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    Where to go since the century plaza dealership tanked?

    I think my '08 R1200R needs to be hooked up to diagnostics.

    Chatanooga or Atlanta seem a little far to go, especially if the bike has to be left.

    Thanks in advance - Bruce.

  • #2
    Huntsville dealership should be open any day now. Call Cycle Nation In Huntsville.

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    • #3
      Called them yesterday. Their mechanic is finishing training and BMW is not able to get them 2015 inventory yet . . . So they said they are a month or two from officially opening. Said they don't have the BMW diagnostics yet.

      Thanks for the heads up. I look fwd to them opening.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bhmav8r View Post
        Where to go since the century plaza dealership tanked?

        I think my '08 R1200R needs to be hooked up to diagnostics.

        Chatanooga or Atlanta seem a little far to go, especially if the bike has to be left.

        Thanks in advance - Bruce.
        There is a shop in Leeds that works on BMWs. Call Bob Steber or Rodger Williamson. They both have had work done there.
        Jim Dubick
        2010 R1200RT
        BMW MOAL BMWMOA

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        • #5
          There are 2 shops in Leeds -- A and G Motorsports & MotoAce. I had my F800ST serviced by Glen (the "G" in A and G) and was well satisfied with the price, care, and the fact it was ready when promised. Glen was at Red Mountain Motorsports and is a certified BMW & Triumph Mechanic. MotoAce also has two good mechanics. Kenny used to be at Barber's, and the other mechanic was at 29 Dreams when they had their shop there, IIRC. Give them both a call and see which one gives you the best warm fuzzy while talking to them.
          JGoertz
          2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
          2015 BMW R1200RT

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          • #6
            I spoke with the Huntsville shop by email today and they are not yet approved by BMW and will not have their mechanic trained for about a month.

            David

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            • #7
              David, I assume you know also that David Haynes has gone to work there for Cycle Nation? They are well on their way but as you said they are waiting on inventory and final sign offs from BMW.
              Current Bikes
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              '18 BMW G310GS "Tiny"

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              • #8
                Paul & I went by there a couple weeks ago to check out the place. Lake Mills was the salesman that we talked to the most, and he seemed very cordial. We told him we were just looking around, but he talked to us for a long time and seemed very interested in getting into the BMW business. Their showroom is very nice with a large inventory of bikes. Time will tell, and I certainly don't want to be negative, but I'm not sure they know what BMW folks want, need, expect, in a dealer. Do they realize how many high $$ farkles they will need to stock? I saw no Touratech stuff nor were they even familiar with the brand . However, they seem to be interested in getting our business and at least they didn't lock the door on us! (Could only happen to me & Paul). I like the location, as it is a nice ride for us. Maybe it will work out well, and I wish them the best because they were very nice to us. We might as well be optimistic............I'm just sayin. Gail
                Gail & Paul
                F700GS/ KLR650 / R1200R
                IBA #23343 & 23344
                "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason." Jerry Seinfield

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                • #9
                  Very encouraging Gail. Thanks for the update.
                  Bob Steber
                  1995 R100GSPDC Long Tall Sallie
                  1991 R100GS The Bumblebee
                  1976 R90s Odalisque

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Vance View Post
                    David, I assume you know also that David Haynes has gone to work there for Cycle Nation? They are well on their way but as you said they are waiting on inventory and final sign offs from BMW.
                    "Sign-offs" ...

                    I'm beginning to think that BMW has become nearly impossible to work with from the dealer/vendor standpoint.

                    For several years I lived in Mississippi in the Hattiesburg area and was there when Hattiesburg Cycles picked up BMW (late 1990's). At that time HC was the largest volume seller of 4-wheelers in the US, and the Myatt family had provided 1st class service to Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki enthusiasts for years. They made an authentic effort to provide that same quality to the BMW riders.

                    The founder finally just called BMW and told them to come pick up their stuff and get it out of his showroom.

                    In all the years I rode Gold Wings and Suzuki's I never had the type of gremlins to deal with that I've had with the BMW's I've owned. I guess if it were not for the final drive failures, the surging issues, and other anomalies we read and hear about that I could understand the corporate hubris, but to date I can't see where BMW has earned the rights to the attitude.
                    Last edited by basketcase; 08-27-2014, 06:01 AM.
                    '00 R1100RT

                    If you insist on exercising a right to burn our flag, first be so kind as to wrap yourself in it and then douse yourself with gasoline just before you strike the match...

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                    • #11
                      In regards to the last post, I'll have to say that my experience with Hattiesburg cycle was the worst experience I have ever had with a motorcycle shop. Mr. Myatt's arrogance could only be exceeded by the IRS. In my 63 years, Hattiesburg Cycle is the only person or business I have ever sued. I won a $700.00 dollar judgment against them, but had to file a lien against the business to ever get paid. BMW is a better company without them as a dealer. Paul Thorne
                      Gail & Paul
                      F700GS/ KLR650 / R1200R
                      IBA #23343 & 23344
                      "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason." Jerry Seinfield

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gail View Post
                        In regards to the last post, I'll have to say that my experience with Hattiesburg cycle was the worst experience I have ever had with a motorcycle shop. Mr. Myatt's arrogance could only be exceeded by the IRS. In my 63 years, Hattiesburg Cycle is the only person or business I have ever sued. I won a $700.00 dollar judgment against them, but had to file a lien against the business to ever get paid. BMW is a better company without them as a dealer. Paul Thorne
                        Well Paul, I never found Larry Myatt to be arrogant and the customer reception and mechanical service I received there was entirely satisfactory.

                        Perhaps your attitude was that of too many other BMW riders? You know, that "I'm special, and you owe me for gracing your shop with my presence..." attitude that riders of other marques talk about when referencing the beemer crowd.

                        Anyway, do we have a new dealership in up and running yet in Huntsville?

                        Merry Christmas to all,

                        Rick Mitchell in T-town
                        '00 R1100RT

                        If you insist on exercising a right to burn our flag, first be so kind as to wrap yourself in it and then douse yourself with gasoline just before you strike the match...

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                        • #13
                          Well Rick, I don't consider myself "special". I do try to avail myself of the facts before I make accusations. You should try it sometime. At the time of my problem with Mr. Myatt and Hattiesburg cycle, I had never owned a BMW. This all arose over work they had done on the Kawasaki I was riding at the time. For a long time, I've considered Mr. Myatt the most unpleasant person I've had contact with. He may have just slipped into the #2 slot. Paul Thorne
                          Gail & Paul
                          F700GS/ KLR650 / R1200R
                          IBA #23343 & 23344
                          "Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason." Jerry Seinfield

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                          • #14
                            Oh Girls....!!!


                            The Huntsville BMW / Triumph dealership, Cycle Nation, is up and running. Their tech's are trainned and the showroom is full. I should think additional showroom farkles are coming. They seem to be good people. They also carry Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha.

                            They have an indoor service faciltiy so your bike won't be sitting outside in the weather like at a lot of places I know. Also, they have a real loading dock if you need to truck your bike; a lot better than other shops that let you borrow their ramp.

                            CYCLE NATION
                            12401 Memorial Parkway Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35803
                            (256) 650-1177


                            There's also a Cycle Gear conveniently located a few miles north.

                            CYCLE GEAR
                            8922 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL
                            Last edited by Ric; 12-29-2014, 09:20 AM.
                            65 Honda Black Bomber - 67 Kawasaki 120ss - 69 Kawasaki 175 Bushwacker - 74 Kawasaki H2 - 77 Yamaha RD400 - 09 Kawasaki KLX250sf - 10 BMW R1200R - 2014 Bonneville T100SE

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                            • #15
                              Here is their web site:

                              http://www.bmwmotorcycleshuntsville.com/
                              Geoff Bull
                              '94 R1100RS
                              '13 F800GT
                              BMWRA, BMWMOA

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