I have been solidly attempting to purchase one of these wonders for the last three weeks, at the best possible price of course, and in red.
Here is my sad story:
Found a red in Holzhauers Pro Motorsport in IL, price was $4700 OTD.
Left them a deposit, deal was approved and we exchanged documents, when it got to the point that I told them that I did not have a drivers license with a US address they refused to complete the sale.
I tried to accommodate to their wishes, offering to reassign the bike to a local dealer, invoicing to a friend, etc. To no avail.
Furthermore they went apeshit when I mentioned to them that they are in breach of contract.
I also had to wrestle my $500 deposit back so lets say I will not get the 2018 Holzhauer Customer of the Year award.
Now Holzhauers says that the sole red bike has been sold to me, that is what they told a friend who called, and on top of that they have put their prices up $500.
This will be my 7th online purchase and my 4th in the US and has gone soo bad that is dampening my enthusiasm on this model.
Enter a craigslist ad for a SCR950 with apparently few miles and closer to home.
Contacted the seller, told him about what a fair price for his bike was and offered $500 on top of that.
It took him 10 days to make up his mind when I finally told him that I was going to pursue other leads he accepted the offer, but then takes days to answer small questions, does not seem to have the tools, does not seem to have done the 600mi service...
So it is not really a great deal and I have to travel 13 hours by train to pick this up and ride it back, so it is a bit of a Chinese program being a reluctant and uncooperative seller.
This means I am still on the market for a SCR950 Red and I would like to get a great deal.
I am in Miami FL and love to travel but the weather and my lack of bike gear are an impediment.
If I had a choice I would buy this bike in Alaska, which also has no tax then ride it to Prudhoe Bay and back via Canada, West Coast, at least to El Paso TX and who knows where else.
And if I could I would visit fellow SCR950 owners on the way and sleep in their garages to save some money too
But well, at the time of writing this I still have no bike and I have found enormously frustrating getting one, at least at a bargain price.
If anyone has a lead with a sympathetic seller being this private of a dealership, please let me know.
I have been told that Yamaha auctioned the bikes and Holzhauer bought 90 of them and that is why they are selling them that cheap.
There is also a mob in CA selling some cheap but I do not want a CA compliant bike.
Anyway, this is my story for what is worth. I would not mind being the first person who rides one of these from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, I have done El Paso TX to Buenos Aires Argentina on a 1980 Yamaha XT500 so riding the SCR950 will be complete and utter luxury.
But I still need to find a bike first....