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Old 07-15-2008, 02:38 PM   #1
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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I wonder how that effects the big "Charter" celebration?
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:35 PM   #3
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From a pure beans standpoint it probably makes sense to eliminate a wholeshytload of suckbutt middle managers. But as we've seen at Honda, placing the bikes under the guys who push the cars is disastrous to motorcycle innovation.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:42 PM   #4
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But as we've seen at Honda, placing the bikes under the guys who push the cars is disastrous to motorcycle innovation.
Not to mention that bringing the car sales model to motorcycle shops (now dealerships, not shops) changed the entire customer experience...for the worse. When I started selling bikes at Rossmeyer HD, a bunch of lifetime motorcycle guys were running sales. Yeah, they wanted you to try to close, to use basic sales techniques, to make some money on the deal. But it was fun; everybody enjoyed what we were doing, including the customers.

Then, after about 9 months, they brought in three guys from a giant Toyota dealership that Rossmeyer owned in GA. The atmosphere of the place changed overnight. Customers became targets, nothing mattered but meeting the numbers, the pressure to sell was absurd. After 3 months of that crap, I went back to my "real job." There may be hope, one of the lifetime motorcycle guys is now running sales in Rossmeyer's largest dealership in S. FL. He's doing great; they're selling a lot of bikes. It looks like he's bringing the old style back to the sales process.
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Ken the same thing happened here at DHD. They were a family run operation that started out selling BSA Triumph and Norton in the 60's, they got a Harley franchise in the early 80's and were very successful. They played hard ball but you could get a fair shake out of them as a rule. The old man retired, the son sold the dealership to the owners of a big box multiline Japanese dealer with shops in Portland and here and the place has gone downhill ever since, some of the original people are still there but the whole atmosphere changed from a hang out, drink coffee and BS bike shop to more of a for lack of a better word, a Japanese bike dealership. I don't even bother with them anymore.

They're the same ones that completely ignored me when I was looking at the V strom awhile back. I hope Suzuki's restructuring includes training for the sales staff that includes a section about how well dressed middle aged guys generally have more money to spend than kids drooling over GSXR's and how some of them are very thin-skinned about being blown off buy some snot nosed "salesman" whose balls have barely dropped....
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Find another place to get your VStrom; every time I ride it, I like it better than before!
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Find another place to get your VStrom; every time I ride it, I like it better than before!

I'm working a deal right now with the Bandit, that'll give me cash but I'd have to dip into my savings for the rest or trade the Dyna as well and that's something I need to think long and hard on...A VStrom would be cool but my Dyna..she love me long time yes?....

I keep my eyes open for a fire sale but no luck yet..
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I'm working a deal right now with the Bandit, that'll give me cash but I'd have to dip into my savings for the rest or trade the Dyna as well and that's something I need to think long and hard on...A VStrom would be cool but my Dyna..she love me long time yes?....

I keep my eyes open for a fire sale but no luck yet..
Add South Florida to your search parameters. I'll check out any candidates for you and deliver it for free!

Here's one. Probably take $6k for it:

2006 SUZUKI VSTROM for sale in Hollywood, FL: Touring - CycleTrader.com

LOCATION: Hollywood, FL Phone: (954) 249-7642
2006 SUZUKI VSTROM, Vstrom 1000, Excel Cond, 3300 Miles, Lots of extras, $6600 obo, 954-249-7642
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:59 AM   #9
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That looks pretty nice. Helluva' test ride for you eh?
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