Thursday, March 08, 2012

Hi, My Name is Erik and I Have a Motorcycle Problem...

Or, we went shopping, and look what followed me home!

Early in the morning on Wednesday my sweetheart Nancy and I left the snow covered north woods of WI and headed for St. Paul, MN. Nancy had an 11:30 Dr's appointment. When her appointment was over, we went down to Hastings, MN to do a little shopping. Then up to Woodbury, MN to do some more. Around 6:00 in the evening, we stopped at our friends(and riding buddy) John and Wendie's home in St. Paul. The 4 of us went out for dinner. After dinner, we parted ways and Nancy and I started to head for home, but I made a small detour...

I have been shopping Craigslist for most of the winter, and Tuesday night I spotted a gem. I found a 2008 Yamaha Wr250x with only 1561 miles on it. It was priced right, $800 less than others I'd seen lately, and less than 1/2 the price of new. Tuesday night I e-mailed the owner and made arrangements to come see it on Wednesday evening. After dinner, I called the seller, got an address and found my way to his place.

I looked at the bike, started it up and let it run for a while. With only 1561 miles on it, it's really clean. It was too cold for a test ride with no riding gear so I purchased it on the spot. The guy's garage was spotless. He had a set of summer wheels and tires for his car up in a rack mounted on the garage wall. They were in zippered, protective cases. You could have eaten off his garage floor. A sport bike was sitting, covered, on front and rear stands along the other garage wall.

As we stood in his garage, I wondered how I'd get it home. He made a call to his friend and asked him to come over and help us. We went in the house, counted some cash, did some paperwork, and finished up about the time his friend arrived. The 3 of us loaded it up into the back of my pick up truck. I strapped it down, shook his hand and headed back home.

Now updated with daylight pictures.......


  1. Awesome. Great find.

    I do believe you will have all kinds of fun on that bike.

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

  2. You beauty, welcome to the dark side. Heaps of fun on that baby.

  3. Good for you! Some 'barn find'!
    Have lots of fun with it.

  4. Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I can't wait for the roads to clear off so I can take it for a ride!!!

  5. Congratulations! Summer is just around the corner, lol

    btw, kind of strange, but in my area most people don't reply to their Craigslist ads.

    NINJA ZX-14R "Everything else is officially slow"