Brand new to the forum and to Yamaha. Just bought a brand spanking new 2009 Roadliner! I know what you are thinking, brand new from 2009? Yes, the dealer got some "overstock" brand new in-the-crate bikes from Yamaha for cheap and I was able to get a great deal on one. I guess this is not that uncommon with motorcycles but I had never heard of it, this is the first bike I've bought and my first brand new vehicle.
A little background. I've had my M endorsement for about a year and a half. I couldn't get a bike right away, so a buddy of mine who has two bikes offered to lend me his 1981 Kawasaki KZ750. Now, I'm about 250lbs and 6 feet tall; if you've ever seen a KZ750 you'd agree that it is a little small for my frame. It's been a good bike, other than the PITA the carbs and messing with the choke. It has a in-line 4cyl, with little low end torque. BUT hey, it got me riding, and all I had to do was pay for gas... can't complain too much.
I was planning on getting a bike of my own early next year. Being fairly new to riding, I was looking at the HDs, since I've always liked the looks of them. But I try to be objective, specially with big purchases, so I made myself test ride a couple of different motorcycles before I made my final decision. So, in the spirit of objectivity, I took off last Saturday, on my KZ with the goal of taking a couple of test rides to help me narrow down my choices. One thing was clear, I wanted a cruiser.
I took a ride on my buddy's Suzuki Vstrom, didn't like it that much. It was a little too tall and I felt I wasn't getting enough feedback handling-wise. On the good side the ride was silky smooth and the engine was very responsive, considering it is a 750cc
First stop, HD. There I had the chance to ride a Dyna Super Glide. Good looking bike, nice amount of power, relatively comfortable ride, but I found it a little unwieldy. It felt like I had to wrestle it a little to get it to turn. At first I thought, maybe that's just the way bigger bikes handle, since it was the first "big twin" I'd ever ridden.
Second stop, BMW. I ended up not test riding anything there, just couldn't find anything that appealed to me.
Third stop, Yamaha. That particular dealer also sells Suzuki and Kawasaki. First bike that caught my eye was the new Stryker. Nice looking bike and they had a demo, so I took it for a ride. It was ok. The ride was a little rough, suspension is a little stiff, and the motor (1300) vibrates quite a bit and seemed to hesitate at time; and for some reason my boot kept catching on the foot peg after shifting. Then the sales guy talked me into trying the Roadliner, he kept saying how awesome the bike is and how many he's sold of them just because of the test ride. I was a little intimidated by the 1900 and the size of the bike, having not ridden a bike that big or a motor that powerful before; but he reiterated that it rides a lot better than I'd think, so I took him up on it. WOW, what a ride! I was instantly in love. Engine is super smooth, bike is very comfortable, and it handles awesome! So I came back from the test ride and the sales guy could see it in my face, I was very excited about this bike. We go inside and he shows me the 2009 NEW Roadliner and the price was just right. I go back and convince the accountant (wife) and 2 days later, IT IS MINE!!!!
I love the bike and look forward to getting to know you fellas and gals.
And now to what you have been waiting for... A PIC! kinda crappy, but it is from my phone. This was in the showroom floor just after I closed the deal, if you notice on the seat there is a piece of paper... It says "SOLD, do not sit". AWESOME!