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Old 08-29-2014, 05:43 PM   #1
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One less Suzuki dealer - Seattle- Aurora Suzuki

Hmmmm,

Just received the "Going out of business" sale notice from Aurora Suzuki . . . . . .

Evidently the owners are retiring after 50 years of business . . . . . . .
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:53 PM   #2
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Too bad, I haven't been there much but was always treated well.

IIRC they own the property, I'd retire too.
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:37 AM   #3
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Wow... Wonder if they are going to sell the vintage bikes they have in the window?
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:13 AM   #4
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Wow... Wonder if they are going to sell the vintage bikes they have in the window?
I think the vintage bikes belong to the main sales guy, not the owners, but I could be mistaken about that.
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
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I called and spoke with a guy from their service department last Saturday. He didn't know if someone else might try to buy the business. I hope someone steps in and purchases Aurora Suzuki, I own 2 Suzuki's...

On another similar note, Tasky's Metric Cycles in Everett is also closing.
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:31 PM   #6
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tough making a living selling DRZs DR650s DL650s and Gixxers. Seemed to be only product Suzuki was moving really. Great brand overall. You see less of them on the trail IMO. Owner prolly realizes he can either sell dealership or close down and charge high rent to yet another quality recreational marijuana shop on Aurora.
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:50 PM   #7
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As Nessman mentioned above, if they own the real estate, the temptation increases to pull the plug. Anybody buy tools from Hardwicks on Roosevelt?
I'm amazed that hasn't been redeveloped yet. It's easy to take this stuff for granted.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:20 PM   #8
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As Nessman mentioned above, if they own the real estate, the temptation increases to pull the plug. Anybody buy tools from Hardwicks on Roosevelt?
I'm amazed that hasn't been redeveloped yet. It's easy to take this stuff for granted.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:47 AM   #9
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shit. i wish them well, taskys too
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:17 AM   #10
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As Nessman mentioned above, if they own the real estate, the temptation increases to pull the plug. Anybody buy tools from Hardwicks on Roosevelt?
I'm amazed that hasn't been redeveloped yet. It's easy to take this stuff for granted.
Yea no kidding, I love going in Hardwicks, its still there.
If they got redeveloped I wouldn't call it progress.
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:53 AM   #11
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Stopped by on my way home yesterday just to take one last stroll through, and hopefully find a pair of pants desperately needed to replace my threadbare ones.

Not a bunch of gear left, but they still have a decent amount of Sidi boots in reasonable sizes. Adventure Rains in 45, Cobra Rains in 44, Canyons in a few sizes, and STs in a few sizes. Everything is 40% off. Thought some of you local inmates who need a boot refresh would want to know.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:11 AM   #12
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Ha ha! You really live up to your user name, dontcha!

Man, this sucks ... just bought a really nice used DRZ from there a couple of months ago. One of the least pretentious shops in the area.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:25 AM   #13
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Ha ha! You really live up to your user name, dontcha!

Man, this sucks ... just bought a really nice used DRZ from there a couple of months ago. One of the least pretentious shops in the area.
Ha ha ha ha!
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:09 AM   #14
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I went in looking for some new boots this morning. There's almost nothing left unless you wear things that are either really big, or really small. That goes for helmets, boots, jackets, pants, etc.

Bikes are priced at their cost + a couple hundred in set up fees. Get the Suzuki cash back and you can pay less than a dealer pays for a brand new bike. They have a few new VStrom 1000s in there. A couple DR650s.

I talked to the sales guy and he mentioned that there would likely be another motorcycle dealer in that space with about a 99% certainty. It sounded like he had the inside scoop but didn't necessarily SAY that "yes, someone was going to take over."
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:46 PM   #15
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Hope a new bike shop goes in there, just for the history of it.

Aurora Cycles was started by the McAllister family in 1937, and there has been a continuous bicycle and/or motorcycle shop in that location since then. People used to take the trolley up from Seattle to Greenlake and rent bicycles for a day of cruising around the lake (and I assume looking at the ladies -a tradition that continues to this day).

Eventually they took on motorized bicycles then motorcycles and split the business into two. I'm not exactly clear on the history, but in the 80's Gregg's cycles bought the bicycle business, and eventually when Aurora Suzuki needed the whole building back it made sense for Gregg's to move the bicycle operation to Alderwood.

After all this time and various configurations the building is a slight maze of rooms and closets and old construction. Lotsa nooks and crannies in there.
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