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    New bike

    Well I just knew it would happen. Take my bike in for some work and get a loaner that happens to be a model I have always had a desire to try.

    I must confess that I have had a morning of shameful intimacy with another bike and was hooked by the comfort, handling and especially the 106bhp V4 motor.

    Throw in a far larger than expected trade in offer for my old faithful friend (must have been the 50k sticker that did it Phil) and I had signed on the dotted line following a brief call to the wife to seek her approval.

    Anyway I pick this up on 1st July, my first ever completely new bike and wave a really fond goodbye to Betty, my ever reliable companion. I hope you don't mind if I stick around as I really enjoy this forum.

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    Re: New bike

    hmm.. you get the option of non-spoke wheels over there?
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    Re: New bike

    Yes mellow, the VFR800X does not have the option of spoked wheels here. Which suits me fine.

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    Re: New bike

    Ok.. I was thinking that was the 1200X... heck we don't even get the 800X over here.. congrats on the new ride.

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    Re: New bike

    Graham, that's a really good-looking bike! How tall is it? I was at the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association's STAR rally (which you already knew) and they had an Africa Twin for their bike raffle. It was a beautiful bike, but I would have needed at least a two-foot stepladder to have gotten onto it. Fortunately, I didn't win it. :-)

    You've probably noticed that a lot of people have stayed on the Forum after having traded their NTs for different bikes. You're more than welcome to be here and we'll all be looking forward to hearing about the VFR800X.

    As people used to on the Concours Owners Group Forum, "Join for the Bike, Stay for the People!"
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    Re: New bike

    I am jealous.
    I saw that bike overseas (New Zealand) and was disappointed that it is not sold here.
    It would be perfect with a shaft drive.
    I may buy one anyway, now that I got used to a chain on my NC700DCT.

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    Re: New bike

    That should be a great bike. I was interested, but as Joe pointed out we don't get them over here. Nothing sounds like that V4. They are really sweet. Enjoy your new ride.

    I hope your dealer is more honest than mine. I recently negotiated a trade at a Triumph dealer to trade in my NT on a Tiger 800 XRx. I ended up accepting $500 less than I wanted for my NT. But when I went to pick it up (160 miles away) the sales manager told me that he had to lower the trade in price by another $800 (total trade in value $2,200). This I found out only after I had loaded the new Tiger in my truck for the trip home. As it ended up we had a big disagreement. I didn't trade in the NT, but I did get the Tiger. I'll never return to that dealership again. And I learned that any future deals will need to be better documented.

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    Wow, Jim! I hope you got a really good price on the Tiger! I would have been tempted to leave that with a dealer with that kind of lack of ethics.

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    Re: New bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Tarman View Post
    Wow, Jim! I hope you got a really good price on the Tiger! I would have been tempted to leave that with a dealer with that kind of lack of ethics.
    That was a tough decision in a heated moment. Mitch was there with me to help. On the way down to the dealer my trailer had a wheel bearing problem so I had to unload the NT from the trailer and put it in the truck and leave the trailer about 50 miles from home. The NT was unloaded and the Tiger was loaded. I could only haul one bike. It was the last 2016 I could find and it was reduced $1,800. So I had to return there the next week to pick up my NT. It was over 1,000 miles between trading motorcycles and retrieving my trailer.

    Retrieving the trailer was an adventure too. I left it at an RV dealer in their locked yard with the wheel off and sitting on a jack. High winds blew the trailer off the jack and then the frame froze into the soft ground which was only partly thawed when I parked it there. It took a couple hours to raise the trailer and another hour to install a new hub kit to get back on the road. I'm blaming the dealership for that too.

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    Re: New bike

    Nice bike! I'd be looking at one closely if it were available here... I'm looking forward to reading a review!
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