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    Karl's Cycle Shop

    Hi, I was going through the paperwork on my "new" bike a slash 5. I saw where it was sold originally by Karl's Cycle Shop in Minneapolis. I googled them and there was nothing really so I figure they are long out of business. Does any one remember them? Regards dave

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    I suppose one could get some information by going back to the older Anonymous books...they usually listed dealers...maybe they were included. Possibly they advertised in the ON. I have ONs back to the early 1980s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 79914 View Post
    Hi, I was going through the paperwork on my "new" bike a slash 5. I saw where it was sold originally by Karl's Cycle Shop in Minneapolis. I googled them and there was nothing really so I figure they are long out of business. Does any one remember them? Regards dave
    Yes Dave, nice old shop on about 40th and cedar avenue south. I would guess they have been gone for 15 years or so. Bill
    The address was 4141 Cedar Ave South.

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    It was a neat, small, old time shop. I was a triumph rider back then but they would let me hang around the showroom and sit on the BMW's. I wanted a R80RT but it was out of my budget as a 22 year old newly married fellow. I now own a 1984 R80RT just had to wait awhile. I think the location the shop was is now a bar.
    Many members of the MN club purchased their first BMW in that shop.

    Steve Handeland

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    Found these ads for the shop:
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    Karl's was on Lake Street before it moved to Cedar Ave. That is the photo of the outside of the shop. The photo inside the shop is form the Cedar Ave location. Then there is a photo of Karl's display at the State Fair Grounds (yes the same one we had the rally at last summer) this is form 1955.
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    here is another one showing the Karl's sign at the fair grounds
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    Found this fleabay listing of a lighter sold out of Karl's shop:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1960...-/281625573506

    According to the pictures, Karl's was also located at 1923 Fourth Ave. S.
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    Good shop but not always the friendliest. Purchased parts for Yamahas there. Karl's delayed my BMW ownership by a dozen years and a bunch of bikes. A group looked at BMWs for a group buy we went to Karl's. When we asked about the European delivery program -still available at that time- the response was get out of here the guy behind you wants to buy a motorcycle. The trip was done on BSAs.
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    Thanks to all, I appreciate all the info, with pics. It's Nice to see - puts a location to my new bike!! Thanks again. Regards dave

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