How to deal with dealers
I'm very new to biking (less than 6 months) but I'm sold on the Vstrom 650 for my next bike. However, I'm finding it very hard to decide how to buy one. First, I'd like a 2012+ model, non-adventure, but that pretty much means getting one from a dealer. I've been looking around the OC and LA areas, but my first trips haven't gone well, and I'm looking for some advice from the experts.
I note the MSRP of about $8500.00 for the 2014 models, but the tags at the dealers all show tax and title, freight, assembly and whatever else, so the out-the-door price is around $10,500.00. For some reason I thought I could get out the door for the MSRP, but evidently I can't, at least in southern California.
The 2013 models, however, are (not surprisingly) less, but still around $9500.00 out the door. Now I've noticed on the net, like on ebay and cycletrader and forums, that there are some out-the-door 2013 models for under $7500.00, which is very nice; even with Cali tax the total would still be under $8000.00.
For some reason I can only find these deals on the East Coast, in places like West Virginia and North Carolina. That's a long ride for a fly-and-drive, but I may end up doing it anyway. Unless some of you can give me some advice on how to deal with a dealer a lot closer to SoCal, to get a comparable price on a new 2013 (or 14) model. Does anyone have any suggestions, or shout-outs to more reasonable local dealers?