Friday, May 17, 2013

Motorcycle and Gear Exchange

ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS @ MANTHEY MOTORS MOTORCYCLE AND GEAR EXCHANGE - in Duluth, near Fitgers and Sir Ben's, next to Expert Tire on 1st St. E.


Welcome to Manthey Motors, a Motorcycle and Gear Exchange! My name is Mike Manthey. My wife and I just opened this store in March 2013. Our goal is to make good motorcycles and gear available and affordable for everyone, and to create a fun and welcoming place to shop. 

We sell almost everything on consignment (learn more about how that works in our policies listed below). We hope tp build the region's largest selection of pre-owned motorcycles, apparel and accessories -- street to dirt, modern to vintage. And most of it is barely used!

We also accept casual wear, race team gear, artwork, books and collectibles. We're still catching up on posting products in the web store. . . And the retail store isn't set up yet. But we are working on it.

BTW: We don't sell used helmets. Only new.

In addition to having a diverse and high-quality selection of gear, we aim to offer the best customer service we possibly can -- especially for new riders! We know getting into motorcycling can be overwhelming at times, and we're happy to help make it easier. As for me, I've been in the motorcycle industry for almost two decades, as a dealer, corporate guy, salesman, and a consultant/subject matter expert, and I have a good knowledge of gear and bikes. If I can't answer a question for you, I'll find someone who can.

Our storefront is based in old Duluth, near Fitgers and Sir Ben's, on the eastside, one block up from Superior St. With an awesome view of Lake Superior right off our loading dock, we are right in the heart of the city, with cool coffeehouses and bars, good restaurants, interesting boutiques and that old north shore history of Zenith City. To top it off, we're one block from the lake. Which is to say that we're proud to be a part of this neighborhood. 

So thanks for taking the time to consider our services. We hope to see you in the store. - Mike and Rhonda

WISHLIST: We are looking for (in no particular order) - Alpinestar, Dainese, SIDI, Icon, Vintage leather, vests, Saddlebags, pants, Vanson, Kushitani, Rev'It or BMW gear, Aerostich, Taichi, Harley-Davidson, tank bags, books on motorcycling, Teknic, Nelson-Rigg, Ventura, Wunderlich, Givi, Joe Rocket, Hein Gericke, Shift, Spidi, Tour Master, Reissa, anything OEM branded, Firstgear, Power Tripp - and more. I probably didn't name all the brands, but I think you get the idea. It's the good stuff we offer. No name, Pakistani, or Chinese stuff really doesn't carry much value and belongs in a rummage sale. But items of particular interest and of good quality (worthy of being called "motorcycle gear") are worth working with.

These are our policies regarding consignments. We love helping good gear find new homes, and we do our best to ensure fair policies for both buyers and sellers. We look forward to working with you!

If you have gear you'd like to consign with us, please call to arrange drop off or bring it to the shop anytime during business hours and we'll go through it with you. We're looking for street and touring gear that's in good, usable condition, along with luggage, casual wear, accessories, and memorabilia. Sometimes there will be items we cannot sell -- please understand that we base our decisions on what our customers support.

You will receive 75% of the selling price. If it looks like an item isn't moving, we may mark down its price after 30 and 60 days. We will always ask if you have a bottom limit for negotiating (the price below which it's not worth it to you to sell an item), and we'll honor that number in your share of the selling price.

We base our pricing on brand, style, condition, and market demand. We will work to get the best possible prices for your gear, while selling items as quickly as possible.

We will display your items for 90 days. At the end of the 90-day term, we'll review the remaining items with you. If we feel the gear is still saleable, we may offer to extend the consignment period.

All in-store sales are final. Online sales have a 10-day return period. If purchaser is not satisfied with their purchase, it is returnable within 10 days of receiving the item.

Please email, call or text if you have something you would like to consign. We will arrange to meet with you at our shop. 218-841-2126

Oh, one more thing - we really need garment racks and store display stuff. Any donations will receive our long-lasting gratitude - and you will have the satisfactions of helping.

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