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#605554 - 06/04/10 02:19 AM Moto Marin closed  
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I'm afraid that Moto Marin in San Rafael has closed. I read about it on another forum - bottom link.

Best wishes to Cary and all the staff.

http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=45944


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#605569 - 06/04/10 03:04 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: MAT2CHI]  
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Now this is terrible news.

I visited the dealership in July of 2006. Cary gave me a tour of the place.

I am very sorry.


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#605571 - 06/04/10 03:08 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: beemerman2k]  
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Terrible news. Spent time with Cary at the shop a few weeks ago. All the good people and all the hard work. Very sad.


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#605574 - 06/04/10 03:12 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: Marty Hill]  
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Aw, shit.


Cary, Gleno, Rodger, Paul,
Godspeed, my brothers.
We will never forget you.


Teach your children about taxes. Eat 40% of their ice cream cone.

Do you have a MotoReflective Reflective Kit (Link) for the rear of your BMW?
#605577 - 06/04/10 03:16 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: EffBee]  
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Sad news for us all.

+1 EffBee


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#605579 - 06/04/10 03:32 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: Les is more]  
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Follow up:

I spoke with Cary. He's fine. He says he's fought a good fight for a very long time and that he'll find a way to come out of this personally, but that the motorcycle sales part of the dealership is closed as he has no more bikes. He says that there's a strange sense of relief that's come over him.

As to the actual status of his business and what happened, I'll leave it up to him to post, but I do know that BMW came in and took the bikes, accessories and apparel, but left him with his parts, so they're still able to do services and repairs. Of course, I would urge everyone who's in the area to support him, not only because he's the founder of this board, but because he's a damn fine gentleman and has always treated customers right. He and his employees could use the business as they're no longer able to sell BMW's, but they can sure as hell work on them for a while and provide the kind of quality service they've been known for. If you've been his customer, there's no need to change just yet.


Cary, Gleno, Rodger, Paul,
Godspeed, my brothers.
We will never forget you.


Teach your children about taxes. Eat 40% of their ice cream cone.

Do you have a MotoReflective Reflective Kit (Link) for the rear of your BMW?
#605587 - 06/04/10 04:11 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: MAT2CHI]  
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#605602 - 06/04/10 05:55 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: SageRider]  
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BIG hugs to Cary, and crew.
Last visited him (pilgrimage) in '05 with Fasterpill.
I couldn't of had my "moto" journey without him, these last 10+ years, IMHO.
Thanks for the personal info FB, I understand Cary being/feeling "free", as these last few years have brought my own catharsis.

Dearly miss the good old times.


{get your butt back out here Marty! Honest, I'll buy wink )

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#605615 - 06/04/10 10:31 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: EffBee]  
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Heck, seems like BMW Motorrad never heard of the maxi-recession happening in America, and the depression happening specifically in California. Pretty darn short-sighted of them. It would seem like there are lots of steps they could have taken short of shutting him down, to keep a good dealer afloat and maintain their distribution network. However, I guess with scores of investors just chomping at the bit to open new BMW dealerships in Californa they didn't need Cary, and had to act immediately to put this dealer out of business. </end sarcasm>

Maybe he can focus on consignment sales - keep the showroom filled and make some sort of profit.

Well, hopefully, he can find the financial wherewithall and support of a competitor to remain in business. Wouldn't that be a stick-in-the-eye to BMW to fill their BMW showroom, with say, Triumph's or Kawa's, or an all "Euro-bike" showroom (sans BMW's).

I wish him well, personally and professionally, with the business recovery sure to come.

- Scott

#605616 - 06/04/10 10:47 AM Re: Moto Marin closed [Re: SWB]  
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BMWNA would do well to hire Cary, not fire him; however, the laws of economics prevail even with nice guys.

Met Cary twice...once at Gunnison and again in his first store. He was serving a customer who'd just bought a GS and a pile of farkles, but made time to welcome us.

Good luck in the next act, Cary.


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