Understood but this story is pretty cut and dry. Victory decided to not directly support "regional" rally's so the local dealer asked for a demo truck ON THEIR DIME and the mothership said no. Not to many sides to this story.bubba said:No point, just clarifying the paying statement and actually think it's great that there is support for the dealer.Victory should be at the event. My whole point is there is always two sides to every story.mjw930 said:I'm not sure what point you are trying to make? Sure, marketing is factored into the price the dealer pays for the bikes and that supports things line print ads, the initial cost of the trucks and the 2 corporate sponsored events but the dealers pay an additional fee to have the demo trucks show up at their dealerships and then have to provide all the support personnel. Obviously they wouldn't do it if there wasn't a payback but based on the numbers from my dealership it's worth the money (if promoted and managed efficiently).bubba said:Good to see support for the Dealer!!! They pay for the truck through marketing funds earned by a percentage of sales. It's not like they can take the cash and put it in their pocket. So yes the dealers pay for it, kind of.
This isn't final, VM is "negotiating" with Victory so hopefully reason will win out. I'm sure part of this is no other dealers in the region wanting a truck the weeks before and after the event. If 1 or 2 of the other SE dealers wanted a truck around that same time Victory could justify sending a truck into the region. What's foolish is not recognizing this event as the largest fall rally in the SE and pushing it's dealers to schedule events around it.
I can't say for sure but it really looks like the SE rep dropped the ball on this one. Sometimes the reps are nothing more than order takers and other times they actually participate in dealer marketing and coordinate their regional activities.