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post #1 of 9 Old May 25th, 2007, 12:17 pm Thread Starter
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Dealership recommendation in southern CA

Well, sort of. I've been looking at BMW bikes for a month or so now, and have decided to buy a K1200GT. I wanted package 2 with TPM added, but the choices seem to be Package 2 (heated seats and bars, ESA, cruise control) or everything (add autostability control (ASM), tire pressure montior (TPM), and Xenon lights. Xenon I could add myself for $100, not $465, and ASC might be nice, but seemed unnecessary to me.

I don't know how fair it is to throw dollars around, since I see the negotiations as somewhat private. I'll be somewhat general.

Brattin BMW in San Diego has a package 2 on the color I want. He'd knock off X dollars from MSRP, plus 1/2 X dollars if I buy by Saturday because of an incentive that ends on Saturday. Also, there's $500 offered in BMW accessories.

A fully loaded bike at Long Beach is available. That dealer will knock of 0.8X dollars. No additional incentive to buy by Saturday. They feel demand for the fully loaded bike is such that no additional discounts are needed, and I understand that. This is business. So, I'd be paying for options I don't really want, and getting less of a discount on the more expensive bike.

The $500 in accessories wasn't mentioned until I brought it up. I'm just presuming that I would've been given that too, since I don't think the dealer could benefit by not offering that.

All said, I decided to spoil myself and buy the loaded bike. The TPM just seems like such a nice safety feature. And, having a K12GT after riding a HD Electra Glide, I might need that ASC to keep my back tire from kicking out when I start to accelerate in the rain. This power will be new to me.

But I do feel a little bad. I haven't transacted any money yet with either dealer (I pick up the bike tomorrow), so I cannot completely give an up or down to either one. But if you're in the market for a new GT with Package 2 and you're in the Southern CA area, I recommend talking to Brattin BMW in San Diego. And, maybe do it before the end of Saturday and you can save a little more.

I'll update when the deal is transacted. I'm looking forward to riding a new bike this weekend.
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If I were in the market i would probably buy the loaded bike. Basically, becasue I would think this will be a long term purchase and the amount of money, if you are financing, is minimal to the payments. Just my 35 and 1/2 cents. Good luck and I am sure you will enjoy either bike.

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Dealership recommendation in southern CA

Have you checked out Brown in Pomona? They may have the same promotion going on.

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I did talk to Brown. They had a loaded GT, but not in the color I wanted. They also wouldn't talk price over the phone. I had to drive in, for some reason. This annoyed me. Brattin was real easy to talk to and upfront.

There's also Seaver in Orange. Quite a while back I stopped by, and they wouldn't hardly talk to me. It was strange. I don't look like I'm homeless or anything.

I mainly just wanted to plug Mike at Brattin. If he had the bike I wanted, I'd have bought from him. Hopefully, everything goes smoothly tomorrow and I'll be riding home on a new GT.
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For the amount of difference in the price you will be paying, my recommendation would be to focus on where you will want that bike to be worked on.

Getting the bike is just the beginning. You will want to form a good relationship with the parts and service people at a reliable dealer.

Before I had the benefit of the knowledge and advice from this forum I purchased my R12RT (2007) at a dealer that I would not take to if they were the last shop on the planet.

I did a lot of research after I got my bike and ended up at Brown in Pomona. Don't let the fact that they would prefer to come in to talk put you off. I would bet even money that they have the bike you want in the color you want and if not could get one pretty fast. They have one of the better inventories in town. Fernando in parts is a true Autocom guru. All of the people in the parts are great to deal with (you will want this when you start the farkle process). I am not in any way connected to Brown other than being a happy customer.

They are a 45 minute ride from my house but it has been well worth it.

Good luck and post which you one decided on. It will be very interesting to see your thought process as well.
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I'll update when the deal is transacted. I'm looking forward to riding a new bike this weekend.
Congrat's on the brand new, fully loaded GT!

The initial transaction is just a very small part of your ownership experience. When I bought mine, the price was not the issue, as they were all in the same ball park. The service after the sale is a much bigger issue. How many times have you come across a dealer with a great price, but horrible customer service?

If you can find a dealership that is honest and takes care of their customers, then you've found your dealer.

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What did you pay for your new R1200RT?

Unlike many other vehicles, I notice a hesitancy to share out the door pricing on new BMW motorcycles.

We are all consumers and have a vested interest in sharing this info with each other.

What prices have you been paying for your new RT's?
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I still think negotiations are somewhat private. It's kind of like telling people your salary.

I got a fully loaded GT, not the RT. If you want more specifics, PM me.

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Unlike many other vehicles, I notice a hesitancy to share out the door pricing on new BMW motorcycles.

We are all consumers and have a vested interest in sharing this info with each other.

What prices have you been paying for your new RT's?
Yes, absolutely correct. BUT, more important than sharing prices, knowing which dealer's are taking care of their customers with impeccable service. Especially when you broke down out in BFE and the nearest dealer bent over backwards to expedite the repair and make it as pain free as possible.

I'd buy a bike from such a dealer, even if they were hundreds of miles from me.

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