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I'll soon need to bring my bike to a shop to do numerous jobs (tire change, coolant change, brake fluid change, oil change, etc). I'm sure it'll take a whole day, or worse, for days.

Because it's my only transportation, I wonder if there's any shops in GVRD offer courtesey bikes, vehicles (car? I'd be happy with even a scooter), or free shuttle? I've checked with Carter Honda, and Richmond Motor Sports, both don't offer such service.

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Here's how it works, you build a relationship with a dealer over time and then when you roll in for service the owners says "Give Maverick the used GS with the plate while his is in." .

Now how long it takes is really up to you, how you ride, and how much effort you put into becoming part of the family.
 

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I have yet to see a shop that 'offers' courtesy bikes, but as Danke said above, build a relationship with a shop and they should be able to work something out for you. Most shops have a few rat bikes lying around.
 

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Here's how it works, you build a relationship with a dealer over time and then when you roll in for service the owners says "Give Maverick the used GS with the plate while his is in." .

Now how long it takes is really up to you, how you ride, and how much effort you put into becoming part of the family.
Yeah, I've had two shops offer bikes...but only because they knew me well enough, and I was a part of the 'family'. However, that was only for a few hours while my bike was being worked on - not for overnight.
 

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I think Pacific Yamaha had a loaner V-Star 650. It was $10 for the day or something, but that was a while ago, not sure if they still do it.

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Yeah, I've had two shops offer bikes...but only because they knew me well enough, and I was a part of the 'family'. However, that was only for a few hours while my bike was being worked on - not for overnight.
You can add in usually what they loan out will make you miss your own bike all the more!
 

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Yeah, I've had two shops offer bikes...but only because they knew me well enough, and I was a part of the 'family'. However, that was only for a few hours while my bike was being worked on - not for overnight.
I'm calling huge Bull shit on that one. I wouldn't lend you a tricycle or a bus pass . You'd find a way to Harps both of them.

I usually loan out my Husky SMR 610 but I have the engine torn apart putting in a big bore kit right now.
 

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I'm calling huge Bull shit on that one. I wouldn't lend you a tricycle or a bus pass . You'd find a way to Harps both of them.
Ouch! Bill 1 Harps 0! And by "Harps" I think you mean crash, correct Bill? :laughing
 

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I'm calling huge Bull shit on that one. I wouldn't lend you a tricycle or a bus pass . You'd find a way to Harps both of them.
Pfft - like you've never lent me bikes before. I think I've 'harpsed' your TTR alone like 1,2,3,4...18 times. I was awefully careful with the Husky and Holly's DRZ though...they survived unscathed.

Ouch! Bill 1 Harps 0! And by "Harps" I think you mean crash, correct Bill? :laughing
Stew - sheck out the wiki for definition: http://wiki.bcsportbikes.com/index.php?title=Harped
 

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^^^ Hahaha...thats awesome.
 

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I think Pacific Yamaha had a loaner V-Star 650. It was $10 for the day or something, but that was a while ago, not sure if they still do it.

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I called Pac Yamaha, but they don't service any bike not bought from them at this time of the year, saying they're too busy.

I called North Shore Suzuki, Unico Japan Auto Technology, and JPGreyBike, none of them offer courtesey ride. I also kept calling Modern, thier line was always busy!?!?!

I just moved from Montreal, so I need to build a relationship with a shop from scratch. There was at least one in Montreal where we could get coutesey bike. It was extremely useful when the garage accidently ordered wrong parts and the repair took forever till they got correct parts.

I had a terrible experience at Carter Honda in Granville Island, I'll never go back.

I think we riders pay the same amount, if not more, for maintenance and repair than cagers do, but how come we don't get same level of service which cagers are receiving??? For courtesey bike issue, do shops just assume that 99% riders are rich enough to have a car also??? I'd estimate 80-90% of riders in GVRD indeed own a car or other transporation besides their bikes, but I still feel my need has been ignored....
 

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Isnt that BS if your bike is a Yamaha dont they have to service it?

I called Pac Yamaha, but they don't service any
bike not bought from them at this time of the year, saying they're too busy.

I called North Shore Suzuki, Unico Japan Auto Technology, and JPGreyBike, none of them offer courtesey ride. I also kept calling Modern, thier line was always busy!?!?!

I just moved from Montreal, so I need to build a relationship with a shop from scratch. There was at least one in Montreal where we could get coutesey bike. It was extremely useful when the garage accidently ordered wrong parts and the repair took forever till they got correct parts.

I had a terrible experience at Carter Honda in Granville Island, I'll never go back.

I think we riders pay the same amount, if not more, for maintenance and repair than cagers do, but how come we don't get same level of service which cagers are receiving??? For courtesey bike issue, do shops just assume that 99% riders are rich enough to have a car also??? I'd estimate 80-90% of riders in GVRD indeed own a car or other transporation besides their bikes, but I still feel my need has been ignored....
 

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Did you try both numbers? 604-876-0182 & 604-876-8131.
Thanks for an alt. number! I finally got to talk to Modern, but no courtesey bike.

I pointed out to the guy who answered my call that 0182 number is the only listed on Suzuki web site, and has been always busy. He was like 'This number is for parts. And the other number's busy, because we're always busy.' Duh?!

There was no apology or sympathy. Not a very good first impression....
 

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^^ Yea. Keep in mind, Modern is a fairly small shop and the times I've been in there, its usually really busy...they dont just have extra staff standing around like certain other shops around town. Talk to Aaron from Modern, he's a great guy.
 

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They're turning away business because they're too busy, it's not like they're refusing to service a bike just because you didn't buy it there.

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Right, the guy at Pac Yamaha politely turned me away saying they're busy these days. I assume they'd service my Suzuki if I call them their down time. I never knew they get busy as the season ends though.
 
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