Mcguire still has Devil Mountain in Pittsburg as well... San Ramon was the smallest of the 3 shops he had.
wow...i'm a bit surprized...
i thought this would be where all the guys whove been writing about how much better they could run a harley dealer would be chompin at the bit to pick up one of these gems and show us how to get rich and have a clear conscience at the same time.
cmon...show us now]
Yeah, I'm looking forward to the day when all the guys who know how to sell Harleys below MSRP, provide excellent service for $25 an hour, sell parts for a 1 percent markup and give away free food and drinks on the weekends buy up these dealerships. I'll be the first in line at the grand opening.
I think this is a real problem for the real riders. I could care less about the rock bands and free food as one poster mentioned. I want a shop that knows my bike inside out and can steer me towards products or ideas that will increase my happiness with my purchase and the longevity of my ride.When is the last time you were are a HD dealer that looked like a bike shop?
No. What you should do is read my post again -- no wait, just read your owners manual and you won't look so confused. :laugh: The BMW K1200LT doesn't have an oil cooled motor and does not have a 6sp transmission. Nearly all Oil head BMW bikes have a 6sp gear box, but then you should know that.From E-Biker "BMW went to oil head cooling in the early '90's and 6sp transmission five years ago."
This is what my BMW salesman told me 5 years ago when I bought my last LT. I have been looking for 6th gear for 76000 miles. I guess based on your statement I should go and check it one last time
Many owners of the BMW Oil heads R1200RT and BMW R1200GS would disagree with your statement. The R1200RT and prior model R1150RT are very much in the same league with my Gold Wing, your new HD Ultra and your formerly owned water cooled BMW K1200LT. BMW R1200RT comes equipped with full fairing, detachable saddle bags, radio, heated hand grips and heated seat. Options include GPS, trunk and intercom system. Plus the R1200RT is about 250lbs lighter than the K12LT.My apologies ---- if they are due !
Your previous posts refer to your Goldwing and Ultra. The Oilhead BMWs are not even remotely in this "grouping", the LT is.
Another good indicator is attendance at the big bike meets. Attendance at Daytona Bike Week is down significantly from the past several years, and will probably be down at all of the large meets this year. Those dedicated riders who enjoy these events will keep going (if they can afford it), but the others are gone.
Good point..shop here in sacto area where I have purchased a few bikes, I know the owner personally and called him once about a problem...he never returned my call.....went in the other day and he was working the sales floor.The dealer owners who have remained hands-on even when they got big and rich over the last few years will be the ones who'll survive. As someone said, this is business, and just like restaurants, those where the owner is engaged every day are the ones that make it through the tough times.
Dudley Perkins in San Fran will probably make it. The third and fourth generation, Tom and Chris, are there every time I walk in. And they walk out and say hi and wave at you. They lead every Dudley Perkins rally ride and you see them cooking tri-tip and hot dogs at their events and walking around and talking to people. I feel like that if I have a problem I can walk into their office any time and tell them about it and they'll listen.
Too many dealers, including car and other motorcycle dealers, become absentees once they get rich. They spend their time in the Bahamas or lounging around their pools. They never get their hands dirty by visiting the service department to make sure everybody working there is not only dong a good job, but enjoying their job. And you never can get them on the phone when you have a problem.
So if HD tells a dealer that they must have a building with a certain amount of square footage, carry a specific amount of inventory or the dealer will lose his franchise, you don't consider that "arm twisting"?No one twisted the arms of the dealers to build the buildings they did. All they had to do is say "no thanks" and move on to another business.