Monday, March 16, 2009

Dumb Mechanic

Why is it that it’s always the mechanics ride that’s always screwed up?
I thought these things had “wear indicators” on them. Well I looked and I can’t find them. The indicator alarm never went off either. Damn defective tires!



New tire. Mfg. by Shinko. I was told they are part of the Yokohama tire co. I wasn’t sure about the tread design, but the guy that sold it to me said I would like it. Hell, I’m a “dumb mechanic” so why not. I like to try new things. Well, he was right. That tire stops, hugs, corners and tracks like a dream. Exact same specs as the Dunlop. The best part, mounted and spin balanced, out the door: $139.31. If I get 6 to10, 000 miles out of it, I’m happy.

Enough about the dumb mechanic and his tire. The real story is getting the tire. A friend told me about this guy several months ago. I’m in need of a tire on the cheap so I call. First thing is he says sure he’ll come in at 9 AM Sunday. I meet George at his shop (right behind his house) first thing he says is lets put the coffee on. Looking around his shop, he’s got a real good inventory at real good prices. George is 75 years old (doesn’t look a day over 60). He came out of retirement 6 years ago and opened his shop because “retirement sucks”. He is one of the nicest folks I’ve ever met. He has two lifts and a set of tools just for customers that want to do their own work. He rides a Dyna and a Glide. His wife has her own bike. So if anyone is ever in the Monterey Bay, CA area and needs a tire, this is the guy to call. His bike trailer stays hooked to the truck at all times. One note: If you go to George Henry for tire work, don’t be in a hurry. Be prepared to sit and BS a while. George has a lifetime of stories, and the guys a real Brother.


12 comments:

B.B. said...

That's cool! I know where I'll be heading when I need a new tire. Does he do other stuff too?

Ann said...

Very cool. I love spending time listening to the old timers' stories. I loved it so much, I married one! LMAO!

Glad you got your tire for a good price. :)

"Joker" said...

Very cool Willie - we all love a guy like that we can go to.

On another note, now I know where I f**ked up with Ann - I didn't tell her any of my stories!

Ann said...

LMAO, Joker! Now you'll know for next time! ;)

Dean "D-Day" said...

I love old timer stories.
I love small shops like this too. Great service without the dealership "boutique" prices.

Allen Madding said...

now I wanna ride to CA to get tires :)

-Peace

Lady Ridesalot said...

This guy's a real gem. He sounds like a great "someone" to know! Ol' timer stories are worth the extra time it takes, I'm sure.

Mastercheif said...

Don't know shit about cycle tires, just thought I'd drop in and say what up!

FLHX_Dave said...

Well, when it's time to get my new treads I'll load up a dirty dozen longnecks and ride out there.

Can't beat the price.

Nana said...

I'm going to spend some time checking out your blog....
I posted a bit of the 'juice' that is the Fuktards...nice to meet you!

Baron's Life said...

OK you know what...these tires look bald...my friend and you're lucky George agreed to help ya...so there !

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