Sellin Trials Bikes for The Love of The Sport

Discussion in 'Trials' started by DirtDud, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. DirtDud

    DirtDud Adventurer

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    I am a business man that wonder why a person would be a trials dealer ? As a business it is the worst type of motorcycle you could sell for a profit , I think ? I have bought at least 50 bikes in my years and trials are the only ones that need nothing else to be competitive . My 200 gasgas endure bike has at least $2500/$ 3000 in extras on it . Then there is the gear all the normal pads knee braces $650 neck brace $200 Great lid $500 . Now let me get into repairs No maybe I do not want to go there , lets put it this way . Trials stuff a few extra parts an expensive lid is $300 ? and everything last a long time ? So is there great mark up on the sale of the bike ? I buy from my local trial dealer or other trials dealers not some online discount place . They must love this sport cause as a business it does not look all that profitable to me . Thank You Mister Dealer !:clap :clap
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  2. slicktop

    slicktop Been here awhile

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    Well this is the perfect time to let everyone know how I feel about Jackscycles in Maine. Stu, the owner and rider is living the dream of this sport. I think he is a great inspiration to any who is thinking of learning trials.
    He runs a 24/7 dealership and will go all the way to protect his business reputation and a friend in need.
    I have the utmost respect for Stu and appreciate anyone with his drive and integrity and interest in the sport.
    Another fine company is American Beta of whom Stu is a dealer. Together they have warrantied a year old Evo at the tune of about $1400. maybe more. A lot came out of Stus' pocket.
    Jackscycles is an excellent dealership.:clap
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  3. wilkinsonk

    wilkinsonk soup de grimace

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    I can second that! :deal
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  4. DerViking

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    Yep. No money in the sport. Hardrock Trials is the AZ dealer, and Mike takes good care of us. He also works his butt off as the President of our club. All this on the side, he runs a auto repair business to make a living.
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  5. slicktop

    slicktop Been here awhile

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    I think with the right business model and devotion to the trade, there is money to be made. There are not a lot of choices for trials dealerships across the country. Certainly, every Honda shop does not sell Montesas.
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  6. lineaway

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    With the low numbers at both the Nationals and most club events it is very hard to squeeze a living out of trials even with it a one man show. During the upswing years it can be done. The funny thing is the internet. Used to be you needed the dealer, today you don`t. That is the way even main stream shops have been since the 80`s. The joke in the motorcycle business has always been. `How to make a million dollars in motorcycling? Start with two million!` :D
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  7. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    This is why I bought my used bike from a shop even though I maybe could have saved a couple hundred bucks by buying from a private seller. It was important to me to help support the sport. Mike @ The Tryals Shop deserved my support.

    If we don't do that, there won't be any more cool little shops like his.

    Support the shops!
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  8. DirtDud

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    Slicktop you are correct but that is true of ANY business But without the volume n margins how do you pay a good mechanic ? I would think that done correctly in conjunction with another business it would work .
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  9. slicktop

    slicktop Been here awhile

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    Those are familiar words stated by my wife in regards to me wanting to open a sailboat dealership in N. Arkansas. My reply was that of course we would have to start up a yacht club, with dining, sailing lessons, rentals, repair, storage, and racing. The key is getting the kids involved.
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  10. SRG

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    Here is a great dealer who does it part time for the love of the sport :

    Dan Barrick
    Maryland Mototrial
    2548 Urbana Pike
    Ijamsville, Md.
    21745

    301 514-5638
    301 662-0697

    dpandm01@comcast.net

    Sherco, Beta & Gas Gas
    Sales, Service & Parts
    New & used bikes
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  11. somethingnuw

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    sweet... one more reason for me to get into the support... thanks for the info
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  12. dmay

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    Hmmm,I must be doing something wrong,my Sherco never needs any repair parts but I seem to spend plenty on trials,Carbon Fiber protection,different color plastic and graphics,new footpegs,multiple trials bikes...and I'm broke again...
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  13. slicktop

    slicktop Been here awhile

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    Do you order online or from a local dealer?
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  14. dmay

    dmay Been here awhile

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    My local dealer,but I'd classify him as a hobbiest dealer,he recently retired from his day job though so we'll see what happens,We are close to RYP so we have quick access.I think lots of dealers are happy if they pay for their own trials habit out of their sales:D

    I occasionally order online,best sources for my vintage bike stuff is almost always in Great Britain,TryalShop for my Fantics sometimes.
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  15. DirtDud

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    I went to a few District 6 events with an older trials bike , while there I noticed a real good rider with a trailer full of parts n stuff . So when I decided to buy a new bike he seemed like a logical supplier to me . I have to say he goes out of his way to supply me with advice , parts n bikes . His shop is Foxs Trials Barn in Montoursville Pa . 570-419-3763 . But he is only a phone call away . Or at a district 6 event . I also get stuff from Scott at Moto Connection . He drove all the way down to Pa to deliver my new Sherco X ride . Two great dealers for sure ! :freaky
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  16. Manymotos

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    I know the dealers prices are always higher than a researched internet price but consider this, the limited number of trials bike dealers across the U.S. will continue to diminish if you keep buying based on the cheapest price from people you don't even know on the internet! Do you think the internet guy is going to answer questions about problems you have with your bike or parts that you buy from him? Chances are, you can't even talk to the guy.

    Let your dealer know you are in tune with internet prices and you don't appreciate being gouged but you understand reasonable markup. Let him know you are willing to support him assuming he doesn't over price his stock. The fact that you pay sales tax from a dealer also ups the price. Don't worry it won't be long and purchases on the internet will be taxed too. It's in the works. It's obvious that the dealer has more overhead and must cover it's cost. When you buy something from your dealer, look him in the eye, thank him, shake his hand and let him know you appreciate him being there for you. Maybe the next time you need him he'll still be there.

    I am not a dealer, just a concerned rider hoping to continue riding and continue being supported by my various dealers. Hope ya'll will do the same.
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  17. 19673ontree

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    You know this post brings up a good point about trials dealers , its a special sport and ive owned 1000 dirtbikes in my life and ive never seen a trials dealer ? Im sure if a dealer was close to an area that had trials competition it would be profitable to be a dealer , I know motocross dealers make a lot but thats a much larger sport ,,,
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