5:30pm). I discovered the theft the next noon and reported everything to the police and insurance company.
The very next day, someone (probably one of the thieves) rode the bike in a residential neighborhood and crashed in a turn. Sadly, my poor bike burned to the pavement .
Next, I enjoyed several months on a red 2000 Kawasaki ZX-6R until it was stolen too. The thieves took it from the parking lot at my apartment building again in spite of being chained to my car. On the same night, thieves took also my neighbour's bike. I am so glad that I could finally move away from that place.
My current bike is a black 2003 Kawasaki ZX-636/6R.