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Old 03-22-2013, 11:40 AM   #75046
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:58 AM   #75047
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What I wish would happen is that they call the dealers and see if they have fork seals and a throttle cable in stock. That is the test, not how many bikes they push out the door. Then people who want a Suz will travel to where they can get a bike. Then the remaining dealers will be worth visiting after the sale.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:22 PM   #75048
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This is a good thing. Suzuki, IMO, are way over due in doing this "House Cleaning". Get rid of bad, unproductive dealers. Triumph went through this about 5-6 years back. BMW too. BMW have very strict guidelines that many could not follow ... so they lost their franchise.

There are way too many multi-brand dealers who make NO EFFORT to push Suzuki. They don't stock any parts ... not even routine tune up parts ... they don't advertise unless Suzuki is paying ... and they don't sell bikes and could really care less.

The Dealers are in a tough spot too ... but not everyone is "good" at selling motorcycles and running a business. For years motorcycles all sold themselves and the dealers only had to take money and count it. It was a gold mine business anyone could (and did!) make money at.

NOW ... only the good ones will survive. As it should be.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:32 PM   #75049
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What I wish would happen is that they call the dealers and see if they have fork seals and a throttle cable in stock. That is the test, .
Buying parts from dealers is a joke, i, like so many here, order on line and get what i want faster with better service.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:33 PM   #75050
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Well, I hope Grants Pass Suzuki is one of the dealers cut.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:36 PM   #75051
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Buying parts from dealers is a joke, i, like so many here, order on line and get what i want faster with better service.
For the most part, I concur, especially when it comes to pricing. However, when I do need dealer support, and there's none to be had, then I'm partially to blame for not supporting them to begin with.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:50 PM   #75052
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Buying parts from dealers is a joke, i, like so many here, order on line and get what i want faster with better service.
Plus, I save the price of gasoline in my truck by not driving to the dealer to find out they don't have what I want. I haven't been able to get fork seals for years at the dealer one town away. But the suspension shop 2 towns over had them as well as wheel bearings and spacers and brake pads.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:40 PM   #75053
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BMW have very strict guidelines that many could not follow ... so they lost their franchise.
They pushed out some good dealers that couldn't afford the boutique dealership that BMW wanted and left some geographical areas without a dealer for miles. They remind me of HD
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #75054
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Plus, I save the price of gasoline in my truck by not driving to the dealer to find out they don't have what I want. I haven't been able to get fork seals for years at the dealer one town away. But the suspension shop 2 towns over had them as well as wheel bearings and spacers and brake pads.
And the multiline dealer here then charges shipping for a part I could have gotten easier and cheaper days sooner. Haven't been near the place for years
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:45 PM   #75055
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They pushed out some good dealers that couldn't afford the boutique dealership that BMW wanted and left some geographical areas without a dealer for miles. They remind me of HD
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:00 PM   #75056
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My '09 DR650SE has 2,400 miles on it and I'm in the beginning stages of prepping it for a North Amercan tour, I'm trying to decide between the Rach Tech Emulators and the Ricor Intiminators, having just read the posts by Mattawanderer and TrophyHunter concerning their Race Tech Emulator install and then reading Distech and TrophyHunter's DIY's, has anyone posted a DIY on the Intiminators? I plan to use my DR as a 50/50 dual sport, fully loaded with camping gear, fire/forest roads will probably be as far off road as I will get and that will be done at conservative speeds?! Has anyone had the chance to try both types? and what are the +'s and -'s of each.

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Old 03-22-2013, 02:09 PM   #75057
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I have a '09 DR650SE with a stock BST-40 carb and a IMS 4.9 gallon tank and I would like to move the choke under the tank, if you go with the choke knob attached directly to the carb, it looks like it would be a tight fit between the throttle cables and the bottom of the tank and if you go with the remote cable operated choke that attaches to the side of the engine, it looks like it would be exposed to possible damage, anyone have any experience with either of these set ups?

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Old 03-22-2013, 03:42 PM   #75058
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My '09 DR650SE has 2,400 miles on it and I'm in the beginning stages of prepping it for a North Amercan tour, I'm trying to decide between the Rach Tech Emulators and the Ricor Intiminators, having just read the posts by Mattawanderer and TrophyHunter concerning their Race Tech Emulator install and then reading Distech and TrophyHunter's DIY's, has anyone posted a DIY on the Intiminators? I plan to use my DR as a 50/50 dual sport, fully loaded with camping gear, fire/forest roads will probably be as far off road as I will get and that will be done at conservative speeds?! Has anyone had the chance to try both types? and what are the +'s and -'s of each.

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Old 03-22-2013, 03:47 PM   #75059
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They pushed out some good dealers that couldn't afford the boutique dealership that BMW wanted and left some geographical areas without a dealer for miles. They remind me of HD
For a while BMW required all dealers who carried another brand to display that brand in a separate building from BMW product.

Also, they began to conjoin motorcycle dealers INTO the Car dealers.
They actually did this in San Francisco ... and perhaps some other cities as well? Business was so bad that BMW had to quickly BACK OFF the policy.

San Fran BMW is now in a separate building to the BMW Car dealer. Every time I walked into SF BMW when the Car & Bike stores were together, I felt like a LEPER. The snooty sales guys would not even look in my direction! Bikes were put WAY in the back! Lasted about a year ... then Kaput.

The new guy who runs the BIKE ONLY dealership is great. I go by just to shoot the shit. Great guy, a pro, knows his product as well as any BMW guys I've ever met. Sells a TON of bikes.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:10 PM   #75060
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My '09 DR650SE has 2,400 miles on it and I'm in the beginning stages of prepping it for a North Amercan tour, I'm trying to decide between the Rach Tech Emulators and the Ricor Intiminators, having just read the posts by Mattawanderer and TrophyHunter concerning their Race Tech Emulator install and then reading Distech and TrophyHunter's DIY's, has anyone posted a DIY on the Intiminators? I plan to use my DR as a 50/50 dual sport, fully loaded with camping gear, fire/forest roads will probably be as far off road as I will get and that will be done at conservative speeds?! Has anyone had the chance to try both types? and what are the +'s and -'s of each.

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FWIW, I have no experience with the RaceTech product but I REALLY like my Ricor Intimidators.
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