All the riding during and after the tour, and into this season, takes a toll.
Over the winter my go-to dealership, Alex Berthiaume & Fils, Montreal's oldest motorcycle dealership, went through some changes. The business moved to Montreal's north shore and is now located somewhere in Laval.
As part of the move, they sold off the Vespa business and the premises on de La Roche street to Mécamoto who now operate the Vespa business as Vespa Montréal. Same shop, some familiar faces, some new faces, same great service. More Vespas are sold from this small shop on the Plateau, than anywhere else in Canada.
François Desmarais, who now heads up the Vespa Montreal service department, really impressed me with his courtesy, frank manner, and above all, competent and thorough servicing of my Vespa.
It didn't come cheap, but with a friendly discount and some goodwill, the bill was under $800. Yes I know that's a lot, but when you only have two wheels to rely on, peace of mind ranks very, very high. I could certainly do some of the work myself, but there's no way I could match the knowledge, experience and competence that François and his team bring to the table.
In the end the bike needed a new front tire, rear brake shoes, a new exhaust manifold, a new drive belt, new rear wheel bearing, new spark plug, and the usual replacement of fluids and filters, as well as all the related tune-up adjustments one comes to expect.
You can't beat that!
Thanks to Paul, François, and the rest of the team at Vespa Montreal. You guys rock!