Last Monday, 3 days after Harley-Davidson decided to drop Buell I was informed that my local Harley-Davidson dealers in South Florida were already re-writing sticker prices of every Buell in stock to 50% of the original MSRP. Then, Milwaukee faxed to all dealers to announce an incentive to help move all Buell models out of the door as fast as possible. The dealer money incentive was supposed to be kept top secret. Not for a long time… Harley-davidson informed every dealer that they were giving them $5000 for each Buell leaving the show floor, whatever the model! So, it means that a dealer selling a brand new 2009 1125 CR could sell the bike previously listing at $9999.00 for $4,999.00 without losing any money.
As soon asthe price at which you could steal a 09 Buell was lmown (as low as $3500.00 in some dealerships), a bargain hunters bidding war began making the selling price of Buells going back up & up, but the dealer still pocketing $5000 for each sale. Bargains? Maybe a few left depending of where you shop. But the best deals may be gone in your area. In all negotiations there is a winner and a loser. And I hope you win at your dealership. For me, it’s quite sad to see the spectacle of Harley-Davidson taking such desperate measures to sell part of their business. And I begin to thinck that Harley-Davidson may lose even more when selling MV Agusta. I don’t see who is going to offer more than what Harley paid about 1 year ago to acquire the Italian manufacturer. Anyway, if you buy a Buell at deep discount, try to get the Lightning XB125 strretfighter or the XB12R as featured above. They are for me the best values and warranty remains & parts will sill be available . But, still this situation is very sad.