175 miles for grey?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by cheesechief, May 19, 2013.

  1. cheesechief

    cheesechief DC Rider

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    Hey y'all,

    After nearly two years, I am finally getting my settlement and ready for a new bike! I'm replacing the totaled F650GS, and have my eye on the 700 with ESA and ASC. The problem is that the closest one is red (60 miles away) and I want grey (175 miles away). I live in DC.

    So, a few questions -
    Any thoughts on having a new bike delivered? Opinions on my local dealers (Mortons is 60 mi, Hermy's is 175 miles, neither Battley nor Bob's has what I want right now)
    Is red really that much more awful than grey? Will I really care once I get to ride it? :eek1

    What else should I consider if I buy a bike from a dealer that far away?

    Thanks!
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  2. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    How do you want us to answer that question? I prefere the red one and dislike the grey one. Each one his POV.

    Now go fill up that profile noob :eek:)
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  3. B_C_Ries

    B_C_Ries Long timer

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    How long will uou keep the bike? You will spend 2 hrs. of your time going each direction plus gas, The longer you keep the bike the more it makes sense to get your favorite color.
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  4. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    would say the exact opposite. Colors are growing on you and the longer you'll keep your bike the more you'll accept and finally like your color.
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  5. Snarky

    Snarky Vodka Infused.

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    Get the one that is the color you want. With the GSA it doesn't matter. There's not much paint to change on it if you want a new color. Coloring on the 700 is a bit more substantial and harder to change. Therefore I say get the one you want initially. What is a little drive other than a chance to break it in?
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  6. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    Changing colors is easy. I went all black for $50... :evil

    In a couple months I might change again, maybe a multicam, or leopard print. I dunno.


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  7. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    I am from the DC/MD area, I would get the bike you want, all BMW dealers will service it. I honestly do almost all of my work (unless it is a warranty issue). I am not fond of either BOB's or Battley, Bob's charges a heinous wrench rate and Battley, well they are a Harley dealership masquerading as a BMW dealer. I would get what you want and then take it to whom ever you wish. :evil
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  8. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Also if you cannot get a ride there to pick it up zipcars have light duty trucks you can rent for a while and go pick the bike up in, or even a uhaul truck (zipcars are cheap though).

    Get what you want, don't settle when you are paying for it.
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  9. cheesechief

    cheesechief DC Rider

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    Thanks for the input guys! I know that color is completely subjective, but it just never mattered to me on my other bikes for some reason.

    I am mostly interested in the experiences with the dealerships. I have had mixed dealings with Bob's, but I hear good things about both Morton's and Hermy's. Max's might be a bit far, though . . .

    JRose, did you just take the fairings off and paint them yourself?
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  10. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    They're wrapped in viynl. Super easy, cheap, protects the paint, and easy to change.

    Freal though, don't be afraid to hold strong for exactly what you want. It's a big purchase, and if color matters to you, iy matters. Don't worry about what some of the talking heads say.
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  11. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    That is one good looking bike...... I love that black....
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  12. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Just a thought. I live 1/2 between Mortons and Bobs. Morton's has been extremely consistent, and I do favor them. If outbound transportation is an issue, Mortons will pick you up a VRE and Greyhound depots.
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  13. cheesechief

    cheesechief DC Rider

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    I like Morton's better, too, and don't have much of a problem getting down there. Unfortunately, the bike I want is at Hermy's, up in PA. I'm actually looking at renting a trailer from UHaul. If I can't get a ride, that is probably my best option.

    That vinyl wrap looks great! Where did you get it? I guess that explains how you can do a leopard print so easily :lol3
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  14. JRose

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    A guy I work with, his dad owns a vinyl shop. I used to do that stuff a long time ago, so install was easy. Anyone can wrap an F800 though, you can stretch that car wrap vinyl around a basket ball, and the only challenging piece is that main runner that goes to the beak, and it's only about a 6 or 7 out of 10 difficulty. Even easier if you don't try to do it in one piece and section it.
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  15. cheesechief

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    Yay! A buddy agreed to take me up there on Saturday. The more I look at the two bikes, the more I like the grey.

    Now, let's see if I can negotiate the price down at all . . .
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  16. mattlikesbikes

    mattlikesbikes Been here awhile

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    I rode my new to me (and first clutch) bike home 350 miles the night I bought it. You'll be fine. I actually just swapped the plastics as the closest orange F650 I could find at the time was way to far away. So I bought the farkled Silver one and swapped to Lava with a few online transactions.

    As for negotiating, I had very little luck at my dealer. They just are not used to it on BMW's. But you could try the following:

    Bring a list of cycletrader available bikes, assume a shipping cost of $500. Who cares how far away. Let them know you came 175 miles but will turn around and head home. They do not need to know the color made the deal.

    Accessories at a discount. As for a chance to come back in 60 days for the same discount.

    Extended warranty discount - Ask early on what the extra coverage is and costs, roll that cost into negotiation

    Make ready cost. My used bike came with a $300 make ready. I told them I would not pay when they told me right at signing it was on top of the out the door price we had negotiated. BTW, they HAD to do the inspection and oil change on the bike to sell it, why would they pass that on to me. You can try to argue down the cost.
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  17. cheesechief

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    Well, I called and gave my deposit today. They came down about $350, which is about as good as I could expect. Also, the standard 10% off BMW stuff. One nice thing, is that they offered to order SW Motech crash bars from Twisted Throttle and install them free, no shipping charge. I was going to get the same thing and install myself, but it's a nice little bonus.

    I agree about the service loaner piece. Ultimately, though, for regular service I wait around, drink coffee, and shoot the breeze. If something is going to take longer, I use a trailer.

    For what it's worth, everyone I have shown the pictures (except perhaps on the forum :huh) to like the grey better than red, including my mother! That last part there is key!

    It should be a nice day to ride back, and I'll be a third of the way to my 600 mile service . . .
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  18. BillsburgGS

    BillsburgGS Been here awhile

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    +1 for Morton's. not knocking the other dealers you listed, I just don't know them. I do know that when I lived in Williamsburg I preferred to ride 90 miles to Morton's vs. 30 miles to VA Beach's BMW because Morton's service guys always treated me right and worked hard to treat my time as important. The va beach guys told me they could get my 6K service done "in about 6 weeks, sorry we're busy".
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  19. JRose

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    You'll enjoy your bike. They were blowing out a grey 2012 at my dealer for cost (think it was around $11,300!) and I seriously considered it. It's a good looking color.
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  20. slowpoke

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    if you're going to be spending that much money, get what makes you happy
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