Yuppers, I did it! She’s all mine! The dealer even let me take it out for a test drive, which neither of the other two I went to did. But I was too nervous to take it out on the road, so I just toodled around their enormous parking lot with it a little bit to see how it handled. I can tell my riding skills have already slipped from not using them since September. I knew this would happen, which is why I didn’t want to put off buying a bike too long.
So it’s a 2009 Yamaha V Star 250 (read: small beginner bike), and it’s a lovely dark cherry red color. It only had about 1300 miles on it, practically brand new. I guess because of that it qualified for a 2-year warranty from Yamaha, covers everything (although I did have to pay a little extra for that). I had them deliver it, since I couldn’t drive the car and the bike back to my house (not that I would have attempted to ride the bike all that way anyhow. The dealer I got it from is about 70 miles from my house, down I-5. No way am I ready to ride I-5 on a motorcycle).
The guy who delivered it (on the back of a flatbed truck) thought it was awesome and said he wants to get his sister one (how cute is that??) The guys at the store told me big burly guys like to ride these as commute vehicles because they get about 70 mpg, and leave their big 1100cc bikes for the weekends.
So for the time being at least, it has displaced the car from the garage (I have a one-car garage). Not sure if that’s going to be the permanent arrangement or not.