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    Anyone in Philadelphia?

    What's the reputation of Meades Auto in Ardmore?

    I'm looking at a Gilera 106 down there. It's a 5.5 hr drive for me. I don't want to do it if the seller's going to "adjust" the price after I arrive, or something like that.

    Meades Auto is supposed to also be a bike shop.
    Anyone know them?

    Thanks in advance,

    Joe from Boston

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    by their facebook page....it looks like an auto repair garage that just happens to be selling a Gilera.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Meades...46649565384749

    I'm in Philly, been here for years, but I never heard of them. Doesn't mean that they suck....just I don't get out to the Main Line anymore.

    You could call them and ask if the price is firm....and tell them that you don't want to waste your time driving the 7 hours down from Boston.

    also....if you are gonna stick around here, mind adding Joe and Boston Mass to your profile please?
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    Hi Tex. Jack Cole says you know the Pa region.

    I did call them. They seemed good, reasonable. But in the world of used cars/bikes....it's just a business transaction.
    They said they had a number of bikes. Many. Thanks for the link to the FB page. Their page is a little "underwhelming."

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    If you do come down to Philly there are a few out of the way shops to visit. Start at The Spare Parts Company at Fourth and Vine in Olde City, then head up to Liberty Cycle in Fishtown. That's where I'm headed tonight......see other thread for the video link of Adam's shop. Good luck with the Gilera. I wish I wouldn't have sold mine.
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    Tex, do tell me about your Gilera. A 106? And you liked yours?

    Most of what I've heard is mediocre. I.e. "A Gilera 125 is better" "Ducati singles are better" "the Sears 106 was outdated before it even hit the catalog" etc, etc.

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    quote:Originally posted by sign216

    "Ducati singles are better" "
    Well, yeah. That's a universal truth after all.
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    I had a 106. It wasn't worth driving 6 hours each way for. It was a charming little bike an not as rare as I once thought in my pre Internet days. Ice melts faster than it goes. It was a great small bike for tall riders but it literally has no more usefulness than a moped.

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    quote:Originally posted by Geeto67

    I had a 106. it literally has no more usefulness than a moped.
    Ouch! That hurts.

    I'm selling a Batavus moped, the pride of the Netherlands. 49cc 2t with a top speed of 28-30mph if everything is favorable.

    The Gilera 106 should be capable of 40 mph, which may not be a huge leap in performance.


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    when you come to pick up your gilera....bring an extra $100 and i'll sell you another Batavus.

    I liked mine....it wasn't stock, PO installed suberbike bars & knobbies and made it a woods bike. It was fast enough for me, and will be an ideal urban moto.
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    When I pick mine up in a couple of weeks, I am going to use it for the perfect pit bike.
    Texy, we can cruise it at Mid-ohio.

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