After many years of pondering and evaluating, my wife and I made the decision to move to north Georgia. I never required any convincing to live there (phenomenal riding roads, scenery!) but it took her a little while to come around. In fact, it wasn’t even in her mind until we spent this past summer in a rental cabin in Helen. Sipping her morning tea, overlooking the forest covered hills, plus hiking in a few of the many parks in the area won her over. She then went on a secret house hunt, finding a little mountain side jewel just outside Dahlonega that checked all the boxes on our “must have” list. Garden tub, wood floors (for her) and a cavernous 1500 sq. ft. full size basement (yay!). I’m talking about true man cave with lounge, 4 working bays and plenty of room for a machine shop and motorcycle parking. All that plus a 2 car garage upstairs! Yes, we are excited with the change of scenery (I have been living in FL for 27 years and she’s a native). We’ll be there by mid-November and I’ll notify members of the new address.
Speaking of change, I had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters of MikesXS, meeting Russell White and Norton Muzzone, the new General and Product Development managers, respectively. Norton needed no introduction to me. He’s the owner of Legacy Cycles from Melbourne, FL which specializes in restoring XS1s and XS2s and a longtime supporter of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC). Russ was very friendly and eager to show me the place. While visiting the warehouse, I brought up the number of complaints I have heard in the past from members all over the country who had problems with poor customer support when they had issues with their purchases. He assured me that the old “sell & forget” philosophy that tarnished the company’s name was gone with the old ownership & management. They are now committed in establishing long, lasting relationships with their clients, listening to their feedback and ensuring that any issue will be resolved to satisfaction.
I left impressed and optimistic with what I saw and heard. Norton’s technical reputation and attention to detail (his work speaks for itself) definitely contributed to assure me that there’s a new Sheriff in town.
Can I have a Hallelujah!