First the extinction of the GRiSO news, now this. It's been a tough month for the BC GRiSO riders.
Pacific Motorsport, where I and many others who lived in the lower mainland area of Vancouver, went to buy
our Moto Guzzis and have them serviced, will now be closed. The owner has opened a new shop just down the road
that now sells....wait for it....Ducatis. Yes, the end is nigh, my friends. I heard about this via an email that assured me that
the apparel section of the shop would not be closed as well, just moved into the upstairs of the new Ducati dealership. Phew!
That was a close one, almost lost my ability to buy the soft goods that could be purchased online for 25% cheaper!
I was none too happy to hear the news, so I replied to the email with the following response:
"That's unfortunate news. It really is. Slowly but surely all the brands with any character and non-cookie cutter approach to motorcycles are being dumped in favour of giant, soulless motorbike companies and their "must appeal to the masses" approach to motor sports.
I'm sorry to hear that the place that once stood up against all that garbage, and sold the beautiful Moto Guzzi GRiSO to me, has now gone to the dark side. I'm sure your new Ducati dealership will do well, it's just that I , and other experienced riders (50 years old and up)
who are not the target demographic of this new wave of "HP + $ = FUN", will not be shopping at your new store. But I wish you good luck , and perhaps for importantly to you,
good fortune with your new fast food outlet.
Have fun selling fishing lures to large mouth bass! "
I'm sure that after reading my reply the owner will rethink his rash,
money driven move to close the Moto Guzzi/ M Agusta/ Aprilia /Triumph dealership, and probably opt to
burn down the new Ducati dealership in a sign of solidarity (and for the insurance money).
Anyway, in realty, that's seems to me to be indicative of the new landscape forming in Motorsports.
In the prophetic words of Antoine Dodson
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