Picked up my Van Van yesterday
I definitely took a circuitous road to get to the Van Van.
I first saw one in 2017 and loved the seat but everyone including the dealer said I would be disappointed with the power and ride based on my other rides.
Then I wanted to get another lightweight dual sport bike for exploring all the little country back roads around my property and decided I couldn't handle the narrow seat that are put on those bikes today.
I looked at the Van Van again and shopped around and found a dealer willing to sell for $4000 but they were on the opposite side of Atlanta and I just dreaded having to drive there to get it.
Went to my local dealer and told him I've been looking around and got some prices on the Van Van. I asked him how much? He came back with $4200 and I said contingent on a test ride. Came back the next day and put a couple miles on the bike and was ready to buy. Dealer says $4500. I said that is not what we agreed to. Should have got it in writing. So I walked.
Went up to the Honda dealer and almost bought a Monkey bike but my trusted off road riding friend said I would not like it on gravel with the small diameter tires. Stopped in at another dealer and test rode a Kawasaki Versys 300 and a Royal Enfield Himalayan. The Himalayan just felt right and was cheaper than the Van Van so I bought it.
The next day the dealer called and said he would sell the van van to me for $4100. Sorry, too late.
Decided that I would buy a used van van when one came across my path, but i wasn't consistently looking or I would have gone to Alamogordo to get that sweet Van Van that was sold here on the forum.
I sold my 1975 Trials bike last week and decided to look to see if a Van Van was available to fill the hole in my stable. Found a sweet blue '17 with a little over 1000 miles on it. Going over it to make sure everything is good and then I will register and ride.
Here it is in my shop.