Originally Posted by BCDon
I'm pretty sure that I'd like an '07 GT (see prior posts) but before I've bought a bike before I'd always had a test ride. I'm wondering whether I should do that in this case or just go ahead and order the bike?
I'm not going to be able to ride until March at the earliest anyway (due to our weather).
My concerns about purchasing before riding (which would be april or may) are:
1) Will there be any difference between a bike ordered now versus one a couple of months from now? Features / Software versions / recalls?
2) Will there be better financing available in April than in Jan-Mar. (I've been told that BMW updates financing every quarter)?
3) The longer I wait the more I find out about things that I'd like which I'd probably want the dealer to install "at a deal". For example, PIA driving lights on the front forks, additional LEDS on the rear etc. With the CANBUS system I'd prefer to get the dealer to do this stuff.
Thanks for your comments:
Some dealers offer rides. Some don't. I've always ended up buying from those who did.
Don't know why, but every test ride I always wonder "What the hell am I doing?" Pertains to cars and bikes. Shopper's remorse I guess.
The only thing coming along now is the Traction Control around April or so. Dealer didn't know pricing as yet.
There may be better financing on other models, but the GT hasn't been one of them yet. Sales have been pretty good on the model so far so I doubt if you will get a deal, unless it is an older model.
I'm with you on the accessories additions. The Can-Bus wasn't something I wanted to mess with nor digging through the wiring mess. The dealer added the Auto-Com #158 Can-Bus Switch for Auto-Com Super Pro AVI unit to the BMW Can-Bus that reduces noise and ground loops. Had I done it, I'd never would have installed that one as Auto-Com doesn't show all the wiring possibilities on their site.
Something else to ponder: If the dealer does the installation and you later get the bike serviced somewhere else, then that dealer may need to honor the other dealer's installation in regards to per hour shop rates. One in the Bay area charges around $15 per hour more for adds that the owner does. Granted, $100 per hour looks better than $115 hour since the dealer needs to "Figure out what you've done to the bike."
Plus, should the bike get wrecked, the adjuster cannot say "You could have done that when you
installed it." damhik!
I'd also get them to stick to their quoted installation price. Mine was quoted at $200-300 but ballooned to nearly $1000 when I picked it up - and it still wasn't done right as I discovered down the road! Check it all out before leaving.