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post #1 of 11 Old 11-14-2011, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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$140 Labor to Install Saddlebag Frame?!?!

I was excited about getting my two side saddlebags for $199 when I bought my new vStrom650. Then, AFTER agreeing on the OTD price for everything, the dealer revealed that he "forgot" to include the 1.5 hours of labor (at $95 per hour) that Suzuki charged the dealership for installing the frame for the saddlebags. Would you please explain how the installation could possibly take that long. Also, how is it reasonable to announce the price of $199, without making the "labor" charge clear? Thanks for your very anticipated answer. Scott
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I was excited about getting my two side saddlebags for $199 when I bought my new vStrom650. Then, AFTER agreeing on the OTD price for everything, the dealer revealed that he "forgot" to include the 1.5 hours of labor (at $95 per hour) that Suzuki charged the dealership for installing the frame for the saddlebags. Would you please explain how the installation could possibly take that long. Also, how is it reasonable to announce the price of $199, without making the "labor" charge clear? Thanks for your very anticipated answer. Scott
If you actually accepted an offer made by them, and you thus have a contract, I would hold them to it. If you have a written contract, then no discussion is necessary. If you merely have a verbal contract and they refuse to honor it, I would shop elsewhere. And yes, that seems like a ridiculous labor charge to me.

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If you actually accepted an offer made by them, and you thus have a contract, I would hold them to it. If you have a written contract, then no discussion is necessary. If you merely have a verbal contract and they refuse to honor it, I would shop elsewhere. And yes, that seems like a ridiculous labor charge to me.
X2, no question. That's a typical dealer trick to pull when they think they can get away with it. Oh, and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have taken even you an hour and a half if it was your very first time using a set of sockets!

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Did they indicate that installation was included on your invoice? If not, I wouldn't necessarily assume that accessory prices include install charges.

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The bottom line is weather the dealer told the truth, of if the dealer lied. Suzuki either took 1.5 hours to install the frame, or they didn't. If they did, I'm concerned about everything else they do, because it couldn't take a competent person 15 minutes... and I don't want to ride a motorcycle built by incompetent people. If they didn't take 1.5 hours, there are REALLY dishonest people out there.

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If they did, I'm concerned about everything else they do, because it couldn't take a competent person 15 minutes... and I don't want to ride a motorcycle built by incompetent people.
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The Givi kit I installed on my Vee was a PITA! Nothing lined up right, the cheesy bolts they provided had to be replaced, etc. I recall having to bend the thing pretty hard to line up the back end connections.

Not commenting on the deal itself, but 1.5 hours isn't completely outrageous IMO.

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The Givi kit I installed on my Vee was a PITA! Nothing lined up right, the cheesy bolts they provided had to be replaced, etc. I recall having to bend the thing pretty hard to line up the back end connections.

Not commenting on the deal itself, but 1.5 hours isn't completely outrageous IMO.
Interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing. I installed a pair of moto-something crash bars, and they were a breeze. So I figured that everything else would be.
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took me longer to install my SW Motech pannier racks

took me longer to install my SW Motech pannier racks - so 1.5 hours is reasonable
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I didn't time how long it took me to install the racks, but it did take some time..those damn rubber bumper things. But the charge should be from the dealership. Your bike was purchased from the dealership with the stock rack on, wasn't it, and the luggage came later~?
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