I posted this somewhere else, so pardon the repeat if you have seen it before.
Quote-I just got an email from a new dealer in OR. He said that Victory "helps dealers sell a bike with special offers after a demo". He means a Fuel-It demo, and the discounts are about $2K. That should help you decide to buy one after a demo deal. Just because I can spend $18K is OK, but $16K is better, so I will wait to buy one at a demo-deal. I plan to buy new, so $2K less makes sense to me. I don't do payments or interest and resist any impulse buying - it costs too much that way. I mentioned the demo-deal because of the $2K discount. It sort of sucks to have to wait, but I want a 2011 and the color ones will not be around until about 3-4 months anyway.
If you are interested in the trunk, get a 2011. The 2010 needs another $300 of retrofit stuff to make it work. Also, if you want the trunk, make a deal with the dealer for 15-20% off of accessories for 3-6 months after you buy a CC. (or CR) Buy the trunk after you buy the CC. You then have the cover piece when the trunk isn't there and don't have to buy it seperate when you don't want the trunk on. If you are persistant with the dealer before you buy, most will give you the discount- you just have to ask for it.
It is especially cool to walk in with actual cash and see the dealer scramble for it. Expensive bikes have the same problem of cars - don't mix apples and oranges. Negotiate the best price on the bike you want. Then, if you have it, add a trade-in. Sure, if you have a trade-in, be prepared for less on it because you will be paying the flooring and effort to sell it instead of doing it yourself. Get your financing before you go looking - like your credit union or whatever. Don't mix all 3 to come up with a "payment". It is sure to be more expensive just to satisfy your "I want it now" syndrome.
FWIW- the new trans replaces the 2010 trans, so the future is with the 2011 trans as being more common for future repair. I have not heard of any problems with the straight-cut gears of the '10, but the bevel '11 gears are quieter. If you come from a water-cooled bike, any air-oil cooled bike will be louder mechanically - and for me I like quiet more. Maybe not as quiet as a Honda GW, but certainly NOT loud.
Of course, you have to find where the demo trucks are and then get off the couch/chair away from the PC and go to it. The color 2011s (non-black) won't be around for another 3-4 months anyway, so you could plan ahead.
Demo sked: http://www.polarisindustries.com/en-...tSchedule.aspx
added: I have been using email to find a dealer. One dealer offered $1000 + 10% on accessories. I haven't been there yet, but will visit in Oct. Let's see if they will move the % up and what the rest of the deal is. Others have said you should be able to get a bike OTD (out-the-door) for what is listed as a sticker price - which would include prep, shipping, tax, useless doc fees and so on.
I have the pile of $100s and will wait for a few months if I have to - it will be winter soon anyway, so I can wait.
I will post what I find.
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