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Old 10-03-2012, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unbelievable price gouging by Triumph!

I had the misfortune to lose my right hand side cover on my bird. You know the one- triangle shape just below the seat that cover all the electrics?.
Guess how much for a replacement in Cranberry Red?.
$454.85 cents Australian. You can imagine my response to the dealer. This was for one side only!!!!!!!!!
I have essentially been forced to buy the chrome side covers for, wait for it ..............$126 for BOTH SIDES!
Pissed off.? What do you reckon?
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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$454.85??? Did it come with a hooker?
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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$246.07 US at Bike Bandit... 2012 Cranberry Red.

(Incidentally, I've priced side panels for my Bonnie through my dealer and he usually takes a chunk off of their prices. Your dealer is obviously not doing you any favors).

Shipping might hurt you a bit, but I can't believe it would be close to $455.

Also-Ebay, Ebay, Ebay! All kind of Triumph parts...
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Holy moly. I may have to cement mine to the bike so I never loose them. Yikes...
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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$246.07 US at Bike Bandit... 2012 Cranberry Red.

(Incidentally, I've priced side panels for my Bonnie through my dealer and he usually takes a chunk off of their prices. Your dealer is obviously not doing you any favors).

Shipping might hurt you a bit, but I can't believe it would be close to $455.

Also-Ebay, Ebay, Ebay! All kind of Triumph parts...
He's in Autrailia. Thats in aussie dollars.

Still, the side covers are stupid expensive. Guys....watch the rubber inserts the side cover pegs go into. The reason they come off sometimes is the rubber part gets pushed in and if one of the 3 pegs is not secure the wind can get under them and pry the side cover up till it pops off. One of mine actually come off the frame when i pushed it on. I have thought about some sort of cable on then epoxied on from the inside and clipped tied to the frame. But if you are vigilant about making sure those rubber inserts are on correctly and not old and rotting i don't think anyone would lose one. And yes, triumph DOES practice gouging. Most of the accessory parts are way cheaper than the OEM. A chrome pulley is a few hundred less than the OEM one. My chrome fork lowers and other chrome were all as much as 1/2 the cost of the OEM part. My belief is it IS gouging and it's done because they CAN ! They figure no one is going to buy a OEM part for the hell of it, only if it's broken. But the accessories must be far cheaper because if they cost as much as the OEM no one would splurge for them. In other words, they are not necessary items but luxury items. People spend money on what they desire if the price is right....they spend money on what they NEED whether they want to or not. hence the OEM gouging. I love triumph motorcycles, but i'm not particularly thrilled with the company.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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$454.85??? Did it come with a hooker?
No. But, they are hand painted by a lady of the evening, hence the high cost. And let's not forget shipping and handling ...
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Guess how much for a replacement in Cranberry Red?.
$454.85 cents Australian. You can imagine my response to the dealer. This was for one side only!!!!!!!!!
I have essentially been forced to buy the chrome side covers for, wait for it ..............$126 for BOTH SIDES!
Triumph parts are much cheaper in the UK. So I think the pricing is down to the distributor, not Triumph. Try http://www.worldoftriumph.com/sectio...c9f709c04786c1
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Triumph parts are much cheaper in the UK. So I think the pricing is down to the distributor, not Triumph. Try http://www.worldoftriumph.com/sectio...c9f709c04786c1
Maybe in Australia. In the US, the distributor is Triumph and accessory/part prices are way too high.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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He's in Autrailia. Thats in aussie dollars.
uh, yea...I got that part:

$454.85 AUD = $464.72 USD


Even at Bike Bandits inflated price of $246.07, plus shipping, and VAT (not even sure if Australia suffers under that or not?) it would probably be cheaper than $454.85 AUD to get the proper cover.

Unless I'm missing something? (like people in Australia not being allowed to shop at Bike Bandit? lol).
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Triumph parts are much cheaper in the UK. So I think the pricing is down to the distributor, not Triumph. Try http://www.worldoftriumph.com/sectio...c9f709c04786c1
Yep-I noticed this...

Tried to buy a clearance jacket off the UK website...

Got this reply: "We are sorry sir, but US residents must purchase their Triumph parts and accessories from US distributors."

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