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Vintage Motorcycle Notice & Acknowledgment

"The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of the process, to achieve an inner piece of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon."
Robert M. Pirsig
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Any motorcycle or scooter that is 15 years old or more is classified as vintage. In those 15 years or more, your motorcycle has lived a rough life of misuse, wrecks, rough riding, poor maintenance, improper repairs, and who knows what else. Most shops do not service vintage motorcycles for numerous reasons, but primarily it's more challenging to work on them. At KMR Cycles, our mechanics enjoy the challenge; they love to see a piece of history back out on the open road. Fair warning, here is what to expect:

Vintage bikes have distinct personalities. Sometimes it will start for just one individual who has the perfect touch. It could be you, or it could be one of us. One of the bike's many owners has made an alteration that will be expensive to fix.

We may have to spend months contacting foreign distributors just to find a part. Then wait for it to ship half way across the world, and when it arrives it could be wrong. We may even need to fabricate custom parts to complete the job. That being said, we may have your bike for a ridiculously long period of time, months, even years... But trust me when I tell you, we don't want your bike in our shop that long any more than you do.

Fixing one leak today means another may spring tomorrow. The same can be said for repairs.

The repairs may cost more than the bike itself.
...but feeling like you're as cool as Steve McQueen is priceless...

You may pick your bike up and have a new problem before you get home.


Remember, owning a vintage motorcycle means you are the steward of a piece of history. The engineers that designed your motorcycle expected it to only survive for three to five years. You've exceeded it's life. We are here to help you keep history alive. At KMR Cycles, we strive to make your bike as safe and reliable as possible. However, vintage motorcycles will not always make a reliable daily ride. We suggest owning two or more motorcycles (you can tell your spouse we said so); at least one newer model for primary use. In the mean time, please, be patient while your bike is here for service. We understand that sometimes only your vintage ride will scratch that itch. If you call ahead, we may arrange for you to sit on the bike while someone pushes you around the parking lot making motor noises.

Sincerely,
KMR Cycles