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Old 05-26-2015, 04:23 PM   #1
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Ray's Motorcycle

Is this an actual shop? Do they sell parts or do repairs?
Called today for the first time:
"Hello", says some lady.
Is this Ray's Motorcycle?
"Yep". . . and then hung up.

I called back and got an answering machine?

I wonder if the shop is any better than the front desk. . . .

I'm guessing, no.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:43 PM   #2
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Last I knew, they closed up shop over a year ago.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:46 PM   #3
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Pretty much just repairs. It was a 2 car garage (maybe 3) with a small footprint for a counter and manuals. Truly old school / mom & pop set-up.

It shared property with a slightly larger auto repair business and an outside storage business.

Cranky fuckers, but always did ok by me
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:50 PM   #4
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You guessed wrong. Ray was and is a great guy who ran a great shop for a long time. It got old, he wore out, and didn't need the money. His wife probably answered the phone. She got you. She has a great sense of humor...
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:57 PM   #5
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Okay, so they're out of business. . . wonder why?

The phone recording still says something about Ray's Motorcycle shop.
Meh.

Thank's guys. One less place to wonder about anyway.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:02 PM   #6
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Three cheers for Ray. He got to retire. Some patrons just aren't worth it...

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Okay, so they're out of business. . . wonder why?

The phone recording still says something about Ray's Motorcycle shop.
Meh.

Thank's guys. One less place to wonder about anyway.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:52 PM   #7
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Some patrons just aren't worth it...
Something you need to get off your chest, darmahman?

I can say for sure that some businesses just aren't worth it. . . and over a bit of time it becomes obvious which businesses those are.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:35 PM   #8
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The closing of Ray's shop had nothing to do with how he ran his business and everything to do with him being at least 60 years young and wanting to do something else with his life. I am sure you would have liked him and his business if you would have found a need to go there b/4 he closed up shop. He had more business then he could handle, actually.

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Something you need to get off your chest, darmahman?

I can say for sure that some businesses just aren't worth it. . . and over a bit of time it becomes obvious which businesses those are.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:51 PM   #9
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Ray's was pretty much the only place I took my bikes over the past 2 1/2 decades. Great guy, always with a huge smile and laugh, and a great shop. I hear he was (is?) also quite speedy around a track.

Many times he would tell me how to fix something myself and would often give free pointers. Agreed, they always seemed plenty busy.

I hope he really enjoys his retirement! I'll miss having his shop close by - not sure where to take my bikes now...
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:23 PM   #10
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Rays was a good place, all good people. We all get to retire one way or the other. Some of us make choices to get the hell out before it gets too late.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:55 PM   #11
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Like Skortch, right around the corner from me. When I had my 1 & only street accident, he was just awesome. Bike was 100x better after the accident! When I heard he was closing up, I was depressed. It was cool to know someone local that didn't bullshit you. When my SV was getting fixed, he was building a Norton Vintage motorcrosser, putting the pipes up under the fender. Dude had talent. Good work, too. Dime a Dozen these days.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:18 PM   #12
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Rode by yesterday and it looked his supply of parts bikes in the yard had been cleaned out.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:22 PM   #13
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Rode by yesterday and it looked his supply of parts bikes in the yard had been cleaned out.
Yup. You no go on Dino this year? WTF, man?
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:37 PM   #14
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No can do. Gonna do the COBDR instead. And the moose. Have fun Dino-ing.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:24 AM   #15
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Grave Robbers

Sinister clouds hung low over the foothills, threatening the hulking lifeless shapes at the junkyard. The churning sky painted gray watercolor shapes across the dull chrome, setting the old machines into stark relief against the dark dirt. Lonely reeds of brown grass waved timidly between rusty spokes and muddy frame rails. From a distance, it was a back lot full of corroding junk, but with the right kind of eyes, Ray’s Cycle Salvage harbored an Aladdin’s Cave of Treasures beneath the patina of decay. Joe and I ventured out into the threatening atmosphere on a lunchtime quest. We were hoping to find useable exhaust pipes off an old CB450.

We found Ray’s out on the west side of town where the suburban outskirts yield to the rugged terrain of the Front Range. The cold cinderblock garage sat hulking in the corner of the lot from which Ray emerged as we approached, a large ratchet clenched in his dark, oily fist. Ray has a wizard’s beard of white, a long ponytail, and sparkling eyes of pale blue set deep in dark sockets. His eyes seem to be glowing... illuminated from within like a jack-o-lantern. We describe the nature of our mission and he releases us to the yard to dig up what treasure we might find.

We found a lone CB450 lying forlornly on its neighbor. The tank was gone, the forks were gone, and the seat was slashed and torn. One of her gauges was missing, and she leered up at us with her one good eye. She looked ravaged and raped. Plundered. Joe and I were the next greedy pirates in line as we ogled the slender curve of her aged pipes. We hunched over her as hungry scavengers, pulling and tearing at her with our tools like metallic teeth. Someday, throbbing heat will surge again through these cold, dead pipes. Part of her will live, reborn. A Frankenstein resurrection from the boneyard.
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