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#1 Unread post by mazer » Wed May 27, 2009 9:22 pm

I tried to visit my local Honda dealership in order to get some local rags on motorcycling and found them gone. This is the fourth gone in the last couple of years....has anyone else noticed that dealerships are becoming more scarce in this economy?
This is of concern to me only because I ride an older bike and sometimes parts or details about how to work on it are hard to come by and the dealership was a good source of information.

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#2 Unread post by jstark47 » Thu May 28, 2009 6:52 am

Dealerships- it's a mixed bag around here. Two start-up dealerships within 20 miles of me both folded in 2008 within a year of start-up. My local Triumph/Kawi/Suzi/KTM dealership laid off my favorite salesperson. However another local dealership added a major franchise to the 3 they already had.

The local Honda dealership sells Yamaha also, which is good for them considering Honda's laughably reduced product line. (Yeah, and those DN-01's are just flyin' out the door... :roll: )

I'd say the established dealers will ride the storm, but start-ups and marginal players will not.
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#3 Unread post by koji52 » Thu May 28, 2009 7:16 am

Unfortunately the Harley stealership down the street from me went out a few weeks ago. It was nice having that place down the road and not having to drive 30 miles to have the bike serviced...just in time for needing new tires. Damn the recession.
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#4 Unread post by jstark47 » Thu May 28, 2009 7:20 am

Which dealership was that?
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#5 Unread post by koji52 » Thu May 28, 2009 7:56 am

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#6 Unread post by Iamjustifyd » Thu May 28, 2009 10:52 am

So far the only one to go down here has been a Big Dog dealership. We have 2 Honda, 2 zuki, yammi kawa shops and 2 local Harley shops. They all seem to be doing pretty good
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#7 Unread post by dr_bar » Thu May 28, 2009 1:10 pm

I heard that Honda is going to consolidate all it's vehicles and products in single dealerships. Cars, PWC's, Bikes, Generators, etc... all under one roof.
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#8 Unread post by sv-wolf » Thu May 28, 2009 2:39 pm

At the moment, things look OK here. No dealerships have been lost locally in the last couple of years. In fact, a new Triumph dealer opened just a few months ago. Don't know what the national situation is like though, or what the backroom talk is.
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#9 Unread post by zed » Thu May 28, 2009 5:52 pm

dr_bar wrote:I heard that Honda is going to consolidate all it's vehicles and products in single dealerships. Cars, PWC's, Bikes, Generators, etc... all under one roof.
This is already happening inToronto.

We've also had 2 or 3 dealers go under but they actually closed before the recession.
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#10 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Thu May 28, 2009 7:04 pm

dr_bar wrote:I heard that Honda is going to consolidate all it's vehicles and products in single dealerships. Cars, PWC's, Bikes, Generators, etc... all under one roof.
Now that would be really cool. A little cross-pollination of sales.

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#11 Unread post by BuzZz » Thu May 28, 2009 7:17 pm

There are several Honda dealerships like that here already, the Honda dealer in Sherwood Park opened just over a year ago and has always been a 'full line' dealer, cars in one side of the building, bikes, mowers, etc on the other side.

I don't know if it works for them or not, but I know they have a crappy selection of bikes and gear, and they ain't scared to charge for it.

I have been saying for years that we (riders) should be buying gear and stuff from the dealers instead of off the net, or the dealers couldn't survive. But the Honda dealer here has one of everything, and when I ask if they have different sizes for me to try, they say 'We can order it'... well I can do that myself just as accurately off the net, so for my money, they done shot themselves in the foot. I want to find properly fitting boots, helmets, etc before I buy, and that's why I defended dealerships. But if they pull this stuff, I am better off shopping on the net.

Customer service was the only advantage they had, and they lost that now.
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#12 Unread post by cmartiny » Sat May 30, 2009 9:45 am

for finding parts or manuals you might try

http://www.mrcycles.com/

i went looking for accessories for my VTX and found this page. It has the parts breakdown WITH pricing..

not sure how far back they go, but it looks like that have the breakdown for virtually any bike. ( I think).
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#13 Unread post by Wingnumberone » Sat May 30, 2009 3:14 pm

I rarely used the dealers for anything. I always buy used, do all my own work, and get most of my parts and supplies from eBay or Dennis Kirk.

Ron Ayers is the most cost-effective source for factory parts I've found.

Factory support for over 20-year-old iron is weak, at best.
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