My car history part 13: Bikes, planes and automobiles

In summer 2014 I replaced the excessive and untrusted Italian bitch, my Ducati 749s, with a smaller yet beautifully sculptured, Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

'Nikita' - my Kawasaki Ninja 250R
‘Nikita’ – my Kawasaki Ninja 250R

What a lovely bike! It’s so light to handle, I feel as if I could chuck it over my shoulder. The Duc had been a swine to get out of the garage, and I was always afraid to drop her (again).

I had been worried that a downgrade from a 750cc superbike to a 250cc bike would be a huge disappointment, but I’m actually very happy with the Ninja. It’s a more modern bike; no faffing with a choke, and she starts every time, unlike the troublesome ‘Daisy’ (Daisy Duke). She’s much lighter and accelerates well enough for my needs and gets up to 95mph – erm – that’s plenty, thanks!

I’m now enjoying biking again for the first time in a year. The Ninja seems to go around corners much better too; I’m not having to overthink this counter steering concept; I just look where I’m going and go there! On the Ducati it seemed it would never turn in time… admittedly it’s not a bike for beginners!

The current line up: MX-5, RX-7 and RAV4
The current line up: MX-5, RX-7 and RAV4

Car wise, the other half’s Lexus RX300 has been sold to friends, so it’s nice to see it in good hands, and after test driving a few replacement RAV4s, found the perfect one: ‘Mimi‘, pictured to the right of Maggy and Becks. The latter, the RX-7, is back and up for sale and several people are interested. I’m current using my beloved MX-5 BBR turbo, Maggy, for my commute to work.

We managed to do an excellent trade in of the Scirocco for the RAV4, the plan now being to sell the RX-7 and buy a fuel efficient diesel for the long commute.

So that would be:

  • RAV4 – for the girlfriends job
  • MX-5 BBR turbo – for fun – and I will never get rid of this car!
  • Ninja 250R for weekends and convenience
  • Sensible car for my commute

I’ve finally become sensible.

No more silly 20 year old supercars.

Have I become too sensible and boring?? Will I stop wasting money on motorised contraptions??

Well… we did go for a flying lesson the other week.


And it turns out that you can buy a two seater for only 10 grand… 😉

Next part of the story: From Lotus to… Skoda?

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