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Mason – last day! Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

New toy! Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

So last weekend Rob and I went to look at a Honda 450 motorcycle. We went a little early and decided to stop and grab lunch at Mr. Natural. Ate some DELICIOUS BBQ Tofu (seriously, good stuff). And lo and behold, the girl who is selling the bike calls us in the middle of lunch to tell us that the bike won’t start and it’s not worth us coming over. BUMMER! We were minutes away from going over there and getting a bike for me. Big letdown. Oh well…

So we head home and I started scouring Craigslist again and I happened upon a few bikes. One, in particular stood out. A pristine condition 1987 Yamaha Virago 1100! So the 1100 is the size of the engine (1100cc). Just as a frame of reference, most people learn on a 250cc or a 450cc. This is a HUGE bike! But, as I was telling Rob the day before, I was planning on buying a smaller bike, learn on it, and then sell it within a year to buy a bigger bike (was shooting for a 750cc). Well this bike is too good to pass up. We arrange to meet with the guy down in Buda, TX on Sunday.

Well I didn’t realize it would be such a chore to up my ATM limit on a Sunday. What a pain. One of my banks wouldn’t budge and the other would, but it was kind of a hassle. I’m on the phone with them the whole drive down. Anyway, we get down there and the bike looks amazing. The guy was original owner (or so he says – the title says it was issued in 1996 or something like that and shows a previous owner.. hmmmm)… actually, he sold it to his son a few years ago, who was the one actually selling it to me, but they were both there. Come to find out, it was the son’s first bike. That made me feel better about getting such a large bike for my first bike. So, Rob has only ridden a 400cc (and the 250s we rode in riding class over a year ago).. but I really want to see how the bike rides, so I ask Rob if he’s ready to test ride it. hehe I could tell he was nervous, but he man’d up and did it 🙂 Everything rode really smoothly he said. We talk to the owners a bit more and agree on a price (the price they listed it for – no budging – hehehe). I still don’t have all the cash there, but I’ve worked out all the kinks with my bank so we ride with the son to get the rest of the money. Paid up, got title, then Rob rode the bike back to my place while I followed him.

And that’s the end of the riding for the new toy so far. I’m waiting to get it titled, registered, and to get my moto license. We got it insured yesterday.

Oh yeah, and here are some pics.

New Bike!