Re: Informal Poll: Would you buy a bike from these people?
I like the feel of a nice bike dealership compared to big corporate car dealerships. I walk into my dealership and everyone in there knows what I ride and what I'm interested in. I think that the overall concept could work well for Honda but I would prefer to go to an actual bike shop. The big "powerhouse" dealerships might end up making more sales to the middle age guy who was going in to look at an S2000 and ends up coming out with a 1KRR instead, but is that a good thing? Honda makes more money on the S2000 I'm sure. I don't think that very many people are going to go in to buy an Accord and come out with an Accord, lawnmower, and 600RR just because they were all Honda's being sold under one roof. Lastly, the typical bike shop, lawnmower shop, etc. carries more than one brand. That allows you to compare to apples to apples. I don't want to go in to a big "Honda Emporium" to compare an Accord to a 600RR just because they were both made by Honda. I would rather go down to the bike shop that carries Honda, Triumph, and Yamaha and compare the similar models from each of three. Just the same as I would go to Home Depot to compare the Honda mower, John Deere mower, and Toro mower. If Honda really wants to let its loyal customers know that they make other products then they could add one little corner to the showroom and place a 600RR, weed wacker, and a lawn mower in there with some brochures and addresses to the local shops that sell them. Then when you buy a car they could give you a "loyalty coupon" good for 5% off a Honda power product purchased in the next 6 months, 12 months, whatever.