Anyway, here is the statement I released the other day:
Joshua Alleman on Facebook wrote:
The future of The Scooter Garage is changing quite a bit. Over the past several years (roughly three) I have experienced a great deal of debilitating health issues. I do not want to get too detailed with my health, as that is not the subject matter here, but suffice to say that I have had many bouts of walking with a cane, loosing my voice, and extreme fatigue issues that are related to a difficult to treat condition. These combined ailments, along with deaths in the family and other things has really affected what I am physically and mentally able to do at The Scooter Garage.
As most (if not all) of you know I have a wife and kids at home. Our youngest is about a year and a half old. I do not want to miss her growing up, and I need to be able to focus on home.
I also want to get back to some of my "Scooter Roots". Scooters are something I am extremely passionate about. I have operated Scooterinvasion.net for over 10 years in hopes of spreading scooter knowledge and information, as well as organizing the occasional ride, race, or meet-up. I would like to re-kindle the forum. I want to go whip my Derbi around the kart track at VIR with my friends. I want to drag race my Yamaha Jog, and I want to ride through the mountains on my GTS250 with my 9 year old.
In search of employment that was less stress, and better for myself and my family overall, I started a job at a machine shop last year. I have attempted to keep my business open, but it is clear that if I am going to do so that I must make some big changes, and fast.
Effective 1/1/2018, TSG will specialize only in special project bikes (Racing 2-strokes, custom bikes, etc) and Vespas (Modern and Vintage). I will also continue maintaining scooters to preferred clients, but I will not be accepting new clients with scooters other than Vespa or a special projects.
We no longer accept walk-in's to drop bikes off. Coming by to buy a part or something is fine - but I don't have room to take in more bikes.
This is because I have to lessen the volume of work coming into the shop by A LOT. I cannot be a high volume shop and provide the level of service that I enjoy giving.
My sincere hope is that as I move forward with my new plans for TSG, that I never have to deal with the frustration and shame of having someone's scooter here for way too long. I want to be able to be awesome for the people that I am working with. I'm working hard to finish the details of this new business model, and I'm clearing out the shop of as many scooters as I can.
As the situation develops, I will make posts and changes to TSG's Facebook page in effort to keep people informed.
Thank you to every single one of you scooter people out there who have been a part of the scooter community that I have been (and continue to be) so fortunate to serve.