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Club Cafe' Cafe Racers; the Thruxton and other custom cafe styled bikes.

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Old 10-03-2012, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Shopping for 2013 Thruxton

Hi Everyone

New to motorcycles. Family or friends don't know jack sh$@ about motorcycles so I came here.

MSRP on a Thruxton is $8799

The place I went to had a prep and docking fee of $1000.00. seems ridiculous. but then again i don't know much about buying motorcycles. is this high?

My dream deal for one is $9000.00 out the door. Is this possible?

How much did you get your Thruxton for?

Please don't post about getting a used bike. i took the msf course and did a lot of research and a thruxton is what i want.

p.s. anyone know any GOOD dealers around Pasadena, CA area?
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Those prices (for dealer prep, tax, title transfer) are pretty typical. I'm in San Diego and paid $10,500 out the door (worth every penny). These bikes are in fairly high demand and the dealers i spoke to were not willing to negotiate on new bikes. Of course, I am also a ****ty negotiator so maybe you could do better. But I think $9,000 out the door is probably unrealistic for Southern California. Good luck with your hunt!
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just bought a 2013 Thruxton in Minnesota. I paid $10,500. That price also included a fly screen and fork gators.
Good luck with your buy. If you accomplish negotiating anything under $10k, I'd say its a great deal.


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Old 10-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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so.... is it best to try and not focus on the price but just get some added accessories?
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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They probably won't touch the base price and delivery fees. I focused on parts and service. I also got 50% off my first scheduled service.


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Old 10-03-2012, 09:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wait a few weeks when the riding season slows.. and the inventory grows.

Supply and demand.
I too am considering a Thruxton, I'm patient. I'll buy when the dealer needs a sale.

"docking fees"........

"Doc" is an abbreviation for "document" fees. This is a BS charge. There is no official or establsished thing as a "doc" or "document fee". This was dreamed up in the 70's by car dealers as a way to add profit for simply doing paper work they already do. There is no US National or state "doc" or "document" fee. It's nonsense, $50 would be the highest amount I would consider paying.

As to prep fees... do the research by calling a few dealers then take an average.

As motorcycle companies haven't yet come to the party by paying the dealers to do a PDI ( Pre delivery inspection) which forces the dealer to actually do a set up. Many auto manufacturers for the first thirty days after delivery will not pay the dealer for items that fail that would have been attended to in the Pre Delivery or "set up" inspection. This forces the dealer to actually do the work. It also stops the nonsense of charging the customer for something the dealer should do for the profit he makes. Charging more money is a bit silly in my opinion and counter intuitive and counter productive. You might add .. abusive and greedy.

Your best course of action might be to shop and to wait.

Best of Luck
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If they bend you over to buy the bike. Just wait until you need something repaired.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If they bend you over to buy the bike. Just wait until you need something repaired.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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A doc fee is standard and varies from state to state somewhere between $80 and$190 is typical and you WILL pay it, it's the price of doing business. The price you were quoted includes sales tax, I'm afraid you cant avoid that.
You're considering buying a Triumph not a Kawasaki, these bikes sell, they don't have trouble selling them, if you don't want it, they'll wait for the next guy who does.
The truth is there is very little mark up on these bikes, that's why dealers don't budge on the price, they make money on parts, service and accessories.
You say you don't want to buy used, that's fine, I get it but just for Ss&Gs check them out, they're few and far between, that should tell you something. Good luck.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Only real bargaining power you might have is to find a leftover '12 that hasn't been sold.

When I bought my new '10 Thruxton in April of last year I got it out the door for around $9600. If you're not dead set on Brooklyn Green this might be the way to go. Good luck with the search!
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