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February 13th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #11
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Re: Dealers -- whats with these guys ?

Flinders is in Port Pirie.

Caldacott motors have not sold Husabergs since Andy passed away.

I Have not had any issues with Phill myself. He fixed parts under warranty even though it was out of the warranty period. I do know some mates that had issues with him, but that may be self inflicted.
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February 13th, 2011, 01:34 PM   #12
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You have made this a great post John Orangeberg, very informative. I always wondered why I paid $16k for my 570 when the good folks in the US were paying $8K.
Where was your dealership?
I purchased my 570 from Sutto's and was very happy dealing with him.
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February 13th, 2011, 09:54 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Davo
You have made this a great post John Orangeberg, very informative. I always wondered why I paid $16k for my 570 when the good folks in the US were paying $8K.
Where was your dealership?
I purchased my 570 from Sutto's and was very happy dealing with him.
i was located in Orange NSW and the closest dealer was Sutto, Sutto runs a well organised business and his staff are keen as well, I had the pleasure of going to visit the KTM factory and to Milan motorcycle show when they released the 70 degree with Sutto in Nov 2007, we had a lot of laughs and beers on that trip and would go with him again tomorrow. If he shouted lol.
Unfortunately the wheels fell of just as the new Bergs were being released and i closed my dealership before i got too far in debt, i never even sold one new 09 unit, sold heaps of the older models thats why i went to Europe FOC. Ive done the training school on the 70 dg engines and even had the EFI computer but sent it back.
I concentrate on rebuilding the older engines 01 to 08 in my home workshop i still have all the tools, they had some issues and i worked out how to keep them reliable.
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February 14th, 2011, 09:54 PM   #14
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Re: Dealers -- whats with these guys ?

I tied to get a couple prices from the Pirie Husaberg dealer (sa only one) they didnt want to know because it was not the current model so back to valley force i go or John (orangeberg) maybe the should allow kTM dealer to order spares for you but maybe that too much thinking outside the square.
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February 15th, 2011, 12:47 AM   #15
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Re: Dealers -- whats with these guys ?

Originally Posted by birdwoodburg
I tied to get a couple prices from the Pirie Husaberg dealer (sa only one) they didnt want to know because it was not the current model so back to valley force i go or John (orangeberg) maybe the should allow kTM dealer to order spares for you but maybe that too much thinking outside the square.
Good idea but cant be done as Husaberg parts are under a different code when you order and unless your a dealer the system will reject the husaberg parts on the order, the only way you can get Berg parts as a KTM only dealer is know what parts interchange and order as a KTM part, lots of parts are the same but not enough to keep Berg customers happy.
Some Berg parts were cheaper through the KTM system and i would order as a KTM part. I remember all of the parts and still have the part numbers even aftermarket options in my brain (whats left of it) i would be a good pickup in a shops spares department if what you say is true let alone the workshop.
I will have more spares available soon i have something in the pipeline.
Is the Birdwood museum still open i may call there after easter at Pirie MX the father inlaw loves his old bikes and cars.
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February 15th, 2011, 11:50 AM   #16
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what a heartfelt thread John

good luck mate

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February 15th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #17
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Yeah museum is still open John.
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February 15th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Taffy
what a heartfelt thread John

good luck mate

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i grew up around this area and raced all across this state, i know some of the members in the thread and we raced toghether since the early 80s. these were great memories. Birdwoodberg was one of them and still lives in an area once rich in classic motorcycling history well before my time. Birdwoodberg has some great tracks in his area some are not being used now. The museum is worth a look.
i did not grow up next door to him i was 500km away but thats not far in OZ terms. I travelled a lot.
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February 17th, 2011, 09:02 PM   #19
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Re: Dealers -- whats with these guys ?

This post is going places and very plenty of views so i will make it clear, im not beating up on KTM Husaberg Aust as a scorned dealer im just relaying the facts that the public should know so that you buy your next bike dont walk into your local shop and beat your local dealer to death, and its a fair chance hes a mate of mine.
I think we should give the only dealer in SA a chance as hes the only one who has the balls to stand up and have a go, good on him and maybe give him a go and the support he needs, who knows you may have struck him on a bad day when GE had just called and told him they were going to take his house.
GE Commercial are the biggest rip off finance lending scumbags you will ever encounter deal with, there fees are outrageous and they will take your home and put you on the street anytime you fall behind.

Ring him for your next part and give him a go.

Husaberg Australia throw many lifelines to dealers to prompt sales and it cost them millions of dollars to keep the network moving. I took those handouts greatfully. But you had to buy a bit more off them to get the rewards.
I could comment for weeks on this but it wont fix things as the horse has bolted, with online services killing the local dealers off on a regular basis.

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I just picked up my brand new '11 FE450 from this dealer at Port Pirie. Phil has been a blast to deal with, Got everything ready on my bike in a time frame im happy with. Was a little bit of a drive to pick up the bike but i had the time, plus got to listen to a fairly interesting book. Price was something i was prepaired to pay. But the genuine Husaberg parts are a rip here in aust so i got my sister to bring lots back from when she goes to the U.S. saves me paying for anything
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