Last week I received an email invitation to visit Mid-State Motorsports in Cookeville,Tn some 70 miles northeast of us. It's been raining everyday for two weeks and the Demo rides were today and tomorrow.
Me and the Misses rolled the dice and drove up there and much to our pleasure, the sun popped out with clear skies. Yamaha had provided the dealership with one of only two of the new Ventures that recently debuted. I sat on it along with the misses and I gotta tell you, this thing is a beast! The sales manager showed us all of the new technology down to the reverse assist. The model we sat on was the Inter-Continental and it was loaded to the hilt. It weighs in at 971 pounds. The sound system and security system were impressive. I've watched nearly every video that's come out on the new Venture, however seeing it in person and sitting on it is totally different from watching it on YouTube. For me it's just too big and pricey, yet I can see if one can afford it and travels a lot, it'd probably be worth the investment, just my opinion though.
We signed up for the ride demo and I chose the 1300. I really enjoyed riding it, very similar to my 950 but with a good bit more oomph. It felt very torquey and had excellent brakes. I liked the flow of the saddlebags and rear fender and the blacked out front end look. You'll see in the provided pics it was grey metallic color with two tone stripes. It had factory gps, abs brakes, and a decent sound system and iPod connections. It was the 2016 model with 2500 miles on it. I've always felt if I ever chose to sell my 950, the 1300 would be my next choice and this demo ride cemented that.
I also spoke to a Bob Cohenour, Northeast Region Field Support Manager for Yamaha Motor Co. Super nice guy and I shared with him some feedback we get from you the members. I told him as a moderator on our forum and a member that Yamaha should listen to the grass roots riders and have more dealerships get involved with carrying aftermarket items for Yamaha's and not to discontinue the Vstar line completely as I've seen more older riders get back in the saddle after a layoff and many don't want to ride a crotch rocket. I hear ya he said. He stated he'd worked for 30 years for HD, and is seeing the same thing in the industry. The manager of the dealership overheard our conversation and announced that by the end of August, they'll have an entire section dedicated to aftermarket parts available off the shelf. Bob also mentioned Yamaha's Yamalube program available to new owners within 240 days after purchase. He said that if Yamalube fails to protect the internals of Yamaha's engines, they'll replace the motor at 100% their cost. In closing I wanted to share today's experience with everyone and sorry if I got long winded. I was very pleased with how organized this was and how the Yamaha reps were willing to listen. Cory was our demo run guide and drove the Bolt, that is one quick ride! If anyone gets the chance to go to Yamaha's Demo Rides days, I highly recommend it. Hope the pics turned out good!
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