Harley Davidson continues to amaze me with their "elitist" attitude.
Sometime ago I replaced the tires on my BMW R100GSPD. Sadly the bead on the front tire never sealed properly, resulting in a slow but annoying loss of tire pressure.
I figured that by installing an intertube, this problem would be resolved. So I removed the front wheel, and decided to take it to a local Harley dealer with the intertube I had purchased.
I walked up to the service counter and explained what I needed while holding up the spoked wheel and the inter tube. The gentleman replied: "Is it off of a Harley?" I truthfully proclaimed that it wasn't, and wondered why THAT would matter (it's a friggin wheel - for crying out loud).
Anyway, he responded with: "Sorry man, it's not off of a Harley, we can't do it". WOW - amazing ... I turn to walk out with a "WTF" look, just before reaching the door, the service guy suggests I try Chesapeake Cycles just down the street.
I did go to Chesapeake Cycles, explained to Vernon at the service counter what I needed, and he asked if I would like to wait while they tended to it right then and there.
What happens when a motorcycle enthusiast looks around in a motorcycle shop? I began looking at this 2017 Triumph Tiger 1215 XCA. Vernon came over, answered a few questions and demonstrated a few of this bikes' features.
I soon found myself sitting down and finalizing the purchase of this bike by putting down a deposit, thereby securing the price and 0% finance offer, while also giving me ten days to think about this.
With my wheel work having been completed, I wanted to pay for this service, and Vernon insisted that there was no payment due - WOW. In another interesting twist to this day, the wheel off the BMW i took in for service, is one manufactured by Akront. The wheels on the Triumph I plan to buy, are also manufactured by Akront!
Thank you Harley Davidson! Thank you for being such elitist a-holes, forcing me to look elsewhere to complete a simple maintenance item. Thank you for being incompetent to work on bikes other then Harley's, for leading me to Chesapeake Cycles and making me open my eyes to bikes other then BMW's. I own four BMW's, and look forward to introducing another brand into my motorcycle life.
Ok, gotta run and test ride this bike. Maybe if I don't like it, I'll buy a Harley instead - yeah right - FAT chance.