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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.
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.
 

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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.
It's nothing that drastic. Bruce is letting me use the Lear to take some Hooters girls to Cozumel for Thanksgiving. What a swell guy!
 

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The Mom and Pop operations were service oriented. Now it's money based. If you come in with a problem at one of the 'New" Harley dealerships, they won't give you the time of day unless you have spent 20 grand with them in the past month. I could tell a few stories about Wildfire Harley that is 1 mile from my house that you couldn't believe. When it was a small dealer across the street, those people would do anything to get you back on the road. Now? Hell, the dealer wouldn't mount a tire for me that I bought there. I had a cut tire 20 miles down the road and I took off the wheel and bought the tire there and he said he was too busy to mount it because Sturgis was coming up. I couldn't f*cking believe it. Another time I went there looking for fuel line and they said they didn't have any! No fuel line? What the f*ck? Needless to say, I buy nothing there even though it's a mile from my house. Run by rich a$$holes that don't care about anything but making a buck. Times have changed.
Times have changed, and it is all about the bucks. I'll never make excuses for HD or the dealerships. My point was there were a lot of small shops who could have transitioned into the new HD business model that didn't. Maybe if they had, the dealerships would have been better.

However, the Mom and Pop owners were making people around here buy Buells in order to get in line for a "real" HD back in the day people were standing in line to buy. They stopped supporting Shovels long before HD did... I remember the day I couldn't buy points for my bike. But I agree that it's all about the money. I've said in other posts the M/C biz is mimicing the car biz, much to my dismay.
 
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