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Old 22nd September 2009, 15:00   #1
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The desire to own a new Yamaha came in my mind with the launch of the R15. However, thanks to the stares and kicks from my wifey, who thought that R15 is for hooligans, the desire had to be killed. Then came the FZ 16, but it was too much naked for me. The desire kept haunting me and finally as soon as fazer was launched, i paid an amount of Rs. 10000 and booked a red one.

The "pain of waiting" started the moment i booked the bike and was promised delivery on August 17th. I had to be in Bangalore for couple of days between 11th Aug and 15th Aug. The sales rep from the dealer rang me inbetween and informed me that a load would be arriving on 14th. I told him to block a red for me and he said it would be done.

16th Aug. morning @ dealer

me: i was informed that a load had arrived and my bike was in it. i would like to check the vehicle

dealer: sorry sir, no vehicles available. all the fazers which came in the last load were delivered.

me: how can that happen?the sales rep had assured me

dealer: sir, please call the sales rep. (thanks to the experience from owning a troublesome a bajaj pulsar, i had learned the benefits of having patience before i blew the lid)

so i rang the sales rep,

rep: sorry sir, while you were out of town, people came with full amount and hence, we had to give the bike to those who paid in full

me: i don't wanna hear any excuse as you had promised my bike to be delivered next day.

rep: yes sir, we can give you an orange fazer which was kept apart for display

me: no thanks, i want red

rep: sir, lets go and meet the manager

In between, I rang up and checked up with another dealer who said that red color would take upto 60 days once i book. so i dropped the idea of canceling my booking with first dealer

@ manager's cabin

manager: sir, i'm extremely sorry, but we have orders that those who give full payment should be given priority. i can assure delivery on the next load, which is coming around on 30th.

now, i was almost reaching the tip-off point, but again, something pulled me back from blowing the fuse. finally, i agreed to wait till the next load.

the sales rep called on 27th and informed me that a load is coming soon. as soon as the next load came, he told me only blue and orange has come by and wanted to know if I would want a blue. i was fuming again and I said only red would do. by then, i leanred more about the values of patience and decided to take the "pain of waiting" in my stride.

7th September

rep: sir, a new load is coming on 8th - black and blue. which one do you want?

me: Red

15th September

rep: sir, a new load has come

me: yawwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn..ok

rep: we got blue, orange, black and 1 redddddd

me: are you sure?

rep: yes sir, you can come and check at evening.

that was when the feeling of having "more than 24 hours to go" lit my mind. @ 6pm, i went to dealer's yard and spotted more than 25 fazers and a single Red. I thanked my star seeing the red stand out in an ocean of blue, black and orange


Registration, PDI, everything over and it was ready for delivery by 6pm on 16th September. Rode it to the temple for the usual poojas and boy, i felt like too many eyes were on the bike. Some bikers just slowed down and had a deep look at the bike and some others just crowded around the bike as and when i kept it parked.

So far, it has done only 120 Kms, thanks to rain and bad weather. Would be coming up with a detailed report on the usage experience pretty soon.
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Old 22nd September 2009, 15:05   #2
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Congrats Mysticeyes

The Fazer looks really cool in this color.

Please keep us updated on the ownership experience front

I would suggest removing the front metal number plate & putting a sticker type number plate.
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Congrats on your new ride mate! Looks hot in red!!!

Running in would be the difficult part as i am now experiencing with the P220.

Best of luck and have fun with you new hot red ride!

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Congrats on the Fazer bro. You managed to show quite a lot of patience I must say.
The red Fazer looks stunning. THanks to the weather its almost impossible to ride these days in Bangalore too, today is lovely though.

How is the over all feel of the bike? How is the ride quality?
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Congrats Mysticeyes

The Fazer looks really cool in this color.

Please keep us updated on the ownership experience front

I would suggest removing the front metal number plate & putting a sticker type number plate.
thank you guys. I've put the sticker type number plate only. the metal number plate costs around Rs. 750. The build and refinement is excellent, however, I felt that the shock is bit on the harder side if you are sitting in front. I'm attaching a close-up pic of the number plate
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No No its still a metal plate, I meant having a sticker stuck on the glass
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I think a sticker number plate struck on the fairing will be objected to by the RTO in many areas.
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Why would that be, if its on the mud guard then they might object but no where does the law mandates having a separate plate for the number plate. There are so many Activa's plying with such number stickers.

My ZMA had sticker on mud guard & I was not questioned even once.
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Mysticeyes seems like your wait was worth every min Congrats
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@Technocrat
As per law, the number has to be painted on the permanent number plate of specific dimensions. Even sticker numbers (reflective or otherwise) fixed on the number plates are not permitted. It is a different matter that it is not enforced in many places.
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Hmm interesting point, I knew that a specific font & size is mandated by RTO rules but I am not sure if the base matters.
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@Mysticeyes:

The red Fazer looks stunning. Congrats and happy riding. BTW I can see that your partly uncovered car is red too! So you wanted to match the colors?
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@Mysticeyes:

That is one real cool looking bike. Your patience has paid off and how!!

Enjoy driving and update us with your experiences. Some more pics would be welcome.

PS: Are you a Ferrari fan? Insistence on Red Colour and the keychain?
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The red Fazer looks great. Beautiful bike and surroundings.
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The bike looks killer in Red. Your wait was worth every bit of it, I must say.

Enjoy the steed & Ride Safe

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