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post #1 of 18 Old 07-05-2018, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to buy 2018 Honda Rebel 500 abs in Texas. Quoted almost $10k...

I'm interested in buying a 2018 Honda Rebel 500 with abs, I went to my local dealership today and they offered me $9,758 for one. I really find this price to be insanely high, so I'm wondering if anyone had better luck at other dealerships? Also can purchase in Houston, Texas.
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I'm interested in buying a 2018 Honda Rebel 500 with abs, I went to my local dealership today and they offered me $9,758 for one. I really find this price to be insanely high, so I'm wondering if anyone had better luck at other dealerships? Also can purchase in Houston, Texas.
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IMO both ABS and the extended warranty are worthless. Honda pricing is some of the highest in the motorcycle industry. MSRP is $6,099, but then they add $330 to that from the factory, making real MSRP $6429. My state has a 10% sales tax that raises it up to 7,071.90. I don't know what title and registration is, but it can't be that much, even in my state, where it is on the high side. So even after ADM (additional dealer markup, also known as additional dealer profit, which some dealers shamelessly add, you are still at least $2000 over. If the dealers name is Ride Now, run away as fast as you can. They are asking almost $10,000 for a $6,000 bike.
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I certainly don't consider ABS worthless. it can provide shorter braking distances and prevent high sides in situations where extreme braking is needed.

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I also disagree. Anything that has value is not worthless. ABS on a motorcycle has saved lives - period. Extended warranties are just another form of insurance. Some people buy them or not obviously for their own reasons. Just to say this and that are worthless without explaining why is ... pretty much worthless.

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My local dealership has a pair of 'still new' 2017 rebel 500's listed for $5,699.00
$10K is way out outside the ballpark.

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My local dealership has a pair of 'still new' 2017 rebel 500's listed for $5,699.00
$10K is way out outside the ballpark.
Yeah I was baffled at the price, I called other dealerships in my area and the cheapest I could find was a 2018 ABS for $7,900 ootd. People have been messaging me about dealership price deals but they are way too far to drive for me right now.
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If the dealers name is Ride Now, run away as fast as you can.
I will second this much, that chain invaded my town as well (formerly Arizona Motorsports Group, new wrapper/same crap inside). They are the perfect example of the business model that states "you really can make money if you screw everyone at least once."

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I certainly don't consider ABS worthless. it can provide shorter braking distances and prevent high sides in situations where extreme braking is needed.

I did say it was my opinion, not fact. But it is still my opinion. 45 years of street riding and I've never needed it. Millions of others have never needed it either. Yes there will always be someone. But you should still learn to brake properly.


Be very careful with extended warranties. I got talked into buying one once from a Kawasaki dealer, who told me it was just an extension of the original factory warranty. I went home and read it, and it didn't cover half the stuff the original one year warranty did. I went back the next day and canceled it. That money bought me some nice hard leather bolt on saddlebags, a backrest, and a luggage rack (from an online dealer) I never went back to the dealer that tried to scam me on the extended warranty.
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I did say it was my opinion, not fact. But it is still my opinion. 45 years of street riding and I've never needed it. Millions of others have never needed it either. Yes there will always be someone. But you should still learn to brake properly.
I bet you haven't needed your life insurance yet either, have you Jerry? That's really what ABS is about. It's not a substitute for learning to brake properly. Its a safety net for when you're having a bad day, or for when conditions are less than ideal.
ABS will not shorten your stopping distance if you are a skilled rider . What it will do is release the brakes momentarily to prevent a skid, and enable a hamfisted rider to take a fistful of front brake without immediately skidding and crashing.
In a real emergency, even a skilled rider may make a mistake (hard to imagine that I know), and ABS can prevent or at least delay a crash while scrubbing off speed.. As an instructor, I consider myself to be pretty good on the brakes, and I practice hard braking regularly, but I have ABS on both BMW's and consider it to be a valuable safety feature.

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