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post #1 of 33 Old 05-07-2008, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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If you had $500 to spend at a dealer, what would you get?

So, I'm closing the deal on a new V-Strom, and I'm pondering the Suzuki "bonus" offers... I'm doing the financing through my own bank at much better rates, so I avoided the Suzuki financing option completely... Another option is to add a 2nd year of financing onto the original year... and the last is a $500 in store credit to spend on basically anything, which is the option I'm leaning towards.

Now here's the thing, the dealer will give me a 20% discount on stuff, but not stuff bought with the $500 credit... I'd like to get a center stand and engine guards, but after checking, they didn't show any engine guards from Suzuki. Not to mention that the price on the center stand seemed a little high... So ultimately I'm wondering if I should just stock up on a bunch of low margin stuff that they wouldn't be able to discount that far anyways?

I'm thinking of things like tank protector stickers, helmet bag, bike lock, lube, plastic cleaner, extra visor, etc etc etc... Just stock up on a bunch of the small items that add up over time.

Is this a good strategy? I've already got a jacket, helmet and gloves on order... So what sort of items would you recommend to get on a deal like this?

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I think a centerstand and a real nice tank bag..........

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Handguards

If you dont have the handguards, this is a good time to add them on.
Mabey heated grips, although after market stick ons are a lot less expensive. Very comfort making and extends your riding seasons.
Too bad about the crash bars, they pay for themselves on the first drop.
That plastic is pricey.
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I think a centerstand and a real nice tank bag..........
Yeah, I think I'll order the centerstand for sure, and then fill out the rest (They want almost $300 for the centerstand) on small stuff like a tank bag, lube, cleaner, etc...

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If you dont have the handguards, this is a good time to add them on.
Mabey heated grips, although after market stick ons are a lot less expensive. Very comfort making and extends your riding seasons.
Too bad about the crash bars, they pay for themselves on the first drop.
That plastic is pricey.
It does come with the handguards... Heated grips I'm not in a huge hurry on, but I'm definitely considering it... Might be better to get the aftermarket ones... I'm not sure why they can't get crash bars... the book only shows crash bars for the Wee, nothin' for the Vee... I would definitely like to get a good set of guards that either have highway pegs built in, or can easily have them attached...

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"If you had $500 to spend at a dealer, what would you get?"

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So, I'm closing the deal on a new V-Strom, and I'm pondering the Suzuki "bonus" offers... I'm doing the financing through my own bank at much better rates, so I avoided the Suzuki financing option completely... Another option is to add a 2nd year of financing onto the original year... and the last is a $500 in store credit to spend on basically anything, which is the option I'm leaning towards.

Now here's the thing, the dealer will give me a 20% discount on stuff, but not stuff bought with the $500 credit... I'd like to get a center stand and engine guards, but after checking, they didn't show any engine guards from Suzuki. Not to mention that the price on the center stand seemed a little high... So ultimately I'm wondering if I should just stock up on a bunch of low margin stuff that they wouldn't be able to discount that far anyways?

I'm thinking of things like tank protector stickers, helmet bag, bike lock, lube, plastic cleaner, extra visor, etc etc etc... Just stock up on a bunch of the small items that add up over time.

Is this a good strategy? I've already got a jacket, helmet and gloves on order... So what sort of items would you recommend to get on a deal like this?

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when i bought mine i was offered $500 suzuki bucks or an extended 3 year warranty . the warranty offers the piece of mind that while you owe money on the bike your covered if something goes wrong

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This is exactly why I ask this question... What would be the best items to spend it on to avoid getting screwed? I'm thinking along the lines of things that they normally wouldn't give much discount on anyways, since they are low ticket items, and just get a bunch of them...

I don't have an option for a 3 year warranty, only a 2nd year... And when you compare $500 to a year of warranty (especially the 2nd year) it doesn't really make sense to go with the warranty... From experience, most "issues" occur in the first couple of months (with any product), and even after the first year, the chances of something coming up that costs $500 to fix are pretty slim.

Now, since I can't get the crash bars at the dealer, can anyone recommend a good solid set that won't break the bank, and will accept (or already has) highway pegs?

Additionally, what's a nice set of luggage to get? I was looking at the Givi V46 top box, and the V35 side boxes... (attached below)... Any other recommendations?

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Can you possibly apply that $500 on service? If so I would apply it to a valve adjustment and TBS.

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