See See to open KTM Dealership in Portland.

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  1. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    The early 950 was the bad one.

    I got mine off a few times, but I ran out of dynamite, so I made it tubeless.
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    simply remove a section of the "double ridge bead" with a grinder and re-paint the rim.
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    Todd was at Bent Lever. I bought a new rear wheel and Goldendtyre for the 625 a couple months ago and they said he retired
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    Did it close? What's the story? I thought dealers couldn't keep bikes in stock during covid?
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  5. Big Tall Bastard

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    See See closed long before Covid
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    Shows how often I went there. Bummer as it was walking distance. What was the story? They couldn't have been open that long.
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  7. eric n

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    I "think" the money partner pulled the plug and left them insolvent.

    At first it looked exactly like a bankruptcy, slow title releases due to flooring company dragging their heels.

    Then one day the doors where locked and serviced bikes held hostage for a short time.

    But I have very little verifiable information to back any of this up.

    Thor Drake is still in business as he should be, I feared the KTM shop could have taken him down over all, and that would have sucked.
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  8. crazybrit

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    Thanks. Sounds like the demise of Guzzi/Aprilia on Sandy except that had a preview a year earlier. Who is Thor Drake?
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  9. Big Tall Bastard

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    The guy who created the See See brand, created the coffee shops and started the One Show.
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  10. Big Tall Bastard

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    Plus I think the lease on the building was coming up and that was another set of issues to solve for a business on the edge
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    That building is really old and over due for a earthquake retrofit. Also kinda a weird location for dirt bike sales being so deep in the inner city and traffic being what it was pre COVID.
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  12. Big Tall Bastard

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    You could see big cracks in the main wooden beams from the billboard sign attached over the building.
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    It's because local guys like you didn't shop there!
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    [QUOTE="]It's because local guys like you didn't shop there![/QUOTE]

    Yup, it's tough on a local business when a vast majority of people shop on-line. I work in the service industry and I let my clients know that we can beat or match on-line prices on many products. Many people seem oblivious and like the convenience of everything delivered :hack
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    Actually I've not bought any ktm parts in probably the last 6 years. The 950 was out of commission for 4 of those and 450 hasn't moved in longer than this but AJ' knows all as usual :-)
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  16. Luke

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    I went in there a few years ago to buy a bike. They had over a half million dollars of bikes I didn't want, and nothing that I did. I wasn't that picky, I would have settled for any of couple of different models. But they were sold out of those with no hint as to when they would get more.

    Makes sense that a finance guy would run from that situation.
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    Often the brand will require them to buy a certain number of units they would not otherwise want, hence inventory that customers are not there for as first choice.
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  18. crazybrit

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    Going into a KTM dealer with a requirement of "I want a bike that doesn't vibrate" may not seem picky but ....... :D
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  19. Luke

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    Yes, I got a good price on my truck on account of that. Because who else wants a new 4 door 4 cylinder pickup? It's good for the customer and the manufacturer but a bad situation for the dealer and since it's corporate policy they can't fix it. They can either live with it or quit.
    C'mon, I didn't want zero vibes, just somewhere between zero and a 640. That covered a lot of ground, I thought.
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  20. crazybrit

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    I'm just messing with you, more of a KTM brand joke anyways. I keep forgetting you're a recovering LC4 addict too :D
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