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Offline bajakirch

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Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« on: March 05, 2017, 09:02:10 pm »
A trusted friend of mine recently started working at a dealership and clued me into a potential deal on a new 2014 Honda NC700X that's been gathering dust for 2 seasons. I've been intrigued with these bikes since they came out and, if the price were right-enough, I could see owning one.

Here's what I'm wondering:  If you buy a showroom-sitter like this, is it normal to request the dealer do a complete fluid change as a condition of sale? Or is the expectation that, even with a couple of seasons of test-rides, everything should all be good?
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Re: Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2017, 12:48:31 am »
Although new to the forum, I ain't new...as a guy that worked in sales for Mercedes, BMW and Audi- Dealers are apt to view  old stock as that. Discount the unit and move it. Unlikely the dealer will volunteer a fluid change. Mechanically speaking the unit should be fine. Profit margins are thin, but, you can always ask or at least get an oil change in the future, right?
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Re: Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2017, 10:33:48 am »
Fluids should be fine. Tires as well but you won't like the OEM offering and would probably require a change out before 4000 miles.

I have noticed that US dealers seem to be abandoning the NC. The closet Honda dealer to me didn't have a 2016 last selling season as the '15 and '14s were still on the floor. But Honda did sell 130,000 NC's world wide last year. Good luck!

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Re: Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2017, 08:45:29 pm »
Good looking bike - heavy tho.
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Re: Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 01:16:35 pm »
In my experience you have your best bargaining power when you are willing to take it as-is.  How much do things that may be needed here really cost?  You can do a complete fluids change for $50 or so.  Maybe the tires should be replaced.  But the bike, being new, is probably still covered under a factory warranty.

I think these are interesting bikes too, but I also think they are overpriced with respect to similar bikes in the category.  That's probably why you're seeing this 2-year leftover.  Of course the biggest problem in buying a leftover is that the thing is essentially going to be worth the same as a 2 year old used bike the moment you buy it.  It's not really "new" since it's not a current year model.  You'll want to factor that in when negotiating.
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Re: Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2017, 04:26:24 pm »
I might be crazy, but I seem to remember reading something, somewhere, sometime, that there is some type of break-in oil that is used before the first service. Anyone have any knowledge of that?

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Re: Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2017, 11:30:33 am »
I might be crazy, but I seem to remember reading something, somewhere, sometime, that there is some type of break-in oil that is used before the first service. Anyone have any knowledge of that?

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Re: Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2017, 02:21:05 pm »
It's a business deal, negotiate for everything you can and if don't work out, just move along and nobody loses anything. Bikes are like cars, the world is full of them.

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Re: Dealer Dust-Gatherer
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2017, 03:12:26 am »
They're a neat bike. Me personally I would attempt to get the bike as cheap as possible. Then change fluids yourself if it concerns you. We're probably talking about $50-75. Or  chew them down as absolutely low as they say they'll go. Then say "Ok, I'll pay that, but I want a complete fluid change before I take it"
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