So, here is the story of how I landed up with this new 2012 Yellow Versys:
I have been shopping for a while and most dealers want somewhere in the 7400-7900 range for 2012 holdovers.
On cycletrader, I found a dealer in Shakopee, MN advertising an all black new 2012 for $6449. I would be an 8 hour round trip for me. This was the cheapest new V I could find.
We decided to go to my local dealer and test ride one to see if I even would like it..
Their inventory showed 2 used V's:
- A 2008 green V with 6K on it for $6000
- A 2010 black V with 740 miles mentioned by me in a post above for $7000.
When we get there, I also spy a yellow 2012 and am told its brand new with 1 mile and a holdover. Wife says she likes the yellow the best and here opinions matters to me a lot!
The 2011 black one has some weird cruise control thingey on it and also looks like it was dropped and fixed. The left side rear grab handle is severely injured and the footpegs etc show marks.
Wife and I test rode the black one and I could get a sense of the bike and we both seemed to like it a lot. The cruise control did not work well for me at all and could not hold a speed.
We come back and I told them I did not like the 2011 black. I said I would do a deal on the yellow one. My best price - If they could give me the same deal as the Shakopee V, I would take it. I showed them the pricing online. They tried to get me to pay the freight fee of $400 which I told them the other dealer did not have, but their $400 would pay for my trip to MN and back. I agreed to pay $200 freight fee as that would be what the MN trip would cost me (gas, food, motel stay, entertain 4 year old daughter) etc. I said if they could not do it - oh well, maybe next time.
This dealer and I have a history - 2 of my prior SV's, they could not match and were all pissy when deals fell thru. I reminded them of this and how I have boycotted them since 2006 and that I am giving them a chance again. The sales manager clearly remembered me from the moment I walked in...
They came back 20 mins later after talking to owner of dealership and they made the deal. I had to pay tax, registration, doc fee etc (which I would have to do with the shakopee bike as well).
All in all, happy with the deal. We put 60 miles today and I like it.