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Oldest Honda Bike Dealer in US goes TU!

Sign of the times unfortunately.

Their claim to fame was they were oldest Honda bike dealer in US, started in Seattle WA in 1959.

http://www.soundrider.com/current/fe...ondayamaha.htm

Heard some horror stories down here in CA as well. One of the biggest dealers in the country that typically averages 700 units a month (includes quads-snow-machines as well as bikes), is running close to 100 a month. Another smaller dealer sold two bikes in Jan.

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Hmmmm, things seem pretty good here in New Mexico. I am doing my part as a new owner of a Versys.

I think the oldest Honda dealership in the U.S. is Dryer Cycle in Indianapolis, In.
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Yeah, heard about it a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, that used to not only be one of the best dealerships in the SEA-TAC metro area, our friend PanamaFrog used to be employed there.

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Sign of the times unfortunately.

Their claim to fame was they were oldest Honda bike dealer in US, started in Seattle WA in 1959.

http://www.soundrider.com/current/fe...ondayamaha.htm

Heard some horror stories down here in CA as well. One of the biggest dealers in the country that typically averages 700 units a month (includes quads-snow-machines as well as bikes), is running close to 100 a month. Another smaller dealer sold two bikes in Jan.

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I hate to hear that. The economy makes business tougher, but I also think that Honda (and other brands) are stupidly hurting themselves. Consider just Honda...it used to be a leader in innovation, but now its just a sales leader.

Personally, I also think their (all brands) marketing in the US is terrible. Motorcycles are still being sold as primarily toys. I have to think they would do better if they took advantage of tough economic times and marketing motorcycles as extremely economical transportation. OTOH, I guess that wouldn't help with the quads, watercraft, and dirtbikes.
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Personally, I also think their (all brands) marketing in the US is terrible. Motorcycles are still being sold as primarily toys. I have to think they would do better if they took advantage of tough economic times and marketing motorcycles as extremely economical transportation. OTOH, I guess that wouldn't help with the quads, watercraft, and dirtbikes.[/QUOTE]

well put ! Does everyone remember the Honda Cub that scooter was sold bfore they even hit the showroom floor. Their big selling feature was how cheap they were to buy and to fill up and maintain . I fell that they need to get back on board with that, but your right with the other "toys" (watercraft, ATV's)

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