As someone who is hopefully going to purchase a bike soon I am also interested in this topic. After looking at all the shops within roughly a 6 hour drive I’ve come up with one dealer that had $400 off the bike and another dealer that had $1200 off the bike (bike is an 08 Kawa 650r MSRP $8199). I have to call and get some more info as these prices are only listed on their websites. And regards to gear I was told to completely gear up for a new bike I was looking at between $700 and $1500.
Another thing I was contemplating was going across the border to purchase my bike. I live in Canada and was wondering if anyone has any experience buying a bike from the US?