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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2006, 1:25 pm Thread Starter
 
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Heard this first from a Harley guy that Canton Cycle is selling the BMW piece to Grengras in East Hartford. Confirmed this today when I was at Canton Cycle. All the T & C's are not complete, but looks like a November time frame.

Just a FYI for those in the Connecticut area! I like the folks at Canton Cycle so not sure how this will turn out, but on the plus side it will put a dealer much closer to where I live.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2006, 10:59 pm
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I heard this as well. Is Canton still going to do anything with BMW? Will they do service on them after the sale? Not that I would bring my bike to them just wondering. I think that this sale will be the beginning of the end for Canton. They have a couple other lines I think Triumph and Victory. I don't know if they can survive with less. I know BMW is difficult on the dealers as far as how they like the dealer to operate. AJ's Cycle in Gill, MA is still a BMW dealership but BMW must hate this. AJ's is a very small shop that has not followed the BMW path of new designer stores. They have a following that keeps them in business. They are very customer friendly. Several times I have been there and only had a credit card and their credit card machine was off line. Allan would give me the parts and ask that I mail him a check. No one does that. It is to bad that more and more BMW dealers are closing. It appears that many owners can not make a living selling Beemers alone. And it appears that BMW sure does not like the multi line setup.

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Canton will be signing an agreement not to work on BMW or Triumph. That is part of the sale. Jury still out on Gingras. I know people that have H.D. and it's about 50-50 as to being happy or not.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 2006, 2:04 pm
 
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Thanks for the heads up! I have been a fan of BMWs and a customer of Canton Cycles for quite some time. The downfall of Canton began when they lost John at the parts counter. I will certainly miss the Canton team, especially Ralph. On a positive note, it will be much closer to my house as well.
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