Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Model: none at present
I have bought 27 brand new motorcycle in my lifetime, from all 4 Japanese manufacturers, and have NEVER found a dealer that I liked. They were better back in the old days, but I never found one that did not try to rip you off on either a new bike or service.
Dealers in my area are all huge multibrand powersports emporiums, their buildings, landscaping, etc are all way too big and fancy for a motorcycle dealer. When you go in to look at a new bike, they take the MSRP, then add about $1000-$1500 worth of bogus charges to it, then literally try to force you into buying an extended warranty and service contract for at least $1000 more.
None of the multibrand emporiums will work on or sell parts for a bike over 10 years old, they want to sell you a new bike. You could go to a dealer, buy a brand new Goldwing, pay all the bogus fees, putting the price well north of 30 grand, and 10 years later, they will want nothing to do with it. If I spent that kind of money on a motorcycle, I would expect it to last a lifetime.
I blame Edward Demming for the current state of the auto and motorcycle industry. Todays cars and bikes are designed from the ground up to be disposable, to be used up and scrapped, and not fixed. They are designed to make fixing them nearly impossible, both mechanically and financially.
I own 2 vintage American cars, built before Mr. Demmings influence hit Detroit, and they are wonderful. Easy to maintain, and cheap and easy to fix. And parts are available, and will likely to continue to be available, not from the manufacturer, but from the aftermarket. They are both Fords, and of course no Ford dealer will work on them. Right now I work on them myself. If that ever becomes impossible, I know a number of vintage car mechanics I would trust with them. I don't know a single mainstream mechanic I would trust.
Part of the thing with owning vintage vehicles is either working on them yourself, which I do, as a hobby, or having a good relationship with a specialist shop to work on them.
As for the tires, there are plenty of places online where you can get tires for that bike. A dealer or bike shop probably wouldn't sell them to you, because they would have to special order them, and there wouldn't be enough profit in it to make it worth their while.
One of the differences between vintage American cars, and vintage Japanese anything, is an almost complete lack of parts for vintage Japanese vehicles. They started building disposable vehicles long before American companies did. They do not stand behind what they built, and there is no aftermarket support. It's just a sad reality in todays "here today, gone tomorrow" world. Nobody makes anything intended to last anymore. As you can probably tell from my signature, I am a vintage vehicle enthusiast.
"New vehicles move the body. Old vehicles move the soul. Vintage forever"
"Obsolete does not mean it is not any good, it just means it is not made anymore"
"The simpler the better"
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