And frankly it was terrifying. I mean, on the forum Rick is the nicest and most patient guy, but let's just say I've worked lots of places but I've never worked anywhere that the boss used a handheld taser to keep employees productive.
Poor Todd. If you've ordered from Cogent I'm sure you've talked to Todd. Every time he would look away from his screen for even an instant, zap, scream. Sorry boss.
Well I took the suspension off my KLX140G trail bike to bring to the Maestro. I was heading down from PA to drop junior off at VA Tech from Christmas break so we went on through to Asheville and stayed the night. Note: I've filled out less forms enlisting than were required to check in at the Holiday Inn at Asheville. I do however appreciate the no marijuana smoking signs they put on the desks in the rooms. I almost lit up a dank fat one but the sign stopped us in time.
The next morning, in some kind of fit of cosmic alignment or a matrix programming glitch I actually got ready early and arrived at Cogent way early. I really don't know how that happened. I have poor sense of direction, mediocre GPS skills and an underdeveloped sense of how long it takes to get anywhere. We even stopped for breakfast. Weird.
Well, they were more than gracious hosts despite my unexpected arrival time. Rick grabbed my shock and we headed into the shop. You know how you can tell when someone is good at something? When they are excited about what they are doing and can teach you all kinds of cool things about it. That's Rick.
He pulled the shock apart and measured the spring and dynoed it. Here's where it gets crazy. The stock spring rate on the KLX140G shock is pretty close to the stock DR and the shock dyno plot looks very, very similar to a stock DR dyno plot in terms of the curves when you overlay them. Kooky but very fortuitous for me that I had brought it to Rick.
My son and I got to see Rick's bikes and his well loved DR. You have to knock a certain way before the security team lets you into the garage so that has to stay private.
We grabbed a group photo before heading out. Don't be fooled. Rick is hiding the taser in this photo. My son looks very pleased because in four hours he will be back at the cadet barracks cleaning and doing push ups.
Thanks so much for having us down Rick. It was really a pleasure to visit you and see where the Cogent magic happens.
Rick, me and happy junior.