Originally Posted by Gashouse Gorilla
First of all, I am the proud owner of an '07 8 ball and love it. I agree that the Vegas has the "it" factor. I actually prefer the blacked out look and that's what drew me towards the 8-ball model. I was a little nervous about the 5 speed but have no complaints for the type of driving that I do. If you are a highway driver or a speed demon you may want to consider the 6 speed. I too am a little over 30 and sold my CBR for a Victory because of the comfort factor. I felt it was time to grow up a bit and slow down so the 5 speed is just fine for me. You can also buy an overdrive pulley that drops the RPM's down if that is a deal breaker for you.
The way I see it, the consumer has all the power in this economy. Victory is running some outstanding deals right now with the '09 8 ball at $12,999 and 5 year waranty. I certainly don't think you would be out of line asking mid $10k for the '07 8 ball. I honestly haven't really priced out the standard vegas so I'm not much help on that front. If I had to take a guess I think you could probably knock off $1K per year and maybe a little more with the standard vegas since they are more $$.
I wish you luck and let us know what you end up getting.
Believe it or not, most of the dealers in my area are sold out of previous year model 8-balls. I found one, but it was priced at 11,700. That was supposedly after taking all incentives, financing, and rebates. Needless to say, I have no interest in buying it at all.
However, I called another dealer, and he has a brand new 2007 Vegas standard priced at $12,500. The more I think about it, I'd much prefer the standard Vegas. The extra gear, passenger seat, and angled headlight make a big difference. (all upgrades that I would be making in the event I bought an 8-ball). Simply stated, I would have to get a ridiculous deal on an 8-ball to consider it over the standard.
This is the deal I have in mind:
Listed price on the 07 Vegas: $12,500
Drop the price to 12K out the door (tax, title, license)
Throw in a slash cut exhaust
Give me $4500 trade-in on my bike
Finance $7500 @ 4.9% w/ the 5-year warranty