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Replying to another thread here got me to thinking about inadvertently buying my first Harley. It's a slow night at work in Saudi so I thought I'd share the story here.

Even though I'd been given the moniker Harley Hater on another forum, I had shopped for them over the years, but they always lost out for one reason, or several others. I had all but given up on checking off owning one from my motorcycle bucket list. Long story for another thread perhaps.

When my wife's back treatments made her able to to ride with me again in Sept 2013 I started shopping online for everything while at work in Saudi I could think of that she might be comfortable on. I knew my '05 Triumph Tiger was a no go for 2up even if her back was 100%.

Had narrowed it down to a few bikes I thought would work by the time I got off the plane from Saudi on Friday evening. Saturday we stopped at the Victory dealer first. She hated the XCT's tour pack back rest. :frown: They had one Vision in stock, solid black. She passed on it as well. I didn't even slow down passing the Harley dealer on the way to Citrus Cycles. :biggrin:

We test rode a C109T, a RSV Yamaha, and a Wing that had an aftermarket seat on it. The Wing was set up for a gorilla like me. :icon_cool: We took a long test ride on the Wing, and had a late lunch.

She loved it, and I liked it a lot better than I thought I would as well. Although I was worried I might eventually crash messing with all of the do-dads on the dash. It became overwhelmingly obvious why Wing riders rarely wave, they are simply too busy playing with their do-dads...no pun intended. :p

By the time we got back, and worked out a deal it was late Saturday afternoon. The Wing was more money than I had budgeted so we were going to have to finance. They were unable to do it that late on Saturday, and were closed Sunday, and Monday. :icon_mad:

We were leaving on our 14 day trip on Tuseday. I had to get to Mississippi to pick up our RV, then head to Birmingham for our camping reservations, and the Vintage Motorcycle Festival at Barber's. We had reservations in Suches for a three day forum ride/get together after the festival as well.

That Saturday night I was bummed, and searching the net for a bike. I even looked at our local Harley dealers web site because they are open seven days a week. Found a used Ultra that might work, they had no metric bikes whatsoever. When I told my wife we were going to the Harley dealer on Sunday she just laughed, and thought I had to be joking. If you knew me back then you'd understand.

Sunday morning we were at the Harley dealer. I was cramped, and claustrophobic feeling on the ultra. Have never been a fan of bat wing fairings anyway. The salesman said most bigger guys go for the Road Glide Ultra, he only had one new one on the lot. We gave it a sit test, my wife said it felt good on her back. I liked it a lot better than the Ultra, even though the seat was a bit cramped for me, but not too bad. So we test rode it. When we got back she said the Wing was still her favorite, but the RGU wasn't far behind, and she liked it enough if I did to buy it.

I knew there really was no other option if we were going to ride together on this trip. Even if I loved the new Chieftain I had already scheduled a test ride on in Birmingham it didn't have a tour pack. So I told the salesman to work the numbers out, and if they worked for us I'd buy it.

45 minutes later we were financed, the deal was done, the bike was ready, and I was riding it home. That night when I let the dogs out before bed I said DANG! My wife asked what was wrong, I told her there was a Harley sitting in the carport...:biggrin:

Anyone else ever inadvertently buy a motorcycle?
 

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I like you thought I would never own an HD. Too expensive, vibrate too much, and everyone has one. Back in the sixties when I first started riding I fell in love with the looks of a Springer and always wanted one.

In the 80's I moved back to this neck of the woods and after commuting 3 times parked the bike. 2 years later I got out of the Navy and sold the bike. Flash forward to December 2012. I am retiring for the second time and the itch has gotten really strong. I let me wife know I am getting a bike after I retire. That didn't go over very well.

She relented Xmas day, I retired on the 28th and had a Vstar 650 Silverado on the 29th. Took the BRC in March and put just over 5,000 miles on it before I traded it in on a Royal Star Tour Deluxe. I love this bike but I was still checking Craig's list for Springers.

I had told my wife I was getting another bike if I found one I really like. She said you are selling this one first. I said no as a second bike for around town. I had looked at over 30 of them over the last 3 years, never rode one or made an offer. In July I found the right one. 3 weeks of negotiations later I trailered it home. I had spent a total of 5 minutes in the saddle.

It shakes, vibrates, and does all those things I normally hate, but somehow I don't seem to mind on this one. I still have the RSTD for long distances and this one for scooting around town. :)
 

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I bought a Kawasaki once from a guy that just had to get a Benelli entry shotgun. I bought the bike, he bought the shotgun then about 6 months later I bought the shotgun becuase he was dying to get some other toy. A couple years after that they issued us all Benelli's anyway so I retired the one I bought. The bike I sold very cheap to a friend of mine that was going through some tough times.
 

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Well 2old since you asked i will also relay my inadvert purchase of my first Harley. I was riding a vstar 1100 with some friends who all had Harleys. I had been riding for about 2 seasons with these folks and i mean they had all the riding garb, leathers, jackets, headbands, boots, and helmets all wit Harley Davidson branding. Dont get me wrong i am happy HD makes so much money on their HD merchandise. I will admit i have a few HD knives and i hint that i would like an HD tshirt from far off lands. So here is my blue jean work boot wearing with generic helmet self, riding with this HD tribe. I felt Unique and i truly loved my Vstar. Well one day we rode to he HD store here in the beautiful South and they were saying you should really get an HD lets go in and just sit on one. Well i was like ok and I saw a used 2005 heritage softail classic. Blue in color with sparkling chrome. I sat down and i was like hmmmm nice. Well a salesman walked up and says,"here start her up". Well that was it!!!!! My loins tingled, my ears rang with the sweet sound of the blup,blub,blub,blub of 96 cubic inches of pure petroleum bliss! Well needless to say i road away that day on blue and left my sad but proud white Vstar 1100 Silverado.


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I received a call about 2 weeks later a very nice gentleman from an hour and a half north of me had purchases my beloved Vstar and he wanted to talk about buying any accessories i had for her of which i had a few And i sold them to him for a little over the cost of shipping. I was just so happy to know she went to a good home 6 years later now and a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic CVO screamin eagle 103 and a Yamaha Road Star 1700 sit in my garage now


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Had been riding my 250 learner cruiser for about 20 months. Though I'd moved up to my full license about 11 months before, I hadn't moved up to a bike bigger than my 250 because I wanted to be perfectly sure I was ready.

My wife and I had driven down country to see an uncle of mine, and because I'd finally been looking at Suzuki Boulevard M50s on the net and there was one for sale down where we were going she said, "Throw your bike gear in the car, you might get a trial ride on that bike you've been looking at."

On the Saturday morning she dropped me off at the bike shop and I took the Boulevard out for an hour's trial ride. YES! That was the bike I would buy when I moved up from my 250.

When my wife picked my up from the dealers, we drove off into town and she asked me how my ride had gone. I told her that that was the bike I'd buy when I moved on to my next bike. "Right," she said and did a u-turn, "Buy it and ride it home."

So I finalised the deal and rode 300 km/200 miles home on it, and sold the 250 on the net a couple of weeks later. Have recently bought my second Boulevard M50 having returned from Australia where I worked for a couple of years and rode a Honda ST1100.

My wife's a keeper!
 

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I had a similar experience. My HD was costing me way too much time at the dealer and the warranty was about to run out. I was out looking for a new bike to ride 2-up and went to a local Yamaha dealer because I knew I really liked my Yamaha RSTD and thought maybe the full blown Venture would suit me. While I was there I saw a 5 year old used Victory Vision and it seemed OK to me. I decided a test ride was in order since they didn't have the Venture I wanted anyway. After 10 minutes on that bike I just had to have one. I ended up at another Vic dealer looking at a new Vision and had found the blue color that I really wanted with an internet search. Unfortunately they could not order the blue one for 2013, it was a 2012 color and there were no left over new ones they could get me. Eventually I "settled" on my black 2013 and to this day, at 28000 miles, I do not regret it. I have never had such a great bike for what I do on one.
 

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I stopped at the dealership to get an oil filter and oil for my Boulevard, left an hour later on my Road Star
 

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I've inadvertently bought two bikes. Both because the deals were too good to pass up. Here is the story on this one.

1996 I had just bought a '77 Trans Am and was out test driving it. I went up this side road and saw this Gold Wing sitting off in a small field. It had dirt and cobwebs all over it, half covered up with a tarp, to someone that didnt know any better it would have looked like a piece of junk, to me it looked like a complete, excellent condition dirty bike someone wasnt riding any longer.

So I pulled in the driveway and knocked on the door and a lady came out. I asked her if the bike was for sale, she said it was her husbands and she didn't know. She said he bought it new and had hardly rode it, but she would go in and call him. She did and he said to take my number and he would get back to me.

That night he did, he told me what happened. He had not had the bike that long when he had a heart attack while riding and drove off the road. He said that was the end of riding for him. He hadn't considered selling the bike. He asked me if I realized it was hardly ridden and it was just dirty from sitting. He told me to drive over and we would take a closer look at the bike together and he had a deal for me if I was willing to take it.

So I drive over, we look and the bike is complete. But no electrical. no way to see if it would turn over. But here was the deal.

The guy was a retired Master Sergeant, I was a Sergeant First Class at the time. We spent some time talking military but I wanted to get on with the bike. He says Ill tell you what, how much money can you get in the next 15 minutes. Well in the next 15 minutes, three hundred bucks. All I could take out of the ATM.

He says "you come back here within the next 15 minutes with $300 and you can have the bike. There's just one thing. You give me three hundred dollars, and you don't get to try to start it before buying, you give me the three hundred. THEN, you get to try to start it and you have it off my property tonight or you forfeit the three hundred and the bike. He said "I can guarantee you buy this bike, put a battery in and you will be able to drive it off the property tonight.

I thought about it for about 2 seconds and deal. He went inside to dig up the title. I took off, went to Walmart to grab a battery, then went and got a Sergeant Major buddy of mine who in a former life was a certified Harley Mechanic. At first on the way over he asked me why I would waste $300 on a piece of junk. Then when he saw it he said, good deal, even if we have to push it off the property you can sell it for parts.

We put the battery in, and turned the key and the bike had 3100 miles on it. My buddy looks at me and says "You luck eee son of a B___". It took us about an hour to get it cranked up.

I rode it home without brakes, just using gears and clutch. Got it home and cleaned it up. Called the head of the GWRRA in the area the next day and he talked me through bleeding the brakes. Over the phone he told me there was nothing wrong with the brakes and there wasnt.

The only issue with the bike was due to sitting a hole had rusted through one of the mufflers. I fixed that with a couple of dollar piece of metal and two hose clamps.

Bike rode perfectly. Everything worked including the stereo, intercoms, air compressor, everything. And the guy gave me two full face helmets with intercoms and boom mic's to go with the bike.

This is the second of five GW's I have owned. It is an '83 Aspencade. The first one was an '81 Interstate. The photo is the day I sold it for $1900. One year and some months after purchase. The buyer owns (or owned) a Motorcycle Rental place in Central America (Honduras as I recall) and buys them and ships them there.



Here you can see the only problem on my $300 GW Aspencade. Some rust on the exhaust.

 

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Second inadvertent bike buy. But prior to the Gold Wing. I got to Fort Polk in early 1987. As I was coming in one of the other guys was leaving heading to Germany. He left his bike sitting in the parking lot for a buddy of ours to sell for him. An '86 GS450L. As I remember the bike had about 800 miles on it.

One morning I come to PT and the First Sergeant is out in the parking lot telling the guy who took responsibility for selling the bike he had until noon to get it out of the parking lot or he was going to have someone come and take it out of the parking lot.

As I was walking by the guy asks me if I want to buy it and when I asked how much he asks "Do you think $75 is a fair price?". I told him NO he should get more out of it for the other guy than that. He tells me he had talked to the the night prior and he told him to get whatever he could get for it. I told him "I dont think he meant $75".

I told him to call him back DSN (military line) and get at least some kind of price range. He came back and the guy told him I wouldnt be ripping him off for $75 because if he didnt get rid of the bike he was getting nothing, but if it made me feel any better give him $125. So I gave him $125. Ran it down to the Suzuki dealer in DeRidder where he bought it and paid 50 bucks for an oil change, plugs and complete checkout.

So this is my '86 $175 GS450L bought in '87. Because I happened to walk past the guy in the parking lot on the way to PT.

Since it had been four years since I rode, I sold my Nighthawk before leaving on that tour to Germany, I decided to take the AMA Motorcycle Safety Course on Post. Took it on 250's. On the second day (That course was 2 days) everyone brought their own bikes and we had a run to Natchitoches. I was surprised to see guys, long time riders, show up on Gold Wings, Harleys and everything else. Reason was Fort Polk had a rule regardless of how long you rode they now wanted you to take a MSC. Right at the same time they required everyone riding on Post to wear an orange reflective vest.

But we took this run to Natchitoches, about 30 bikes. They had just begun filming the movie Steel Magnolias there. They told the cast who was already on site we were coming, they agreed to greet us and when we got to town the Natchitoches PD gave us a full blown escort into town, lights and sirens. We met the cast who was on site, Dolly Parton wasnt there however. They were just going into production. And they threw this big BBQ.

First time I rode with more than 3 or 4 people and was hooked. So was my "then" wife. Which was also the ride that made her decide she wanted to ride her own bike.

 

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Just Happened to me a couple of weeks ago .. Not Really wanting another Bike but was missing my Scout as a back up for the Victory and a neighbor had this Garage Queen 2005 Dyna Super Glide with 17,000 Miles and wanted it gone made a low ball offer and he took it ..

 
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