Originally posted by 1longr1
everybody deserves a great deal. but i work for a honda,yamaha,suzuki,kawi dealership and coming there from selling cars...there isn't the same mark up in the bikes.especially the hondas. but your right the should quibble over a couple hunded bucks. but if you don't buy them at msrp..someone else will..
True, there is not that much of a mark-up on motorcycles, but that is NOT where the dealers make their money! Let's say a dealer is only able to mark-up the price of a bike by about $800-$1000. They will not go out of business if they only take say, $400-$500 in profit instead of the full $1000. If the customer is happy with the dealership, just imagine how many services, parts, accessories, etc. they will purchase from the dealer. But, if a dealership is not willing to give it's customers a good deal, they are more inclined to LOSE business. And for what, a few hundred bucks? They can make up the difference with just 1 or 2 oil changes. In my case, I use to drive more than 50-60 miles just to patronize the dealership I purchased my bike from. They gave me a good deal, so whenever I need something for my bike, I would call them FIRST. (there are 7 other dealerships within 25 miles of my house) Since this dealership will not budge off of the M.S.R.P. for my next bike, I am not going to purchase from them. And, since they do not appreciate my business, I will never get any services, parts, etc. from them. True, someone may end up paying the M.S.R.P. for the bike. But, they can also pay M.S.R.P. minus a few hundred bucks from somewhere else!
I found a dealership on CycleTrader.com that is selling an 02 R1 for $9,1999 OTD + $300 shipping (not in crate)