Main Motorcycle: '06 Speed Triple
Join Date: May 2010
Other Motorcycle: '96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
Extra Motorcycle: Not any more
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What other consumer goods at the 9000-pound price point are you comparing? It's one thing to warranty say a home HVAC unit for a long time - you know pretty much that it's going to do one thing and one thing only in a pretty standard environment. It's quite another to warrenty something like a bike or car that will live a very different life between owner A, who drive very easy, keeps it indoors, lives in a temperate area, etc, and owner B who flogs it to redline at every shift then leaves it sitting on the side of the road at night by his sea-side home in the sub-tropics, etc.
I understand the Kia comparison, but can't say I really hold it against the bike companies. As stated earlier, I suppose the motorcycling public could push for longer warranties, but it would come at a cost. It may simply be a matter of perception, but 2 years seems fine to me.
(from your description, I thought you were talking about something other than cars...I was having a hard time coming up with a lot of other consumer goods in that price range to compare with)
BTW, regarding those third party extended warranties-
I've had some experience with them from the service side and it's never been positive. My dealership used to sell them - we made a ton of money on each one, but God help you if you ever actually tried to use it. The fine print was very exclusionary. We had one guy who's motor died; it dropped a valve and destroyed a cylinder. The warranty company agreed to pay only $35 dollars an hour for the work in a market wher the norm is about $100, wouldn't pay for the cost of removal or replacement of the engine beyond a fixed and very unrealistic flat rate (I think 2 hrs each way when it really need closer to 3-4 times that) and top really put a cherry on it, they would only pay for the machine work for THE ONE CYLINDER. As if you could over bore one of eight cylinders.
Yeah....we don't sell those things anymore.
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