When Carla took her long-suffering husband's words to heart, she was determined to procure the best machine available. Even though she claimed to be a flag-waving Harley-Davidson girl, her husband did own a Yamaha Road Star and they spent a lot of time with the Modesto Star Riding Group. That kind of exposure opened new doors, and the greenhorn rider found herself frequenting Yamaha dealerships. It was at a bike show in San Mateo, California, where Carla settled into the seat of the bike she couldn't walk away from. The seat belonged to a V-Star 1100, and a few test rides later, Carla decided she "liked the looks of the V-Star Custom;" the way the bike's saddle fit her height and proportions was the non-negotiable icing on the cake. Carla became the proud owner of a 2000 V-Star Customthe only purple V-Star in all of California. Bob emitted a sigh of reliefhis helmet could ride safely once again.