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    Changes at Lone Star BMW in Austin

    Anyone have more details on the changes in Austin? My Dad copied this off the KLT website:

    As of today Lone Star BMW is under new ownership. They were bought by the same company that owns Woods Fun Center plus about 17 to 20 other motorcycle dealers. Long time owners (30 plus years) Peter & Robert will still be around for the next few months to help with the transition. Things will not be the same at Lone Star BMW any more.
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    Yes, I know a bit more about it, but there are many factors about the transition that are dependent on BMW and Triumph so anything that I may have heard recently could change by the time everything is complete. But yes, they are selling the business. The new owners want to keep the same level of customer involvement/satisfaction. Time will tell. I hope it works out well. I wish Peter and Robert the best in their retirements.
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    New name...part of the Woods Group , a multi location/brand network

    http://www.bmwmotorcyclesofaustin.com
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    Yep, Final papers were signed last Thursday. New site was up Friday morning.
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    Gotta say, it had a different vibe as I walked in this morning...very few familiar faces and some new to BMW parts folks. Assuming they brought seasoned employees from other stores?
    I'll give them some time to sort it out, just wasn't impressed on first impression.

    I live almost in the center of Alamo and Austin...both are a 120 mile round trip...one is just a prettier ride and not in the middle of town. I retired from right down the street and do not miss the urban assault riding style needed to get around ATX.
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    Five employees still there. Two mechanics, two service writers and one salesman. The parts/accessories guys are new and only were there a short amount of time getting training from Jessica before she left. It will be a little while before the new LS develops its own personality. I think it will help me adjust when they move out of that building. Too many memories and expectations in the old one. I used to do computer support for them and was able to wander all around the building. Very strange being limited to the customer area. The transistion was odd feeling too, because I was still wandering around, but needed to be activity working on something.

    Oh well, just have to treat it like a new dealership instead of the same old one.
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    I can't remember if I ever posted this, but this Saturday we are having a Thank You/Goodbye BBQ party for Lone Star. It is at Robert and Carla Cay Krull's home.

    Here's a link to the post on Two Wheeled Texans, you don't need to sign in to see it. I know it is late notice, but come if you can.

    http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98095
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    Moto Storage.

    I'm riding cross country exploring the south and wanted to fly home from Austin for a few days.
    Any suggestions about dealer storage at Lone star, or would it be better to fly out of San Antonio and store the bike there?

    Thanks for you help,

    Mike

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    Mike -

    I suppose it might depend on what flights work best for you. I've never flown out of Austin, but I think my sister is always flying into Austin from the great NorthWet so there are probably direct flights from there.

    I've never checked with Alamo BMW about storage...worth a check. If I had more of a man-cave for a garage, I'd offer some space, but alas...
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    Iron horse BMW in Tucson has a great storage set up. I'll give Lone star a call on Tuesday and check it out.

    Thanks for the reply!

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