Super Moderator "Loose Nut"
You might have seen my post about starter clutch going bad on my 1100. While at the dealer to price the starter clutch I started conversation with a guy closing a deal on a new Venture. His trade was going to be a 2006 Harley Electra Limited Classic. He said the dealer was working with him on the price of the new bike and couldn't match what he thought was fair on his trade. I asked him how much he needed for the Harley. The salesman came back before I got his answer and they walked away. Well evertime I go to the dealer I like to wonder around. My son and I were looking at bikes and deaming which one we wanted. Well the guy with the Harley came back over and asked if I might be interested in his bike. I have several friends with Electras and I like them just never really thought of buying one due to the cost. I asked how much, he paused, and said anything over 4k. I got my phone out, went to NADA. Prices were 7k to 9k. I walked over to look at the bike, 17k miles, chrome goodies everywhere, no rust, paint very good, nothing wrong that I can see. I asked him about maintenance records. He opens saddlebag and has ever receipt from dealer from when he bought it. And I mean every receipt. He has receipts for over 5k in chome goodies. I'm now extremely cautious now, why so cheap. I asked if I could ride it. He said yes. I told him I live less than 10 miles away and asked him if I could take it home to show my wife. He said yes and away I went. My son stayed there and called my wife. Got home and took wife for quick ride. She likes it. She is retired from the court house and called up there to run the VIN. Clean title. So I go back to dealer. The guy is there and wanted to the deal. I pulled my son aside and told him this is a great deal. He told me the guy is going to work offshore and wanted to do the deal today and dealer would only give him 4k because they came down on new bike price and already has several Harleys on show room and really didn't want another one. I offered him $4100, he hesitated, and said yes. We go to bank, then court house and I road it home. Now back to my 1100. It's at my son's and I will really shop around for best starter clutch price. I will use the 1100 as daily driver as always and the Harley for two up with wife. If it turns out I don't like it I can always flip it. After the deal when riding home it rained really bad. Can say it handled the wet pretty good.