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Old 10-05-2006, 05:35 AM   #11
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Forgot about the VAT...d'oh!



The interesting thing is that the only other 800 currently available, the VFR, is atrociously over priced and so Beemer can enagage in their usual stick-it-to-the-public pricing and still appear as a bargain.
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Old 10-05-2006, 05:37 AM   #12
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+1. 82 miles away, in Tallahassee



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Old 10-05-2006, 08:04 AM   #13
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If they could price the F800S under $10K I would very much consider the bike. But at $13K and even at $11K they will have lost my interest. Irrelevant I guess if they never come here.
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:46 AM   #14
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Easy there Big Fella The Viffer is a Highly Tuned Machine With some over the top techie type stuff and honda has a right to charge for all those dodads that make the v-four run so sweetly. Actually the new bikes seem to be high but if you shop around a bit or get a year old model its not that bad. I bought an 02 model in 04 with 4500 miles and only paid 5500 bucks for it and it was mint ( Not so much now but its the scars that make her so attractive). I think All bike makers try to take you to the cleaners on new models ahh capitalism
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:39 AM   #15
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BMW is only a few percent of the overall market, and their dealer base is shrinking. The insisted for a while on single line BMW only stores, and a lot of those have gone out of business. I would love to own a GS, but would be concerned about my only support being 2 hrs away.
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Old 10-06-2006, 06:03 AM   #16
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Seems to me BMW has to do something to get customers into their stores. A few years ago they started to push their dealers to go single line, and a lot of those dealers have been struggling. As I stated earlier, the dealer in my town is out of business. There was another single line dealer about an hour and a half away that closed down about two years ago. When I asked a BMW M/C employee about this, he said they have had a large number of dealers go out of business.



They make a very nice bike, and I love the GS, but truth be told, for what you get, a lot of the competition is just as nice and less expensive. I know quite a few guys who ride BMW bikes, and most of them own them because they wanted to own a BMW, not because they feel BMW stands for cutting edge technology that cannot be found elsewhere. When I looked at bikes last year, it seemed as if the prices were still relatively high, and some of the standard options were now expensive add ons. I might be wrong, but BMW needs to do a lot more to win over new riders.
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