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post #1 of 6 Old Oct 26th, 2010, 7:51 am Thread Starter
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BMW's answer to picking up a bike at the factory promo

I wanted to purchase a new bike with a promotion attached to pick up the bike at the factory, have a ride, then have it shipped home.

Did'nt BMW do that for some of the bikes before? Maybe not, according to the anser I got below:

Dear Mr. Smith,

Thank you for you e-mail and the interest in the New BMW K 1600 GTL.

We understand that there is a strong sentimental component to purchase a BMW motorcycle and having it delivered in Europe. At this time however, there is no European delivery program available. Beyond it BMW motorcycles in US specifications are not disposable in Europe. BMW motorcycles in European (ECE) version can not be imported to the USA because of restricted admissions of the US authorities (e.g. chassis number). As a result, we cannot offer you the delivery of a US specs bike in Europe.

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post #2 of 6 Old Oct 26th, 2010, 10:41 am
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Re: BMW's answer to picking up a bike at the factory promo

I bought my US spec. LT in Germany. Not from the factory but from a dealer who specialised in selling BMW cars to US military people stationed there. I think he maybe arranged shipping to the USA for them but it's possible the vehicles were used in Germany for a while. My bike certainly had miles on it, but maybe that was because it was a demonstrator on trade plates. He arranged a licence plate for me with insurance for a week so I could drive the bike home. Then I registered it here no problem.

I can try to dig out his contact details for you if you would like and maybe he and you could work out something that suits.

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post #3 of 6 Old Oct 27th, 2010, 5:44 am
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all that bull about vins and euro specs is just that............bull. they have that same program for all their cars, take delevery in europe, drive around, return car to bmw, and they alter to us specs and ship to us. they just don't have that program for motorcycles and are trying to woo u and justify it with spec crap.
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Re: BMW's answer to picking up a bike at the factory promo

Corporate "shuck and jive".... in other words.., they won't do this unless there is a customer requirement.

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Re: BMW's answer to picking up a bike at the factory promo

Since there's no factory program in place like they had for the cars, it sounds like they just don't want to deal with the hassles.

When we were moving from the UK back to the US a few years ago, I looked into trading my UK-spec LT in on a new US-spec LT a few months before the move. The main London dealer (owned by BMW GB) would have worked with us on that, but it didn't pan out financially. Even with ignoring the VAT, it was simply much cheaper to dump the old bike before we moved, and pick up a new bike from a US dealer once we got back to the States.

I think when these sort of Euro-delivery programs were popular for the cars was back when the exchange rates favored Americans. These days, it just doesn't work out that way.

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Re: BMW's answer to picking up a bike at the factory promo

Wait another 5-6 months for the full effect of the Greek bailout to have its impact on the Euro and the stability of the European banking system. It's already started. Watch for a nice spike in the dollar on November 3rd as well.(You might even see the Dow up 1000 points in one day) So, by the time the GLT is in full production they might "need" to have factory pick-up program in the works and maybe a fully loaded bike will come in less than $30K American.

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