My FJR 1300
Seeing how I posted about motorcycle riding today, figured it was a great time to share a little about my bike, The Yamaha FJR 1300.
It is a sexy beast and I love it!
When I started riding two years ago, I came across this bike in silver as I was searching around online at bikes. The minute I saw it, I feel in love with it. It was one of those moments that you knew one day it would be yours.
The FJR 1300 motorcycle weighs in at 640 pounds. The Doctor’s bikes is 100 pounds less than this (EKKK). She truly is a beast! My original plan was to start out with something smaller, like a VFR 800 then work my way up to this bike.
So how did I go from an 800 to a 1300? Well one Saturday night at dinner, I decided I was ready for a road bike. Two seconds later from my comment that I was ready, The Doctor and I were looking on Craigslist for bikes.
We looked for both VFR’s and FJR’s. We actually found one of each to go look at. The owner of the FJR was able to meet with us the next day. So we set up a time to drive down to Sarasota to look at it. The owner of the VFR wasn’t able to meet with us until Wednesday. Why, no idea but if I were selling a bike and someone wanted to come see it, I would make it happen. Have to get on it while people are hot and ready to buy!!!
Now when we decided to go look at the FJR, I had it made up in my mind that I was not going to buy it, just look. This bike was at least 2 bikes down the road for me. This trip was mainly just to sit on it and get a better feel for it. Granted I have sat on FJR’s at dealerships for the past two years.
As we arrived at the guys house I saw the bike sitting in the garage. Love at first sight. The people who say love at first sight doesn’t exist are sadly mistaken. There is nothing sexier and more alluring than a FJR 1300 in silver to grab your attention and never let go!
Seeing how The Doctor was the expert on bikes, he took it for a test ride to “check it out”. While he was out at play, I sat down in the driveway with the owner Paul and swapped motorcycle stories (the Costa Rica dual sport tour is always fun to share).
As the story telling was getting good, The Doctor arrived back. He loved the bike and thought it was in great shape. The asking price was slightly out of my budget and a bit more than I wanted to spend, so we said thank you sir and were on our way.
Now the thing about the price is it was slightly out of my budget but it was a steal for this bike. 2004 with only 6,500 miles on it, this guy wasn’t asking enough in my opinion. We made it a couple of miles down the road with lots of debate going back and forth. This deal could not be passed up.
We stopped at an ATM, pulled out $200 and called Paul back. We said we wanted to buy the bike but with it being Sunday the banks were closed so we weren’t able to withdraw the full amount. He agreed that $200 would be our deposit until Monday when we could get the money and come pick up the bike.
“AHHHHHHHH” That is what I had on my brain all night Sunday and all day at work on Monday. “AHHHHHHHHH”. This was pretty much every hour on the hour. Was I really doing this? Was I really about to by my dream bike? “AHHHHHHH”
Working on Monday was torture. All I wanted to do was go get my new motorcycle. Finally when 5pm hit, I bolted for the door. FJR, FJR!!! Hauled ass home (while following all posted speed limit signs of course), picked up The Doctor and headed to get my new baby.
We arrived and she, FJR – I like to refer to her as “She” from time to time, was sitting there waiting for me!!! After exchanging money and signing over the title, she was mine. My dream bike was finally and actually mine!!!
Night time was approaching and me not being comfortable with riding in the dark yet The Doctor stepped up and rode my baby home. Quick side note, I have only rode once in the dark and that was in Costa Rica after my buddy crashed out around a barb wired fence and ended up in the hospital the rest of the trip but more about that story later
We stopped for dinner at the halfway point which also happened to be a great time to take a few pictures! However, I am having some technical difficulties with the pictures that I want to post now. I will get them up as soon as I can.
When we were done eating all I wanted to do was get home and go for a cruise on the back of her (again, it was night-time and I didn’t want to ride her in the dark). Unfortunately, I was feeling very sick (barely ate any of my dinner). When I got home, I crashed into bed and prayed that I would feel better by morning!!!
But back to the bike. My dream back was in the my drive way and all mine!!!