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"now by comparisson why should a motorcycle dealer not know their product?"They should know their product! I just don't think it's realistic to expect them to be "up" on the previous 40 years of offerings.
Jim , that lack of knowledge is very common . The HD dealer where my nephew works has a small kiosk that says "Information" in large letters . Manned by a bikerish looking fellow for effect , unfortunately he knows less about old HD's than I do . There is a Knucklehead on display on a mezzanine running around the building , and out of curiosity I enquired whether it is a 61 CI E model, or a 74 CI F model ? He stated in a matter of fact tone that it is a 1955 Panhead , and there was no such thing as a 61 CI Knucklehead A customer standing near by started laughing and said , "well , maybe this guy (me) should be in the booth" Seems maybe what "information" means is we have directions to the restroom Dusty
Since the thread name is about the dealers that sell new biles that information kiosk operator probably knew his bile and was a real authority on bile since it was a HD dealership
I see your point, but I think some of you guys maybe expecting a little too much from your dealers.How often do you think you could walk into a Ducati dealer and the salesman will have facts about the single cylinder Ducati Scrambler of decades ago? Do you think the average BMW floor guy is up on all the variations of 60s/70s/80s air heads, will he even know what year oil heads appear?Go to a Dodge dealer and ask the guy to compare the new Charger/Challenger to its 70s inspiration and see how far he gets!The majority of dealers, especially larger multi brand stores, won't know too much, and frankly don't care, why should they? Like you said, they want to sell new bikes, not stand around with old guys, on old bikes and talk about what was state of the art when the guy was 7 years old! There are some who know their history, far better than I, but they aren't the mega dealers.
Buyer buying new bike, no connection to history.Never heard of MG until 2012, but saw a pic of the new 2103 V7 Stone and fell in love. The rest IS history. I really don't care TOO much about the brand's history, only the here and now. And the V7II is an awesome bike in my estimation.
Never heard of MG until 2012, but saw a pic of the new 2103 V7 Stone and fell in love. The rest IS history.
I really don't care TOO much about the brand's history, only the here and now. And the V7II is an awesome bike in my estimation.
Just out of curiosity, I have some questions:How long have you been riding and/or exposed to motorcycling?What were you riding before you bought the V7?What makes the V7 "awesome" ?What was awesome about your previous bikes?
I agree, the V7II is the ideal motorcycle for me, not to big, not to small, not to heavy, not to fast, not to slow, shaft drive, FI, EI, ABS, great range, good maintenance schedule milage, great looks, analog guages including a tach (I know some people don't need a tach but I do), air cooled, 6 speed transmission, I even have a center stand. No other motorcycle checks all those boxes. I only wish it had a gear indicator, but can live without one. And my dealer in Pensacola Florida not only knows some history, he has several beautifully restored 60's and 70's models on the floor and a cutaway large block engine and transmission with a crank so you can see all of the inner workings of the mechanics including the clutch and drive shaft (worth a stop in and look around like a museum if you are in the neighborhood, especially if you can convince them to let you back in the attached wearhouse).
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