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Does anyone have any words of encouragement for my negotiation on the purchase of a 2007 Bonneville Black?

I read on the Wiki that you shouldnt put a deposit on a bike that you haven't seen. (Oops - I already did that). Anybody have any reasoning there? Does anyone have any experience on what kind of discount/deal can be had on a base Bonneville?

Thanks in advance!!

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Ask for discounts on helmets, jackets, gloves, etc. since you put the deposit down with good faith. Worth a try...
 

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My dealer knocked off only about $300 in fees and gave me a 10% discount on parts, clothes and accessories for the year.

I bought my 2006 this time last year and they were not negotiating anything as they were very confident (and rightly so) that they would be moving a lot of product without giving anything up.

If your willing to get a 2006 instead, they might be willing to make some deals. This is when they like to move out the 2006 inventory to make room for the 2007s

Besides, (not to sound like a jerk but) negotiating after you have put a deposit down isn't exactly dealing from the power position. They know they have you on hook, so be prepared to pay the price.

Good luck! :wink:

(nice choice on the color, btw)

[ This message was edited by: Ridge on 2006-11-16 15:26 ]
 

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Thanks for the feedback.

Any other information on deals that have been made is much appreciated. I feel like this is really different than buying a car. So - not sure how to attack it.

I don't want to feel the burn later when I find out I could have saved $1k.

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On 2006-11-16 20:25, spybond wrote:

I don't want to feel the burn later when I find out I could have saved $1k.

:-D
The ONLY way to avoid that is to NEVER look or compare what you paid,to what others paid. Trust me,just do the best deal you can,then FORGET what you paid. :-D
 

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The overall experience and the relationship with your dealer are more important than a few hundred bucks. It's nice to get a good deal, even better to get good service and have a local dealer you can depend on when you need to.

And remember, you always get the best deal buying something you like from someone you like to do business with.
 

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spy bond,heed the wise words of Rodburner and Dr English.Its gonna cost ya alot of money anyway you look at it by the time you are done personalizing it.Matt Capri is a great guy and you will be OK in the long run.
Just don't race him on the freeway :-D .You won't win.
Congrats on the new bike and I will see you sometime I'm sure.
And yeah it's way different than buying a car.
 

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Thanks guys!

You are completely right. I am a sales guy.. I know its all about relationships... what do you do? Matt at South Bay rocks.... David at LA Cyclesports is an honest man. All in all, my experience has been A++

I guess this leads to a new post... where to service :)

Additionally, ordered the kit to "prevent blueing" - how long do I have to get this thing on? It seems like it isnt as easy as I would have hoped.

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See if you can get a discount on any extras you might want to fit, especially if it's Triumph parts as I reckon dealers probably get a good markup on those. I got 25% off the centre stand, which brought it down from ludicrous money to just plain expensive :wink:
 

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When I buy a bike near or after the model changeover, I mentally condition myself to imagine the bike as a one year old used bike the minute I ride it off the lot (which it will be). I negotiate accordingly.
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Lance if you mean the AI removal kit ,it will minimize bluing not completely prevent it .It should be installed before the bike is ever started,and the exhaust headers wiped clean wth alcohol to remove hand oils which will heat up and stain the headers.Personally I think it's like shoveling sand against the tide...but good luck;some people just hate the blueing.
 

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Meatwagon - wish I'd seen your advice on wiping the headers 3 weeks ago - I told the guys I bought my Scrambler off NOT to start it at all before they removed the AI and stuff (which they threw in along with Rego and on-road costs here, so I was pleased to save that). Then when I picked her up I stroked the pipes - !!! -and soon as I got home saw the marks - almost my prints - forming on the headers where I touched them - very interesting! It looks fine, just some straw- coloured and purply swirls, but you're dead right - even though I had pretty clean hands she's marked for life. Not that I mind much, she's already proving to be a brilliant ride..
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AI Removal...

That's it. Good to know --- I was under the impression that it would prevent it. AT least this sets my expectations!! :)

I am sure she will take care of me... even if she get's a little blue. We can always cheer eachother up with a ride along the coast.

:)

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I'm a little late in responding to this thread.

My experience was a little different and I'm happy with the results. I kept my eye on a Bonnie Black that was the dealer demo. The dealer was good and always went along on another bike for demo rides to ensure the bike was not abused.

At the end of the season, they sold me the bike for approximatel $1000 under retail. Likewise the dealer had done the "costly" 500 mile service at their expense, while it was a demo. So I got a cut on the purchase price, I did not pay for a 500 mile service and I got a full two year warranty from the day I took ownership.

... All in all, I did not feel too bad then when I went into my pocket for a center stand and stock panniers (10% dealer discount).

Not everyone is capable of waiting and they are itching to ride. I understand that. In my case, I could wait...as my wife reminds me, I have too many bikes. Is there such a thing as too many bikes? Nahh....didn't think so.

Good luck on your purchase.
 

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I agree, now that you agreed to buy the bike, ask for a break on parts and accessories and stock up. My favorites are the tachometer and center stand, and I got a sissy bar to make my passengers feel more secure. Those three and a fly screen are already more than US$1000 list price.

And don't forget to include a couple Triumph t-shirts.

Congratulations! Ride safely.
 

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I got a 2005 bonny black in 2006, with 2000miles on it, and loads of expensive extras, for $2000.00 less then a new bike, plus the free extras worth $3000.00.
And all someone did was go slow on it during break in, so I did not have to!

You should have looked for a similar deal.

For $5600.00 I would sell mine, with 4000 miles, Triumph off road silencers, Triumph sissy bar, Triumph tach kit, AI removal, dynojet kit, factory manual, 18 and 17 tooth sprockets, etc.

$5600 is what I paid for it....

Brett
 
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