Dealer Recommendation in SoCal

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by mrcolin2u, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. mrcolin2u

    mrcolin2u n00b

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    Hi,

    can anyone recommend a dealer in SoCal , I am in the market for a new 2010 BMW F800GS and I'm looking for a good dealership that gives good customer after sales service.

    Thanks

    Colin
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  2. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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    The folks at Irv Seaver show up at the OC monthly meets and seem like good people. I've only purchased accessories there though.
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  3. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    When I had my GS I had many years of good experiences with West Valley Cycles.
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  4. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    Now that IS :rofl Laurie does have quite a reputation!!


    Ventura BMW in Newbury Park has always been a full (and good) service shop for me. :clap
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  5. Toyanvil

    Toyanvil Adventurer

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    Valley Cycle, Bakersfield
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  6. signit98

    signit98 Nutcase... really!

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    San Diego BMW Motorcycles... I have had friends from all over the country buy bikes there and EVERY single one of them would buy there again.

    They are good, caring and knowledgeable folks... every single one of them rides as well.
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  7. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I use West Valley. They have a lot less overhead than most dealers and the bike purchase price I paid was fair.
    They are a very small shop, so if you are looking to be impressed, you won't be.
    Laurie doesn't like me, but that doesn't stop me from going there when needed.
    Service prices have been fair as well.

    http://www.westvalleycycle.com/index.html
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  8. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    :nod

    +2
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  9. bergermeister

    bergermeister Long timer

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    I've had better luck with Long Beach BMW.

    and although I've not been there, I've heard nothing but good things about Brown Motor Works in Pomona.
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  10. IncompleteInsanity

    IncompleteInsanity Ride more, type less.

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    I am curious that there has been no mention (that I have seen?) on this forum of the new BMW dealer in Riverside. Not just this thread, but the whole forum. They have only been open a couple months or so, they are having their open house this Saturday. I have dropped by there a couple of times and talked to the owner. He seems like a good guy trying to make a big effort to give good service. Lior is one of his service techs (used to be with Malcolm Smith) and when there was no dealer (after Malcolm Smith lost BMW) in town, I had Lior work on my bike at his house. I have a lot of faith in his work. I would think that a new dealer like this would be a good place to buy a bike because they likely will try to keep you as a customer to grow the business. I'm just throwing the info out there cuz I didn't figure many riders knew they are there.

    EDIT (1/08/11): Lior has been working on his own again, and is no longer with BMW M/C of Riverside.
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  11. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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    Maybe because it's a new dealership and no one knows about it or have any experience with them.:dunno
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  12. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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    Would a cobbler be able to fix that?

    Welcome to the Orange Curtain, BTW.
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  13. scorpion

    scorpion Two arm bandit

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    They're all rogues, charlatans, sycophants, and bi-polar degenerates, plus they never have shit in stock :lol3
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  14. BerndM

    BerndM Shiftless One

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    +1

    http://www.irvseaverbmw.com/
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  15. liorsmotoride

    liorsmotoride Lior's moto ride

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    Hi Colin
    My name is Lior Elbaz I'm working at BMW Motorcycle OF Riverside as a master technician and i also just got new f800gs we are new dealer ship we have very nice and friendly people working there, excellent service, sales ,parts we are taring to be the best in SoCal, way not you should stop by give us a chance we have both colors on the floor for the 2010 800gs white and orange and if you are intensity in the 30 years university
    Thanks
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  16. Asphalt Assault

    Asphalt Assault Been here awhile

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    Both my friend Alex and I went to Lior's house. He is did an amazing job and went above and beyond both of our expectations (he has an R1100S/I have an F800S). He even picked up my motorcycle on his own time, dollar and grid lock traffic.

    I'd only recommend Lior from this point forward. I've had negative experiences with Long Beach BMW, Irv Seavers is good but some people here tend to butt heads with Joe the service manager.

    To each their own, but I'd much rather support a local guy who will take the time to do the job right the first time and not charge you an arm and a leg to change a bolt. Plus Lior has a super awesome dog to play with while he finishes polishing off your bike!

    No way affiliated, just believe Lior gets the best job done for the best price.

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  17. bergermeister

    bergermeister Long timer

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    wow, I'm totally shocked that someone had trouble with Joe...:evil

    LB has actually never given me any reason to look elsewhere. loaner bike, easy appointments, good work.

    beyond that, my favorite mechanic in so cal is rick monahan at black kat motorwerks (but he only works on /2's).
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  18. IncompleteInsanity

    IncompleteInsanity Ride more, type less.

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    Since I last posted in this thread (back in June) Lior is no longer with BMW of Riverside, but is as you said doing "independent" motorcycle service again. I still stand by my recommendation of his work! And he will be servicing my 1200 in the next week or so.
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  19. Mr. G

    Mr. G Normal Dude

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    Ventura County BMW in Newbury Park has been good for parts and accessories tho expensive. They have a good reputation for service and support. George is the man to see there if you want to purchase a bike.

    "Run don't Walk" away from West Valley Cycles in the San Fernando Valley. The crazy woman who runs the place will tell you "she doesn't want you for a customer" if you try to negotiate a deal or question her products (I'm talking from experience).
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  20. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Valde & David . . Motozone, Torrance. :clap Been going there for 3 years, no issues. Great team! All the right credentials, trained by bmw. :thumbup
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