Peter Stevens, Have with no doubt,been a fore runner in changing the way of motorcycling in Australia,15 years ago they started up dating the style of presentation,to us the motor cycling community.Finally after all these years,most of the bike shops have changed the way they present themselves,& treat customers,due to the internet and other standard of life pressures,the industry has had to follow suite,to remain competitive...which is undoubtedly forced a great financial pressure on the not quite as well financed businesses. These new investments the industry has had to make is coming at a time when the Aus.standard of presentation has finally been brought up to standard with o/seas levels,BUT with a much smaller market!!! It truly is a S...fight for survival out there for dealers new & secondhand. THINK ABOUT THE FOLLOWING ..if you think thats what happening doesn't really affect you to much. 10/10/200-- 200 kawahonukis.xxxx1300s arrive in aus. PS buys 120(cos they can fairenough!! 80 go around to 20 kawahonuki dealers around aus. Punter goes shopping around gets a great price!! 18 gorillas ride away Very happy, got some gear chucked in whatever..alls cool,new ride proud as punch. 10/3/200- PS advertises xxxx1300s for 14 gorillas ride away with all the gear thrown in,+ 2 gorillas cash back from kawahonuki itself. This equals 80 punters feeling royally boned by 7 gorillas..not happy. ..Then the secondhand market from the year before all of a sudden drops a few gorillas,owners of these bikes(secondhand dealers and us the public) also not happy........................................ I realise this happens with every commoditie known to man/womankind,but in Australia at this moment in time the motorcycle marketplace,is so small,everyone needs to support the smaller shops as much as they can,motorcycling in Aus is on the start of a boom, physically & in acceptance by the rest of the community,monopolisation at this time is only gonna benefit few rather than most. Things are tight sometimes but a bit of forethought goes a long way.