Scoutmedic -- The trials and journies of a *n00b*

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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Mon May 01, 2006 2:05 pm

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Howdy All! Welcome to my Blog. This first entry will more than likely be the longest and, I apologize before hand for it's length. With that in mind, read on but, try not to injure yourself when you fall asleep reading.....

Introduction: My name is Barry. I'm 35 years old and reside in Corry, Pennsylvania, USA (It's in the Northwestern corner of the commonwealth with the nearest "city" being Erie). I'm a career paramedic for Emergycare Inc.. My username here is derived from part of my last name and part of my profession. I'm happily married with no children.

Riding: I've been riding snowmobiles and ATVs since I was a teenager. I rode a relatives dualsport once when I was 15. I managed to stay on for the full 8 seconds before wrecking. I popped the clutch, wheelied and smashed into the back of a pickup truck.

My next experience on a motorcycle was, thankfully, much better. At the young and impressionable age of 34, I decided to take the PA version of MSF which is called PAMSP. Partly to get a better working knowledge of motorcycles since I deal with them at work and partly because I was bored and it only cost me $10 for my learner's permit which covered the cost of the course.

My course was one night of classroom, one day of riding then the cycle repeated the following week. I was interested after the first classroom session. I was ADDICTED after the first riding session. I called my wife after the riding session all excited and telling her about it. Her first words when she finally got a chance to speak were, "We're getting a bike aren't we?". I passed the MSF which earned me my "Class M" endorsement.

The search: My wife's only conditions for buying were that it had to be new and that I have to dress in full protective gear. I started searching the manufacturer websites but, quickly became overwhelmed. So, having remembered that I registered here a few years ago but, never did anything else, I came here and started searching for answers. After looking, listening and questioning, I started to visit the dealerships with my loving and understanding wife. I looked at everything from 250 cruisers and streetbikes to 600'ish "everythings". I was resisting the peer pressure to purchase a "large" bike fairly well until my wife came to the conclusion that I should just start out on a Mid to Large bike so that I don't become "bored" or want something different in a year.

I know! This goes against a lot of the advice here and, I may still regret it but, I have been fairly warned. I'm going to wear the power ranger outfit, it's going to be fully insured and I've seen enough crashes in my line of work that I have no desire to drive like I'm on a track.

The decision: After sitting on about 15 different cycles and debating the pro's and con's of each, I decided on the Suzuki Boulevard S-50. It will be black with a Memphis Shades windshield. No other additional goodies initially unless I can find a tank bag that I want. My gear will consist of a G-Max 18g Full Face Helmet, A Cortech "all weather" jacket (Mesh outer, removeable rain and thermal liners) with shoulder, elbow and spine armor, Himalaya jean style pants with removeable thermal liner and armor in the hips and knees and, finally, Thor motocross gloves with padded fingers, palms, etc. I can fit a set of mechanics gloves under the Thor's when it's cold. Footwear for now will be my standard workboots which are 8" all leather with safety toe, heal and shank. I wore them in the MSF and they were fine.

That's It! FINALLY! I'll try and update this whenever something new comes up. And, I'll post when I have pictures of the new ride loaded. Until then....

Stay Safe Out There!

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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Tue May 02, 2006 2:47 pm

:crybaby:

So, I go to the dealership today to set aside a jacket and nail down the build date on my bike. Everything's going good, salesman is gonna get the VIN for me so I can set up my insurance, the bike was delivered to the warehouse earlier today.

Friend from high school comes over and starts talking to us. He just started working there. Cool. I tell him I ordered a Boulevard S-50. The salesman says, "Yep, bright shiny red"......

I think he's screwing with me and in a jocular voice say, "Better not be red or I'll beat on ya. I wanted the black one." .......

I get the deer in the headlights look. "You wanted red right?".....

(ummmmmmm.... NNNOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!) "No, I ordered black. You already had a red one in your warehouse.".....

"I'll be right back...."

He now has 2 Shiny RED S-50's in his warehouse while I wait for him to find a Beautiful BLACK one for me. :frusty:

Oh well, I wasn't planning on getting one until June originally anyway.

To be continued.....

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Unread post by yoda731 » Tue May 02, 2006 8:55 pm

Bummer on the wait, but at least you're on track to get what you want. Keep writing.

Are you by chance a Steelers fan? I grew up 10 minutes west of Wheeling, WV, in St. Clairsville, OH, and am black and gold through and through.
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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Tue May 02, 2006 11:46 pm

Without a doubt! Love the Steelers. Hoping to make it to a game or two next year. A guy I know has season tickets and lets others take them when he can't go. Unfortunately, we worked the same schedule last year so, he was always going when I was off work.

You won't believe it but, I married a Cowboys fan. Even worse, after she finally got tired of rooting for them since it seemed like they were always in jail or in trouble, she looked around and picked the only team we hate more.... :frusty:

I had to buy her some Cowboys apparel the last time they beat us in the Superbowl. :laughing:

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Unread post by Z (fka Sweet Tooth) » Wed May 03, 2006 8:04 am

So how long do you have to wait now for them to get you the black one?

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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Wed May 03, 2006 6:04 pm

No real estimate yet on how long I'll have to wait. Could be up to a month. :(

Think maybe I should ask for MORE than the standard 15% rebate on the jacket I'm going to buy the day I pick up the bike?? I'm buying a Cortech GX Air in Blue. Regular price at the stealership is $199 and $169 after my "buyers rebate".

On another note, my new riding pants came in today. I purchased a set of Himalaya Road Speed riding pants on eBay (I know, the shipping was WAY too much. Even with that they were just under $80 which I didn't think was a bad price). I'll write a review about them after I've worn them. But, unfortunately, I'm at work for 24 hours. My wife called me to let me know they were delivered. Talk about frustrating! I think she does that on purpose sometimes.... :frusty:

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Unread post by NorthernPete » Wed May 03, 2006 8:34 pm

The botched up the order, making you waste away a month of riding time, youd best gte a discount on your jacket and a free first service for that. and a dealership hat... allways get a hat!
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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Wed May 03, 2006 9:44 pm

Thanks for the advice Pete! I can't believe I forgot a hat. I LOVE hats (honestly!).

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Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu May 04, 2006 1:12 pm

do like me, buy a $32000 hat get a free SUV *L
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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Thu May 04, 2006 3:33 pm

I didn't spend quite that. I bought a $26,000 Hat and got a free Dodge Dakota Quad Cab back in 2001. :laughing:

On a motorcycle note, I tried my riding pants on this morning and, so far, I like them. Wore them around the house for about an hour. They were comfortable but a bit warm for indoor use. And, best of all, they're now covered with dog hair making them truly mine! (Everything my wife and I own has dog hair on it.... lol) Can't wait to get them used in the proper setting!

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Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu May 04, 2006 6:42 pm

yous is american money...its works out to the same prolly *L

and dog hair, its on everything I own, but my dog doesnt seem to shed much..I think there is another dog in my house soemwhere.
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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Thu May 04, 2006 10:23 pm

:laughing:

I didn't know dalmatians shed until we got ours. They shed year round because their spots move. :frusty:

So, you can't even hide the hair with similar color clothing since she sheds both sides of the color spectrum. :lol:

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Unread post by NorthernPete » Sun May 07, 2006 4:55 pm

So, is the nice weather sitting outside your house, mocking you in your non bikeness? It is here...... Have any pics of the bike you bought? (promo pics, as you dont have it yet) Id love to see it.
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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Sun May 07, 2006 11:38 pm

Of course the weather is great! What else would it be since I was supposed to be riding this week! :furious:

I can't believe you're still getting snow Pete. I thought it was bad down here! The worst we'll get from here on out is some heavy frost.

As for promo pics, sure do! I'll link ya to the Suzuki Media Page. It'll be BLACK NOT Red, NOT Blue, BLACK! :laughing:

I especially like the pic of the black one in front of the "business" backdrop.

I'm going to give the salesman a call tomorrow afternoon or drop by to make sure he's working hard enough to find one and that he didn't sell the jacket I set aside. :lol:

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Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon May 08, 2006 1:07 pm

That bike is the new hotness.... Im jealous now :D

Looking good, hope it comes in faster then they think it will and you get out there and take nice pics!
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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Mon May 08, 2006 4:15 pm

Well, stopped by the dealership but, my salesman wasn't in today. I did get to sit on the Red one they tried to sell me... :laughing:

It's sweet! Can't wait for mine. Another salesman tried to talk me into a buying a used S-83 that they just took in on trade. Told him thanks but no thanks. The 800cc is bigger than I had planned for a first bike to begin with let alone a 1200cc.

Well, off to dinner!

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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Fri May 12, 2006 2:38 pm

Well, I talked to my Suzuki salesman today. He found a bike at a dealer a couple hours away. It'll be at the shop today and should be ready early next week.

Hopefully, I'll be riding it home Tuesday afternoon. If things don't work out for Tuesday, it'll have to be Friday because of my work schedule.

All in all, it's still great news. I'll have pics posted by next weekend for yall.

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Unread post by SilveradoGirl » Sat May 13, 2006 12:13 am

Congratulations!! Glad your wait may finally be coming to an end. It will all be worth it. :clap: :biker: :kicking:
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Unread post by Scoutmedic » Mon May 15, 2006 8:50 am

Got everything lined up. The bike will be ready tomorrow afternoon. There goes my paycheck and MORE! :laughing:

'06 Suzuki Boulevard S50 = $6497
Memphis Shades Hell Catt Windshield = $170
Tour Master Cortech MX-Air Riding Jacket = $170
Himalaya Roadspeed Riding Pants = $80
Insurance for one year = $150
Grand Total = $7067

Getting involved in the wonderful sport and community of motorcycling.... PRICELESS!!! :jump:

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Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon May 15, 2006 11:58 am

I shall say w00t.....

and one more w00t for good measure.

w00t!
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