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Old 06-21-2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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The comments from HD riders tend to reinforce the stereo type. I've had it both ways with HD dealers. But this Buell will be my last...going metric. sigh.
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:31 AM   #2
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Maybe it was the shops in Florida, but I never had a bad experience from the sales team at a Harley dealership, even if I was just there tire kicking. And that when I would ride in on a Ducati, or one of my Kawasaki two strokes. I think it is fair to characterize the entire company because a few dealerships and some on the phone him off. Does it reek of poor management on HD's part Yes, no doubt. But I have met some old school riders, not bikers, at dealers that can appreciate whatever rolls on two.
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I'm sure I'll own another at some point, but it won't be purchased from a dealer (mostly buy used to avoid the initial depreciation), and after being in for parts for a few different HDs/Buells already, I can say that I will stay far away from there for parts and/or service. There's plenty of aftermarket for every single part on the bike, and there are top notch independent service places that will work on them.
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I'm sure I'll own another at some point, but it won't be purchased from a dealer (mostly buy used to avoid the initial depreciation), and after being in for parts for a few different HDs/Buells already, I can say that I will stay far away from there for parts and/or service. There's plenty of aftermarket for every single part on the bike, and there are top notch independent service places that will work on them.
OK, there I will modify my state of "never" having a bad experience. I have on several occasions gotten poor service from a HD dealership service department. Mostly about doing warranty work.
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I don't go to the dealer unless I feel the need to gawk at stuff I can't afford... Motorcycles Unlimited services my bike when it's something I can't handle or have no clue how to fix.

Will never buy a new bike again anyways and let the first owner get raked over the coals.
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I've not yet owned a Harley - and the Road Glide is really the only one I like at this point - but when I first started riding I visited both Republic Harley and Mancuso Crossroads. Both interactions were pleasant and professional. Republic even offered to let me kill myself, err, I mean test-ride one. Since I'd only had my license about a day, and had just finished the MSF class a day before that, I politely declined to potentially get smashed up on the 59 feeder on my first ride in traffic that was on a bike that was not a 250cc from the class. (I eventually had my first bike delivered so I could try to learn in my little neighborhood.)

My only complaint was that, as a new rider, I kept asking if the vibration while idling in the showroom was normal. Apparently for the Dyna-class, it is.

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Did anyone read the article?

If that's the kind of response from a dealer that causes that guy to flip out, then he'd hav a coronary if he had to deal with some of the 'metric' dealers and their 'attitude' I've encountered over the years. I don't really like Harley bikes/the demeanor or attitude of many of their rider's/or the arrogance that comes from owning (not even necessarily ever riding) one - but I didn't read anything terrible about them in this guy's rant.

Worst experience I ever had was with Kay's (metric bikes) on 59 N.
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I've gotten the good/bad from both harley and metric shops over the years. Ever notice the bad ones are like going to the DPS, county clerk, post office, or dealing with a cop? If I had to deal with pissy humans all day I'd be a non caring too. Oh wait...
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I have had some super attitudes and a terrible experience at Woods not so Fun Center in Austin. Total pricks. I get my bike inspected at the Harley place down the road cause they are super cool even though I pull up on sport bikes.

I think a lot depends on the dealership. There is a Yamaha dealership in Georgetown TX and they couldnt not be nicer every time I have gone there. One time I even bought I didnt need just cause they went above and beyond with some issues I was having that had nothing to do with them. I make it a point to get my tires there even if they cost me more.

Its like saying that all Gixxer riders are douchebags.... wait, bad example.

Its like saying that all sport bike riders and reckless . Not so.
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His rant sounded more like it was about HD catering to "lifestyle" purchasers and not caring too much about "real" riders. Unless you wanted to spend lots of money on a garage sculpture, and keep spending on inflated "routine" maintenance, then the dealership wouldn't give you the time of day.

The only time I stepped into an HD dealership was when I was looking for summer gloves. I needed something with lots of protection, but without internal seams that would cut into my hands. The dealership staff was very courteous (and the girls that worked there were quite beautiful), but they seemed puzzled by my desire for gloves that had full fingers. For the summer? Your whole hand covered up? Wait, you want hard armor over the knuckles? Why is that?

They were nice to me, though. Even though I drove in on an 8 year old Honda Element.
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my overall experience with "Dealers" over the years has been good..
I had one bad one but that was 18 years ago at a shop that is currently a sponsor on the board, but the guys that work there now are a whole nuther crowd so I would not expect the same type of thing from them now.
I do not mind buying a new bike as I usually keep them long enough that depreciation is not an issue...the two harleys that i own are a 98 model and a 2003 model... my springer softail i kept 10 years before i sold it. All the other harleys i owned i bought used. 5 of my current 10 bikes were bought new.
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