Nine percent? I thought Texas was bad at just over 8% - guess I'll complain a little less.
Your dealer, in offering a $900 discount right off the bat is effectively "giving" you freight, dealer prep (which at $379 strikes me as rather high. Even if they charge $100/hour labor, that's almost 4 hours), and around 70% of the "document preparation" cost. Document preparation has always bothered me - I tend to think of it as a cost of doing business, but that's another story.
Every dollar they can subtract from the sales price means that much less you're going have to pay to the governor's 9% sales tax kitty. I have to admit I don't understand the sales person's comment "it's only 9% for the first $2500-3000 of the bike." Does that mean the tax rate on the balance is something less or nothing at all - the latter isn't likely.
It might be worth a few minutes with the sales guys to see if they're willing to do any better. You'll never know unless you ask. If they won't, I think it's a pretty decent deal. In fact, the bottom line is it's a decent deal if you believe it is. Unless you can find another really good deal in the vicinity, you'll simply be spending gas money chasing phantoms.
Everyone has their favorite riding gear and you'll probably get a lot of good suggestions. I have Joe Rocket and Cortech jackets and they suit me niecly. I also like Joe Rocket gloves but also have other brands that are as good if not better. There are a bunch of on-line motorcycles stores (Twisted Throttle, Motorcycle Superstore, Motorcycle Gear, Whitehorse) that have good prices but it's also worth looking at local dealers where you can try on equipment - good fit is very important in my opinion. You don't have to buy everything from them, but it's nice to buy a little here and there. If you find a piece of gear you like, and it fits well, and you can get a much better price from an on-line vendor (including shipping and tax if it's charged) then go for it.
My two cents worth. Good luck and enjoy.
"Plan? Plan! There ain't no plan."
Pig Killer, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Last edited by Arion; 11-17-2012 at 06:09 PM.