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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Worst motorcycle purchase ever.

I just finally completed a motorcycle purchase and it was basically a nightmare until the end.  Cost me way more than it should have and I wind up with a brand new Yamaha Road Star Silverado-"S" version, but bought a 2008 model first.  Zero miles and lots of chrome on the final 2009 but getting to this point took some really dumb mistakes on my part for sure.

First I bought a 2008 Road Star basic model in white at a dealer hoping to switch lots of parts over from the 2006 Road Star to save money.  The 2008 Road Star turns out to have some damage, but not really severe at all and then some other issues that bothered me popped up and I decided to go back and trade up to a NEW 2009 fully loaded "S" version.   This would mean losing some money on the first purchase and paying sales tax twice.  Not the smartest move on my part and I can't explain why in the world I bought the '08 in the first place.  I really can't blame the dealer either as they acted in good faith selling a slightly used motorcycle where the blemishes were totally visible. if I just looked.

Finally have the new 2009 with lots of chrome on all the controls and forks as part of the "S" version.  Also the full 1 year warranty and lots of years to pay it off.  Picture of the dealership in Temecula, lots of inventory.

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