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I just want to say I had the most awesome experience with Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa. I just picked up a 2010 Thruxton used - See cafe racer section for my post and pics :)

They are a small town dealership that packs a big punch. They are one of those best kept secrets. They have a large collection of bikes - mainly BSA, Norton, Royal Enfield and Triumph. They sell a ton of Triumphs.

Randy owns the business. Jeremy and Laurie are on the sales floor. I called them about 10 times about the bike and they always patiently answered my question.

After work, by the time I could go see the bike, they would have been closed, but they stayed open late just for me.

When I went in, I was made to feel so welcome. Gave me a tour of the shop and I was impressed to see all the classics in the back. They have a TON of older bikes of all kinds.

I took the Thruxton out on a ride. During the ride, my Oakleys flew off and went into a ditch. Laurie came back after I returned the bike to help come search for it and we spent 20 minutes looking to no avial. Still nice of her to come help search for them.

So, I called back on a Saturday and said I would take the bike. But I live two hours away. They said they would deliver it to my door for free and I could get all the paperwork done at home. Wow!

Randy shows up as promised to deliver the bike personally. You could see the care he took unloading it as he was uber careful getting it out of the pick-up.

As we walk in, he smiles and says - "here is a pair of googles for you, these won't fly off". He also gave me a free t-shirt.

We chatted for a while, he was in no hurry to leave. You can tell, the relationship meant as much.

All of the above are examples of why I enjoyed this buying experience.

Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa. Check it out folks, you will not be disappointed. Real good folks!

Randy delivering the bike...







Thanks for reading!
 

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I stopped by Baxter on two cross country trips. The first time on my Tiger when I needed a new tire and bought a hugger at the same time. Great folks! In September I stopped by again on a Sunday, but they were closed. I was riding a Trophy from Detroit to Tucson and just wanted to see what they had in stock. I took a picture of the Trophy in front of the shop. that's all I got, but it didn't cost me anything!
 

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Jeremy used to work for a gear shop (Dynamo Cycle) in Corpus Christi, TX. He is about the best and most helpful salesman that I ever met. If you are reading this Jeremy, good on you with your new job. I am the old dude with the green bonneville.
 

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I wanted to start a thread to sing the praises of Baxter Cycle, but I did the search, and this thread showed up, so I'm adding to it instead of starting a new one.

To make a long story short, I bought my 2014 Rocket III Touring ABS A2 from Baxter a few weeks ago. I drove 825 miles hauling a trailer with my 2008 R3T to trade. It was a great experience, both before and after the sale. And the chance to see the best collection of vintage British bikes in North America, outside of the Barber Museum, was a real treat.

Now to make a long story long. I wanted to trade for an ABS model, and tried to work things out with two dealers in my home state of Tennessee, both about 90 miles from where I live. The first dealer offered me next to nothing for the trade of my nearly mint condition 2008. The second dealer said he did not want to take the 2008 in trade at all.

Baxter offered me a very fair trade value, beating the first nearby dealer by $2000. I'd dealt with Baxter before when I sold my 1970 Royal Enfield Interceptor Series II to them several years ago. I knew they were straight shooters, so I loaded my trade bike and headed north.

The trade was very smooth. Everything is obvious. No hidden agenda. I enjoyed the visit, caught up on what had happened to my old Interceptor, swapped bikes, and a few hours after my arrival, I was "on the road again" heading home.

Since the sale, Baxter has followed up with several niceties, assisting me with a lock cylinder issue for my tall windshield, and providing first service parts that are not available locally, or from Bike Bandit.

I highly recommend Baxter. They are honest brokers and they seem to have the goals of both doing things right AND doing the right thing.

It's worth the trip to Marne just to see their vintage inventory. If you haven't gone, you really should. While you're there, you'll see a great selection of Triumph clothing and accessories, and you'll see just about every bike in the modern Triumph line up as well. They have to be the premiere Triumph dealership in the US.
 

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I have been cruising the internet for dealers and saw them. Nice to know they have a good selection. I came across a Triumph Legend TT picture and sure wish it, or something close to it, was available. It looks like a fun bike, though maybe not a cruiser like the America? Still, if they had a similar model available it would be great. They stopped making them in 2001. I am trying not to get Triumph fever and have to/want to sell my other bike first.
I just don't get why more people don't buy Triumphs!
 

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Another 'thumbs up' for Baxter. I've stopped by a couple times traveling from Colorado to Illinois and back, picked up my TORS there on my way to my dad's funeral this fall.

Odds are you'll feel more welcome there than where you bought your bike.

Calling Marne a 'small town' may even be an overstatement! :) It's only 3 or 4 miles South of I-80, every Triumph fan should stop by if they're cruising through Iowa.

Here's a couple pics from the back room:
















 

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Since my post back in April, I've been back to Baxter twice to buy two more bikes.

The inventory changes regularly. I'm amazed at how well things move. It shows that if you're reasonably smart, honest, and hard working, that good things may come your way. I'll bet I'm back up there again next year.

I'm no stranger to driving to get bikes ... my longest runs being up to New Hampshire to trade with Max BMW (another really good dealership, but no Triumphs).

But the run to Marne is becoming sort of like a beaten path for me.
 

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I'll be happy to add to the praises thus far. Not too long ago I bought a 77 Bonnie locally in the Mid-atlantic. I contacted Triumph USA for a recommendation for parts and they turned me on to Baxters.

I've since dealt a lot with Chris in parts dept over email and everytime he is quick to reply with accurate info. Their prices are more than fair compared to other big name british parts sites. I even had a question about a certain maintenance procedure so Chris put my in touch with Randy. Spoke with him for about 30 min over the phone, and was super knowledgable and very generous with his time.

Baxter's is my regular source for correct parts, hope to visit their place some day! Thanks for posting those pics. Man that place looks rad.
 

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There's a group of us that road trip every year to Baxter's. Two of my riding buddies have Triumphs (a Thruxton and a Sprint) and this is the first year I will be riding mine! Goodbye Harley, hello Bonneville! In fact, they're doing some work on it while we're over there on the 26th! Pipes, mirrors, air injection removal etc.
Love walking around the back room!!! So much to see! I can't wait!
 

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Mike,

Do you guys come through Ankeny on your way to Baxter cycles? I wouldn't mind joining you for the ride as I've never been there. If you do come this way let me know when and maybe I could join you.

Take care
Mark Graham
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Mark, we generally ride Hwy 92 through Knoxville, Indianola and Winterset, through Atlantic to Marne. A little more pleasant ride than I-80.
You are welcome to join us if you like. We are currently looking at the 26th of June if the monsoon season has ended by then. We are planning on staying in Atlantic Friday night and heading back on Saturday..

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I'll just revive this thread with another thumbs up to Baxter Cycle. I can't add a lot to what is said above, but say it is all 100% consistent with my experience (other thread on Scrambler 1200). I just bought a 2nd new Triumph there last week, and Jeremy delivered it for free. In his trailer he had another bike to deliver, and one to pick up. All within a few miles of me (Des Moines Iowa area).

I will be headed back for the 500 mile checkup on my Scrambler 1200 XE. I would love to ride out there with someone, or meet up with someone at Baxter. Looks like Iowa winter may be ending soon. I usually take Old Hwy 6 and White Pole Road, a great M/C ride and very scenic route. However, he is only a few miles off the interstate and I have done that route as well when time is a factor.
 
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