I just came over from Germany and used to ride bikes for more than 20 years. I couldn't import my last bike (seemed to be too complicated to virtually impossible) and so I ended up with not having a bike for two months now. I went to a local large motorcycle dealer and I compared the latest 1k bikes. I like the Fireblade best and they have a new 08-Model on offer. Now, I have a couple of questions and some might be pretty basic to you. Besides, I might not use the proper English words... anyway, I'll give it a shot:
1. Are there any major differences between the 08 and the 09 model (except the optional ABS)? Both versions look quite similar to me and the salesman told me that there were just minor changes that are hardly worth talking about. True?
2. Since March 09, I have got serious problems with both of my forearms. This will hopefully disappear at some point. But until then, I would like to raise the bars (I think this is how it's called??). The salesman recommended a fixed raised bar, but I would like to have a flexible bar where you can make adjustments (e.g., up-middle-down). He didn't know of any other options, however. Any ideas?
3. I brought along my gear from Germany. The helmet fulfills all European standards, but doesn't have a DOT symbol. Now, I believe I have to make a Driver's License again and have to make a practical test. In the brochure they note that you'll net a DOT helmet. Do I have to buy a DOT helmet? Do I have to expect any problems in case of an accident (insurance) or when the police is pulling me over (ticket)? Any recommendations what helmet to go for (currently, I'm having the Schuberth S1Pro
, but am looking for something more sporty)?
4. Any recommendations that you would change on the new bike?
Thank you very much for your comments - very much appreciated!
Freddy (aka xonox)