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Old 12-19-2011, 04:07 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Ridetosea View Post
I often say there is nothing rarer than an original thought. I knew if I looked long enough I would find someone on the net thinking as I am. I want a truly light weight adventure touring bike. I have narrowed my search down to the 500 EXC. I was thinking about putting soft bags on it and I found this thread. I read the 500 exc? Thread and Harcus and a few others seems to have a lot of great ideas and I am happy to think we are like minded. Thanks for your input. I do have a few questions.
My KTM dealer has two 500 EXC's on the floor. Is the price negotiable or does everyone pay MSRP? What is a good deal? What should I ask for?
Second, does anyone make an integrated, hand gaurd, front turn signal mirror or is this my invention? Back of hand guard is LED turn signal like modern sports bikes have on the back sides of the mirrors. Make the inside of the hand guards out of reflective convex plastic to act as a mirror. My F 150 has a convex plastic mirror on the bottom portion of the side mirrors that work well. Not concerned about how effective the mirror is just trying to check the box for two mirrors for the police man. I am a minimalist at heart. This would clean up the DS parts hanging off my “dirt bike”. I think one part doing three things is better and saves weight. IMHO Nothing looks worse than turn signals and mirrors hanging off any bike.


Pricing on a new bike is tricky. Tricky because there are several element to the price of the bike...

a. the price the dealer pays - Only the dealer & KTM know. KTM will negotiate w/ a dealer depending on what quty they move.

b. the list price - Not always clear what this includes.

c. shipping - Add $200-400 - Highly variable since most dealers ship more than one bike at a time, truck rates vary, fuel costs, etc

4. dealer prep - Another $200 - 400

e. parts discount - my dealer provides a 10 -20% percen discount on parts to hose who buy from them

f. And then there are farkles - what can you get your dealer to throw in for no cost or lo cost.

Bottom line - Have your dealer break it all down for you so you know.

Additionally, the market impacts price. A dealer here in Salt Lake may not be willing to drop his price much but a dealer in Rigby, ID may drop his price simply because Salt Lake has more traffic. That is happening right now around here. It appears that the northern dealers are hurting more because of the economy. History show there are always bargains out there but how far are you willing to go & who do you want to irritate.

But if you buy from the out of town dealer, you won't get the parts discount...or whatever.

There is something to be said for supporting your local dealer....and he may support you.

Handguard / mirror

There is nothing exactly as you requested. There is...

They are close to what you mentioned but pricey.

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