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eBay Thanks You – My eBay Motors Motorcycle Story

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simon darbyOur “eBay Thanks You” campaign is featuring stories from our friends out there in the eBay community telling tales of their own special eBay purchases. One of those friends is Simon Darby of New Zealand, who wanted a motorcycle and an adventure. Thanks to eBay Motors, he got both.

Last October Simon took the long flight from New Zealand all the way to Cleveland, Ohio to take delivery of a very special eBay purchase: a custom Yamaha Roadstar 1600 Silverado motorcycle with a scant 10,000 miles on the odometer. “My plan was to ride across nine states to Los Angeles and ship it back to New Zealand,” Darby says; but he only had three days to make it to L.A. from Cleveland—the race was on.

The myth of the American open road soon revealed itself to be an obstacle course for Simon and his new Yamaha motorcycle. As Simon recalls, “I quickly intersected with the remains of Route 66, riding sun-up to sun-down, through sunshine, thunderstorms, hail, and some of the heaviest rain I have ever encountered.” Pushing through the Mojave Desert, Darby encountered cross winds that “had me scraping the floor boards”, but he was undeterred.

Finally arriving in Los Angeles, Simon’s last test was non-stop heavy rain on a ride through L.A.’s notorious freeway system, but he claims that not even soaking rains and the traffic of one of the most contentious and congested network of roadways in the world could dampen his spirit or temper his excitement. Simon made it to the shipping company just in time in more ways than one; just as he pulled up, the Yamaha ran out of gas! Simon pushed the Roadstar into its shipping container and today it’s back in New Zealand with a fresh coat of paint and “lots of new chrome accessories via eBay…I would do it all again.”

“Buying a great motorcycle on eBay is one thing,” Darby tells us, “Riding it home is the adventure of a lifetime.” Check out more stories like Simon’s throughout the “eBay Thanks You” series.

Yamaha Roadster Silverado 1600

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  1. Simon Darby December 2, 2012 at 11:27 am Reply

    I wrote up the full (short) story of my ride from Cleveland to LA to New Zealand… “Route 66, sort of”. Available as a free download from the Apple iTunes book store, if you have an iPad. Thanks again eBay! – SImon Darby.

  2. eBay Motors December 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Thanks so much Simon! We’ll check this out and appreciate the posting!

    eBay Motors

  3. Hector February 12, 2014 at 5:21 am Reply

    Compañía de transportes de motos, con calidad
    para la motocicleta. Transportes con furgonasmas avanzadas y preparadas, con garantia de daños
    y enviadas en cajas de madera. Envios en menos de 24 horas.

    Estamos en cada una de las ciudades de España, con transportes
    rapidos y motocicletas totalmente listas con protecciones y
    normas de transporte.

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