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    Sad news: Seattle's Moto International Closing!

    Our only Guzzi / aprilia dealer is giving up.
    Total bummer!!
    "It is with great regret to inform you that Moto International will be closing our doors permanently. Our last day open to the public will be September 29th, with a final closure date of October 15th. We will continue to service bikes and fulfill existing parts orders to the best of our ability. Stay tuned for info on where to bring your bikes for future service/warranty needs. Motorcycle sales will be discontinued shortly, and currently all bikes are priced at our cost. We will not be taking any more special orders, or booking new service appointments. Look for deep discounts on all parts and accessories that are in stock. We appreciate the support over the last 25 years, but are at the point where it’s no longer financially viable to keep the lights on. Thank you for allowing us to serve you over the years…"
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    That sucks, took my bike to them only a couple times in the 4 years I was stationed in Port Angeles. Front end staff was good, mechanic I had I wasn't impressed with. Got really defensive when I asked after my idle adjustment. Was idling at 3k without the fast idle. Didn't notice til I got home that the gold mesh on the right side cover was broken, didn't even bother with them.

    So what's going to be your closest option, Portland, OR maybe? If there's a tech you trust then ask him where he's heading after Moto Int. closes. My local Triumph/Duc dealer when I was in Marin County CA had an Aprilia trained tech on staff and they were happy to work on my bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cggunnersmate View Post
    So what's going to be your closest option, Portland, OR maybe?
    There is Pacific Northwest Motorcycles in Ferndale, WA (up on the Canadian border) and there is Empire Cycles in Spokane, who also recently dropped Aprilia and Moto Guzzi. They still have techs that can do the work, but parts are limited and they can't do warranty work.

    Piaggio is really getting it all wrong in NA. Dealers are dropping like flies. Having just one dealer between WA, ID, MT, WY, and Utah is abysmal. Sure, it's not densely populated out here, but c'mon!

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    Yup. It’s the sole reason I won’t own another Aprilia after this one. Sucks because they’re amazing.

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    Unsolicited comments from dealership personnel in years past reveal Piaggio doesn't give a shit, are very difficult to work with, and put dealerships in financial hock- warranty work, etc.
    No wonder that we're the red headed stepchildren of Italian motorcycles.
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    Just as an update and FYI, Optimum Performance Motorsports https://www.facebook.com/OptimumPerformanceMotorsports/ has become the new Aprilia and Moto Guzzi dealership in Kirkland, Washington.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuickHX View Post
    Unsolicited comments from dealership personnel in years past reveal Piaggio doesn't give a shit, are very difficult to work with, and put dealerships in financial hock- warranty work, etc.
    No wonder that we're the red headed stepchildren of Italian motorcycles.
    There's 3 sides to every story, and I guarantee you there's more to it than that
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    No doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by jared p View Post
    There's 3 sides to every story, and I guarantee you there's more to it than that
    I believe you, and while it wasn't my intent to talk smack, I'll say that I hope the M.I. peeps fare well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jared p View Post
    There's 3 sides to every story, and I guarantee you there's more to it than that
    I'm sure there is more to it than that. But sadly I think it is actually worse than described, not better. My experiences with Moto Guzzi are much the same as many others, I had a decent dealer who did what he could. But eventually he could deal with the parent company any more and he quit. What they wanted of him to continue being a dealer ws unrealistic, and the absolute lack of support he got in return made it a bad business decision to continue.
    I am a fan of Aprilia's and Moto Guzzi's. I have one Aprilia, 1 Piaggio, and 4 Moto Guzzi's. But at the rate they are going I don't see buying a new one anytime soon. The lack of dealers around here is a serious issue.

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    I had a decent dealer who did what he could. But eventually he could deal with the parent company any more and he quit. What they wanted of him to continue being a dealer ws unrealistic, and the absolute lack of support he got in return made it a bad business decision to continue.
    Sounds like the situation here...

    In other odd news: I have two TWO Royal Enfield dealers closer than the nearest Guzzi or aprilia dealership. One in Ohio and one in PA.
    Called the RE dealer in PA and he said he's out of Himilayans and GT's and waiting on a new shipment.

    I'm hoping MG surprises me with a cool V85 Stradale to get my interest back up. I still have the B11, so I got that going for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuickHX View Post
    I believe you, and while it wasn't my intent to talk smack, I'll say that I hope the M.I. peeps fare well.
    I didn't read it as smack talkin', was just saying there's always more to it, that's all.

    Quote Originally Posted by GuzziMoto View Post
    I'm sure there is more to it than that. But sadly I think it is actually worse than described, not better. My experiences with Moto Guzzi are much the same as many others, I had a decent dealer who did what he could. But eventually he could deal with the parent company any more and he quit. What they wanted of him to continue being a dealer ws unrealistic, and the absolute lack of support he got in return made it a bad business decision to continue.
    I am a fan of Aprilia's and Moto Guzzi's. I have one Aprilia, 1 Piaggio, and 4 Moto Guzzi's. But at the rate they are going I don't see buying a new one anytime soon. The lack of dealers around here is a serious issue.
    You're right, lack of dealer network is their main weakness. Italian way of doing business and American don't always work together apparently.

    Quote Originally Posted by rdbandkab View Post
    Sounds like the situation here...

    In other odd news: I have two TWO Royal Enfield dealers closer than the nearest Guzzi or aprilia dealership. One in Ohio and one in PA.
    Called the RE dealer in PA and he said he's out of Himilayans and GT's and waiting on a new shipment.

    I'm hoping MG surprises me with a cool V85 Stradale to get my interest back up. I still have the B11, so I got that going for me.
    That V85 looks fan-tastic
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    I'm hoping that one of the remaining models to use that platform will be a decent little two up tourer. Not that the TT wouldn't tour, but we're hoping for a more.....errm..... "sexy" looking bike.
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    My nearest Guzzi dealer packed it in (or in the process anyway). The shop moved a bit north but unfortunately didn't include Guzzi in the move.
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    Hopefully it'll work out with OPM to keep Aprilia and Moto Guzzi alive in the Pacific Northwest. I think today Aprilia and Moto Guzzi are making the best bikes they've ever made and has the best chance at success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jared p View Post
    Hopefully it'll work out with OPM to keep Aprilia and Moto Guzzi alive in the Pacific Northwest. I think today Aprilia and Moto Guzzi are making the best bikes they've ever made and has the best chance at success.
    Boom! I agree, now if there was advertising and getting the word out, AND getting new or orphaned riders in the door!
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