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What are most people paying for these two, if anything?

I was pretty thrown off by a dealer I went into today trying to charge me 1,700 for EACH on a new 899. I'm curious to hear what most people have experienced to get a sense of what's normal, but I can't quite stomach paying over 21k out the door for a 15k bike.

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I am paying $895 for freight and dealer prep, combined. The bike is $15,995, so total price including 12% VAT is $18,900. This is in Vancouver so that's Canadian dollars, which today is equivalent to $17,200 US dollars.
 

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That's WAY too much. My invoice says ~$800 for freight and ~$300 for dealer prep/setup. I would imagine freight could be more if the bike had to travel a bit, but unless that's the outer boundary of Mongolia, something doesn't sound right. As for dealer prep, that's supposed to represent the time/materials required to take the bike from crate to street. I suppose if Ducati shipped the bike completely disassembled that might make more sense...:)
 

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Thanks guys

That's WAY too much. My invoice says ~$800 for freight and ~$300 for dealer prep/setup. I would imagine freight could be more if the bike had to travel a bit, but unless that's the outer boundary of Mongolia, something doesn't sound right.
Los Angeles..
 

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I'm in Ontario, Canada. No freight or pdi. $16300 plus tax. No reason to pay pdi or freight if you're paying msrp for the bike. BS dealer profit.
 
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I'm in Ontario, Canada. No freight or pdi. $16300 plus tax. No reason to pay pdi or freight if you're paying msrp for the bike. BS dealer profit.
This right here. You should not be paying for freight or PDI.
 

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My dealer is charging $500 for freight and no setup. They said Ducati only charges them for freight so they wouldn't charge a setup fee.
 

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To my knowledge and having worked at a Ducati dealership, Ducati charge the same freight regardless of bike cost. It's the same for a 696 as it is for a Multistrada. Set up is the time it takes to uncrate and the tech to do the set-up and PDI a copy of which goes back to Ducati North America (which will be very useful should you ever need your dealer to back you up in a warranty claim).
I had a guy who didn't want to pay the set-up fee and wanted the bike immediately. I didn't have one in the color he wanted but could get one in 10 days, so he went to another dealer. He then decided he wanted to do a track day immediately after the 600 mile service. He came in with tires so damaged I told him to get them replaced immediately. The 'cheaper' dealer didn't bother to tell him to adjust his suspension or alter his tire pressures for the track...needless to say, his first track experience was a nightmare and he was lucky not have crashed (his words).
Ducati really are a small company compared to the big four Japanese, but somehow they manage to turn out bikes that are truly special. I know who the best dealers are and who I do and who I don't want working on my bike. The best dealers are invariably not the cheapest dealers.
If you really want a deal, visit your 2 nearest good dealers & DON'T wait to buy a bike until the weather turns nice, and the bikes become harder to keep in stock.
If price is your ultimate decider then sure go for the cheapest.
 

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Thanks guys



Los Angeles..

AJC - I purchased a white 899 at Berts Mega Mall (in Covina) 2 weeks ago. I paid $17.7K out the door. If I were you, go get quotes at Pro italia, Berts, and Ducati Beverly Hills.. You can get the price down by getting the three to battle prices.. NO reason you should be paying that much though man!

Once you get your 899, lets take a ride :)
 

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On March 25, 2014 I purchased my 899 Panigale at the GP Motorcycles in San Diego, CA for $16,782 (Cash Selling Price) + $231 (Products and Fees) + $389 (Finance Charge) which makes Total $ 17,402. Annual percentage rate 2.69% for the amout I finance.
 

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I went to a KTM / Aprilia / Triumph / Moto Guzzi dealer yesterday to check out the Daytona 675R and the RC8 1190 and EVERY BIKE was $495 freight and $495 prep. WOW! What a coincidence, eh? Not matter if it was from England, Austria, or Italy and regardless of the make and model, it cost the same to ship and set up every single bike in the store.

Hmmm.

As an aside, I REALLY like the RC8 and at $18.5k, it APPEARS to be a great deal. Has anyone had or ridden both (it & the 899) for any length of time and care to compare, please?

Despite all the positive comments on the 675R, that isn't an option. Though they had a bike with a M4 slip on exhaust that they had installed with a full exhaust map and said it was an improvement over the Arrow full setup.
 
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