Derek King Racing Ltd. will no longer be open for business effective March 1st 2004.
Though the shop is doing well enough to sustain, between DKR and my other 2 jobs I couldn't see myself getting regular days off for another couple of years. Right now, with 2 great boys and a wonderful wife at home I felt a obligation to make a change before its too late. A position at the helm of a family business presented itself to me and I jumped. Good pay, regular days off, peace of mind and family are priority, it can't be any other way.
I'd like to take this time to thank a few folks. Firstly, my great and loyal customers. It's been an awesome ride keeping you saticfied and happy. For those of you interested, I will be working on bikes at home and will be happy to help you that have supported me over the past years. I will remain on the board so please contact me here. BIG thanks to Julia and Bog for their relentless patronage and promotion of DKR and others. You guys really are a huge force in promoting safe and positive attitudes toward riding on the local scene. Thanks to John Bowman (BOMAX) and the family for your help and support, not only with the shop but from day 1 when you found me loading up my blown up TZ 250 in the pits at Portland. We went along way from that day. And, of course "Thank You" to my awesome wife and family for allowing me to follow dreams.
I hope to see a lot of you around, as I won't be steping entirely off the planet. We will be running the DKR RS 250 at various dates at Mission in 2004 and helping out a couple of other riders, so stop by and say "hi".
Its been great, really. Thanks again to all of you. You know who you are.
And now for the unpleasant Rant that comes with the above message.
I get completely choked when I read a post complaining about how "This dealer ripped me off" or "That dealer hurt my feelings" or the best and most common " booo hoo hoo hoo", and oddly enough that very cry baby wipes his tears and takes his wounded wallet down the road to the next motorcycle superstore to experience the whole pathetic situation all over again.
You, and you know who you are, would be doing yourself and the local motorcycle service industry a huge favor if you would try out the little guy. Try them all, find one you like, and you will find one you like, and stick with him and support him. It seems as though a lot of you (not all of you of course) are either afraid or too stupid to go to the small shops where customer relations is job 1. You spend most of your time calling from dealer to dealer looking for another couple of bucks off an oil change with absolutely no loyalty at all. The concept is quite simple. You will, over the long run, save way more money by being a regular at one of the small shops than any overly marked up pathetic sale price at any supershop.
There are small shops around where the guys are just waiting to give you a great deal and keep you happy and as a regular customer. If you continue to over look these guys, guys like John at Bomax and Bill at 5ft Gear, you will notice something happen. The supershops will get bigger and bigger and the little guy will get smaller and smaller until they are gone all together. Then the dealers will have you by the nuts. Don't you see, they can afford to give away big bling prizes because they already make huge coin off you guys. $80.00 an hour labour? what the #@$*, who's worth that? And after you sign you Visa slip and walk out they laugh and think ** There goes another one**and their right!
Stop crying and just try them out! They're the guys in the Yellow Pages with the "little" ads. Try them on a low dollar project, you'll know who's good, you'll get a vibe. Then develop a relationship with them and from then on enjoy a worry-free experience each time you go back.