Ok dealers will try to make money, and It doesnt matter what they are selling. Still, I wonder if maybe the differences arent geographical. A good friend of mine used to work at a hd dealership, the biggest in texas. I'd frequent the place regulalry (imagine the looks I got walking around in full leathers LOL)
Bikes selling at MSRP+2k were completely expected. MSRP+4k was common. On V-rods, or other special editions (anything rare) MSRP+10k was seen regulalry. That dealership sold several $37k vrods the first year they had them. Well, just goes to show ya that there is one born everyminute.
Depreciation on a 4 year old bike seemed to run in the 50% range. And thats not counting the initial increased price, and the extensive modifications, that everyone just has to do to their HD (chrome everything right? Makes ya faster)
Perhaps its a local phenomena. After all bikes are sold in texas like crazy. And HD name carries a whole lot of weight around here. So if people are buying them, who can blame the dealers for selling?