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1Back to top Go down    The $1000 stuff up. on Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:36 pm

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A week ago a slightly nervous gent from Switzerland arrived at the dealership to pick up his pre-arranged secondhand F650GS twin so he could ride to Alaska. He needed gear and some accessories so I spent nearly three hours with him getting him kitted up. In his size I had only a GS Dry jacket that fit well, but it had a few red highlights on it and he was, shall we say, fussy. A nice bloke, but a bit of a princess.

He thanked me and away he rode with his bike and new jacket, slightly unhappy with his perceived lack of choice, towards the three day Alaska-bound ferry. I did mention to him that another Beemer shop up in Seattle had a blue jacket of the kind he was seeking.

Next day I get a call from the general manager up at the other shop asking me what he'd paid for the jacket and would I mind taking it back into stock. No worries, I want him to be happy. The deal was done, he got his blue jacket and away he sailed. I received a pleasant email thanking me for my time and with apologies for returning the jacket. A person from the other shop dropped it off to me on her way through town. I checked the jacket, replaced the tags and restocked it - he'd not worn it but to Seattle, 50 kms away. I found a coupla crumpled up shop receipts which I chucked away.

Fast forward over the weekend. A very busy weekend. Many people tried on that jacket. This morning I get a frantic call. "Do you sell the jacket? Can you check the inside pocket? Tell me what you find!", he said in thick, Swiss accented English.

One thousand American dollars in twenties tucked neatly away inside. No one noticed. It was a five hundred dollar jacket. Imagine the surprise if someone did take it home! That's a five hundred dollar rebate for free! His sigh of relief was audible over the phone. I stashed it in the safe until he returns in three weeks' time.

"What do you drink?" was his last question.

Cheers.



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2Back to top Go down    The $1000 stuff up on Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:18 am

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Penfolds Grange 1990 will just about cover that TWB.


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3Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:08 am

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@RT wrote:Penfolds Grange 1990 will just about cover that TWB.


Good call.

Pick me up on the way through RT.


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4Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:53 pm

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Beer drinker

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5Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:49 pm

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@RT wrote:Penfolds Grange 1990 will just about cover that TWB.

I've never tried Grange. Is it worth the hype and the money?

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1985 K100RT  VIN 0028991  My original Very Happy   (Historic rego)
1985 K100RT  VIN 0029036  BOB the Blue Old Bike  (Historic rego)
1990 K100LT  VIN 0190452  Work in progress
1984 K100RT  VIN 0023022  Work needing lots of progress

1986 K100RT  VIN 0090542  Work needing lots and lots of progress
1993 K1100LT  VIN 0183046  Work in progress
1993 K75S  VIN 0213045  Newest toy, slightly non-original
    

6Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:52 pm

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If I am asked a second time...


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7Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:45 pm

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@indian036 wrote:
@RT wrote:Penfolds Grange 1990 will just about cover that TWB.

I've never tried Grange. Is it worth the hype and the money?

Bill
You don't drink it. It's an investment so nobody knows now, it might be a cheap red.


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8Back to top Go down    The $1000 stuff up. on Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:54 am

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I managed to buy some a few years ago, have drunk the 88 and 91. 90 was Max Schuberts last vintage so is quiet expensive. I have an 89 and 90 waiting for that Special occasion that never happens. Amazing how many people turn up for a sip when they get opened. My 88 was superb, mate's 91 was just awful. Pot luck. 
Rossko, we might have to do the 89 next time you are around. Probably crppy but might go on some chips.

TWB s idea looks the goods especially in winter.


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9Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:28 am

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10Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:41 am

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I don't know about his Jacket but I bet his trousers were brown  Twisted Evil

Nice to see some (un)common humany decency still abounds. Fair play to you TWB!


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11Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:02 am

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88KE wrote:I don't know about his Jacket but I bet his trousers were brown  Twisted Evil

Nice to see some (un)common humany decency still abounds. Fair play to you TWB!

In fact they were brown. BMW City Pants.

Thanks. I thought briefly of playing with him, saying the jacket sold straight away, but a strong sense of desperation over the phone brought me back. His relief and thanks were satisfaction. He is on a trip he's desired since riding for four years round the world, mid-'80s onward on a clapped out R80G/S with zebra striped large tank.

Andy Kilchmanm is his name. His ragged old bike hung for many years by heavy chain from the rafters of Ride West BMW in Seattle. Some of you will remember the bike. It lives on display at South Sound Motorcycles near Tacoma, nowadays.


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12Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:18 pm

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@Two Wheels Better wrote:If I am asked a second time...

ahh yes ,this is one of my favourites,
cheers.


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13Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:58 pm

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I bought one of these when my daughter was born cost me £40

http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-152205-0001-the-macallan-private-eye-single-malt-scotch-whisky-speyside-highlands-Scotland

Not opened yet - so at this rate it will pay for her wedding or alternatively another K1 😕


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14Back to top Go down    Re: The $1000 stuff up. on Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:00 pm

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@Ringfad wrote:I bought one of these when my daughter was born cost me £40

http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-152205-0001-the-macallan-private-eye-single-malt-scotch-whisky-speyside-highlands-Scotland

Not opened yet - so at this rate it will pay for her wedding or alternatively another K1 😕
Go for the K1 and let her pay for her own wedding.    Wink

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1985 K100RT  VIN 0028991  My original Very Happy   (Historic rego)
1985 K100RT  VIN 0029036  BOB the Blue Old Bike  (Historic rego)
1990 K100LT  VIN 0190452  Work in progress
1984 K100RT  VIN 0023022  Work needing lots of progress

1986 K100RT  VIN 0090542  Work needing lots and lots of progress
1993 K1100LT  VIN 0183046  Work in progress
1993 K75S  VIN 0213045  Newest toy, slightly non-original
    

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