I know that these last few years have been economically challenging for everyone.
But more and more, Canadian businesses are asking - where have all the customers gone.
At least in certain sectors of the economy that is the question being asked by many.
To the US would be my thought - the Canadian Dollar - when it goes over about 95 cents USD generally drives our Canadian consumers to the US.
I guess that's why I find many Canadians pulling out of their advertising contracts and more US companies wanting to advertise with me. I have been doing this long enough to see the trends as I look back.
I dare say that the after market parts, custom shops may suffer will here in Canada as in 2007/08 because the costs here are so high. Our wages are higher, our cost of living is ridiculous and people need to feed their families first so they spend where things are cheaper because they want it all - and don't we all? We want to be rewarded fairly for our work, have a great lifestyle and enjoy the fruits of our labour. Canadian businesses are not playing on a fair playing field though. It is tough when you have among the highest cost of doing business in the world.
I feel for my Canadian business partners in certain industries - some of them are going to be dealing with recessionary situations, other sectors however are going to flourish.
Which ones? Well travel and tourism partners will see more motorcyclists than they will motor homes and bus tours - the cost of fuel will see our road ways far easier to navigate because even big truck traffic will be down.
That's what happened in 2007/8 when gas was over that $1.25 point here in Canada. The Trans Canada Highway between Golden and Revelstoke used to terrify me because of the way the big trucks push you in the mountains. In 2008 I owned the highway, sometimes for as long as 20 minutes before I saw another vehicle. It was wonderful.
Gear and leather dealers should do OK with a new influx of riders - the motorcycle industry is already getting a shot in the arm because more and more people will be buying bikes, the insurance industry will flourish and hopefully this summer - You riders are going to use your BDB Club Membership cards when you go to businesses - if a business is not sure of where they are getting a response, they will NOT renew their ads and we will not be able to provide the services for free to you riders that we do. We want to keep the tools and services we offer you free and add more free services for you but that takes advertisers!
So, use your cards, tell people where you found them and take advantage of all of the special services and discounts our partners offer - membership is free and full of all kinds of benefits - we do not detract from the organized and manufacturer riding groups but add value to all the offerings you currently get from them.
As always - I welcome your feedback and input - without you, there would be no point to what I am doing!
In Other News:
In Kansas - Big Dog's closing is official and BDM - a new company set up will keep parts etc going for Big Dog riders.
In Alberta a rider was jailed for causing injury to his passenger while being intoxicated while riding
In Ontario - Veteran's plates are now available for motorcycles and that has many in Alberta wondering why they are not available here
Also In Ontario, Chris Chelios is joining the Bob Probert ride
There are other headlines that might be of interest to you, it is my hope that you will take a moment and check them out at www.beltdrivebetty.com
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Have a fabulous Friday and if you are fortunate enough to get out on your scoot - PLEASE - ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you!