.:Welcome to our site
Hopefully you are as concerned
as we are about a disturbing trend by Honda Motorsports dealers
and other motorcycle repair shops. This trend even has a name,
"The 10 Year Rule".
So let's all pitch in together
and get a message across to the Honda support community. We
purchase their product and expect support as long as parts
.: GL1500, Unservicable
you realize in 2010 all GL1500s will be deemed unserviceable,
according to shops adhereing to the '10 year rule'?
That's only 2 years away. Currently, if you ride a 1998 or
prior GL1500 and break down or just need a tire changed on
a trip you're out of luck. And in 2011 this same disturbing
problem begins with the GL1800 series. If Honda wants to keep
selling their machines Honda needs to step in and stop this
treatment by their dealership network. What is comes down
to is we need to look at switching bike brands if we can't
support while on the road. Hear that Honda.....???
.: The 10 Year Rule...Very bad for all riders....
trend by motorcycle shops is that they are refusing to work on,
or even change tires on a bike over 10 years old, this is in spite
of the fact Honda still makes parts for almost everything ever made.
Honda has the power and legal grounds to simply force any dealership
to provide service to any product Honda carries parts for, at the
same rates as their new products.
While we all would like to see this happen overnight, the reality
is it would take time even if Honda wanted to do so. But to Honda,
it's in their best interest not to push the issue as it means selling
more new product, or so they think. The real goal of this site in
our mind is to bring the problem to everyone's attention, including
non-Honda riders. By doing so it puts pressure on all dealerships
not to come up with dangerous schemes to sell new product. If we
get enough attention out there it will hopefully wake up some of
the current '10 year dealers' to get their act together, or lose
their market base.
.: Submit '10 year dealers' to our listing....
the left you will see a link where we are posting all 'BAD' dealerships
sent to us who support the idea of a rule. All we need from you
is an email of the dealership name, city, state and how you know
they are supporting this dangerous idea. If you see a dealership
listed, you might let them know they're on the list. However, the
only way they can get off the list is to send us a letter stating
they don't support the 10 year idea, signed by the dealership owner.
From the legal side, we are simply posting information the same
as a national publication posts 'letters to the editor', so send
us the dealership information to post.
the same time we are comprising a list of 'GOOD' dealers who we
have information on that don't support the 10 year idea. So please
submitt those dealerships to us for posting as well.
They deserve to be listed even more so for their continued support.
.: Don't even buy parts from a '10 year' dealership
Now, for the real meat of the matter.
Don't deal with any dealer you find to be supporting the '10 year
rule'. This means not having service done, don't purchase parts,
don't even by an oil filter from them. And let them know why. It's
the only way we are going to get it across to Honda that they will
be losing business when you next purchase a bike.
.: "I don't have a 10 year old bike..."
Honda supports such a destructive idea as the '10 year rule', who's
to say they wouldn't support a 7 or 5 year rule, or simply quit
making parts for anything over 7 years old? Would you want to get
caught up in that situation, and have nobody come to your defense?
If you just sit by, shake your head and do nothing about it then
you become part of the problem.
An open invitation to Honda for a response......
In all fairness,
and because we would like to know Honda's position on the matter,
I submit an open invitation to Honda of America to respond with
their formal stance on what the dealerships are doing. If we get
a response it will be posted here immediately.