Cliff traced our Honda's problem to the alternator, and made some phone calls this morning, trying to figure out the best way to get it fixed. His first call was to the nearest Honda dealer, who didn't have any way of unloading a motorcycle out of a pickup. Good grief!!! You sell and service motorcycles and haven't made arrangements to unload them somehow? We won't even talk about how much the guy said they'd charge.
Then Cliff called an alternator rebuilder, who wasn't interesting in working on a motorcycle part. But he suggested Hub Cycle; every motorcycle owner we've met recommends this place. We'd been there before; it's where Cliff got his leathers. We just didn't realize they worked on bikes.
"Do you have a way of unloading it off a pickup? Cliff asked when he called.
"Sure, you just bring it and we'll get it off."
That's more like it. Oh, and when Cliff asked for an estimate, their price was about 2/3 of what Honda had quoted to us.
Dave, the man who sold us our Gold Wing, has been helpful in many ways. One thing he suggested was that we join the Gold Wing Road Rider's Association (GWRRA). For $75 you get a monthly magazine, some insurance, and a list of members nationwide who will help you out if needed.
The insurance covers towing up to 35 miles or $100.
Our towing bill was $74.
Cliff's been on the phone with them, and yes... we'll be reimbursed for our cost of towing.
So this year's membership in GWRRA only cost us $1.
I'm pretty happy about this deal.