I June or July 2008 I first read a post on bike forum by Donniej about his solo TAT ride and that is where the story begins. The TAT or Trans American Trail was made up by a guy who likes to explore on bikes here is a link to explain what the TAT is. http://www.transamtrail.com/ From that point I have been researching and putting together all the gear needed to make this happen. At first I wanted to just buy a used DRZ for a few thousand dollars. All my research told me that this bike was a great bike for that ride. After looking around for a while it was easy to see that this was not going to be easy to find one on the cheap. So I called around all the bike shops and told them my story about me taking the ride across the country on a bike I might by from them and they could do what ever they wanted for advertisement if they either helped out or at the minimum gave me a great deal on a new bike and all the gear. The one shop I went to was Cycle City in Erie Pa. I talked to the sales person and she appeared to be all kinds of excited for the whole thing and got all the managers in on it. Now I told them I wanted gear head to toe (helmet, jersey, boots, gloves etc plus the bike). They told me they were going give me a great price and get the owner involved to put this on a bid type thing. They told me to give them 2 days to get the price in order and they would email me all the details. Two days go past and no email. I call up and they said they got busy so it would be to me by 1200 the next day. the next day at 2pm no email. So I call them up again and they said by 5pm I would have it. The next day I still did not have it so I talked to another dealer and got a price of $5,700 OTD for a new 2008. The next day I called Cycle city back to see what the "special price" would be. They took all this time and made all this BS to offer me retail price on the bike. Not a single dollar off the list price. I told them I had a OTD price cheaper than there "special price" and to basically get bent. Needless to say I will never do any business with them. I in Aug. 2008 I pic up this shiny new toy.