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#438172 - 06/03/12 8:17 pm American Pickers TV Show
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Just got word that the vintage motorcycle shop where I work part time will be featured on American Pickers TV show on the evening Monday, June 4 at 8PM ESDT. Although it's not featured as the main part of the show according to the bill, they filmed a whole day there and will definitely be worth your time to watch. There should be plenty of footage of Beno's "Stable of Thorough-Deads".

If you miss it, you can watch it again on their web site Right Here.

The building has the contents of his father's original Indian shop started in 1948, and 5 or 6 British motorcycle shops which once graced the greater Atlanta area. I've worked there since about 2000. The cutaway Indian engine they end up buying is something I've never (and still haven't) seen. So to say he has a lot of stuff inside his building is an understatement.

For a good time tune in. bigt


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#438173 - 06/03/12 8:27 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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I have been waiting for a good episode.How did they find the shop?They explained once somewhat how they find stuff.I hope they pay the girl a buck for doing there leg work.

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#438174 - 06/03/12 8:27 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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Thanks for the heads up. I've set the recorder. I remember the Al Rodi shops well. Used to pop in Grand Prix Cycles on Buford Hwy often. Should be fun to watch. Greg
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#438180 - 06/03/12 9:07 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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Greg -
I used to frequent Al Rodi M/C Sales on DeKalb Ave as a teen. Later on, I worked there as a mechanic on BSA, Norton, Honda, BMW and Moto Guzzi. The shop still had Matchless and AJS signs hanging out front. Those signs and more are now at Beno's shop.

I just shake my head when I think about all the parts in there. And you never do know what to expect when you want in. 4 Gold Stars, 3 Manx Nortons, 2 Vincents... he has an eclectic clientele.







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#438185 - 06/03/12 9:20 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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Richard, I've not yet been to Beno's place in Winder, but I went to a swap meet in the early 90's at the old warehouse off Moreland Ave. I would have loved to gone inside and looked around. Roy Garrett bought a '56 Ariel Square 4 several years ago, and told me that he mentioned to Beno that he needed a seat. Beno went into the warehouse and produced a brand new, correct seat, still in the original wrapping. Must be like working in a candy store. Greg
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#438240 - 06/04/12 3:31 am Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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I visited that warehouse in Atlanta quite often in the late 80's. It was a big candy store.
Beno and I got on quite well even though I made him hunt up parts for them evil triple things. laughing
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#438316 - 06/04/12 2:13 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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Fortunately those bottom-feeders are still only interested in american stuff...I'd hate for them to get turned on to British bikes.
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#438370 - 06/04/12 7:12 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: Alex]
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Originally Posted By: Alex
Fortunately those bottom-feeders are still only interested in american stuff...I'd hate for them to get turned on to British bikes.


You must have missed the episodes where they buy a couple of Triumphs, BSA tanks, etc. I am confused on the bottom feeder thing?

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#438378 - 06/04/12 7:56 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: Randy Pigford]
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Originally Posted By: Alex
Fortunately those bottom-feeders are still only interested in american stuff...I'd hate for them to get turned on to British bikes.


You must have missed the episodes where they buy a couple of Triumphs, BSA tanks, etc. I am confused on the bottom feeder thing?


Perhaps he's referring to the fact that (along with "moonshiners", Paris Hilton, survivors, bounty hunters, etc) it is a "Reality TV Show", which means it ranks among the fakest things on the planet? Everything set up, scripted, geared to the audience ... and since most of the audience thinks any motorcycle is a "Harley" and only real Bikers ride Harleys, then that's what we'll see ... ?

It's fine to enjoy it as entertainment, but once we start thinking it's real (like people did The Waltons), it's really all over ....

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#438380 - 06/04/12 8:12 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: Randy Pigford]
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Originally Posted By: Randy Pigford
Originally Posted By: Alex
Fortunately those bottom-feeders are still only interested in american stuff...I'd hate for them to get turned on to British bikes.


You must have missed the episodes where they buy a couple of Triumphs, BSA tanks, etc. I am confused on the bottom feeder thing?


Yea, they dabbled, which is already disconcerting, but actually hunting for vintage american iron gets Wolfe all hot and bothered. And I'm sure they've turned a few folks on to digging for some of the same Harleys and Indians to flip and make a profit. And that's what rubs me raw...not only are they bottom feeding, they're glamorizing it and inspiring others to do it!

I really wonder what Beno thought of these yay-hoos...I'm guessing he sized 'em up pretty quick.
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#438387 - 06/04/12 8:55 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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It's not the pickers who annoy me it's the mindless hoarders, at least the pickers put some of the stuff back into circulation and if they make money out of it, that's fine by me. It's those twonkers who keep stuff lying around until it rots into the ground who need a talking to, dopes... smile
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#438389 - 06/04/12 9:06 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: KarlB]
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serious hoarding is a disorder...my wife is borderline but her late dad was full blown 'dont throw nuthin away' he passed a year ago and the family is just starting to sort through the 'treasure'
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#438394 - 06/04/12 9:46 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: KarlB]
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Originally Posted By: KarlB
It's not the pickers who annoy me it's the mindless hoarders, at least the pickers put some of the stuff back into circulation and if they make money out of it, that's fine by me. It's those twonkers who keep stuff lying around until it rots into the ground who need a talking to, dopes... smile


Can I get an AMEN? These guys scour the states looking for stuff people need for restoration or just want to display. BTW, they have two showrooms for the "fake" stuff they buy!

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#438398 - 06/04/12 10:14 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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It's like anything else where folks look at prices paid as "established" or "bonafide" information. When a nationally popular TV series says "We Paid $X.00, but this is REALLY WORTH FAR MORE", suddenly everyone's looking at the treasure in their barns, where before it was just an old bike or even seen as trash. SO the potential, I think, (and I think this is what Alex is taking about) is that this "new standard" COULD make it more difficult or impossible for us regular folks to actually score a decent deal on a "barn fresh" find.

I remember that something very similar actually happened back in the 70s when High Times Magazine came out with their "National Pricing Index" (or whatever they called it)- Suddenly everyone was asking more $$$ for stuff, cuz some magazine said that's what it goes for!
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#438446 - 06/05/12 2:07 am Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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Beno has a really nice shop.He definitely has lived a very interesting life.Wish I had a shop like that nearby.Plus talking to Beno would be the icing on the cake.

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#438454 - 06/05/12 2:49 am Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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The Waltons wasn't real??

wink

Enjoyed the heck out of the show. Not the dealing, etc but just looking at all the shelves of spares! Saw a '72 Bonnie tank I'd love to have had. Heck, even the flamed-broiled tank they bought was nice to me! lol

Thanks for the heads up on the show. Enjoyed it!

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#438462 - 06/05/12 4:02 am Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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I enjoyed it too. Thanks ! I sure would like to visit Beno too. What a great place he has there. I want to ride his trails too.
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#438506 - 06/05/12 12:49 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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Ha! Glad to see Beno make out well on this one. Couldn't have happened to a better guy.
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#438513 - 06/05/12 1:44 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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I've dealt with Beno a few times over the years. Super nice guy and a pleasure to do business with. I'd have to say that It didn't look like he really wanted to part with his leathers!
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#438514 - 06/05/12 1:47 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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To me those two seemed a little more restrained than their usual baloney. They seemed to show Mr. Rodi some great respect. All in all it was a good opportunity to see his warehouse full of parts.
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#438528 - 06/05/12 4:09 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: Skeet]
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Originally Posted By: Skeet
To me those two seemed a little more restrained than their usual baloney. They seemed to show Mr. Rodi some great respect. All in all it was a good opportunity to see his warehouse full of parts.


You're right Skeet. Almost like they realized Beno was doing them a favor by letting them in, rather than acting like it's them doing you a great honor by letting them pay you for something and then gloating over how much more they'll get for it.
Pretty cool seeing the stuff Beno has for sure though.
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#438562 - 06/05/12 6:31 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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Man, that was fun to watch. Gotta get to Beno's shop. His wife seemed fun, too. No coffee at IOM, give her a lager!

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#438590 - 06/05/12 8:11 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: Randy Pigford]
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is beno open for business??? my pal calvin was talking about doing a road trip there one day soon
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#438618 - 06/05/12 10:17 pm Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: raf940]
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Richard could be more specific, but I've been told that Beno is in the shop 6 or 7 days a week, and the shop is open when he's in there. I need to make a 45 mile road trip up there, too. Greg
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#438721 - 06/06/12 10:14 am Re: American Pickers TV Show [Re: RF Whatley]
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Wow what a great shop!!! I think the most valuable treasure in that shop is Beno himself. I would have asked him to sign the leathers.
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