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My Trip to "Mecca"

We went to Youngstown, OH to visit a BMW dealer we hadn't been to before: Roman Cycle Shop. This is the very same place where messenger13 bought his LT and his GT.

Before entering I removed my shoes, leaving them at the front door. When Sales Manager Richard J. Roman (son of the founder) asked me how he could help me, I told him I was on a pilgrimage. He immediately asked if I knew Joe Paulsey. I replied "Oh yes, of course. He's even been to my house. Twice." A hush came over the little people assembled inside the store, and I'm pretty sure -- but not certain -- that I heard an angel chorus singing briefly; I think it came from the Service Department.

By this time Parts Manager David Zigarevech and one of the techs came out from behind behind the counter. They asked me if they could get me something -- "anything, anything at all". I politely declined, and asked if I could be allowed to see where Joe's GT had been parked on the showroom floor before he took delivery of it. They humbly escorted me to the corner where they showcase their new bikes (right next to some vintage Beemers and the Korean knock-offs). I knew, without their uttering a word, that this was hallowed ground. I closed my eyes and meditated for a few moments, my spirit nearly leaving my physical body behind as my mind imagined what it must have been like to have experienced the actual sale being closed.
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Once I had regained my composure, Richard gave me a tour of a nice little museum they had assembled in the back of the store. His father, now 94 years old, founded the shop in 1948. They have assembled a few old BMWs, Triumphs, and a BSA, with numerous mementos and signs from their shop over the years.

Nice people, nice shop.
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Oh, there is one more thing: one of the guys told me that Joe did actually drop his LT once. Apparently it was understandable, however: the grass was wet. Still, it was a drop. Pete: Got any "D.A." pins left? From a recent post:

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My GT is approaching 13K miles. Not one drop. Not even one near drop. If you're afraid of the dropping an LT, you have two options. Buy a lighter bike, or learn how to not drop it. I rode an LT for over 40K without dropping it.
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Oh, there is one more thing: one of the guys told me that Joe did actually drop his LT once. Apparently it was understandable, however: the grass was wet. Still, it was a drop. Pete: Got any "D.A." pins left? From a recent post:

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My GT is approaching 13K miles. Not one drop. Not even one near drop. If you're afraid of the dropping an LT, you have two options. Buy a lighter bike, or learn how to not drop it. I rode an LT for over 40K without dropping it.
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Well Howard... You just ruined "The Legend of Joe" by sharing his little "un-truth"!!! I hope you're happy!
Hey, do you think they have it on video???
Maybe we can even see how wet the grass was at the time... Do you think that is why Joe traded for a LIGHTER bike???

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That was so bad Howard
I almost dug my eye out with a fork so I wounldn't have to read anymore!
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Steve (and Rock), I don't know what that means so I can't comment.

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Well Howard... You just ruined "The Legend of Joe" by sharing his little "un-truth"!!! I hope you're happy!
Not really. He's still a legend... just a little more human.

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Cute post Howard. Very cute. Remind me to hire you as my PR Mgr when I become rich and famous.


But just for the record, I have never denied dropping my LT. But not due to "wet grass". It was in my friend's driveway. I came to a stop, put my left foot down, realized that my foot was in a pothole, and the rest is history. The "other time" that my LT was on it's side was in the parking lot of Cabella's in West Virginia. I was inside the store when it happened.


My GT has NEVER BEEN DROPPED.
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I purchased a back rest adaptor (no longer made) for my R1200C from Roman quite a few years ago.
Good product and good people to deal with.
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Cute post Howard. Very cute. Remind me to hire you as my PR Mgr when I become rich and famous.

But just for the record, I have never denied dropping my LT. But not due to "wet grass". It was in my friend's driveway. I came to a stop, put my left foot down, realized that my foot was in a pothole, and the rest is history. The "other time" that my LT was on it's side was in the parking lot of Cabella's in West Virginia. I was inside the store when it happened.
They obviously have the "slippery grass" story mixed up with someone else.

Thanks for taking this little story the way in which it was intended.

All kidding aside, it was fun to visit Roman Cycle Shop yesterday. As I mentioned (and as you already know) they are nice folks.

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They obviously have the "slippery grass" story mixed up with someone else.
Yes...I'll hafta have a little chat with the boys.


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Thanks for taking this little story the way in which it was intended.
Howard, I've known you long enough to know that you don't have a mean-spirited bone in your body. And fortunately for bmwlt.com, your well thought-out text is funnier than your verbal humour.
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And fortunately for bmwlt.com, your well thought-out text is funnier than your verbal humour.
Come on Joe lighten up would ya? He did say that funny thing, that one time.
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Come on Joe lighten up would ya? He did say that funny thing, that one time.
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Yea, but I don't think it counts. I found out later that he was holding back some gas. (Oh those Lisa's beans!)
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I thought it was funny.

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The last time I was there (about 1.5 yrs. ago) Mr. Roman Sr. took me on a tour of the museum. It was very interesting, he had a personal story about everything in there!
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The last time I was there (about 1.5 yrs. ago) Mr. Roman Sr. took me on a tour of the museum. It was very interesting, he had a personal story about everything in there!
That's an excellent point -- Richard told me his father still comes in from time to time, and has stories about all the old bikes and other goodies in their museum. It would be neat to be there on one of those days!

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