Time to play this game again, Ron? And in public? Well, OK, if you insist . . .
Yes, I've known you for a decade now, and your arrogance has never once wavered . . .
Your recent marketing-driven infiltration of the K1600 board has already raised quiet a few concerns, and while your posts on this board have tapered off, many of them still remain quite contentious. You blatantly use these boards to connect with potential customers, and yet continually refuse to directly support them as many other vendors gladly do, even when specifically asked to do just that.
I asked detailed questions about your seats, because that's what I do that with every new product that shows some promise. It's how I separate the hype from the reality of how well a product actually performs, along with specific long-term testing in real-world applications. Must be the engineer in me.
But your seats had some serious drawbacks, not the least of which was the fact that they weren't waterproof. Who the hell stops riding to put a rain cover on their seat? That alone was a deal breaker right there.
Now I heard you've solved that issue, and made some other improvements. Fair enough, continuous improvement is the hallmark of engineering and product development, and something that I've spent decades pursuing, both professionally and personally.
So I decided to take a fresh look at your products, and see if they might work for my admittedly extreme needs, even though I maintain my skepticism, based not the least upon your blustery arrogance.
And so we spoke about it, in some detail. I remained hesitant, but wanted to offer you the chance to prove yourself. Not with marketing bravado, or cut & paste testimonials, or sheer force of will, but by getting seat made to my specifications, and putting 50,000 or so miles on it. By using your products under my riding conditions, and seeing how well they hold up in extreme use.
Note that I've done the exact same thing with many different products, and have developed mutually-benficial relationships with quite a few of the "known" brands in the aftermarket motorcycle industry. In many cases I'm actually working directly with the production people to give direct, experienced feedback and help to better the products being made. Because that's how adults do business together and build respectful relationships.
But you were completely uninterested in anything besides cranking up the "options" and increasing the sale price. Every question I had was met with a "Sure, we can do that, for an additional fee . . . "
And when I asked about a ride-in appointment so that we could discuss my unique needs and get it right the first time, you absolutely freaked out, as if I had personally offended you in some manner. And then you got even more aggressive. Or should I say, you let your true arrogant self that I've seen for the past 10 years overpower your polished salesman facade. Seriously, dude, it was like a personality switch had flipped.
So at this point, there's no way I'm ever handing you any money whatsoever.
And I will be honest about my experiences with you whenever the subject comes up. And with my experience and presence in the long-distance motorcycle community, this subject comes up a lot . . .
So here's my offer: If your product is really that dämn good, then let's see you put your product where your marketing is. Build me the ultimate Long Distance seat, and let me put some serious miles on it. Prove to me that what you claim actually holds true. Hell, I'll even supply the seat pans so that you're out nothing but some materials and labor. You can just chalk that up to marketing costs, if you need to justify it.
And in return, I promise to give it a full shakedown, testing it thoroughly in all road and weather conditions. And I'll give you specific, detailed feedback on what works, and what doesn't.
Which is exactly what I do with all the other companies that I'm working with, to great success. And yes, I can provide specific references if you need, although by now you should know that I'm true to my word.
If your seats really are as awesome as you keep claiming, then this should be a no-brainer for you.
And if not, well, then I guess we're done here . . .