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
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.
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:
Dec 21st, 2006, 6:05 pm
THINE Village Idiot
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Southeast of Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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
I rode an LT for over 40K without dropping it.
- just Joe
Some pics are attached. The last one is the new bike they have waiting for Joe the next time he visits.