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Triumph dealers closing down

We are losing two dealerships out in the Bay area. Stated reason..... too many unrealistic demands put onto the dealership from Triumph. Triumph doing the same thing HD did some years back, demanding a certain amount of square foot showroom floor space. Then some other added demands on stock on the shelves, stuff like that. All these things cost money and further investments by the dealerships. Also some warranty changes.

I'll be watching the dealership over in Roseville and Elk Grove to see if something happens with those guys. Both of those shops give very little showroom space to Triumph, since they carry other brands.

So Triumph raising the price on the bikes by a healthy margin, then placing demands on the dealerships.

Looks to me like they are taking a page from HD.

I'm sure we will see the Boutique thing going on real fast with the dealers left.

One thing that caused this, probably that they want the dealers to have on hand and display, all of the add on parts for the bikes. That's just a guess on my part.

Check out this letter from CALMOTO

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Triumph is demanding showroom remodeling and extended business hours. My local dealer is a single-line dealer and they remodeled their showroom in the last couple of years at the bequest of Triumph. And now Triumph wants him to remodel again. The business manager told me they would like to add another brand to the business but are reluctant to commit due to concerns with all of Triumph's demands.

He also told me Triumph wants a six-day business week with extended business hours one day a week.
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Sad.I would have though more is better. Especially as Triumph should be getting the brand back into the public eye and mind IMO.But what would I know? I still reckon they should be making a 1,200cc America/Speedmaster Cruiser

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Their parts team (Calmoto) really helped me out when I banged up my bike (and me). I'm not sure I'd have gotten that level of service elsewhere. Even owning a Triumph may be difficult in the future given the political climate and trade agreements.

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Thay are repeating BMWs mistakes of the late 90s.
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This is also a model that BMW tried several years ago. Many shops closed up after being in business for decades and well respected. BMW still expects separate showroom floor space in a multi dealership, but forcing smaller shops to upgrade I believe has stopped. Triumph probably believes that those dealerships that remain will be better to serve the customers than those who just add Triumph to their menus. Can't wait for each state to have only one dealership. I personally would only use a dealership for warranty work, but there are plenty of owners who depend on dealers for service and want to be able to go into a Triumph dealership that doesn't take 4 hrs to get to. Doesn't seem like a model to increase customer base to me. Since they abandoned the idea of selling 250,000 small cc bikes in Asia, maybe they have a notion of a limit to production to keep profits high and the business model afloat.
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Triumph are doing this all over the world, pretty much the same happening here in South Africa. They are even limiting the number of dealers in the regions to the point that we are effectively losing the 2 longest standing dealerships in the country.
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their parts team (calmoto) really helped me out when i banged up my bike (and me). I'm not sure i'd have gotten that level of service elsewhere. even owning a triumph may be difficult in the future given the political climate and trade agreements.



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Their parts team (Calmoto) really helped me out when I banged up my bike (and me). I'm not sure I'd have gotten that level of service elsewhere. Even owning a Triumph may be difficult in the future given the political climate and trade agreements.
I think somebody's got some folks by the balls, only they don't know it yet.

If it cost more to import, someone will figure out how to make it here cheaper.

There already are companies looking at manufacturing things made over seas over here as soon as it can be done at the same price or cheaper.

We may see things like HD and Indian deciding to build sport bikes, JAP style. HELLO

Just start thinking out of the box a little, it's not going to be all that bad, maybe some bumps in the road but it will iron out.

It may be time to consider getting a start up operation going in the manufacturing field of some sort.

Could be opportunities for you young guys.

On Triumph dealerships, less could be better. One large dealership with everything in hand make for higher yield sales.

These present dealerships are notorious for not stocking anything. That's bad for business. I'd rather have a one stop shop that carry it all in hand off the shelf NOW. Worth the drive to me.

Awhile back I needed a rear brake light switch, could not find one in the entire Northern California area. I had to go to Bike Bandit to get the part. That's not good.

So Triumph finely trying to clean that BS up, good for them, God Speed.

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We are losing two dealerships out in the Bay area.
Looks to me like they are taking a page from HD.



http://www.calmoto.com/default.asp?p...rewell-Triumph
I have been saying this for quite a while (and got lots of angry feedback for it from many a fan boi around here for it). I said it the other day when I walked into the dealership when I said "Wow looks like Sportsters in here now with so many models based on the same bike with different names" (a T-100 and a T-120?) and especially that "Catalog" they put out with the release of the water cooled with every little nick nack and bolt on you get ever think of to buy with Logos on them. The absence from the MC shows is still a wonder to me though as there are still few dealerships and so many models now that the majority of people are never going to see these bikes except in magazines.

What places are shutting down up there? I dealt with Munroe for some service I needed right quick while there and they where great and a friend runs the Marin/Hatter shops. (They actually worked on my HD when the idiots at Dudley Perkins couldn't be bothered)
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