That's a real looker!
For sure! I think that turned off a lot of buyers. I know I was supper excited when I first heard about it and then watching Long Way Up just solidified it for me but when I saw the price of a new one I put it out of my mind it was cost prohibitive for me. I had to wait for a used one.No doubt based on the lower pricing of the LW1 and DelMar Harley must've concluded that the disappointing sales were due at least in part to the initial pricing.
Similar story for me. I found one in Montreal on Kijiji at the Ducati dealer and bought it without actually taking one for a test drive.In regards to the initial price of the HD Livewire. I was late in the game in regards to the bikes. I did not hear of the Livewire during production and even at the launch of the bikes.
I own a number of Vintage Honda bikes.
1980 CBX 1050
When I was watching some videos about motorcycles I stumbled upon the Livewire in a video and loved it from that moment. However I heard about the price in Canada being $39,000 plus taxes etc and gasped. I put it out of my mind.
Then the following season I saw some on kijiji listed by some dealers. I contacted one and took a test drive and loved the bike.
Fast forward a few months later and my father in law needed to downsize his HUGE heavy Harley touring bike for a smaller (somewhat) fatboy. After he took delivery of it and my wife saw how I praised him on the purchase she made a comment to me on the drive home.
She said if you really like the Harley my dad bought why don't you get one for yourself. I replied that the ONLY Harley I would buy is the Livewire as I thought it was great.
So she told me to buy it then and the hunt was on.
I was kind of taken by the Orange Fuse colour but no one around me (Ontario) had one. I located one in BC at a dealership. It had 65 km on it. The original owner had many bikes and bought it brand new. He traded it in having ridden it only a few times.
So I bought it and had it shipped to the nearest HD dealership near me (Pfaff) and picked it up after they did a safety inspection on it.
Purchase price was $21,000. Canadian
Shipping $1000 from BC to Ontario
Safety inspection $130
Taxes to register the bike 13% on purchase price $2730
Total for the bike in Canadian $24,860
That is $20,000 less than the original asking price of $39,000 + 5,070 taxes = $44,070 Canadian
It came with the remaining 2 year warranty which expires in May so now I have to decide if I should get an extended warranty on the bike
I hope that helps out people for pricing a used bike.