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"So I sold my motorcycle..."

That was the summer after graduating college long ago. I got a job in New York City and had to drive across the country will all my stuff in my car, so the bike had to go. My Honda 700 NHawk S (I had the blue one) stayed with a friend of mine that was still in school. It was not great at anything, but it was a motorcycle that caught my eye immediately. The great low end power, upright style, high seat and perfect handlebar position (for me) won me over when I first saw it. I still miss that bike and wish I never sold it.

Every time that made sense to by a new one, a woman got in the way. Many of know that story and just as many of you laugh at us because, well, you stood your ground. I did not and 30 years escaped me and a motorcycle.

"So I bought a motorcycle..."

That was this summer after not having to answer to anyone else became the new norm. I started looking at bikes again. At age 12 I got my first, a Kawasaki 100 Enduro, then I had a 250 Franken-bike a friend basically made. A smelly oil burning 2 stroke, it was awful, but it could jump and crash and who cared what happened to it. Finally, at school the 700S. This time around, I figured I would buy something simple this summer, get my license, ride and practice as much as possible, then buy the bike I really wanted next year. I gave myself a nice practical budget of $3,000 to buy a bike and basically relearn how to ride again.

I mostly live in Chicago (in the city) so I wanted a bike that had decent power, sat upright and had a high seat so I could see and people would see me (yes I looked at used 700s but they were crap.) Poking around cycle trader, ebay, craigslist, etc.., and finding more crap in my budget or bikes that fit my budget but looked like crap, I figured I had to go out a look at them in person.

There are so many awful bikes out there in my budget. After visiting 5 or 6 places, I gave up for the time being. Two weeks later I was out near O'Hare at the CDL licensing branch and when I got back in my car, I googled what was near me and the closest place was only 5 min away. The internet said they had a large selection of used units, so lets go see.

I arrived at an Indian dealer and thought to myself, oh this ought to be interesting, its not my thing at all. One step in the door I saw the FTR 1200S and was like, yep, that is the one I want. Do not event need to ride it. But it certainly was not the one I could afford. So I found my way to the back and a huge room full of used units. A bunch of guys hanging around the Harley's they had lined up (with the finance guy and girl never leaving their sides) and me wandering around looking at the cheap bikes.

Finding the same crap or ones that were ok, but they sat low or were a horrid color or were just bleah. I walked around for a long time. Being the first bike in 30 years, I should have just bought any 250cc bike and relearned how to ride and be done with it. Nope, I had to be my picky self.

I had visited the Ducati/Triumph dealer when I started because in an airport last year I saw an advertisement for the Scrambler. I liked the look of it. Saw the new Bonneville, did not like the look of it. Has this very upright looking fork setup, like you hit a wall at 20mph. Doesn't look right (to me.) Their Scramber was pretty awesome looking, and expensive, but it too has this thing with the front forks. Looks wrong. I walked away thinking to myself about the enduro/scrambler type bike. And I liked it.

If you are still with me, then good for you. I teed you up to know what is coming next and that if you are smart enough, you know I blew my budget. Out of the corner of my eye, I see the shape of something, it catches my full attention, the tractor beam is engaged... I find myself sitting on on a Yamaha 950 SCR. And I love every $#%$%^$% second of it.

The experienced salesman finally emerged. He knew he had waited long enough, he patiently watched from afar, never seeing me so much as touch a bike, never mind sit on one. He had his prey. No price tags were on any bike, but prior to the guy coming over to me, the interwebz told me the 2017 SCRs were generally selling at about 6,000 bucks. Twice the budget.

He knew I was trying to rationalize the price to my budget and he knew he was going to win. He a really good trick up his sleeve, with me sitting on the bike, he started it. He won.

Some quick calculations in my head: I hang my landlord out for a month, extra time at the side hustle, no car gas (SUV) even turn off the car insurance for the summer. I was on the fence for sure, but I wanted this **** machine. The rumbling under me was addictive. The 250cc Rebel from Learn to Ride class here in Chicago and my thought of starting small was a distant memory like a bad tinder date. This 950cc engine felt awesome. With some really experienced negotiating skills employed, and back and forth he went to the "manager's office" and I waited. He didn't go to any manager's office. He knew he had me. He went to make some sales calls, or text the wife and he wanted to let me sit and stew on it. It worked. He came back and said he could give me a great deal and pay for the registration and title fees. Not a single cent off the price. I gave him a forlorn look, he saw the opening to make me a man again, "Are you a new customer here?" Why yes I am, "Well then I can give you the $500 discount. The bosses don't like giving it away, but a new customer is a new customer." He knew I would come back for the FTR someday. Its Covid, we bumped elbows. The machine was mine.

My powerful feeling of owning the world and being free to ride and roam the roads of Chicago as a man with a purpose, a get out of my way attitude, my life starts today...fell victim to a declined credit card. Sh*t.

It had to be a security hold right? I don't charge large items so for sure there was room on my card. Hello Bank, its me...hello? Hello? Nope, was over the limit with this purchase. So I had to add to the rationalization, lets use the debit card funds too. I will eat Ramen Noodles again for a few months and not use the A/C. It will be fine, right? Both cards went through and the paperwork was written up.

The extended warranty guy came up to me and started to talk, I stopped him cold, but thanked him anyway. Everyone has to earn their scratch. I drove there, had no gear or had planned on this at all, so I could not ride it home. So pickup was scheduled the next day.

Again, if you are still reading this, good for you. The next day arrived not soon enough. The uber ride to pick up the machine took forever...but I got there, and it was sitting out front as promised. Fully registered, plated, and title applied for. It was a Saturday and it was busy. The salesman had to get back to selling $30,000 machines. So I was off. That was in June. I rode it everyday until I had leave Chicago at the end of October for a month. The season was over and it was time to store it.

My apartment building has a basement and freight elevator and I was allowed to store it inside downstairs so I figured that was perfect. But that was not to be. I wondered if I could get it into my apartment. There is one tight turn getting in the front door so it may just fit, I tried. It worked so now it is stored until next season never far from me.

After 30 years, I am back to my old self feeling great and like I have another member of the family, a 950SCR. Thank you Yamaha for making a bike that is great at nothing and good at everything, but is simply beautiful.
 

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Welcome to the Forum and more importantly, welcome back to riding! Wow! What a great story, thank you for taking the time to share! Now.... looking at your picture. Does your SCR have a low seat like a Bolt? Also, that's a very gutsy move, hanging that beast, especially over the couch!馃く Anywho, welcome! Jevers
 

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Welcome to the Forum and more importantly, welcome back to riding! Wow! What a great story, thank you for taking the time to share! Now.... looking at your picture. Does your SCR have a low seat like a Bolt? Also, that's a very gutsy move, hanging that beast, especially over the couch!馃く Anywho, welcome! Jevers
OOPS! Never mind, I don't know what I was looking at but after a 2nd look, now I see that board of torture. Jevers
 

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OOPS! Never mind, I don't know what I was looking at but after a 2nd look, now I see that board of torture. Jevers
It has a Seat Concepts aftermarket seat and some leather saddle bags that I did not like when I bought it, but are quite handy, so they stayed! Will find the pics I took this summer of the mods the original owner did. Bags, lights, new tach, and so forth.

I have hoists laying around from (insert long story) and they were not being used. Last job they had were hanging my son's gaming monitors before going off to school. Its a small (but tall) apartment so when not in use, things go up.

I don't know how I did not find this forum when I bought the bike. I did search, but I only found one seemingly dead one. Glad I found it. Will write more good storyies of getting back to riding when I can.
 

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Welcome - already, I think you have broken the record for the longest post!

They must be some hoists too, to raise that bo-he-muth!! Wish I could bring my bike indoors.....

Roll on spring......

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It looks like he has Krixtoph bags on that bike. It will be interesting to see if we can determine if that was a previous forum members bike. We did have that forum post regarding last three digits of our VIN numbers. :nerd:
 

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It looks like he has Krixtoph bags on that bike. It will be interesting to see if we can determine if that was a previous forum members bike. We did have that forum post regarding last three digits of our VIN numbers. :nerd:
As long as it wasnt on that Electronics bit!! :grin2::grin2::grin2:
 

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As long as it wasnt on that Electronics bit!! :grin2::grin2::grin2:
No no no....
Kevin said he has it blocked from new posts.
But you can still read old posts.

Shouldn't you be asleep by now.......
 

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It looks like he has Krixtoph bags on that bike. It will be interesting to see if we can determine if that was a previous forum members bike. We did have that forum post regarding last three digits of our VIN numbers. :nerd:
0088 is the vin.
 

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Ehem... Well this is awkward. That's my motorcycle! Attached is last year's insurance card to prove it!

I didn't have the heart to tell you guys. You're like family to me. I sold the SCR shortly after picking up my Indian Scout this summer and started liquidating a lot of my assets (the car is next when it warms up) in preparation to move to Tennessee next year. The less to move, the easier the process. I really was hoping that the fianc茅 would take to the bike but it was too tall for her, and she prefers being a passenger still so it was something I had to part with. @striking_balls I really loved that bike and hope you get as much joy out of riding it as I did. I'd love to meet up for a trip when Chicago thaws out from its sub-arctic winter freeze in 2021!

Did you find the on/off switch for the gas tank LED strips yet? FYI if you take off the side fairings, the bags will sit better. Flip up the bag on the clutch side and you'll find an underseat storage unit! Open up the fuse compartment and you'll find that I converted the plastic tool case to a secondary fuse box for accessories. So many mods, so much fun :)
 

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Ehem... Well this is awkward. That's my motorcycle! Attached is last year's insurance card to prove it!

I didn't have the heart to tell you guys. You're like family to me. I sold the SCR shortly after picking up my Indian Scout this summer and started liquidating a lot of my assets (the car is next when it warms up) in preparation to move to Tennessee next year. The less to move, the easier the process. I really was hoping that the fianc茅 would take to the bike but it was too tall for her, and she prefers being a passenger still so it was something I had to part with. @striking_balls I really loved that bike and hope you get as much joy out of riding it as I did. I'd love to meet up for a trip when Chicago thaws out from its sub-arctic winter freeze in 2021!

Did you find the on/off switch for the gas tank LED strips yet? FYI if you take off the side fairings, the bags will sit better. Flip up the bag on the clutch side and you'll find an underseat storage unit! Open up the fuse compartment and you'll find that I converted the plastic tool case to a secondary fuse box for accessories. So many mods, so much fun :)
AH! HAH! He's probably moving in with Eddie. Good luck to you just the same. Jevers
 

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Ehem... Well this is awkward. That's my motorcycle! Attached is last year's insurance card to prove it!

I didn't have the heart to tell you guys. You're like family to me. I sold the SCR shortly after picking up my Indian Scout this summer and started liquidating a lot of my assets (the car is next when it warms up) in preparation to move to Tennessee next year. The less to move, the easier the process. I really was hoping that the fianc茅 would take to the bike but it was too tall for her, and she prefers being a passenger still so it was something I had to part with. @striking_balls I really loved that bike and hope you get as much joy out of riding it as I did. I'd love to meet up for a trip when Chicago thaws out from its sub-arctic winter freeze in 2021!

Did you find the on/off switch for the gas tank LED strips yet? FYI if you take off the side fairings, the bags will sit better. Flip up the bag on the clutch side and you'll find an underseat storage unit! Open up the fuse compartment and you'll find that I converted the plastic tool case to a secondary fuse box for accessories. So many mods, so much fun :)
Life just got that much more awesome...... Yes, I found the switch and the fuse compartment, after like a week of casually looking for it. I was with my son and finally he was like.. wait a minute Dad, there is a switch here... suddenly... awesomeness happened. I love what you did with it, the LEDs, saddle bags, seat, the tach/speedo is awesome, license plate on the side, whatever you did, it captivated me at the Indian Dealership... When I picked up the bike, they were also doing a scout delivery and the guy was so happy and the girl gave him a huge hug, he rode off and she got in the car... if that was you, then this is quite serendipitous.

I could write for hours about this and talk about how a simple fascination with go carts at age 12 led to seeing a motorcycle at an Indian Dealership 40 years later... wait...maybe I will, until then...

Lets stay in touch and ride in in 2021.......
 

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Life just got that much more awesome...... Yes, I found the switch and the fuse compartment, after like a week of casually looking for it. I was with my son and finally he was like.. wait a minute Dad, there is a switch here... suddenly... awesomeness happened. I love what you did with it, the LEDs, saddle bags, seat, the tach/speedo is awesome, license plate on the side, whatever you did, it captivated me at the Indian Dealership... When I picked up the bike, they were also doing a scout delivery and the guy was so happy and the girl gave him a huge hug, he rode off and she got in the car... if that was you, then this is quite serendipitous.

I could write for hours about this and talk about how a simple fascination with go carts at age 12 led to seeing a motorcycle at an Indian Dealership 40 years later... wait...maybe I will, until then...

Lets stay in touch and ride in in 2021.......
I'm glad you found all of the little surprises, and I'm happy to know my old moto found a good home. It looks like you have it ascending into Valhalla itself in that photo, though it has a long life ahead of it still. It would have been quite serendipitous if it were me picking up my Indian Scout, but it was not. I made the sale a few weeks after I had picked up my new ride.

Anyway, here's hoping for a short winter!
 

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I didn't have the heart to tell you guys. You're like family to me. I sold the SCR shortly after picking up my Indian Scout this summer.......
Oh man Kris......another one gone. But at least your SCR found its way back to the fold. It depresses me to lose guys like yourself, eddie, Burke, Flatrack, jobirobi, and many others who seem to have faded away. Dang I even miss Mutley!

I wish you all the best my forum friend. Can I still pass your info along when I'm questioned about where I got ALL FOUR of my Brass Horse Bags?

And by the way....you don't have to sell your motorcycles when you buy another. I'll go on record right now in saying I will own my SCR the longest of all.

Take care of yourself, and do check in now and again. :nerd:
 

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Oh man Kris......another one gone. But at least your SCR found its way back to the fold. It depresses me to lose guys like yourself, eddie, Burke, Flatrack, jobirobi, and many others who seem to have faded away. Dang I even miss Mutley!

I wish you all the best my forum friend. Can I still pass your info along when I'm questioned about where I got ALL FOUR of my Brass Horse Bags?

And by the way....you don't have to sell your motorcycles when you buy another. I'll go on record right now in saying I will own my SCR the longest of all.

Take care of yourself, and do check in now and again. :nerd:
At 1st glance, I thought I saw a DT400 in your lineup. After a 2nd look, it looks a little smaller. How is the restoration going?
 

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At 1st glance, I thought I saw a DT400 in your lineup. After a 2nd look, it looks a little smaller. How is the restoration going?
The DT400 was next to the SCR which makes it look small.:surprise:
It's a wicked ride! That's the bike I am most likely to hurt myself on, if you know what I mean.

Right now I'm trying to finish two little JT60 mini enduros that I had started over a year ago, but put them on hold as we did some remodeling of our house.
 

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The DT400 was next to the SCR which makes it look small.:surprise:
It's a wicked ride! That's the bike I am most likely to hurt myself on, if you know what I mean.

Right now I'm trying to finish two little JT60 mini enduros that I had started over a year ago, but put them on hold as we did some remodeling of our house.
Ahhhh, I didn't recognize it without the lights and the yellow fenders. Although not completely stock, I like what you have done with it! That's how mine ended up after a series of crashes. You're right, they are a pretty wicked bike for being 45 years old! I hurt my myself more than once back when I was 15. Take care. Jevers
 

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Oh man Kris......another one gone. But at least your SCR found its way back to the fold. It depresses me to lose guys like yourself, eddie, Burke, Flatrack, jobirobi, and many others who seem to have faded away. Dang I even miss Mutley!

I wish you all the best my forum friend. Can I still pass your info along when I'm questioned about where I got ALL FOUR of my Brass Horse Bags?

And by the way....you don't have to sell your motorcycles when you buy another. I'll go on record right now in saying I will own my SCR the longest of all.

Take care of yourself, and do check in now and again.
Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere. I've been checking this forum just as regularly as I had been when I still owned the SCR. I still have a wealth of information to share regarding the bike and appreciate the social outlet so you're not rid of me yet.

I GREATLY appreciate the plug, Schu! My leather business is still operating well and I continue to make bags for the SCR, though sales for them have understandably slowed as I presumably finally hit my market cap. Fortunately, I was able to partner with a few customers this year and I now offer bags for the Yamaha Bolt, Stryker, and Suzuki GS450 (still need to activate that listing), among other leather accessories so things are going well.

Honestly, if things were different and I wasn't planning to move across States I would have kept the SCR950. It was a great feeling to have two bikes parked next to each other in the garage for a short time and the allure of starting a stable is tugging at me. Once I move and settle into my next home I should have the space start my collection...
 
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