Since beginning this blog I have written articles from a wide variety of subjects always trying to keep each write up riding related in some manner. Margaret even became part of the posts upon learning to ride and now is well part of this blog. From the beginning I started the blog to share in riding activities experienced on my Street Glide. During the blogs lifetime I went from 25 miles on the odometer to 62,908 on my bike. It has been the iron horse that carried me through every post. The same bike is what encouraged the maintenance page and was the star that began and played in my UTube channel on How to Maintain a 2012 Harley Street Glide.
That 2012 Street Glide has been a fantastic and reliable bike. It has had its share of breakages but never left me stranded. Due to my past work commute I would put 600 miles each week on it and then add whatever riding activity on the weekend to that mileage. It has seen its share of weather conditions, back roads, dirt roads, highways, and states across America. It had evolved from the stock Street Glide off the showroom floor to what it is today.
Now that I am working only 9 miles from home and left that hard commute behind the miles began slowing down. I had to consider the fact that at nearly 63k miles the depreciation was already beginning to hit the bike hard. At 75k you cannot extend the warranty any further on a Harley and I will hit that mark in a short amount of time, especially after our vacation ride this summer. Even though the bike rides as solid as it did when it was first purchased I decided to begin looking at trading it in to begin anew.
At first the numbers just didn’t come together on a new bike. The mileage was the problem. I eventually just gave up and decided to dig in with my bike for the long haul. About 2 weeks later I got a call from our salesman Race saying the dealership owner wanted to make the trade happen. At first I was skeptical, after all, they weren’t able to do it over the last two weeks, why now?. Within minutes Race called back, asked me to come up to his office so we could talk. Since I work at the dealership I headed that way to see what they had in mind. I never would have expected the extent of the offer.
I sat down, Race looked at me and said, “Not only are we paying your bike off, were giving you more than you owe”. What?! I never would have expected that! Not with the mileage on the bike. Then he asked me how I wanted to use the money from my extended warranty. I had purchased 4 years additional at the time the factory warranty ran out. That extended service plan can be rolled into a new bike or the remaining balance can be applied as a down payment. So I applied it as a down payment. They also made an excellent offer on 5 years extended warranty which was far less than I paid for the 4 years I had on my previous bike so I added that as well. And to top it off I upgraded to a Street Glide Special as well!
I had to comment on this whole ordeal because it was the fairest offer I have ever received in the motorcycle or automotive industry. Fort Worth Harley Davidson went far beyond what anyone could have imagined and treated me very well. They genuinely want to get you on the bike your wanting and will go to great lengths to make that happen. If your shopping for a new bike I would encourage you to give them the opportunity and see what they can do for you.
I was able to swap some of the parts from my 2012 to the 2015 Street Glide which was nice. I didn’t have time to remove the handlebars though so I ordered new ones and when I get some time we’ll put a video up of how to install those on a 2015 since there are some differences. For now though, its time to ride!
My new 2015 Street Glide Special (FLHXS)