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I went for a dualsport ride with my buddy the other day, he was on his XT225 and decided that he wanted to trade it for a cruiser. So I got to spend a lot of time in a local shop.

In the couple hours I was there, I found out that I really like the 2009 orange DL650. They had it marked for retail, I asked them the best they could do for a cash deal, pre-tax/licensing/title.

They only knocked off $200. They also said that Suzuki was drastically cutting back their shipments, and this was the only one they were supposed to get in this year. :rolleyes: Sounds like a pressure sell to me, at $7290.

I didn't have my KLR650 all cleaned up, so of course so I didn't ask what they'd give me on trade. I figured I'd probably do better if I sold it outright. I may go back with it all shined up and see what kind of creative accounting they can come up with to make it look like a good deal, but I don't have much faith that it will be much more than a shell game.

So is anyone aware of shops in my area (Western PA, eastern OH, WV panhandle) that are willing to deal on the new Stroms? At this point I'd rather stay within 200 miles from Pittsburgh.

Thanks!
 

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cycletrader?

Did you try searching at cycletrader.com? There were a few deals on the eastern end of the state that were pretty good. I'm not near you, but used cycletrader to help me get "a deal" here near DC. I don't know if I got a great deal or not, but I got out the door 2 weeks ago for $7625 including tax, title, 2 yr plates, doc fee, shipping and handling, the washing fee, the charge to put gas in it, air in the tires,... I basicall went in and haggled for a while using the docs I had, they came back with their lowest offer and I said thanks but no thanks and walked out. By the time I drove home, there was a message on my answering machine with a lower offer. I kind of wanted to buy locally (to support my local dealer) and figured he wasn't going any lower since I was no longer in the store and had 3 other dealers within 30 miles to choose from. I might have been able to talk another dealer a few hundred lower, but feel pretty good about keeping a local guy in business. That way they will be there when I need service (if I can't figure it out from using the manual.) The sales guy couldn't believe the deal that the owner let me have, at least that is what he keeps telling me everytime I go in there to use my 15% off new buyer's discount.
 

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Guess I don't feel so bad about buying my 2 new Arai helmets off the internet and not from the dealer.

What a sweet deal!
 
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