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Hi guys,

It seems my options for dealers north of Seattle are Als Honda in Bellingham, Maryotts, and Smokey Point.

Can you tell me what you know or have heard about these dealers and their knowledge about the GL1800?

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I bought mine at Everett Power Sports. Haven't had any problems with the bike except the frame weld recall. They did they repair on time with no problems. Had them change the air cleaner at same time and cut me a fair deal on that also.
Salesman I dealt with has since moved on, but shop guys seemed ok.

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I bought mine at Everett Power Sports. Haven't had any problems with the bike except the frame weld recall. They did they repair on time with no problems. Had them change the air cleaner at same time and cut me a fair deal on that also.
Salesman I dealt with has since moved on, but shop guys seemed ok.

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2004.... 39,000 miles
 

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I live half way between Smokey Point Cycle barn and Maryotts (aka Steel Dreams) in Burlington, I do my own maintance work, but I have had tires mounted at both shops, Maryotts, in my opion, is by far better than Cycle Barn for tire work, the people are friendly, and they usually get it done pretty quick. Cycle Barn has a better selection of goodies and broader selection of motorcycles, but their shop people leave a lot to be desired, Maryotts has a good selection so Big Dog choppers and a cafe, a lot of eye candy to help pass time while you are waiting. I have never been to the Honda shop in Bellingham, if you don't mind driving another 10 miles or so, Everett Power Sports has a better selection of Goldwings and a good selection of accesories.
 

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Definitely stay away from Al's Honda in Bellingham.There are too many horror stories about that place.

I bought my 02 at Smokey Point, had a bad experience with the purchase,and never went back for service there.
I bought my 04 at Everet Power Sports.Had a good sales experience,but have never gone there for service just because it's about 70 miles away,and I do most of my own service anyway.

Maryott's was bought by Steel Dreams a couple years ago.I went there for the recall that had to do with the braking system and all went well.They have a pretty good reputation locally.
 

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I will tell you that Everett Powersports has been a very strong supporter of several local Goldwing groups, as well as the annual Ride for Kids. Mike, the owner, is a great guy. You should at least consider them.

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"After" I purchased my 02 I had heard some good reports of Everett Power Sports and wish I had gone there. But I brought mine from Lynnwood Cycle Barn, which also owns the Smokey Pt Cycle Barn. At the time I went to all three and the Lynnwood store had the best price, so that is where I got my 02. I would assume the same polices occurred with both Cycle Barn stores, and I am not too happy. When I purchased my 02 I also got a two year service contract because I knew I would have the mileage to make it worth while. Over the miles they perform two valve clearance checks, no adjustments were needed. They were the only ones who had touched this part of the bike. This week for the first time I perform my own valve check & adjustment (66,000 miles). While removing the needed plastic parts I discovered two missing bolts and three of those plastic rivets missing. Then when I got to the right cam chain tensioner (the one on top of the engine) I discovered the 8mm bold head rounded off. Lets just say I was upset. I guess that at least means the shop did get it apart that far. I finally was able to get a wrench on it and removed the bolt. And I got one more shim to buy and then put it all back together again.
I have since moved away from the area, but even if I still lived there I would not be taking any business to either Cycle Barn stores.
This wasn't the only incident either. I had found oil drain plugs over tighten, seat bolts over tighten, tire pressures changed after being instructed not to change it, and a few other things.
 

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It sounds like Everett Powersports is the place to go, but the more stories I hear about dealers, the more concerned I get. It amazes me that good service is not the expected norm.

Thanks for the info guys.
 

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I have bought 2 bikes from Everett Power sports and both deals I walked away from feeling good.
Al's Honda in Bellingham- STAY AWAY!. I have had a horror story with them.
I have to say the worst customer service I have ever had period.
The owner is a Jerk plain and simple. In my opinion!
 

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Everett Power Sports worked me in when I was on the road and had problems with my front tire. They did a good job and sent me on my way.

I was less than 3 miles from the shop when I was hit by an s-10 pickup. The owner of the shop came to the accident site and towed the MC trailer back to the shop. They had the bike and trailer safe enough for me to bring home in a couple of days. If I lived closer they would be the one to do the repair work.
 

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It's good to read the compliments about Everett Powersports and its owner MIKE.
In 2002 I could rent a Gl1800 from Mike so my wife and I could make a 4weeks trip. It was a great vacation we will never forget. So I also can recommend Everett Powersports
 

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I got my 1800 at University Honda

I bought a 2001 Valk at Lynnwood Cycle Barn and had the worst experience of my biking life. I e-mailed all the dealers in the state of Washington asking about trading in my new Valk for an 1800, University Honda and a dealership in Port Angeles were the only ones to respond. I bought the bike a University Honda...it was the first of four bikes that I bought from them since 2002.

I called Everett Power Sports for service but they weren't interested in servicing my bike since I didn't buy it there and wasn't a regular customer. When we went to buy my wife's bike I sent an e-mail asking Everett Power Sports if we bought her bike from them, would that make us a regular customer and would they be interested in working on my 1800? Nope...we bought the bike from U-Honda!

I live a mile from Lynnwood Cycle Barn and take my bike to Hinshaws Motorcycle Store (about 45 miles) for service and tire changes!

Your mileage may vary
 
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