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The Toad
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To buy a dealership, it has to be appvoved by Harley corporate, and I believe you need a million bucks in liquid assets before they will even consider you as a buyer. Mom and Pop shops are dead. Harley is big business and they ran all the small-time operators out a long time ago.
BMW's doing the same thing. Ain't it the shyt when a corporation screws the very people who got them where they are? Especially HD which would have gone under without these "Mom & Pop" operations who carried them through the dark days of the 70s.

Looks like Harley and Beemer are racing to see which can become the biggest snobfest.

Ha! HD still has to deal with their own snobby dealers who don't like carrying Sportsters, much less Buells.
 

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The Toad
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Hallelujah!

On the other hand, I met the people who sold the Broward County HD "franchise" to Bruce Rossmeyer. They were all upset that HD wanted them to invest in a decent showroom. The place they had was a tiny strip mall type building in a crappy neighborhood. The wife kept going on about how the building would have to have these "huge windows and cost a fortune in a/c." So Rossmeyer bought it, and now has 3 huge dealerships in the county. I'm guessing he's doing ok, he as a Lear Jet painted up with a "Screamin' Eagle" scheme and HD embossed leather seats.

I don't blame HD for upping the bar, and I think a lot of Moms and Pops missed the boat.
I'm converting and getting right with Jesus because the end is nigh! Kenneth Moore is taking the side of a corporation against the little guy. Fire and brimstone will be raining from the skies within the hour.
 
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