Things Dealers tell Customers

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ak_diane, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    Why would you buy your second choice bike because a salesperson missed a trick question?

    It just sounds like some wanker on a superiority trip.
  2. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Then that shouldn't have been your first offer. Or, and this may be the point, you offered what turned out to be a fair price for the bike, from both the seller's and buyer's perspective.

    When someone takes my first offer, I figure we cut out a lot of wasted time and I'm happy.

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  3. wb57

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    HD dealer here picked up Triumph several years ago.

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  4. DAKEZ

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    Harley doesn't own the store. :deal George Latus does. It is a common misconception that you hold... And it is true that both Harley and Triumph would prefer stand alone stores, so what we did is put two stores in one. Separate areas in the same building.

    Missoula's Harley store is also a Ducati dealership.
  5. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    And I worked at a Harley-Davidson/Kawasaki dealership.



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  6. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Yeah. "lemme verify your expertise before I buy this bike and never see you again." :lol3

    People find the weirdest things to be huffy about sometimes.
  7. dwoodward

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    If you think about it, it's the match that Erik Buell was trying to get- between the two you have a full range of motorcyles (except dirt bikes) with very little overlap. This works because both are established lines, and because George Latus wants to do it- it wasn't forced on him from above. Buidl a relationship with the customer no matter what style of riding they want, and when they want something different, they'll be back.

    The Harley Davidson(tm) dealer in Salem, Oregon also sells...











    Vespas. :dunno

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  8. pebble35

    pebble35 Long timer

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    I work at a H-D shop - we also sell Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi and Peugeot as well as a good mix of used bikes as well .......

    Bottom line is that 99% of the time we can sell something to anyone who comes in the door ................
  9. dwoodward

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    What's a trick question about knowing the difference between a K75 and an overweight vibrating pig with too many cylinders?

    My only question- West side, or east side? I have my suspicion, but want to be sure.

    Anyway, Would you rather have your second choice of machine, or your first choice where your only hope for maintenance where the staff suffer from chronic recto-cranial inversion disorder?

    And now the wanker's out of business. (I'm sure you didn't mean the customer, who asked a perfectly fair question, and the response, while correct, was completely inappropriate.)
  10. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    I honestly thought Harley wouldn't allow that too.
    I have never seen a Harley dealer as anything but a stand alone store.
  11. crazyjeeper

    crazyjeeper Been here awhile

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    The Harley dealer in Grand Junction, CO also sells KTM and BMW.
  12. Ghostyman

    Ghostyman Been here awhile

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    False dichotomy much?

    "Only hope for maintenance"... :deal
  13. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    Not everyone wants to- or should- attempt their own maintenance. If you can't trust the local dealer, and the next one is 100+ miles away- that's a deal breaker for some.

    There was quite a spell in Portland where people would go to Seattle for BMW maintenance. If my Aprilia broke down beyond my ability to repair it- I still would. Not because the delaer closer to me has bad techs, but because I can't imagine taking a bike to a place for repairs where I can't trust them not to lie about small things, like whether they've even tried to order the parts I already paid for.
  14. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    I needed a chain in Richfield back in 1987, a thousand miles from home and in the middle of the rainstorm to end all rainstorms. The Honda dealer had the chain and sprockets in stock, good price, and let me use their chain tool, stand to support the bike and let me roll it in the shop out of the rain for me to install it myself. A very positive experience I still remember after 25 years.

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  15. BadKarma

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    They may even have the Buell sign up there yet... They are one of the best HD dealers I've ever dealt with.:deal
  16. Chip Seal

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    Not really, you had to hear the dealer's tone of voice.
    We really couldn't beleive it.
    I do agree some have a thin skin.
  17. jules083

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    I'll just leave this here. It's from the local Honda dealer, guessing it was a trade-in:

    Looking for a used sport bike? This SV1000S might be the one you were looking for. It has Yoshimura exhaust, fender eliminator, and has been lowered. Has 42,137 miles on it. If you are a novice rider or you are just looking for a cheaper way to commute to work, this would be the perfect bike for you! For more information, call me @ 740-598-9100 of toll free 866-779-8736. Make sure you ask for Dustin!


    http://wheeling.craigslist.org/mcd/3452812986.html
  18. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Nice starter bike:huh

    They are going to get someone killed.
  19. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Yep. The salesman is an idiot. I've been in there a few times looking and have talked to him.

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  20. advNZer?

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    the k100 is about 12 kgs heavier than a k75 has more power more tourque and barely uses any more gas....My k100rs was very buzzy when new but after it was run in was not much worse than my mates k75s I think you protest a little too much