So on Monday I found myself, for a not-so-well-defined-reason, a few hundred miles from home ( but fortunately, as it turned out only 45 from the hotel), when the throttle cable of my 09 Vstar 1300 Tour decided that I needed an infusion of some excitement in my life and took the opportunity to part itself. US 411 in Georgia at that point was deserted so I didn't have to dodge traffic as I coasted to the shoulder followed by my wife who these days follows my wanderings in her car. ( I say "these days" because 3 years ago after 40 years riding on the back, she concluded that she'd had enough of the wind-in-your-hair-bugs-in-your-teeth-rain-in-your-face events that combine to provide a portion of the fascination riders have for their transportation mode, and opted for the climate-controlled comfort of her car.) Once I found that the throttle "pull" cable had parted at its end at the slot in the handlebar control, I was able to use some tools from the toolkit I always have on the bike to reposition the "push" cable to serve as a temporary "pull" cable and made it back to the hotel without incident. Did some internet searching and found 15 dealers within a reasonable radius of the hotel and, with a confidence later proven to be misplaced, assured myself that a replacement cable from the dealer would be easily forthcoming, especially since the closest dealer was only 10 minutes from the hotel and whose website boasted any number of bragadocious awards for sales, service and technical certification and knowhow. Next morning, armed with the necessary part numbers ( I'd decided the prudent thing would be to get the cables I needed to replace both of the throttle cables and the clutch cable since all were the same age and one had failed already) I gave the information to the parts guy..... who told me they weren't in stock at his dealership.....that none of the other dealers were showing any....and that the earliest he could even place the order was January due to production estimates. Disappointed and being far from home, I couldn't hang around 'til January so I made my own calls to other dealers. The answer "not in stock" was the same from them all, but a couple offered the encouragement of ordering the parts whose delivery date varied from "sometime after 35 business days" to "I can have it for you Friday" but at an unreasonable price, of course. So I determined to check sources online from whom I'd ordered in the past....and now comes the point of my narrative.... I not only located the Yamaha OEM items in stock, but at a price lower than MSRP and with a delivery date mere days hence. No brainer. The kicker is that this supplier is only about 75 miles from the original Yamaha dealer I went to, the one who told me January was earliest he could order. So now you want to know from whom I got the parts, these hard-for-the-motorcycle-dealer-to-obtain motorcycle parts? Boats.net. BOATS??? Yep. I do NOT have any association with this supplier other than as a consumer and have no advantage from that other than the good service and prices I've received from them. And, oh, yeah, I placed the order on Wednesday and they were delivered to my home in North Carolina today, Saturday. And for those of you who've made it this far, the "fix" I made by rerouting the "push" cable to the "pull" position functioned well and the 446 mile trip home went without incident. (I forgot to mention that before I ordered the cables I bought a solder gun, flux, solder and a couple ferules and made a repair to the broken end of the original "pull" cable and used that for the "push" cable for the trip home.) The funny part is that I also ride an older Moto Guzzi, but don't venture real far from home on it because parts are not so easy to find and a break down on the road might be stressful (!) . Matter of fact, that's one reason I bought the Yamaha: extensive dealer network and parts availability. Silly me.