Suzuki Boulevard tires shops and motorcycle repairs, Portland, Oregon

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Suzuki Boulevard C90-T

And Portland area motorcycle reviews

September 13, 2012

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Suzy needed new shoes so I thought I’d document sizes and so on as well

as my [mis]adventures to find a competent, reasonably motorcycle shop

If you want wall tires, your are somewhat limited.

Suzy is a Suzuki C90-T with wheels running tubeless

Dunlop K555 170/80-15 white wall (WWW).

OEM is a Exedra G702-J 180/70-15 WWW

D404 150/80-16 WWW on the front

OEM is a Exedra G703-J 150/80-16 WWW

150/80H16 WWW ME880 marathon mileage cruiser tire MPN

TIRE INFLATION: (Check specs) — F: 38-40 R: 40-42 psi

I’m sure are other tires available but the listed above are very

for this model. I’d installing RIDE-ON which is a fluid as

well as a puncture sealant.

Suzy, July, wearing her brand new Dunlop We’re off for a long

weekend out to the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon. She’s a happy

IF YOU DO YOUR OWN WORK: If you’re set up to your own tires, GMan

(Renton, Washington) sells for this bike for under a set.

Gary, the owner, Boulevards. you can probably do a little on price

shopping around but is a good guy and businesses like his to be supported.

If you live in the Portland/Vancouver and are looking for a motorcycle repair

your available options are The two shops I used for many, years

(Obsession Motorcycle and Fast Forward Customs) long since gone out of

Portland is *BADLY* in need of a reasonably priced, customer

motorcycle repair shop.

e-mailing me their quotes, not a Dealership or motorcycle shop. not

followed up to see if I was interested in doing there. This, more

If you own a repair shop and would us to review it, please

drop me a note. Also to hear customer reviews or bad) as well as

owner to anything that’s posted We are not interested in slamming

local we try to be accurate and fair with the we

post which includes Owners the opportunity to respond to bad


Hillsboro Motosports: $1,175 to install a set of Bridgestones. prices

have always in the stratosphere. They knocked out of consideration

at the gate. Only idiots patronize this

Hillsboro Motosports is a dealership. one of the few dealerships

still in business in the area.

Northwest Motorcycle Seems like a competent but the owner quoted a price

was $200 higher than Honda and most of the other I checked.

He pretty much himself out of consideration.


Beaverton Honda Yamaha

The bottom line here is these guys, all the way up to and including Bob

jr who now runs the joint, could less about your I’m

not talking out of school they are all very clear by actions

that they value or want your unless you are willing to just

over your dough and your mouth shut. I Jerry Lenz, the General

at BHY numerous opportunities to earn my as these sales

sleezes to say. he totally failed to act on any of it. Bob jr.

gave me a non-commital, unresponsive look into it when I to him

and was never heard from Buy BOB if you like but IMHO, you’ll NOT be

like a valued customer. follow.

These guys always been problematic to with. This time, were only

willing to the OEM Bridgestones and quoted $465 to the set. There

would be a or more wait while ordered the tires and you had to pay for the

tires in advance.

This was almost a complete deja vu of my replacement experience with

two years ago. I finally had to to the General Manager to get decent

from their parts and people. I wound up getting a good price

($413) on a set of that they got in almost and installed right away.

the of having to pay for tires in advance I love rules that

exist for customers who are too stupid to about them.

This (2012), escalating the issue to the Manager turned out to be

unproductive. If Bob ever wonders why his sales and revenue numbers

continue to he might think about some management changes at BHY.

After a several delay (time that I to gather other quotes) I got

a firm price from the BHY Manager that was $45 higher the three other low

bids I Of the three, SDS Performance seems to be the shop of the lot.

Will by to check out their operation

Beaverton Honda Yamaha was not at all in meeting their competitor’s

even though refusing to do so very well cause me to all my business elsewhere

forever. short sighted business IMHO. If you’re considering

at BHY, you may want to consider fostering customer loyalty is definitely NOT

a priority there. I most likley be replacing Suzuki in a year or two.

I do, checking out prices and so on at Bob Lamphere Honda Yamaha will NOT

be of the exercise.

10/25/13 UPDATE: Had to have my 30,000 mile done at Columbia

River They wanted $360 (I got a price because the motor oil and

gear oil did not need to be replaced. it was such a hassle to schedule

a visit over there just for the fun of it, I contacted Beaverton

for a quote. Seems that have yet another new Service and this one

actually knows what doing. $300 for the whole including a set of iridium

spark Quoted me 3 hours. wound up 6, although they honored

$300 quote. I’m with the work they The bike runs very and is

once again nice and Which goes to show due diligence demands getting

quotes even if you think a company is the one you want doing the

EDR Performance: The owner of this seems like a good guy and EDR to be

a competent shop. However, only do sport bikes and are not set up to do

changes on cruisers like my As an aside, the owner is related to the

that owns DS Cycle in and has worked there in the past.

Metrics: This guy is unbelieveable. and I that in the most negative

possible. He is an off-the-scale, my way or the highway freak. Saying

that he is not at all oriented would be a gross But beyond

that, my one and only with him indicates that he is not a good

mechanic either. He bloviate on his MANY opinions I suppose is fine

except he turns out to be wrong more than he is correct. I had my break-in

done there and I have to say he was a pill to deal with. a day

or so after the service, my rear end pouring out some sort of material.

I’m not saying this was due to anything he did. but a curious coincidence.

I came by to ask him it and he said that’s normal. worry about it.

After a of days more, it just getting worse so I brought it to the

who wouldn’t even let me ride it saying it was totally unsafe. replaced

the rear gear ($1,200, covered by the warranty). to say, I won’t

be going to Cycle Metrics.

DS Cycle: are on SW Shaw, right off of TV Highway. are right on the

Beaverton/Aloha line. Quoted to replace with either set of Dunlops or

Metelers. $225 for the rear (installed and out the door This is a family

owned that’s been around for 40 or so. Over the years they

I suppose if you have been in for that long, you are going to

at least a few unhappy customers no how hard you try. Still, so really

bad reviews is a serious red I’ll let you know how I make

UPDATE: 8/27/12, called to the tires and schedule an appointment. A new

DS Cycle has two very helpful, friendly, very customer employees..

and one who is a total jackass. He tell you to your face he doesn’t care

about business and that you can get lost for all he This jagoff obviously

ZERO value to DS Cycle. I that he is the root cause for the

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extremely negative reviews find on the Internet regarding DS


Cycle Tune Chris, the owner, is a condescending, character who

does not seem to be a competent mechanic or businessman. are quite a

few negative reviews him and his shop on the Internet. In my case, he

showed that he was not interested in my (and visa versa). He matter-of-factly

proclaimed that the ME880 that was my first would not fit my motorcycle.

Apparently, is unable to read vendor and fitment guides. I am currently

the exact same size on this motorcycle right Moron. I suspect

this guy be in business much longer.

These guys have in Vancouver for quite a while. recently took

Motorcycle Wheel: Quoted $434 to with another set of Dunlops.

for a set of OE Bridgestones. Had some reason why could not be

SDS Performance: The price quoted was competitive compared to the I got from

DS, Motorcycle Tire Wheel and My concern with these is that they

only on sport bikes, per Sage who I is the owner. I’m sure

Sargent’s Motorsports: These were unwilling to give me a over e-mail

so they knocked themselves out of consideration. over their web

site come off as being a little too and sleezy for me anyway.


Motorsports: This place has a few glowing reviews so I was very

that I had finally found a new shop I could patronize.

the owner, got right back to me that he had *GREAT* prices on

Unfortunately, that’s where the side of the experience ended.

great prices are a few bucks than you could get the same pretty much

anywhere on the Their shop rate is a on the high side and they

their rates with for extras such as a tire fee. I was

NOT able to get an out-the-door-with-a-smile quote or even a not to exceed

quote. This may be a great shop but I guess I will find out..

Mike gives the distinct impression, or not, that my business

isn’t important to him. be nice to have so many already that

you can chase off new



Columbia Honda Suzuki: Said were unable to find a that would fit

this except for the OEM Bridgestone. Quoted to replace the front and rear.

was a fairly reasonable and competitive and $20 lower than the quote

Beaverton Honda (BHY) is located closer to my home. The OEM

are OK. they just are not a very end tire.

UPDATE: After a price of $445 from DS and having that quote

a few days later, when called THE VERY NEXT some crabby guy there to

honor their pricing. So. to the drawing board. Julie Columbia River

Honda Suzuki and miracle of they found the part for the Metzelers.

$445 for a set, Since I would MUCH have the work done at a

Dealership, Columbia River Suzuki won the business that Honda did

not want. Any company would lose a sale and a customer over $25 in

*ADDITIONAL* just doesn’t get it in my opinion. Over Bob’s loss

is St gain..

9/13/12: Had the new Metzelers at Columbia River Honda They

honored their and did the work quickly, efficiently and

The Mechanic who did the work was a young guy but has an resume including

working a of years at Forest Grove which is an A rated Dealership.

is a nice, friendly place employees who actually seem to working

there (versus all of the long faces you’ll see at Over Bobs). It’s

worth the drive to take business to a Dealership that

values their customers. rate my satisfaction with visit as: VERY SATISFIED!

Suzy has a little over miles on it. Hasn’t seen maintenance

for a very long (except for lubrication which I do myself). Figured


Power Sports: These are right off the beginning of the Crown

Trail. There is an auto shop next door to (could be the same outfit).

shop rate for a tire is higher than the norm per axle). The rate

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