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post #111 of 120 (permalink) Old 08-17-2018, 10:50 AM
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My Dealer has equal floor space of Triumph and Indian. They "carried" the Vic's as well.
They are currently looking to bring in a third brand. Moto Guzzi and KTM seem to be in the discussion.

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post #112 of 120 (permalink) Old 11-10-2018, 04:01 AM
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RPM Dallas, Texas . Emails sent out that they are going out of business.

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Here in Germany, my dealer is fed up with nearby dealers competing on price, says he can't make a reasonable profit on Triumphs because of it. He sold off the lot without making much money (made me an offer I couldn't refuse on the thruxton 1200), and now won't order more bikes until Triumph does something about it. He used to have half the shop full with most of the triumph range, all the twins and triples. Now you see a Suzuki dealership that can sell you Triumph if you really want to.
This is typical of the majority of brands, at least here in Canada. The margins on new bikes are razor-thin, sometimes as little as a few hundred dollars. Dealerships basically make their money selling accessories, riding gear and providing service.

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There are three dealers in Colorado that I know of; two in the Denver metro area with one splitting their floor between BMW and Triumph with a small corner for Royal Enfield. The other carries Triumph, Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Piaggio/Vespa. The floor stock of bikes is pretty good in both, but parts are poorly stocked and always have to be ordered in from California where it generally takes more time than ordering directly from England. Signage and soft goods such as clothing is pretty much equally displayed among brands.
The biggest lament I hear from the dealers is lack of backing regarding warranty work, and parts availability.

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Interesting question posed recently. But probably more applicable to 1971, or thereabouts. If I relied on Triumph sales, we would have lasted a week or two. Honda paid the bills. Vespa, Moto Guzzi and BMW helped in a much smaller way. Once in a while I sold a Triumph. And that would often set up a series of warranty problems.

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RPM Dallas, Texas . Emails sent out that they are going out of business.
I was going to mention them, but I don't know that their closing is because of Triumph or just the ownership. I've bought 2 bikes from them in the last year and a half and from what I understand, their numbers are good and much better than the other dealerships in the area.

Anyways, I went in Saturday and spoke with some of the guys. They didn't give me a specific reason except that the guy above Boris just decided to close the shop. It was a surprise to them.

I spoke with Boris and he's not done with Triumph, so I think there will be a Triumph dealership in some incarnation to replace RPM.

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post #117 of 120 (permalink) Old 11-17-2018, 01:36 PM
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...However, I'm an aprilia fan and am reluctant to buy one since dealers literally are few and far between. I am beginning to realize the benefit of owning a bike that has lots of dealers in the area to be sure I get good service like one gets from a car dealer...its good to have options...

This post speaks to me; I too am an Aprilia fan. Iíve owned a first-gen Mille R, a second gen Tuono, a Tuono Racing and an RSV4. I live five blocks away from what was one of the best dealerships anywhere for Aprilia and Moto Guzzi. However, the dealership changed hands and then could not keep going. About a month ago they closed the doors.

When I learned that they were going out of business, I traded my sexy, but complicated, RSV4 for a Bonneville T120. I was ready for something different, but a big part of the trade was my recognizance that if I had an issue that required an experienced wrench and a pipeline to Aprilia parts, there was no one to go to.

I still own the Tuono Racing. Not sure what to do when it has an issue that requires a mechanic experienced with Aprilias; the dealer in Portland has people like that but they are 165 miles away.

Itís not all doom and gloom. I love riding the Bonneville; Iím surprised by just how much Iím enjoying it.

And I can walk to the Triumph dealer, which is populated by a bunch of people who love motorbikes.

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I think Triumph will be fine, they seem to have figured out who they are and instead of taking hd head on are developing a generation of young riders. For the competition as much as I love Triumph I can't help but notice they're more like hd than different. The Bonneville was the fastest bike in the world, for a time, now that triumph builds a replica and detunes it, doesn't squeeze performance out of it rubs me wrong but i'm a minority. My favorite triumph is the T-bird Storm and once my ego can handle getting beat by the overweight, underpowered harleys i'll buy another one!
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I think Triumph will be fine, they seem to have figured out who they are and instead of taking hd head on are developing a generation of young riders. For the competition as much as I love Triumph I can't help but notice they're more like hd than different. The Bonneville was the fastest bike in the world, for a time, now that triumph builds a replica and detunes it, doesn't squeeze performance out of it rubs me wrong but i'm a minority. My favorite triumph is the T-bird Storm and once my ego can handle getting beat by the overweight, underpowered harleys i'll buy another one!
It can be folly to get in a horsepower race. 100 hp and 400 pounds can be a nice bike.

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It can be folly to get in a horsepower race. 100 hp and 400 pounds can be a nice bike.



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Only if that 100 hp is at the rear wheel. 100 hp at the crank is ďa nice tryĒ.
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