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#670675 - 01/18/11 11:44 AM Re: CycleGadgets.com Shuts Down [Re: RoadWolf]  
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And now, by all accounts: Great People, Great Service and Reasonable Prices (and I agree), won't make the grade? Anyone looking to start a fresh, better make sure they have a solid business plan with a dash OR TWO of luck, it appears. I imagine not enough capitol or misspent capitol or untimely spending, but most likely a combination of all, resulted in this kind of ending. Too bad...but the market always decides final out comes...unless of course, tax dollars can postpone or change it?


Mechanical whore: 2009 R1200RT and 86 other bikes
that have come and gone (starting with a '59 Cushman) - still counting.
#670786 - 01/18/11 09:44 PM Re: CycleGadgets.com Shuts Down [Re: Motodan]  
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This is too bad! Growth is always risky for a business. Sounds like they got crushed by timing. You'd think they could scale back to a low-or-no-inventory business and continue but maybe they were ready to be done with it.

#670790 - 01/18/11 09:55 PM Re: CycleGadgets.com Shuts Down [Re: Penforhire]  
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their plight is sad. spent some $$'s over years with them.


Brian

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#670808 - 01/18/11 10:57 PM Re: CycleGadgets.com Shuts Down [Re: BFish]  
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I too bought several items from CG and visited there often when riding in the Eureka Springs, AR area. They had a very nice set up in a beautiful part of the country. I admit I often wondered about the size of the nice new building and how long the GPS/accessory business could sustain them. While Gerbing items and others were part of the product lines, there is always a proliferation of competition, especially on-line that takes more than being great people to overcome. I wish everyone associated with the business the best of luck.


Tom K

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'04 DL-650 V-Strom (what a bike!!)
'01 KLR 650 (My Great Divide Ride!)
#670870 - 01/19/11 03:16 AM Re: CycleGadgets.com Shuts Down [Re: Paul Mihalka]  
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Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Same thing happened to them as what happened to our Cary Littell and Motomarin.


My thoughts exactly..
No one can invest in that kind of move than lose 70% of the market and stay afloat.
Sean, laurene... Best of luck in the coming year and thank you for a great line of farkles coupled with great service


Happy, Joyous and Free
Bill Iffert
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BMW r1200rt 09'
BMW f-650 GS 01'
Ducati S2R 1000 07'
#670882 - 01/19/11 04:03 AM Re: CycleGadgets.com Shuts Down [Re: Tank]  
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Cliff's bmw became a victim of timing as well


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#671006 - 01/19/11 07:07 PM Re: CycleGadgets.com Shuts Down [Re: Rich06FJR1300]  
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As I mentioned earlier, I placed an order (RAM mount) with cyclegadgets on Friday morning. Received it Tuesday morning.

Service like that is hard to come by...especially when you think about the kind of day they were having on Friday.


Cheers,

Chip Tyme
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#671334 - 01/21/11 11:18 AM Re: CycleGadgets is Closed [Re: BostonBagger]  
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Originally Posted By: BostonBagger

His website tells it like it was. Business was growing for years, they invested in a new building and the move, and then the market fell out. With bikes being an unnecessary expenditure in a down economy, accessories for those same bikes were even less. He noted that business in the last year fell 70%. It would be crushing.


Outside of necessary parts for my stable, I haven't added anything in the couple of years to my bikes. But that's part of it all over the country, people aren't buying and selling their bikes as often, so once you get your bike where you want it, if you keep it for a while, there isn't a whole lot else to add.

This is very sad news though, I bought quite a few things from them and it's almost time for a new tank bag, which I bought from them last time and would have done so again. frown

Wayne

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#795784 - 08/16/12 01:53 AM Re: CycleGadgets is Closed [Re: wbrissette]  
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Whoa, just googled CycleGadgets and found this thread, Rip Van Winky for me, and all that.

I shut down "hard" almost 2 years ago, but it was mainly to deal with changing the stress issues that festered in my life for years. With my diabetes and HBP, along with my then 19 yo daughter being hospitalized with Type 1 diabetes, I figured a few months hiatus would help, but here it is two years later. But I was in the Honda showroom yesterday, first time in years, we'll see what energy happens.

Me just contacting a few old moto friends recently got the old memories flowing, I look forward to emerging from my cocoon/coma.


I did see that CycleGadgets new sight is pending, hopefully things are looking up for them.

I've been self-employed since I was 22 (now 58). Many ups and downs since, but lessons learned in the early 80's made me cautious in "overhead", and this has helped me survive in these recent years.
My brother broke his leg on my place up north, and sued me for $500k in '07. This added drama to the mix of my servicing "stupid debt" in a falling economy back then. The good thing from that experience is I learned about the laws of the land, started deleveraging before the real collapse, and am better prepared to move forward. But for those in biz, who want to survive the future, you need to seek being debt free, IMHO. /daveramsey

I'm better than I deserve ;-)


Journey Well....
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#795789 - 08/16/12 02:13 AM Re: CycleGadgets is Closed [Re: bigmak]  
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Mark, good to see your up and around. Passed by you the past 2 years but could not contact you. On the west coast now but headed south/maybe next year.

Take care my friend!


Marty
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