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This may be a contradiction but looking for advice in order to find a good Buell dealer in the metro area.

Have had interest in Firebolt since it hit the market but that Harley engine thing kept me away. Well, time or blurred vision has softened me up a bit so I thought I visit a few dealers.

If I understand correctly most all Buell dealers are Harley dealers and that has never been my crowd. Is there such a thing as good Buell dealer or are Buells just bastard children the Harley dealers have an minimal obligation too.

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Steve
 

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A friend has a 03 firebolt for sale, 9r, with a 12r kit in it. If your interested ill get you in contact with him, it has i believe 7000 miles good condition, wants 5000 for it.

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Hello,


I would suggest posting this question over at the BadWeb

The thing you need to remember is that not all HD dealers that carry Buells are Buell friendly. Many dealers would rather hang chrome all day than get your bike in for scheduled service. Also be prepared for having to order parts.

Any time I need to order parts, I order from a dealer in Appleton Wisconsin. He takes pretty good care of us Buellers. He also has great deals set up for those buying bikes. Also, American Sport Bike is another good site for parts and upgrades.

Good luck with your purchase!
 

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phatkidwit1eye said:
Hello,


I would suggest posting this question over at the BadWeb

The thing you need to remember is that not all HD dealers that carry Buells are Buell friendly. Many dealers would rather hang chrome all day than get your bike in for scheduled service. Also be prepared for having to order parts.

Any time I need to order parts, I order from a dealer in Appleton Wisconsin. He takes pretty good care of us Buellers. He also has great deals set up for those buying bikes. Also, American Sport Bike is another good site for parts and upgrades.

Good luck with your purchase!
Have not posted this on BadWeb yet but will. Thought I would try local first.

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?

Thanks, Steve
 

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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...
 

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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...
being the hd owner i am i have to call foul on that.....i have had both metrics and american cruisers and have been BY FAR treated better by the HD dealer.....Wolverine doesnt sell buells any longer but will service them and noone i have met with buells have ever expressed any static from an HD dealer....silly misconception.....kinda like you Duc.....theyre slow right?....why buy a 20k sportbike when some chick on a 8K gsxr750 will smoke your ass in a straight out run....lol....:twofinger
 

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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.
 

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being the hd owner i am i have to call foul on that.....i have had both metrics and american cruisers and have been BY FAR treated better by the HD dealer/B]


Try owning a Buell and taking it in for service at a HD dealer.

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.
 

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sebtz said:

Have had interest in Firebolt since it hit the market but that Harley engine thing kept me away. Well, time or blurred vision has softened me up a bit so I thought I visit a few dealers.

If I understand correctly most all Buell dealers are Harley dealers and that has never been my crowd. Is there such a thing as good Buell dealer or are Buells just bastard children the Harley dealers have an minimal obligation too.

Thanks,

Steve
Can't help with a good dealer, sorry.

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.

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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...
 

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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...
Pass what ever it is you're smoking. It must be good stuff.

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.
 
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