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Old 08-15-2006, 03:22 PM   #1
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Buying a bike for the first time...

OK. I just got back from the local Kawasaki/Suzuki dealer. I was leaning towards the Suzuki GZ250 at first, but I ended up really liking the Vulcan 900. They also didn't have a Vulcan 500 in stock.

Well the price of the bike was $7299 + $599 (some frieght and in house fee) + TTL. The total was almost $8600! Does that sound right?

Also, since they didn't have the Vulcan 500 in stock do you think they would give me a better deal if I bought a bike they already had on the showroom floor? I figured buying a bike would be like buying a car...there would be an incentive for the dealership to give me a better prices for buying something thats already on the floor. Any opinions?
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Old 08-15-2006, 03:23 PM   #2
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For financing they said I could take the bike for 7.9% interest @ $79/month. That would be for the first 2 years, then the APR would go up to 10.9% and the payments would be adjusted for whatever the remaining balance. That doesn't sound too good of a deal, but can I get some opinions?

Oh, and they also said they'd give me 20% off of all the gear I wanted to buy. I know that isn't a very big incentive at all so I didn't care.
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Oh, and this was my 1st post that started my quest on buying a bike:

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I'm a n00b, with zero riding experience (except dirtbikes if that counts) and will be taking the MSF course at the end of the month. My local choices are:

the Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD or the Suzuki Boulevard S40

I'm going to go bike shopping on tuesday, but I wanted some opinions. First of all the Vulcan 500 seems to have a bigger engine with liquid cooling vs. the S40's air-cooled 40 cubic inch engine. I would think the liquid cooling would be better, but would an air-cooled engine be ok? I'm looking at it from a maintenence standpoint. The less maintenece I have to do, the more I'll like it

What about manufacturers reputation? From what I know both have a pretty good rep, but I'd like to hear some opinions.

Final drive: The Vulcan 500 has an O-ring chain, while the S40 is a beltdrive. Does that mean the Vulcan has a chain, and the S40 uses a belt? Or am I completely off with this train of thought? Wouldn't a belt be more durable and quieter (aka less maintanence)?

The Vulcan 500 is about $500 more than the S40 MSRP-wise, but how realistic is that price? Should the final purchase price generally be less than the MSRP? I've never had to go shopping for a motorcycle before.

The place that I'm shopping at carries both brands, so that should help me compare the 2 side by side. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-15-2006, 03:27 PM   #4
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but can I get some opinions?
buy a used bike
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google bartlesville harley (they carry brands as well), they are the 2nd best prices in the country and might be worth your while to drive to Oklahoma to get a bike.

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Your financing doesn't sound bad, remember that a bike is a recreational vehicle so the interest will be higher than a car. As far as price I don't really know. THe margin on a bike is way lower than a car so don't expect much.
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Take the Msf, if u havnt already. If u like it-I would buy used most def.
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if it is your first bike then i would go with a used bike. You are probably going to drop it in the first few months of having it.
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When buying a used bike, would I have to take it to a dealership to get all the maintenence things done? I normally work on my own car when it comes to basic fluid changes and what not, but I know nothing about motorcycles.
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we have a vulcan 500 on the showroom floor right now. PM me for details. JET
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My advise would be to buy a used bike cus u are gonna drop it. think about what it's gonna cost to replace stuff if it is new.
take the MSF.
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There are a couple sites that u can download a service manual which is what the stealership will use anyway.
whatever bike u have there will be some kind of website for likewise owners so can get pointers and such from them.
http://www.vroc.org/

http://www.dfwvroc.com/

look on craigs list and e-bay but ALWAYS buy it in person. don't send anyone money untill u see it in person and ride it.

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7.9 is too high and i woud only pay MSRP as the out the door price.

FYI, im at 3.9 on the kawasaki good times credit card.
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7.9 is too high and i woud only pay MSRP as the out the door price.

FYI, im at 3.9 on the kawasaki good times credit card.
How do I apply for that credit card?
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they have offers that change every season. i bet if you wait two more months you may get a lower APR than that 7.9.
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I appreciate the offers, but how would I get it here? I'm in the Airforce based at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX. I'm also PCSing to Kadena AB in Japan Jan 2007, and that is also contributing to my indecision. :eh:
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