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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-17-2019, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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I went to the Harley dealer in Santa Maria CA yesterday to trade in my 2012 FLTRX. Wow!! $38K for a Road Glide Limited. So now I'm looking to upgrade my 2012 that has 70,000 miles. I'm a highly capable A&P mechanic. I want to pull the motor, tear it down and do a killer build. I would like to go with 107 cylinders, high compression pistons, a hefty set of cams (maybe geared), heads, bigger throttle body. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it.
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I would talk to fuel moto for some ideas.i have 50000 miles on 2011-due to some issues with the 110 I would put new bearings in lower end.i look at my age-71-and wonder where i'll be in 5 or 10 years-for me the cost of new engine would be less than difference in new bike-maybe--good luck
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definitely less money to upgrade your engine, and you have myriad possibilities on that front. but just out of curiosity, what did you expect to spend on a new bike, and what did the dealer do to justify a $10,000 price increase over msrp?
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definitely less money to upgrade your engine, and you have myriad possibilities on that front. but just out of curiosity, what did you expect to spend on a new bike, and what did the dealer do to justify a $10,000 price increase over msrp?
Blacked out option, custom two tone paint, RDRS, fright, CA emissions, and sales tax you're there pretty easy if he didn't try and deal.
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Must be a CA tax. MSRP is $28,299.
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Blacked out option, custom two tone paint, RDRS, fright, CA emissions, and sales tax you're there pretty easy if he didn't try and deal.
Yep, that sounded high but I added it up with the options Craig pointed out ^^^. With California sales tax (7.25%) and a $500 "Set up" charge they all throw in, it came to $37,032.


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He was a little arrogant to begin with. When I asked why is the price more than what is advertised on the HD website he began to show me all the listed BS on the price tag. His final remark was "that's the price". Pretty much, like it or leave it. Thinking of test riding a Gold Wing.
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I would definitely email ALL the managers at that joint and tell them of the smug salesman. Is that the only dealer near you? Have you bought stuff from them in the past? Good luck with your next moves bud.
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Laidlaw? Harley claim they do not mark their bikes up. I have no idea where in Cali they are, but.

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Was out in Cali in '16 and stopped at a couple of dealers. They all had the sales tax included in the price on the tag they put on them . Was a little scary at first as none of the dealers around here do that.

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