I have been saving for years waiting for the right bike at the right price. I think the INT650 in Blue is the right bike, but all the added fees are crazy. What are reasonable OTD numbers I can get in So. Cal.?
Yes the OTD prices are crazy. I would even say totally out of hand at some places. Shop around even if you have to go to the next state over from you. The trouble is most dealers are selling REs faster then they are getting them in. I buy my directly from the dealership’s owner. The last bike I bought was a pre China Virus a 2020 RE Trials 500 and I think I paid around $400-$500 in fees over MSRP.
I like buying new but have you thought maybe a good low mile used one? I see them pop up from time to time. Around med February to first of April usually is a good time buy used, when people are looking for money to pay their taxes.
We are sorta lucky in Oz that most dealers advertise a drive away no more to pay price which includes three months road tax, which also includes our compulsory third party insurance.
Bad news is a Int is not a lot short of $11000-, up around $1,000- from last year.
Honda get round it by suggesting that your warranty depends on the dealer doing the 500km service, and the slug you$700/900 for that!
Yamaha by charging hundreds extra for items like centre stand, rack, etc, but you have no choice as all the bikes in the showroom have them fitted!
Where there is a will there is a way!
In the UK the price displayed is usually the ride away price, includes first registration fee, road tax PDI and administration fee (what ever that is).
Advertised price was £4,449 for an E4 with panniers, or £4.699 for an E5 without panniers
Same in Australia. Ride away price is pretty standard and includes 1 year registration and Compulsory third party insurance, and here in NSW generally also a full tank of petrol.
The only variable is the wait list, which at this time is several months.
Do your homework, the internet is your friend. When I was seriously shopping for my Himmie, I stopped in at 2 dealerships in PA. The Bike was $4,999 sticker . . . 1st delaership was very friendly and willing to work a little. Since I was from out of state and would only need a 10 day temp tag, and they wouldn't be paying the taxes, title and registration, they came down to about $5,900 OTD. The second was ridiculous. They agreed to show me their fee sheet, but I couldn't get a copy of it, couldn't take a picture of it and it is what it is . Their OTD for an out of stater $6,850. GIVE ME AN F'ing BREAK. I told the guy that - his answeres - We don;t want you taking a copy of this to other dealers and having them beat the price (Uh dude, that's how the game is played). And regarding the $1,950 in fees - "Hey, these aren't $30,000 Harleys, we have to make a profit somewhere . . ." Yeah, that dealership was also a Harley dealership - I told him if they don;t like the profit margin in selling $5,000 motorcycles, they shouldn't be in the business of selling $5,000 motorcycles and walked away.
After that I hit the internet and reached out to dealers within 500 miles of me who had Himmies in stock. Told them I wanted a no BS OTD price, if they were out of state I told them I didn't need the title and registration just a temp transit tag so I could ride home. Heard back from Charleston Triumph and North Ridge Custom Cycles in Charleston, SC. They offered $5,700 OTD - I countered with $5,250, They came back at $5,300 . . . I made a deposit the nest day, booked a flight and booked the first service with them for the day after I picked it up. So with their much more reasonable price, I bought the bike, bought a plane ticket, got to ride the bike a lot in the first week so I knew I really liked it, and with the extra money I have put a slew of extras on it including RE hard bags, GIvi engine guards, hand guards, Hitchcock front bags, Enfield Accessories Pro Mount and a bunch of other stuff and I don't think I am up to the ridiculous price that the PA Harley/RE stealer wanted for the naked bike.
So bottom line, use the internet find a better deal than the local only game in town. I did a similar thing when I bought my Voyager 10 years ago. Found the best price within a 500 mile radius. I took that price to the "only game in town" and they tried to hem and haw about how I needed to fly there and ride it back so the price was actually more than theirs - But when you explain that a plane ticket is only $50-100, and the ride is a ride and is actually appealing to you . . . They saw the light and matched that price OTD . . . be firm, be fair, be thorough . . .
I finally picked up my new ventura blue INT today. I emailed a dealer in San diego county, and they came back with a quote nearly 600 under the one in my county. I told them I was hoping they could do a little better, and they dropped another 200 for me. Done. Not only did I save a few bucks, but I got to ride up the coast within sight of the pacific for about half the trip. The weather even turned out great for me after a cold week.
Yeah it was quite a cold spell, I even had a bit of frost on the windows on Monday. Played some beach volleyball this morning in shorts and a tank top, but had to wear some wetsuit type booties for the first few games. I pretty much wear shorts every day of the year, but I did put on some leans for the ride home today. I think we got a little over 70 today, but that was much earlier in the day. I was watching the sun go down over the ocean as I passed though Pendleton.