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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, December 20, 2014

New 2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 Hard Top

 Bought slightly used with 1,800 miles on it.  Tiny but OK once I get in it.
I forgot that folks still read this blog occasionally.  Here is the whole story on the purchase.  Saw it online in Autotrader ad at Mazda of Orange and went to take a look.  The best price they quoted was $27,000 but the online ad was at $24,239.  I went back a week later with the ad and they had to sell it to me at that price but absolutely insisted I buy the alarm for over $800 making the price $25,000.  I later found out they had put the wrong price on the ad so I got it about $2,000 under what they wanted to sell it for.  The other identical model they had on the lot is now listed at over $26.000.  It was some kind of fleet executive car that was registered but by Mazda, no idea what was involved but the warranty is totally in effect on it anyway.  Now if you ask what made me go for a Miata, that is another story...

This all started at the Motorcycle show with the new Polaris Slingshot- a 3 wheel vehicle registered as a motorcycle but with side by side seating, steering wheel and a Chevrolet 4 banger 2.4 L, 173 horsepower engine in it. 

Since it was priced at $24k I thought what else is out there that could work as a replacement for the motorcycle when I just don't want to ride and the Miata popped up.

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