I started off with a Yamaha vision 550. It was given to me from A co-worker at the time. He had two bikes, and his wife said "get rid of one of your bikes, or I'm getting rid if you". So, with that, I proudly owned a Yamaha Vision 550! That started me off on my love for motorcycles.
Next up, I had sold the Yamaha Vision for $600. I was in the process of finding something else. One day, while browsing cycle trader, I saw a picture of a neat looking bike. No information about It, but looked nice and was cheap. I called the guy, and he had no information on the bike. He was a landlord and took in in payment for rent from one of his tenants. I took a friend with me to look it over. He was a motorcyle instructor and had been riding since he was 3 years old in motocross. He was my go to for motorcycle advice. $2000 later, and I owned a Yamaha Maxim X 750. This was a VERY FAST bike. With 5 valves per cylinder, this took the ZF 750 motor and mounted it transversley into this standard. 90 HP! Tons of fun. Really comfortable. I loved riding, every chance I could! This was truly a great all around bike and would eat sport bikes for breakfast! It had a blistering fast 1/4 mile time, and mine had some nice performance upgrades.
After some time, I was moving and had no room for a bike. I sold the Maxim X on eBay for twice what I paid. Good deal to me, but I was "motorcycle-less" for a while.
Eventually I would meet my future wife. She knew of my love for motorcycles. After some time, I was really itching for a bike. It had been a few years, however, since I rode.
One day, while reading some online classifieds, I saw an ad for a moving sale. "Moving to Australia, everything must go!". And at the bottom of the ad, a small line that said "also have motorcycle for sale". I called.....no answer. I called again and no answer. So, because it was about 5 minutes away, I hooked up a utility trailer I had and drove over. It was the Nigthawk 650.
It was in really great condition! After some quick negotiating, he signed the ownership and I loaded it up - for I think $1500.
I road that bike for a few years...and I liked it. It had a digital gas gauge, 6 speed, gear indicator, front fairing, stage 2 jet kit, and some other stuff. It was fun to ride, but just too small of a bike for me.
Eventually, I decided Ì would get something else. I went to the motorcycle show here in Toronto. I laid my eyes on a beautiful Vulcan 900 custom. It was awesome looking! After a few more years, I really started to get the itch. One day, while looking online, I found one. A red 2008 Vulcan 900 custom. The price seened really low since it was in winter 2008 that I saw it. I called the dealership and asked if it was available. It was, so I drove an hour and a half to go see it. Without a test ride, I bought it! $5900. That was in 2008 and for a 2008 model that I later learned had over $2500 in upgrades. The story was that an older gentleman bought it for touring. It had I think 4000kms on it. He had nice saddlebags, cobra speedster long pipes, a Vance and heins fuelpak, and some other nice stuff. He wanted something more capable for long distances, and traded it in. The dealer wasnt sure (it was a suzuki dealer) what the value was - there were not any others in the area for sale. So, I bought it and picked it up in the spring of 2009!
Over that same winter, I sold the nighthawk for $1900. I now had the Custom 900, and no need keeping two bikes!
Over the next 8 or 9 years, I did a lot more to that 900. The fuel gauge fix, intake, hardwire GPS, a few different seats, and more. I loved it! I took it on a lot of long distance tours. And that was the primary reason I started looking to "upgrade". I just wanted a bigger bike for the long tours.
I had a long running joke with my wife that for my 40th birthday, I was upgrading my bike. We joked about it for years. I was constantly scouring kijiji and knew I liked the Vaquero; I had seen it a few years in a row at the motorcycle show. I found a few I liked, but there was no "need" to upgrade, only a desire. But then saw the candy lime green one. Being a US only color, this was very rare here in Canada.
I went to see it. Lots of cool mods, perfect shape, and I really liked the idea of the trunk - more space for stuff when I go on longer tours! Long story short, I bought it. Rode it home a few days later, and eventually sold the custom 900. I sold it for $4900...not bad for 9 years use - I had only paid $5900 to begin with (plus taxes of course).
There are days when I miss the 900. But the Vaquero is simply awesome.
Some of the upgrades (some by the previous owner and some by me):
- Custom painted and mounted Harley tourpak
- klockwerks 12" windshield
- Polk audio speaker upgrade and amplifier
- corbin seat
- Power Commander V
- Vance and hiens pipes
- Full dyno tune
- saddlebag liners
- underglow lighting
- usb chargers
- 12v charger
- Ipod adapter
- lots of chrome has been black powder coated
- black wrapped front fender
Lots more I am sure I am forgetting.
Thanks. Sorry for the long read! I love talking bikes!
2013 Vulcan Vaquero SE