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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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just wondering, when a noob walks into a HD shop. What does the sale man sell him.

My friend just ordered a nightrod vrod pos. Says he can sell it later for something better.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 09:20 PM
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The only reason Ive ever been in an HD dealership is at open houses to eat their free food
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I'd imagine that they blow a bunch of smoke up people's arses, just the same as any other stealership
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 09:41 PM
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Re: HD stealership

The Night Rod Special is actually a bad ass bike, and quite powerful as well.

When your bike gets keyless-go, self-cancelling turn signals, and a Porsche designed motor... then you can throw stones.













And I'm not particularly a Harley fan...
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Re: HD stealership

As far as dealerships go, HD dealers are almost always top notch.
  • They greet you, in a genuinely nice way
  • Ask ANY question about ANY bike to ANY person who works there, and they know the answer
  • They practically force you to test ride a bike
  • Hell, they will let you ride multiple bikes, even bikes like the $38,000 CVO Street Glides
  • They encourage LONG test rides (I've had some out as long as an hour, and could have gone much longer I found out)
  • When you're ready to buy, they're ready with a parts catalog in-hand to help you accessorize AND bundle the accessories into the financed purchase price
  • They accept a trade with ANY kind of motorcycle (even sportbikes)
  • You get good benefits like FREE winter season storage in winter-burdened states (most places charge $300-$500 per season)



After visiting more sportbike dealers than I can name, here are my experiences:
  • In most cases, you're ignored when you walk in
  • Ignored till you want to sit on a bike, then they jump on you like you can't even spell "motorcycle" let alone sit on one without creating an insurance disaster
  • MOST employees can't answer the most basic & simple questions on their inventory
  • In some states, NO dealer will allow a test ride on ANY sportbike
  • In other states, you can't test ride anything over a 600
  • Many will tell you "we don't take trades on this kind of bike"
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Re: HD stealership

i went into one and the sales staff was nice and knew what they were talking about. they didnt try to sell me on any particular bike. i told them i was just poking around and learning a few things about H-D.
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I have only been to one in my entire life and it was nice. I went to see the Buells. Very friendly place. Too bad Buell is dead so I have no reason for another visit.
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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 01:09 AM
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just wondering, when a noob walks into a HD shop. What does the sale man sell him.
A shitload of H-D branded "lifestyle accessories" You can say a lot about them but they know how to make tons of money off silly trinkets, even to people who will never own a bike...
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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 01:13 AM
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The place I bought my GSXR has two stores next to each other. One is HD & the other is sport bikes, dirt bikes & quads and such. Staff at both places were friendly. I go to the HD side for my brother in laws Buell for part..
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Dunno what kind of shit dealers you guys have in the USA, but every one here is real nice and friendly. Dosnt matter if its a H-D, Honda, Kawasaki, etc.

Plus they throw any bike at you for a test ride. Long test rides too
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Re: HD stealership

I may not care a lot for their bikes but their dealers are top notch in my experience.

The one here locally is friendly and I’ve never been “snobbed” during any of my visits. When asked what I ride I always expect the worst but I’ve had sales guys there say “oh yeah, those are great bikes” or one of them went on to tell stories about how he used to race a few years back and proceeded to show me some pics on his computer while we BS’d for a while. Another one took me back to the “prep room” where they had just got in a new batch of bikes. He wanted to show me the “latest and greatest” Sportster (not even an uber expensive bike, literally “entry level” stuff). I checked out and sat on a bike that was “fresh out of the crate”. The sales guy was 100% cool with it and we chatted for a few. I have nothing but positives to say about our dealer here.

The only dealer I’ve been to that was as good, or better was Indy Ducati. They practically twisted my arm to take a test ride (OK, they didn’t have to twist that hard ) and they knew their product line. Great little place.

The metric dealers though…. They seem to be staffed by the same people Walmart choses; impossible to find and absolutely ZERO product knowledge.

To the OP: open your mind a little and do some research. The V-rod is arguably top of its class; the Diavel being the only legitimate threat, although the 2 are vastly different styles. It’s a darn good bike regardless of whose name happens to be on the tank.
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 09:56 AM
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Re: HD stealership

Yea I have to agree the dealerships are great. The closest shop to me is a HD dealer. They also sell Ducati, Yamaha and BMW but its mostly HD. They have always been friendly and I have gotten work done there because of that.
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I've only ever been to a yamaha dealer, and a Honda/Kawi/Suzuki dealer. The staff knows nothing, does not greet you, and when you ask about simple things they seem to jack around with you. Plus these dealers have very little gear for sale, and if they have it, it's at such an incredible markup it's hard not to laugh at it.
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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 01:23 PM
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Yep, half the time, prices make ZERO sense.
This one yamaha dealer had an 04 cbr600rr for like $8000, with 35k on the clock.
Sitting next to it, they had an 09 ninja 600, 6k miles, for $6200

I walked up to the kid working behind the counter, "hey, what's up with that Red CBR you got over there for like $8000?" His response? "Oh THAT one, yeah it's been sitting there for a while"

I'm thinking, yeah, I can see why!
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Re: HD stealership

I looked at a HD earlier this spring. The sales men were very nice and knowledgeable. However, the Sales Manager was an ass. I discussed trading in my old 600 with the Salesman. When he asked for an appraisal for my 600, the Sales Manager said "Why?" and started to laugh. I walked out.
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The Night Rod Special is actually a bad ass bike, and quite powerful as well.

When your bike gets keyless-go, self-cancelling turn signals, and a Porsche designed motor... then you can throw stones.













And I'm not particularly a Harley fan...
I could buy a used 911 for that amount of money.

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Depends on the person and how much they are willing to spend. 2 of my co-workers have bought sportsters in the pas 2 year. I see a lot of new riders hopping on those.

Given their reputation, I'll stick with victory and indian
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The Indian Scout might surprise some sportsbike riders off the line. 520 lbs and 100 HP.

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Depends on the person and how much they are willing to spend. 2 of my co-workers have bought sportsters in the pas 2 year. I see a lot of new riders hopping on those.

Given their reputation, I'll stick with victory and indian
+1 for the Polaris shout out. Our Minnesota economy is very much helped by Polaris.

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+1 for the Polaris shout out. Our Minnesota economy is very much helped by Polaris.

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Definitely! People buy these Harley's thinking their American rides, but don't realize how much they have outsourced.
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