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post #1 of 12 Old Feb 24th, 2010, 11:33 am Thread Starter
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I had been in contact with BMW of Lousiville about details for purchasing a new RT when I get back from my current deployment. I frequently received e-mails from the owner, Jeff Cooke. Lately, I haven't heard from him in awhile him so I asked a friend of mine to check into it for me. This is what he found out:
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But, for the record, we have finally closed on the sale of the Breckinridge Street property to the Downtown Scholar House and its partners. It was supposed to have closed at the end of October and we were to have moved to Frankfort Avenue immediately thereafter.

When they couldn't close, we had to postpone leasing the Frankfort Avenue site and then that property went under a contract for sale. A December closing date on our property also came and went so I decided to hold off looking for a new site until I was sure the real estate deal would actually close.

In the mean time we were approached by HD of Louisville regarding a possible purchase of the BMW dealership. Being of the school that everything (other than my honor) is for sale, we negotiated a deal for the sale of the BMW and Vespa dealerships. The sale is subject to factory approvals which are pending. We expect to receive the approvals before the end of March and then we will complete the transaction and move the dealership to Arthur Street.

I will be engaged by them for 3 months to oversee the transition and after that will evaluate what comes next for me.

HD of Louisville is owned by the Martin Group out of Bowling Green, KY. They are primarily an auto group but they own HD of Bowling Green as well as HD of Louisville. They are looking to expand their powersports involvement. I have known their motorcycle management team for a while as a result of wholesaling some HD trade-ins and they are first rate guys. I have absolutely no hesitation about having them take over the reins. They have a top flight organization and will provide a very nice facility for BMW Motorcycles. And, interesting enough, due to their size, they operate seven (7) days a week.

This is not my farewell address but it should bring you up to date.

Jeff Cooke
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I'm not sure what this will mean for BMW owners in or around Kentucky, but I thought you all might want to know.
I supposed I should be glad that there's still going to be a BMW dealer in Ky. Anyone else know of a BMW dealership being under the same roof as HD? I can see how it would give a boost to the HD dealers profits. They really don't have anything in their line of bikes that compares to BMW. Especially with the loss of Buell.

Thoughts??

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I think this will be good for the BMW owners in KY/IN/OH. HD of Louisville has been around a long time and has a good reputation. At least, they do with the HD owners I know. And the store being open 7 days a week is a definite benefit.

The BMW store in Lousiville was in a neat old building and I hate to see them leave, but I wish them good luck and look forward to doing business with the new owners in the (gettting nearer) future.

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Thanks for your service to our county - God Bless
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The HD and BMW mix did not work very well in Syracuse, NY. From what I was told the HD sales people were bad mouthing BMW's on the floor. BMW reacted by showing up one day and picked up everything BMW. My own experience with them is I went there for an inspection and was told they only do them on Thursday (it was Tuesday afternoon IIRC). I was told I could show up and wait, and "If we are able to get to you we will inspect your bike. From the back corner came a voice saying, "trust me, we will not get to you"

Hope it works out better for your area!

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If ya buy, it will help validate the new owners' decision...

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My Dad always told me not to go to the best steak house in town and order fish. I sincerely hope that this analogy doesn't prove true when BMW moves into the HD dealership.

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Re: Another BMW dealer closing it's doors...sort of.

This can't be good for BMW and it's customers, considering HD treated Buell like a red headed step child and we know how that relationship ended. Granted this is not a case of HD buying BMW, rather a HD dealership buying a BMW dealer, but I find it hard to imagine the HD sales staff will put BMW in the best light.

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If you ever went in to a HD dealership and asked a sales person about a Buell typically he didn't have a clue.how to respond and represent the brand. They certainly will not connect with the "motorcyclist" versus "biker" mentality that will be required to represent BMW.

Basically the sales staff at BMW of Louisville was a staff of one so I don't think many capable people will transfer over to HD. Good Luck!

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Exact same thing happened here to BMW of Colorado Springs. Now called Pikes Peak Motor Sports, owned by Pikes Peak Harley Davidson and are housed in the same building, albeit via a different entrance.

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I have never heard bad mouthing either way at the Mischler's Harley-Davidson & BMW dealership(s) in Beaver Dam, WI. Have not bough a bike there, but they seem to get my money every time I get near there for jackets or parts, etc. Nice place if you are in the neighborhood. They are just off US 151 north of the city of Beaver Dam. Wi 33 comes in just south of there, and its about 1/3 of the way between Madison and Green Bay.

Although you do hear when the H-D's pull up, but not the beemers.

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My Dad always told me not to go to the best steak house in town and order fish. I sincerely hope that this analogy doesn't prove true when BMW moves into the HD dealership.
I totally agree with your father, but until they start building bikes at dealerships, it's a poor analogy.

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I totally agree with your father, but until they start building bikes at dealerships, it's a poor analogy.
Not to mention, ya want that rare, medium or well done..

oh and ya get two sides.......


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