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July 23, 2020 - Stealerships?

And now for something that really grinds my gears...


If I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone use the term "stealership" instead of dealership, I'd have enough money for a damned good lawyer after I'd kicked every one of their asses.


For the life of me I don't get it. People badmouth their local motorcycle dealerships all the time: "Over-priced crooks rippin' me off - to hell with them." Or, "Why do they have to charge this much? I can get that same part online for much less."


To them I say: Go online for bike advice. Go online for the part you need today. Go take a stroll online to touch and feel and sit on the latest bikes. Go take a test ride online. Go get your damned bike fixed online. Hell, just go away.


Forget that dealerships provide numerous essential services that aren't, and will never be, available online. Forget that dealerships have overhead, costs of carrying inventory (for your instant gratification) and wages to pay. Forget that no one supports the biker community like dealerships. Forget that local dealerships provide local jobs and pay local taxes. Forget that without your support (aka your dollars) they won't survive.


Group rides, classes, clinics, workshops, Bike Nights, demo-rides, sponsored clubs, get-togethers, a great place to chill and talk shop with other bike nuts, and often with free food and drink. All proudly brought to you by Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, and your local junk yard.


So just keep hatin' on your "stealership." Hate them right out of business. That'll teach 'em. Then you'll be in great shape.


Hey Amazon, this is Joe. I'm having a problem with my '09 Softtail and I...


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