Northern VA Chatter Thread

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by HBN, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Bah, the work can't be that hard to do yourself :dunno

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  2. CaptnSlo

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    Thanks guys for the info.

    I'm really hoping that the Triumph dealer in Manassas is an improvement over what's currently out there. If CT is the closest decent place to get a Triumph serviced, I'm not buying one :eek1

    The one time I went to Triumph Manassas, there were quite a few customers that Saturday and all but one of the bikes I was looking at had been spoken for. They said they were moving to a larger location down the street. They're right next to a VRE station, so that would be very convenient for me. I'll probably wait a bit to see what their service rep is like before I take the plunge.

    Right now, the guy who works on my bike is about 2 miles from where I live so I'm spoiled. He said a bike's a bike, he can work on Triumphs, but he specializes in BMWs. Maybe he's right but, yeah, with all the computer shit these bikes have nowadays, I'm a little worried that he might not have the right equipment to service it. Are there no Triumph indies in the area?

    Personally, basic stuff I wouldn't mind taking a stab at, but for more complicated work, I'd rather have someone nearby that knows what he's doing (and who won't rip me off) handling my bike.

    Thanks again!
  3. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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    If you are referring to George... trust in the force. He is my Jedi master and I drive over an hour for my beemers. I think it is more about the surgeon than the operating room. My 2 cents. :thumb
  4. CaptnSlo

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    Thank you for the tip. I was referring to Khanh but have heard nothing but great things about George. If it really doesn't matter if the mechanic is a "certified Triumph tech," then that opens up a lot of options.

    Have any of you dealt with Crossroads Cycle in Falls Church? It looks like they're a local indie as well.
  5. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Crossroads are good folk. They work on everything and have a passion for old Triumphs too. Their rates are comparable and thier location is pretty good. Most of the work on a newer 800 Tiger will be basics they can tackle (or any shop) such as chain management, oil and filter changes, lubing and torquing bolts. Not sure what the valve interval is on something like that. :dunno
  6. TH

    TH There and Here

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    Two individuals I need to look for for when I want my Triumph services. I've always been a little frustrated with the service costs on Triumphs. They may be a resonable alternative.
  7. SteelB12

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    So I'm watching this motorcycle show in the UK and they are riding in Sweden. They interviewed this guy who was riding in -30C and he said it was so cold his eyes froze :eek1 Hell, I thought riding when it was 25F was being tough.
  8. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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    I hiked Old Rag when it was -19C (-2F) once. I got icicles in my eyelashes and my sweat turned into snow between my fleece and my gore tex. That was cold. I cannot even begin to imagine what that would feel like with the wind chill of riding a motorcycle.:huh
  9. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    +1 on Khan, I've always gone to him or his now deceased Dad for all my non-DYI BMW stuff and when I am too lazy to change tires myself. He is always great.

    As for the the Triumph dealer in Manassas Park, they also own Advantage Certified Auto next door and if they run the mo shop like they do the auto dealer/shop then they should make most customers very happy. I bought my 330i from them in 2008 and gone back for service and a friend has gone to them after back experience with dealer and J&F Motors and was very happy with Advantage. Ken Davis the owner/Pres is a mo rider and really into bikes.
  10. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    If you are willing to travel for either a new Triumph or service, I understand Hermy's and Martin Motorsports (both in PA) are highly reputable dealers.

    I have spoken in the past with the people at Manayunk Triumph in Philadelphia and they seem like they care. I think they also might have a sale on their inventory of Tigers.
  11. CaptnSlo

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    Good to know. Thank you!

    Khanh's great - may as well give him a call: http://www.eubmw.com/

    It sounds like the Crossroads place does a lot of work on Triumphs so that is another option: http://crossroadscycle.blogspot.com/

    Khanh's great and I'm very fortunate he's nearby. But thanks for the tip about the Manassas shop. It's reassuring to know they're well-respected and are run by trustworthy enthusiasts. I will definitely give them more consideration.

    My folks live in Philly and I'll be visiting them soon, so I'll swing by Manayunk and check out this sale. I'd prefer not to go that far for service, but definitely for a good deal on a Tiger. Thank you for the tip!
  12. SteelB12

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    There's a Triumph MC dealer in Manassas Park?????
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  14. REAPER_ONE

    REAPER_ONE YOU'RE DONE

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  15. Chessie-Owner

    Chessie-Owner Been here awhile

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    Todaynwas a great day to ride unless like me you blew up your engine on your gs... Depression setting in.
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    :huh Damn, sorry to hear this.

    If you don't mind talking about it, how did that happen? IF you do, please disregard this post.
  17. davyjones

    davyjones Been here awhile

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    I used to goto Petes in Baltimore, but since I moved to Ashburn I have been searching for a dealer close by. I did stop by the dealer in Frederick but was only looking around then. There is a new'ish dealer in Annapolis near the mall. I know it is a bit of a ride for some. Not sure about their service dept.

    Dave
  18. dmun

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    George is definetly my guy ( my k1200 is there right now) but he told me he only works on BMW and BMW clones. might keep that in mind. he will mount tires any just about anything, and at a reasonable price. i had mixed results with Crossroads on my Radian a few years back. thought they charged a lot to re line the gas tank and get the bike running. ran into the guy i sold it to some time later and he showed me all the lining was flaking out of the tank. i've admired Triumphs for a while and i'm also curious to see how the Manassas shop is.
  19. Riteris

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    I am thinking Saturday, August 31 as V-Strom Valve Adjustment Day.

    It is a three day weekend for many of us. A Crappy weekend to travel, and you have two more days to take care of your "honey-do" list as well as have family time.

    It also gives you plenty of time to get your spark plugs, air filters and 4 mm tubing.

    If , for some reason you have an alternative need, let me know and we could maybe do it on that Sunday. (If we have overwhelming demand, maybe we could do both days.)

    This would by in my garage in The Big City... The Nation's Capital. (A place for those unafraid of the chance of getting shot, mugged or getting slipped a mickey :wink: :rofl)

    PM for the address or a need for an alternative date.
  20. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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    Khanh will work on any make I believe. I was going to have him do the break-in service on my TU250x until Dr. Beard and HBN stepped in and got me going on my own.

    Based on his reputation and location, I will definitely take my bike there for anything I don't do myself.