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Well no wonder my dealer charges $350 for assembly. It must take them at least 3 minutes to roll them out of the crate! *sarcasm*
 

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Although it seems very simple, the uncrating process is actually pretty detailed and extensive. Yes they are "assembled" but not street ready at all. Check out this video of a dealer uncrating the 2015 R1.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNX03OPthu4
Just a thought: It would interesting if you documented (with video or just photos) the R3 from arrival, showing un-crating, dis-assembly for determining parts dimensions, development team process, etc.

It would be a great promotional video for you and it would be very educational for all motorcyclists.

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Glen
 

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I just heard back from Ron Newman, the Sales Manager at Blackfoot Motosports, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where that R1 un-crating and prep video was shot.

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"From the start of forklifting the crate to the shop, uncrating and assembling then doing the pre delivery inspection and run up, from there it’s off to the wash bay then to the Customer or Showroom……this process takes approx 2.5 to 3.0 hours. Hope this helps and if you have any further questions please fire me an email."

Got a 2nd response, this time from Justin Swanson in the Blackfoot Service Dept. Seems to be a slight disconnect between the two departments. I'd say the Service Dept would have the more accurate figure for it.

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"We usually spend about 1.5 hours with the R1’s when they are uncrated. The R3 is a different story as they ship 2 in 1 crate."

NOTE: Canadian R3's may come in 2 to a crate, but U.S. models come in 1 per crate. Verified at local dealer here in Colorado. Also: they recycle the steel and save the tie downs to give to customers to use in their trucks to get their bikes home. Dealer here says 1 1/2 hours or so to un-crate, prep and wash.

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2.5-3 hours is good turn around time for what they do.
At least once guys here hear about their bike arriving in its crate they can have some expectations to go off of.
 

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That's an interesting couple of pictures. It's interesting to me to see some of the processes involved in getting our vehicles to us.
 

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I didnt pay no dealer fee no transportation fee or assembly fee at all. I only paid msrp 4990 state tax 450 tags 105
 

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Do they now come with oil and coolant already in ?? Back in the day when I worked at dealership we had to fill oil and coolant in the Goldwings. And oil in all others plus fill battery and charge.
 
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