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Houston, TX: Italian Superbikes shut about a month ago..

Discussion in 'United States of America' started by lucydad, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. lucydad

    lucydad Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Locals probably know, but our Guzzi dealer in Houston shut abruptly a month ago. Sad to see this as they were a superb Guzzi dealer. Bought my V7 III Special from them about two years ago. Hoping Mike Haven at MPH can still do basic maintenance. Also lost MV and Aprilia: and yes I have an almost MV 800 Dragster RR. I guess nobody likes Italian bikes in Houston other than Ducatis.
     
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    Stevie Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I guess Houston is too small to support a low volume bike dealer.
     
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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Bummer, but rest assured it's not them personally, more that selling niche brands and dealing with the demands put on low volume dealers just doesn't add up. I sat with Piaggio ~2 years ago to check feasibility, and it just didn't make sense to be worth the effort. Quite sad.
    I'm sure Mike/MPH would do basics for you. Tell him I said hello.
     
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    john zibell Moderator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Yes it seems the importer puts a great burden on dealers. The importer doesn't care if the dealer survives so long as they get their money from them. A fellow with an independent shop in the city where I live asked me about picking up a Guzzi dealership. I like the guy so I advised him not to in the Huntsville AL market.
     

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