Here is a collection of comments sent to us by customers and friends over the last few years.
I was in your shop late last fall to have my bike’s regularly scheduled maintenance performed. I’m big on adhering to maintenance schedules. My 2015 R1200RT is my first BMW bike which I purchased from Country Rode and is a pleasure to ride. I’m looking forward to spring!
It was a pleasure working with you and Country Rode on the motorcycle purchase. From scheduling the test ride through riding away; there were no hitches or occasions where I felt any sales pressure.The motorcycle is bringing more enjoyment with every ride and is also quite unique (for the area) and generates a lot of positive feedback.The buying experience couldn't have been more pleasant. I can recommend Country Rode BMW without reservations.
Sincerely, Jake Hammonds Mon, 13 Jun 2016
Just taking the time to say Thanks. Just called Jake in Service. He diagnosed my issue in about three seconds and had me running like a top again. Awesome to have you guys there looking after us riders and our bikes. Especially good to know you guys are so on top of these machines.
Thanks Jake!! Made my day and saved my ride.
That's it. Kieran Draper '04 GSA 1150.
Testimonial on a 2013 Vespa 300 Sport sent April 26, 2016
Tanya sent us a handwritten note after riding her new Vespa home which said: "I had a great ride home, and a ride the next day! What a great Scoot!
TESTIMONIAL received February 11, 2016 from Ron Wille on his 2014 BMW F 800 GS
About Me: Ok a little about me. I returned to motorcycling 3 years ago after a 20 year hiatus. My goal was to get back into the sport for the camaraderie and to explore this great country of ours. I hate the highways but love the back roads and dirt roads that criss cross our country.
My Setup: Yes I have a farkle issue, but I would say no more or less than anyone else I ride with. I have added a few things to the bike each season. The following is list of the important add ons that have helped to align the bike with my riding, safety and comfort.
Cases - BMW Aluminum Adventure Cases and the Touratech Zega Pro Topcase
Navigation - Garmin Montana
Safety - BMW Adventure Rear Brake Foot Lever, BMW Adventure Auxiliary Lights, ZTechnik Mirror Extender
Protective - Barkbusters with the Storm Guards, AltRider Skid Plate, Puig Engine Guards
Windscreen - Current: VStream Tall Touring, Past: PUIG Touring Windscreen
Tires - Current: TKC 80s, Past: Karoo III’s
I have to say the F800 platform is great and all of the major vendors have lots of accessories for you to choose from. BMW also offers some great add ons as well as functional modifications you can make to the bike like lowering it. You will always have two or three options choose from and may never run out of things to add to the bike.
Touring: I have completed several trips on the F800 including tours of the Adirondacks, Catskills, Vermont and New Hampshire as well as riding the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. I have ridden Rt 1 in CA on an F800 (rented bike). In total I have been in 11 states on the F800. I have completed a few 12 plus hour days in the saddle. The best upgrade I made to handle touring was my windscreen. The stock screen is fine for around town but does nothing for you at highway speeds. I tried the Puig Touring windscreen and was very happy with it but recently went larger (VStream Tall Touring) and it transformed the motorcycle.
Off Road: From an off road perspective I have spent a lot of time on the dirt roads of the Finger Lakes. I have logged a few thousands miles at this point on the dirt and I have to say the F800 handles this type of road very well. I have also completed a large bike enduro in the catskills that covered some very interesting terrain. The course was made up of very steep sections as well as lots of single track and a few stream crossings. To make matters worse the course was very wet and muddy from several hours of rain on the day of the event. I have to say the bike handled amazingly. I was able to ride with some smaller “true” enduro bikes without issue and I passed a lot of larger adventure bikes that appeared to be having trouble. Not sure how much of this was the rider or their setup but when things got tough I seemed to noticed most of the large bikes having issues. This did make me wonder how well the larger adventure bikes would handle fully loaded in the middle of nowhere. While the F800 bike performed well in the extreme terrain, I have to say, I am not sure I will seek out this type of riding in the future but it is nice to know that the bike can handle whatever comes my way.
Handling: Speaking of handling, it really is amazing what you can do on this bike. I have been able to keep up with my sport bike buddies (on knobbies) in the twisties. The wide bars make the bike flickable and once moving the weight of the bike just disappears. The upright riding position helps the motorcycle to be at home commuting, touring or adventure riding.
Overall Impression: I really think the F800 is the perfect motorcycle. It has more than enough power for spirited riding and passing. You can tour reasonably comfortably for hours. It has the off road capabilities to tackle whatever you may encounter. The only modification I feel is needed to hit the open road is a better windscreen but I am sure this is subjective. I feel like the F800 is the modern day version of the standard motorcycles of old, but with the best of today's technology and suspension. I would not be afraid to load up and head out for a few months of touring even if I never saw any dirt. The bike is worth at least your consideration and, well, a lengthy test ride.
Ben Rich - Electric Biker I had a great experience at Country Rode Motowerks! Really great people there. You can follow more adventures pushing the boundaries with electric motorcycle road trips and new developments at Ben Rich - Electric Biker
Subject Country Rode 2015 Holiday Cheer party
White Christmas ? Haha ! Thanks to you and Art for your warm hospitality yesterday. Robby and I had a wonderful time at your Holiday Party. Great food, warm camaraderie, fast bikes and cool gear.
Happy Holidays !
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Art: Got the new bike home safely. That machine is everything I thought it would be: smooth as a baby's butt; great power band; quick response in all gears; very ergonomic.
Subject:Big thank you to Country Rode Motowerks
Just wanted to give a hearty thank you to Art, Lyn and their whole staff with the help they gave us on our recent “bucket list” ride across the country f
rom Rochester, NY to Roswell, NM (home). Ten of us shipped our bikes to Country Rode Motowerks in Fairport, NY, picked them up and road about
4000 miles back home via the scenic route. I have to tell you that when I first called to ask whether receiving ten motorcycles for us was possible
I was worried about a negative response. They didn’t know me from Adam! Well, obviously the answer was yes and ten men made
a two-week trip across the US that they will never forget. Art and his staff were integral in getting it all started. The staff was nothing
but helpful and enthusiastic about the ride. They had our bikes stored and ready for us and gave us a place to get them ready out of the rain.
A special thank you to Jake in service who happily took all my calls and acted as liason. We are fortunate as motorcycle enthusiasts and BMW riders
in particular to have this great dealer in the network.
Kurt J. Richardson
Nice bunch of folks here were very helpful letting New Mexico take over their shop for a half day while we uncrated 10 motorcycles for the big ride...THANK YOU!
GREAT RIDING WEEKEND OF 9/26/15: Karen and I had a great ride over the weekend on a couple of Classic BMW's. A classically beautiful lady and weather made for great riding ! 30 degrees in Keene in the early AM , but still great riding .
The Phoenix R 1200c is 14 yrs old and still like new . The new RnineT was a perfect bike for Karen ( actually anyone ) , responsive , light weight , easy to handle and with the lower profile, she can have both feet flat on the ground . Really a fun cycle to ride. I love it myself . Tom Kime
-I wanted to thank you for the good work you did on my Vespa. In the end you were able to boost the speed by 10 percent (OK, so it's 4 MPH. It still makes a big difference). It is actually quite noticeable! I'm glad to have it right again.
I Purchased a 2013 K1600GTL from you guys about 3 weeks ago...early May 2015...I have owned over 15 motorcycles in the past 31 years...Honda's, Kawasaki's, Suzuki's, Hyosung, and Yamaha...mostly sport bikes...and I have to say this BMW is by far the nicest bike I have ever owned...for a large bike...it handles so smoothly in corners, accelerating, and just overall riding pleasure...I could ride this bike all day long and still end the day with a smile on my face...BMW engineers are very good at attention to detail, ergonomics, and riding dynamics...excellent machine...will never go back to another brand...I am looking forward to racking up the miles on those beautiful back roads and twisties...the bike accelerates and brakes amazingly for a 740 pound bike....and I especially like the 7 gallon tank even though it gets great gas mileage...fewer stops when cruising leaving you more time to ride...the sales staff and owners were very nice and gracious...would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a touring or sport touring expereince!!! Thank you BMW!!!