Big Twin in Boise, Id.

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Tripletreat, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    Went over to Big Twin motorcycles here in Boise this morning, wondering when/if I could have a look at the new Triumph 800 in the flesh. Henry explained that wasn't gonna happen. Big Twin is no longer a Triumph dealer :-( I'm not even sure Big Twin will be a Ducati dealer either. It's pretty much BMW from wall to wall.
    I don't believe there is a Triumph dealer in all of Idaho. That's a certifiable bummer. Triumph is producing some fine machines these days, but not having a dealer in the state is a problem for me.
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  2. grinns

    grinns Semper Fi

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    That dealers pretty sweet. I blew out a rear on my GS and they replaced it after hours at the end of the day. Even waited for me to get towed in.
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  3. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    I flew into Boise last fall to pick up my new, to me, 1150RT. Before I even got there on Saturday morning, they checked it over, changed the oil, and installed a new rear tire for the PO. They are great people.
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  4. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    I agree and I agree. I just hope this paring down of their offerings doesn't continue. It would be a very sad day if they were to fold up their tent once and for all, as so many other dealers seem to be doing.
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  5. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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  6. emmettken

    emmettken Long timer

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    I always liked Big Twin. Bought a couple of bikes from them,new and used. :thumb
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  7. WormShanks

    WormShanks b00b

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    A lot of rumors swirling around early last year that someone would pick up Triumph in Idaho. Seems like a year should've been enough time :evil. Seriously though, anyone have any information that this is about to happen? My interest is piqued again with the Explorer announcement.
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  8. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Boise is a tough market right now for bike dealers. Unless a dealer carries watercraft and snowmobiles they're unlikely to risk taking on another brand, as did Carl's with KTM. Triumph is not considered to be a volumn seller, yet, so I see it as very unlikely that someone would take on Triumph as a sole brand.

    I used to go over to BigTwin just to drool, when they carried a decent selection. Now I just don't bother. Tires and oil are about the only things I ever bought there, so I was never thought of as a good customer and was denied a test ride on several occasions. Riding a Honda probably didn't help.
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  9. dipper_skipper

    dipper_skipper n00b

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    Fred at the TWIN tells me that Triumph wanted him to floor way more motorcycles than made sense. As for the Ducati's... they just couldn't make any money on the units or sell enough of them to warrant having someone deal with all the warranty issues and service demands.
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  10. WormShanks

    WormShanks b00b

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  11. JUNBUG

    JUNBUG Adventurer

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    Yup Birds of Prey Motorsports has about 20 that just hit the ground. :clap
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  12. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    WTF is Caldwell?,,and why would I go there?



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    (certain favorite heartfelt feelings for the folks at Big Twin,,prejudiced?,,,well yeah!,honestly,,yeah. Good folks!)

    (not in the market for a trumpet),,,(unless ittsa 1960's),,the leaky ones!
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  13. willis 2000

    willis 2000 neo-quixote

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    I live in Nampa and bought a Street Triple from Big Twin.
    I like having a local Triumph dealer again, but Big Twin is a place operated by motorcycle enthusiasts.
    Henry retired a month ago.
    Their latest email wants me to test-ride the Zero all-electric bikes they have now.
    Man, I'm tempted, but the idea of no exhaust sound to alert cagers to my presence would take some getting used to.
    Maybe they make a straight-pipe soundtrack hooked to the throttle.
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  14. WormShanks

    WormShanks b00b

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    What do people think of Birds of Prey? Good folks? For some reason I've always thought it was more of an ATV shop so I've never actually been in there.
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  15. trailrider383

    trailrider383 867-5309

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    I was just in there Saturday and after being ignored by the parts staff and the sales staff for ten minutes I went on down the road. My first impression isn't too good. I was told it is owned by the same guy that owns the Harley dealer in Meridian.
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  16. WormShanks

    WormShanks b00b

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    I was there for the "Triumph Grand Opening" over the weekend and they seemed fine to me. I spoke to a number of different employees. I didn't get the impression that they were serious Triumph aficionados, which is not unexpected and fine too I suppose. I'm not sure if the folks leading the test rides were employees but they were very nice. I didn't see or hear anything that would make me think twice about doing business with them.

    The most important thing I learned is that I really want a Speed Triple :lol3
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  17. eastwa

    eastwa Adventurer

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    Any other updates on the Birds of Prey dealership?
    I will be in the area in a couple of weeks, wondering if its worth my time and mileage to swing by.
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  18. John_L

    John_L Been here awhile

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    Spoke to a sales guy at length about a bike they had about a month ago which they still have today according to their website.

    I asked several questions to which he was going to get answers and call back. He never did. Called again, left a message and got no return call. Wanted to get some things answered before making a long drive from Seattle to see it.

    I opted to shop elsewhere and bought something else.
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  19. eastwa

    eastwa Adventurer

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    I inquired about a 2012 DL650 rental 2 weeks ago via email through their website. No reply, so I called them today. Their CL ad said "2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure Glass Sparkle Black 1 miles - $8199 (Caldwell, ID)" Turns out it has 2862 miles on the clock, and want an extra $563 above the stated price. "Freight and setup are not included in msrp of a new bike" was the response. Since it is not new, I think I will pass.
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