One less Suzuki dealer - Seattle- Aurora Suzuki

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Watercat, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Hmmmm,

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

    Evidently the owners are retiring after 50 years of business . . . . . . . :freaky
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  2. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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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. :ricky
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  3. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    Wow... Wonder if they are going to sell the vintage bikes they have in the window?
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  4. Trayvessio

    Trayvessio Super Strom Trooper

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    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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  5. NWBoon

    NWBoon Adventurer

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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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  6. shrubitup

    shrubitup Uncouth Sloth

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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. :deal
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  7. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

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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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  8. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Yup . . . . . . Gentrify is the new battle cry . . . . . . :1drink:wink::freaky:wink:

    :evil
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  9. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    shit. i wish them well, taskys too
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  10. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    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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  11. BootsandPants

    BootsandPants Sprayer

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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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  12. whitham_wannabe

    whitham_wannabe Long timer

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    Ha ha! You really live up to your user name, dontcha! :D

    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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  13. farkleface

    farkleface ridin dirty

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    Ha ha ha ha!:rofl
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  14. Dustinvan

    Dustinvan Adventurer

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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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  15. jimmythefly

    jimmythefly Adventurer

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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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  16. mtwillyman

    mtwillyman Lost and Cornfuzed

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    Aurora Suzuki was the best Japanese motorcycle dealer I'd ever done buisness with. They allowed demo rides and were into the bikes they sold. I bought a new 2009 Wee Strom from them. Too bad they're going away.
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  17. dubbarr

    dubbarr n00b

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    A new dealer will be opening, but not with the Suzuki brand. It will be the new home of Triumph of Seattle, and Seattle KTM. I work there as the parts/apparel specialist.

    We plan to bring a great atmosphere, and make it a great place to buy parts/apparel, get your bike serviced or anything else related to your motorcycle needs.

    Any questions let me know, I will try to help.

    John
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  18. Gregulator

    Gregulator Loves the dirt

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    Interesting to see that history, Jimmy.

    Honestly, I always hated them. They put a front tire on backwards once and then argued with me about whether it was on right; took me 10 minutes of refusing to leave to get them to accept then fix it. A few years later I needed tubes for the dirtbike short notice and tried them again out of desperation. I had to wait 20 minutes (not exaggerating), then they didn't even have a front tube (in standard size), and the only rear they had was some heavy duty thing branded for cruisers. Bizarre.

    Hope the next occupant has better luck! It's a tough business.
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  19. Gregarious

    Gregarious Been here awhile

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    I live just a few blocks away and was disappointed to hear Aurora Suzuki was shutting down. When I owned Suzukis it was very convenient. Even pushed a DRZ there once.

    To hear that it's going to remain a motorcycle shop is great news - and given that I now own a KTM it's even better news.

    Welcome to the neighborhood. It looks like someone is cleaning up the building's facade a bit and we thank you. Swarms of pigeons would collect around the odd wood sign structure and their poo would get pretty unseemly at times.
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  20. causef0rconcern

    causef0rconcern Rift Explorer

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    Seattle KTM!! yes!
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