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Old 12-04-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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So I took a visit over to the local Harley dealership today. Believe it or not, I'm considering buying a new Street Glide. I will be trading the R1 in. My R1 is a 2010 with 5,300 miles on it. It needs new tire's, and that's it! They offered me $6500 for trade in.... I decided at that point, it was time for me to leave. I just didn't feel like playing the game today. I know enough about trades, that I don't expect retail, but I did expect an offer in the $8k-8,500 range.... When I traded my 07 Busa (with 16k miles), in for it back in July, the dealership gave me $6500 for it. Which is what I wanted, and thought was fair, for a trade in.
I know I will here some crap from some of you about buying a Harley, and particularly trading in the R1 to buy one, but I'm ready for something different, and a cruiser is what I want. I will be buying a 600 for those occasional days when I want to run out and hit some turns, but most of my riding from here on out will be some cruising. The wife can go with me, since she can muster up the courage to ride her 09 250R I bought her almost a year ago....
Of course the dealer also showed me sticker for the 2013 Street Glide.... I simply told them I would think about it and come back when I'm ready to commit to a deal. I told my sales rep that basically $8K for my R1 was what it was going to take to get me to make a serious consideration. I will also probably be looking at doing $19,500 out the door for the Street Glide. Not trying to play hardball, but I feel those are fair and reasonable numbers.

Let me know what you all think.... please hold the flaming. I love the R1, but after 20 years on sportbike's, I'm ready for a change.... besides, I still have my SV650 track bike to get my jones fix a few times a month
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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You should be biatch slapped for bringing the R1 in to trade for a Harley??? Lol
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:06 PM   #3
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If I wanted a cruiser and I don't, I'd buy metric. Hardlys you are paying twice the price for half the performance. I'd be looking at a ST1300 for wifey on the back, he'll for $19,500 you could get a Goldwing w/Nav. Anything but a Hardly Ableson. Might as well pick our your casket and final resting place
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:19 AM   #4
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Interesting thread as I did this back in early '09 (traded in a 08 Gsxr 1k for a Vrod)

Yep, I got ass raped on trade in & the dealer didnt even offer a reach around.....

Now here I am looking to trade the Vrod in for a hyper bike (zx14r or Busa)
Part of me just says keep it to avoid the dealer bs & pick up a left over '11 R6
for spirted rides?

Not bashing HD, yet in my personal experence this will be the last HD I own.

My V rod has been nothing but a headache ie; leaks, numerous parts replaced, electrical gremlins etc etc.. all with under 6k miles. WTF?

Best of luck to you & I hope you get a fair deal.
Maybe I will as well?
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:27 AM   #5
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gona play devil's advocate here... i usually tell people if i can buy a loaf of bread for a dollar at "x" store why would i go to "y" store and pay $2? same goes for trade in. probably offered you $6,500 because that's what they can usually buy one for. if they bought at retail and sold at retail they wouldn't be in business long. any dealer who is offering to buy at or near retail is getting their money from you in one way or another. probably because what they are selling is gona get jacked up to 120% of retail.
one great thing about a free market society, you can always sell your bike yourself and walk into the dealer with CASH. it's always the BEST. always get a price BEFORE you discuss trade in, cash, finance ect.
btw I'M NOT a dealer...

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:51 AM   #6
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So I took a visit over to the local Harley dealership today. Believe it or not, I'm considering buying a new Street Glide. I will be trading the R1 in. My R1 is a 2010 with 5,300 miles on it. It needs new tire's, and that's it! They offered me $6500 for trade in.... I decided at that point, it was time for me to leave. I just didn't feel like playing the game today. I know enough about trades, that I don't expect retail, but I did expect an offer in the $8k-8,500 range.... When I traded my 07 Busa (with 16k miles), in for it back in July, the dealership gave me $6500 for it. Which is what I wanted, and thought was fair, for a trade in.
I know I will here some crap from some of you about buying a Harley, and particularly trading in the R1 to buy one, but I'm ready for something different, and a cruiser is what I want. I will be buying a 600 for those occasional days when I want to run out and hit some turns, but most of my riding from here on out will be some cruising. The wife can go with me, since she can muster up the courage to ride her 09 250R I bought her almost a year ago....
Of course the dealer also showed me sticker for the 2013 Street Glide.... I simply told them I would think about it and come back when I'm ready to commit to a deal. I told my sales rep that basically $8K for my R1 was what it was going to take to get me to make a serious consideration. I will also probably be looking at doing $19,500 out the door for the Street Glide. Not trying to play hardball, but I feel those are fair and reasonable numbers.

Let me know what you all think.... please hold the flaming. I love the R1, but after 20 years on sportbike's, I'm ready for a change.... besides, I still have my SV650 track bike to get my jones fix a few times a month
While 6500 is a little low your expectations of getting 8500 might be a little high as well. 7-7500 is the most you can expect honestly.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:00 AM   #7
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6500-7000 on trade doesn't seem out of line. It needs new tires which is a 250 more. and I'm assuming since you didn't say how it was compeltely modded, it has only the standard stuff. They are selling in the 8500-9000 range all day here private so for them to take the risk and make $1-$2k isn't totally out of line. You wanting 8-8500 is, especially not wanting to pay retail on the bike you are buying.

I'll agree with the above on the Harley. You can get a Star Motorcycle that is more reliable for a lot less money
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:23 AM   #8
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I'd have to say 7500 is probably a fair trade in value. I'd get a metric cruiser though, roadstar warrior FTW.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:16 AM   #9
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Interesting thread as I did this back in early '09 (traded in a 08 Gsxr 1k for a Vrod)

Yep, I got ass raped on trade in & the dealer didnt even offer a reach around.....

Now here I am looking to trade the Vrod in for a hyper bike (zx14r or Busa)
Part of me just says keep it to avoid the dealer bs & pick up a left over '11 R6
for spirted rides?

Not bashing HD, yet in my personal experence this will be the last HD I own.

My V rod has been nothing but a headache ie; leaks, numerous parts replaced, electrical gremlins etc etc.. all with under 6k miles. WTF?

Best of luck to you & I hope you get a fair deal.
Maybe I will as well?
Like others have said, I'd get a metric cruiser if I was going the cruiser route. The Vrod is a relatively new Harley design and has had it's problems throughout the first few years. The Streetglide's engine has gone through many changes for the better and is a pretty reliable motor so I wouldn't worry so much on dependability.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:49 AM   #10
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Just my $.02. Think long and hard before you do this. Last December I traded my 07 GSXR 750 for a Yamaha Stryker because I thought I was ready for something different and wanted a cruiser.

Short story shorter, I hated every minute of it. 8 months later, I traded it in for a 2011 R1.

I havent stopped smiling since.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:15 AM   #11
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If I were you I would skip the HD. I'll be the next person to say their a waste of money. You can get way better cruisers for a fractions of the price. I was getting tired of my GSXR600 and R1 at one point. That's when my wife and I decided to buy me a New Busa, and her a ZX14. Well, the Busa still felt like a sport bike and I hated it. The ZX14 was a perfect feeling for me between a cruiser and a sport bike. I rode my ZX14 from Columbia, SC to Cincinnati, Oh in one day and honestly nothing was sore, nothing hurt.

Just my 2 cents. Oh yeah, and try and sell you bike for cash to a private owner. Might be a headache, but worth the extra couple of g's you get.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:02 PM   #13
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:16 PM   #14
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If you want a cruiser, go to where your R1 was bought and check out the new (09+) V Max. Very comfortable AND powerful, most likely to get better trade in $$$ as well. Do yourself a favor and test ride one of any bike you THINK you want.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:36 PM   #15
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Back in September I traded my stock 2008 R1 w/ 9k miles in for my 2012 ZX-10R. Dealership gave my $7500 trade in NO QUESTIONS ASKED! So I think you definitely deserve more than $6500.

Oh & good luck with the street glide. The baggers are growing on me!! Street Glide or Road Glide you can't go wrong! It takes A LOT of money to get them looking good and riding fast though!
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #16
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The title of this thread should have been "I came out of the closet and need to sell my R1"
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:31 PM   #18
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Traded my trackbike for a vstar a couple months ago. Mainly for the same reasons you stated. The wife can comfortably ride, ect... I still ride and love my R1 but I must admit I get a stupid smile everytime I ride the cruiser.

I did just find out about yamahas poor design regarding the exhaust removal to access the oil filter and frequent valve adjustments but that is the price of owning a toy. I will be getting the filter relocation kit for sure.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:35 PM   #19
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I traded in my Shadow for a 05 R1, once I got to riding the R1 I did miss the easy riding of the cruisers but at the same time I liked the thrill of the R1. Now that I ride two up with my fiance she doesnt want to drive the bike but she love to ride and riding 2 up on a R1 isnt my style, so I will probably get a a cruiser for the next bike.
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Like others have said, I'd get a metric cruiser if I was going the cruiser route. The Vrod is a relatively new Harley design and has had it's problems throughout the first few years. The Streetglide's engine has gone through many changes for the better and is a pretty reliable motor so I wouldn't worry so much on dependability.
relatively new design....lol 2001...i guess compared to the 1950's technology and the 2020 price it is fairly new. if i was gonna get any comparative to a hardley...it would be a american ironhorse or something like that. .....i do agree 6500 is low.
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