Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Kings Mountain, NC, USA
A few years ago I had a real bad summer, spent most of it in and out of the hospital with diverticulitis and related complications. Mid August started to feel a whole lot better and in conversation with the wife, mentioned that life was too short and we needed to start doing more things together. She thought that was great and I mentioned getting a boat as we live near some good water. She vetoed that real quick, I then mentioned a motorcycle, she said OK and went right back to why we weren't getting a boat.
As I now had the green light to get a motorcycle from the holder of the purse string, I ran over to the 'puter to do my homework and see what I was going to get. First stop was HD's official site. Click on build/spec/price your dream machine. OK, here we go. Built one, Electra Glide with some of the nice things, no radio, no cruise, (ain't never had that stuff on a bike before) cast wheels, carburated, suggested retail $16,522, plus tax, tag, title, the usual. Though that wasn't too bad so called the local HD dealer to se what they had and what we could work out on the phone. Nope, that model isn't in stock, we can order it for you, will be about 6 months, 10% non refundable payment of $2,500. Wait a minute, how much for the bike? $23,000 plus tax, title, etc. Talked for a little to be sure we were talking about the same machine here, we were. Asked why the huge difference in the price as I had just gotten a much different price right off of HD's site. She said that's what they were asking for their machines and that's what they were getting for them.
Hung up the phone, climbed in the truck, drove to the BMW dealer with the intentions of fondling a RT1150. Came home with my LT. That LT cost me far less than a HD comparably equipped and I think is a far better machine for the money.
Have owned 2 Harleys in my younger days, a FLH and a XLH so know what they are and what they are about. Will not buy one from a dealer, ever again. They can build whatever they want, paint it any color and chrome it all, add whatever farkles they want, even a fish finder but will not get one from a stealer, I mean dealer. Guess things have a way of turning out the way they are meant to.
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