Been meaning to post about Fowlers of Bristol for a while now. In a few posts on here I’ve commented on how I’ve struggled to find a dealer that hasn’t got pushy sales tactics and wants to actually build a relationship. I’ve been to around 4 in total, just been unlucky I guess…
I’m in a position where all I need is a salesman to talk me through my questions and make a few suggestions and I’ll probably end up paying for something I didn’t even set out to buy.
I’m well up for building a relationship with a dealer where I can trust what they’re telling me and truly want me to love the bike I purchase. May sound nuts to say, but to have that confidence I’d happily travel to Bristol when I want to explore options and kick around ideas.
Fowlers is a great place to do that too. KTM, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Triumph, Kawasaki and Aprilia all under one roof. Could have spent ages in there looking through everything.
Duncan, the guy I spoke to, gave me a friendly chat, walked me through loads of ideas and sat me on several bikes without even a hint of pushing me into some kind of decision. He seemed really genuine and got excited just as I did as we talked about various details and things we liked.
Came back to test a couple
I went back the following weekend and jumped on the CBR650R (4 cylinder) which I was really interested in because of its mid-supersport stance. Sadly I turned out missing the low-down torque my MT-07 (2 cylinder) delivers.
They also let me take my gf for a spin on the Africa Twin.
And… I dropped it… bowling gf and myself into a bush :facepalm: :facepalm:. Girlfriend thought it was fucking hilarious (which it utterly is in hindsight) where as I was shitting myself about how much I’d have to pay. Luckily, the drop was more of a lay-down than a drop.
We pulled up in a side road on a slightly cambered road and I totally misjudged the balance point of tall bike. Past the point of no return I realised I couldn’t save it so I put all my energy into softening the blow. Luckily the marks were small to unnoticeable, so the manager just laughed when I got back saying that it’s no problem at all in this case.
Looking Forward to Revisiting
Planning to go back in the New Year to look at the Aprilia RS 660, which I’m really excited about.