June 26, 2006In 2004, I was going to buy a new Road King. I priced a bike at HDAtlanta, and was quoted like $3,000, at least, over MSRP. I rode about 75 miles west to Oxford Alabama, and bought the bike for MSRP, plus a set up and minimal doc fee.
Later, I was back at HDAtlanta, and asked one of the salesmen how they could sell bikes for $3,000 or more than they did in Oxford Alabama, just down the interstate. His answer- "because the Atlanta market will pay it." That totally blows.
I've been dealing with HDAtlanta since the mid 70s, when it was a little old shop up on the hill in East Point. Since Eddie bought the shop, it's just a big old ripoff joint, but sadly, not a lot worse than the rest of em.
I've also bought new bikes from Charlie, at Clayton Co., way back when they were a tiny little shop on Jonesboro Rd. They wouldn't deal much better
Recently, I called both of em, and both dealerships claimed they would now deal for MSRP. I wouldn't bet the farm on it. Like triplate suggested, I just bought a used, low mileage bike. Didn't really want an 06 anyways.
Ride down to Oxford, just off I-20 about 25 miles into Alabama. Deal with Keith, the owner if possible.
Otherwise, in Georgia, you might check the dealership in Columbus, or Albany. I've also bought new bikes in Macon. All those guys will treat you better than the Atlanta dealers.