Originally Posted by LebanonRider
I'm contemplating the purchase of a new R1200RT and have been trying to research some potential add-ons or accessories on the BMW website. I can find pictures, descriptions, and part numbers, but no prices. Where or how do you normally get pricing for things like valve covers, tank bags, etc?
Most dealers will offer you a discount (from MSRP) on gear, tank bags, etc., when you purchase the motorcycle or within a time limit (e.g., 30, 45, or 60 days after your purchase). Don't be afraid to ask about it, or you can negotiate the extras you want as a part of the deal - perhaps the dealer will include them for "free". Sometimes BMW North America offers incentives - I got $500 worth of accessories or gear with my K1200GT, which I applied as a discount on a 49 liter top case. Sometimes the dealers themselves will have a special. One local dealer was offering those 49 liter top cases, paint matched (!!) with the purchase of a GT or RT at the end of last summer. I do not know what offers are currently available from BMW NA.
Some dealers offer the parts for purchase on the Internet. You can look them up on their dealer-specific web sites. It helps to know the part numbers. You can see the list prices, but dealers aren't allowed to display discounted prices, even if they offer discounts for Internet purchases. They apply the discount on your order (Chicago BMW is well known for this policy). To get prices, try ASCycles, Max BMW, Chicago BMW or your local dealer's website.
I encourage you to buy from the local dealer - these types of sales are literally what keeps them in business. They are truly small business owners, struggling to make ends meet. Their service and advice, coupled with the active support they provide their local BMW riding community, makes the small premium that you pay worthwhile.
The local dealer where you bought your bike may offer discounts to owners who purchased their motorcycles from that dealer, even long after they bought the bike. Sometimes all you have to do is ask politely. My local dealer recently gave me a discount on a large purchase of parts for home maintenance, for example. (The other local dealer where I didn't buy my motorcycle seems to charge a premium on top of the regular price, LOL!
I hope this helps answer your questions, and I hope it encourages you to buy from your local dealer, too.