Motorcycle Sales

In case you haven’t been keeping up with current events, things are slow in the economy.  We went to the local mall Friday night to see about getting a part for our dishwasher, and the place was a ghost town.  After finishing up at the mall, we also went to a popular local eatery.  We were one of three parties in the place.  All the rest of the tables were empty.

This afternoon, I went to Escondido Cycle Center, and North County Yamaha.  I was the only customer in NCY–another customer was leaving as I arrived–and one of two customers as ECC.  Dead, dead, dead.

Interestingly, the sales guy at NCC couldn’t have been less interested in trying to sell me a bike.  Since I have an insurance settlement coming from my accident last December, I am looking at possibilities for a second bike.  Something small and hooligan-like, but without the cramped riding position of the Gixxer or CBR.  I went to NCY because they have Triumphs there, and wanted to look into a Speed Triple 1050.  I told the sales guy what I was after, and he said, “I don’t know mcuh about it.  It has a good torque range.  Broad. why not go sit on it and see if you like it.”  He then turned on his heel and left me to my own devices.  Apparently, trying to sell a motorcycle didn’t fit into his schedule this afternoon.

And, keep in mind that this is their chief sales guy, and as far as I could tell, the only sales rep there.  I’ve seen him there before, and his whole vibe was that I was being a pain in the ass for trying to engage him.


The sales guy at ECC, on the other hand, was knowledgeable, and showed me not only the sportbikes, but an array of standard bikes that have same sportbike engines, but more comfy ergos.  Totally different sales experience.

Sometimes the guys at NCY are helpful, and sometimes they act like they’d rather you just didnt show up at their door at all.  When sales are as bad as they are currently, you’d think they would deep-six the latter attitude.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

2 thoughts on “Motorcycle Sales”

  1. I had an unpleasant experience at NYC last weekend also. I’ve been looking for a beat up Ninja 500 for a while, as possibly a good solution for my wife. At the moment, she’s pretty worried about scratching her bike so whe won’t push the envelope at all and has stopped progressing.

    Anyway, we stopped by NYC for some parts, and there it is, a beat up (very beat up!) Ninja 500. Cool beans, let’s get a price. $3600?? WTF?? Then “Greg” proceeds to tell me that the fairing “…has some minor scratches”. WTF, over??? The front fairing is almost RIPPED in two! The brake pedal is bent over 90 degress, and the right exhaust can looks like someone took a pickaxe to it! Minor scratches?? It just went downhill from there. Against my better judgement, I gave them a price that I would pay. They said “that’s do-able”. Then the bait-and-switch started.

    Bottom line, they lost a sale, and a customer. My advice is avoid those crack-hounds if you are looking to buy a bike.

    BTW, good to see your blog up and running again.

  2. My brother has a speed triple and a CBR that I’ve ridden some.  To me the Triple is really the fun bike.  It’s very well balanced and powerful, the ride position is sporty but not extreme, and there are many ways to modify the basic position for the individual rider.
    If you want a hooligan naked bike it’s hard to beat the speed triple.

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