Buying my first bike

It was 2008.  As I recall, gas prices had risen rapidly to over $2.50/gallon.  My commute to work as well as the driving around I needed to do made paying such exorbitant prices ridiculous.  I decided that enough was enough.

I had it in my head that my father had talked about getting a scooter.  His commute was about as far as mine (which was only about six miles each way).  He was toying with the idea of a scooter as a means by which to save some money and probably have a little fun.  I took that as permission.

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I had previously had a motorcycle many years before.  I rode that Yamaha Seca and loved it.  In retrospect, I never should have sold it.  If you have one you want to sell, feel free to contact me.  In any case, at the time, I didn’t really want a motorcycle proper.  I had it in my head that a scooter was the vehicle for me.

I went to the local motorcycle dealership at lunchtime one day.  I was dazzled.  I remember the smell of rubber and the gleam of chrome.  The colors and the way they had bikes lined up made it difficult to know where to start.

The dealership I went to sells lots of different bikes.  They sell cruisers and sport bikes.  They sell touring bikes and dirt bikes.  I didn’t know where to start and  I didn’t really know what I was looking for.  I put my trust in the salesman.  We talked a little bit about what I wanted and what I was after.  I told him that I didn’t think a motorcycle was what I was after but that I was drawn to the big scooters.  There were two scooters he thought I would like.  One was the Suzuki Burgman 400.  The other was the Yamaha Majesty 400.  Suzuki makes a 650 version of the Burgman but that was out of my price range.

Being the easy sucker that I am, I asked a few questions about it.  Mike (the salesman) was really good and quickly had me convinced that I needed a scooter.  It really came down to price.  The Burgman was $1,000 more than the Majesty.  I asked him if it was $1,000 better.  With a smirk, he said “No”.  I was sold on the Yamaha.

I went back to work and considered things.  It took about 0.1 seconds because I was sold.  I just needed to concoct a decent story to tell my wife.  The next day, I returned to the dealership.  After just a little bit of negotiating we had settled on the sale.

I never even took it for a test ride.

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In the time since, I racked up nearly 8,000 miles on that scooter over the course of a few years.  I took many trips on it and made a bunch of videos.  I loved getting looks from people as I would cruise along with them on the interstate.  Of course, I have a lot more experience and I know that the little trips I was taking were merely little day trips.  But still, with out those baby steps, I wouldn’t be where I am today.



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