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|07-10-2006 09:18 PM|
I've been hearing those rumors about Buell getting dropped for a very, very long time now (something like 6 years now). BMC is doing very well right now. With the recent realease of the Buell Ulysses and the rebirth of Buell racing with the XBRR, I would say they're going to be around for quite a while. It's not just American sales that are going up, it's European sales that are as well.
The dealers that are dropping Buells are dealers that were never good in the first place. I've yet to hear any complaints about certain dealerships dropping the Buell line. Most of the ones that continue to carry Buells are very good dealerships. The main problem with parts is not Buell's problem, as much as it is the dealers not being entirely familier with the bikes and being unsure about what to keep on hand. While some Buell specific parts may have to be ordered. I've never had a problem going into a dealership and ordering parts like bearings or other motor-related parts.
|07-10-2006 06:52 PM|
|Judge||Buell is either going to be dropped...or sold/sent to other dealers. HD dealers are dropping them like flies. Try to order parts from one. Chris (if he is still there) at Detroit HD is one of the best Buell wrenches I have ever met. He rides one (a few actually)...and loves them. Me personally.....buy a Ducati...at least they will be around a while.....not worth the headache...|
|07-10-2006 12:54 PM|
Re: Help From Buellers
Unfortunately, Harley (like the US automakers) have a bad rap as far as quality is concerned. US automakers had a few years of playing catch-up to the Japanese OEM's in the quality department, but now are just as good or better. Unfortunately, they can't beat the bad rap. Harley has the same issues. Their engines are now oil tight, and will run forever just like the Jap bikes.
Yes, there are lemons out there for any manufacturer. If you're looking, you're going to find them. Buell has set out to squash the bad quality stereotype that they earned in the 80's. I'd put their quality against any manufacturer, and I understand that their warranty reflects that.
|07-05-2006 09:11 AM|
You are treated like a redheaded step child.
The parts dept is just as bad. I went to two dealers to look to isolators for my rear suspension the conversation went something like this
Me: I need rear isolators for a 99 X-1
Sales: Do you know the part number?
Me: No but if you have the book I can show you what they are.
Sales: Hold on I have to get the Buell parts guy
Me: ok do you have the book I can start looking up the parts
Sales: Hold on I have to get the Buell Guy (this goes on for a few minutes before the other guy shows up)
Sales Guy 2: What do you need
Me: I need isolators for a 99 X-1
Sales Guy 2 Let me find the book (10 minutes later he finds the book) show me what you are looking for.
Me: I show him the part (mind you this is a consumable part like brake pads and spark plugs)
Slaes Guy 2: No we dont carry those.
New Customer:I need a chrome flap jack bottle valve
Both Sales at the same time: Its part Dadda dadda we have 40 of the min stock over there.
Me: WTF you have chrome doodads but not real parts.
I ordered the online for half the price they wanted.
|07-04-2006 11:19 AM|
Not a misconception in the least. I went with my neighbor a year or 2 ago to look for a Firebolt (for him, not me) and we were treated rudely by several dealers, and not just in Detroit. Not a one of them knew any details on the few bikes that they had. He ended up dropping his cash at a place in Lansing because they were the only place that treated him with any respect. Perhaps this has changed in the year or so since we went shopping for his, but I'd bet a nickel that it hasn't.
And I didn't throw that out there to slam Harleys or Buells. I personally think that Eric Buell is a visionary, he has had some incredible ideas, it's just too bad that he's saddled with that lump of shyte engine.
|07-04-2006 11:07 AM|
|07-04-2006 09:29 AM|
|v2win||Yes its www.h-dappleton.com the guy you want to talk to is [email protected] its Dave Stueve or Daves on www.badweatherbikers.com as for friendly local dealers good luck on that one.|
|07-04-2006 09:25 AM|
|icantslowdown||Harley dealers don't like having the Buells on the floor, and are completely ignorant about themm and you will be treated as a second-class citizen for being interested in them. If you can't chrome or fringe it...|
|07-04-2006 09:04 AM|
Right on about true Buell enthusiast dealers. Still on my learning curve with Buells; sorting out new or used regarding whether any significant upgrades have occurred since market appearance and for what model years. Current plan is for an XB9R (new or used or maybe even an ex-racebike with the right upgrades).
Does the Appleton dealer have a website?
|07-04-2006 06:56 AM|
There is a dealer locator on Buell's website. Click the link below and on that page click the Find a Dealer link...
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