RSC INSPIRED BY: SALES, SERVICE, AND PARTS
Posted: Jul 11 2019
Inspiration is open 24/7 and can hit you right when you need it and at the most inconvenient times. The inspiration that goes into creating a place like Reserve Supply Company is constantly evolving since its initial conception in 2008. RSC Inspired by is a series that looks to give some insight into that influence and add to the conversation of what inspires and catalyzes creativity.
There is a poster to the left of the register with a floating cosmic figure and the address for a business that no longer exists. The words "HONDA WEST" can be made out near the bottom in a 70's era typeface that weaves in and out of itself and next to it is a brief tagline - SALES, SERVICE, AND PARTS ON ALL CUSTOM AND DIRT EQUIPMENT. At first glance it is an unassuming poster next to the many that hang in the store, but this print plays a bigger role than you would think. Honda West is one of the main influences that is hardwired into the opening of Reserve Supply Company.
"My dad sold Hondas in the 70s" is the opener when anyone asks how Jason got started with Reserve. His father worked at the Honda West dealership before opening his own in Chalmette, a suburb of New Orleans, LA. Honda West sponsored local dirt bike riders and most of the guys that worked there rode enduro bikes. Jason saw firsthand the value his dad put on customer service and the connection he would try and make with people when helping them find a motorcycle. It also instilled in him an affinity for motorcycles and anything that rolls or rides; he was on a three wheeler by the time he was four and rode dirt bikes as a kid. The parallels between his dad running a Honda shop and retail are easy to draw and the trickle down affect is apparent when customers come into the shop. Like his dad did with Hondas, the aim for Reserve is to share what we know about what we like and if it resonates with people, we're more than appreciative. It's just good business.