I went to Phoenix this morning to visit some motorcycle shops and see what it's like to sit on a trials bike. I programmed three different motorcycle shops into my GPS and figured I would spend the best part of the day looking and learning about these weird looking motorcycles from the guys that sell, ride, and work on them.
My first stop, and it turned out to be my last, was in Scottsdale at a shop called Dirt Riders West. it was a small mom-and-pop operation owned and operated by Mike Carlton, and I was surprised to find out all he sold were trials bikes, which he also rode in competitions and repaired. So needless to say he was very knowledgeable about trials bikes.
The brand I was most interested in is made by Beta which is an Italian company that is probably unknown to anyone that doesn't ride trials or enduro. He didn't have the model I was interested in because there are a lot of brands and a lot of models and no one can keep everything in stock but he could get me one in two or three business days.
So even though I didn't get to sit on the one I wanted I was able to fondle a different brand and it was really amazing how light these bikes really are. We discussed my situation of being a full timer and temporarily living at Ben Avery's. And I needed to get rid of my Yamaha first, and how I would have to drag my fifth wheel through heavy Phoenix traffic just to get my motorcycle back and forth to and from his shop. But like a good salesman should do he solved all of my problems for me.
He said he would bring the new motorcycle to me at Ben Avery's, load up the Yamaha and take it back to the shop, and sell it on consignment. Doing those two things solved all my problems of how I was going to sell my motorcycle and get the new one back to the trailer. How can you not buy from someone who basically says, "I'll take care of everything you just write out the check".
So it looks like I'm getting a motorcycle for Christmas and hopefully this will be the last one I ever buy.