First Article In a Series of Four
Why should those guys on MythBusters have all the fun?
When a product has been on the market for as long as Bushtec Motorcycle Trailers (we started selling motorcycle cargo trailers, then as now Made in the U.S.A., in 1982!), there are bound to be a few… misconceptions, myths, or falsehoods, call them what you will… that arise about that product in the marketplace.
We thought it would be fun to tackle a few of the common “myths” that we hear about Bushtec Trailers – from customers, potential customers, and general chatter in the market, both online and off. We won’t be making near the spectacle that Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the co-hosts of the show, typically make as they test and either prove or disprove various myths, but we’ll try to have some fun anyway!
Bushtec Trailers Are Expensive*
(* Hint: this is a myth!)
First up, and this is probably the biggest “myth” of all about Bushtec’s, is that they are expensive. We hear this from customers and in general chatter online… “Bushtec Motorcycle Trailers are expensive,” “they’re not cheap,” and “they all cost $5,000.”
We’d like to tackle this myth head on.
First, CAN a Bushtec Trailer cost $5,000? Sure – if you choose enough options and accessories, and we offer a LOT of them – a Bushtec Trailer can costs around $5,000, or even more if you really go all-out in your specifications in the Build and Buy process with one of our Call Center folks, or online!
Well, so they don’t ALL cost $5,000. But they’re still “expensive” – right? Actually – no!
As a matter of fact, when you compare our trailers to others on the market, in terms of base prices, and considering the standard features of Bushtec Trailers, our Turbo+2 is actually the LEAST expensive trailer on the market. There is just one competitor out there that has a lower list price than the least-expensive Bushtec – and THAT trailer is actually MORE expensive when it comes to standard features offered!
Let’s Compare Base Prices
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The Bushtec Turbo+2, starting at $2,495, is very nearly the least expensive model! And consider this: The Bushtec Roadstar starts at just $2,695; the Quantum Sport at $2,895! After looking at the standard features offered by a Bushtec Trailer, compared to the other guys, you will see that these other Bushtec models are indeed less expensive than the competitors!
Let’s Compare Standard Features
You might be thinking, so just what is a “Base” Turbo+2, or a Roadstar of Quantum Sport for that matter? These “Base” trailers includes wheels and a chassis, right? Of course they do!
It’s when you compare the standard features of a Bushtec Trailer to the competition’s “features” that a Bushtec really shines – and the “myth” of the “expensive Bushtec” really falls short of reality.
Let’s take Full Interior Carpet. You don’t want your luggage or golf clubs, or whatever you’re carrying, to ride against bare fiberglass (Bushtec, and some others) or metal, would you? With every single Bushtec Trailer, it’s standard. Period.
So just what else is standard? Well… Every single Bushtec Motorcycle Trailer comes standard with:
- Full Interior Carpet
- Swivel Coupler System (the Heim Joint System)
- Air Ride Suspension System
And a host of other safety and engineering features, that we’ll be discussing in future articles.
When you add the published costs for the Full Interior Carpet and a Swivel Coupler System to the competitor’s base model prices, the new least expensive trailer is… the Bushtec Turbo+2! Competitor B winds up around $100 more than the Turbo+2, and both Competitors C and D wind up around $500 MORE than the base price of the Turbo+2!
This Myth Is… BUSTED!
I’d say this myth, that Bushtec Trailers are expensive – is fairly well busted! To summarize:
- Bushtec Motorcycle Trailers have a Base Price that is very nearly the lowest in the marketplace. In fact, three of our most popular models, the Turbo+2, Roadstar and Quantum Sport, have starting prices below $3,000. Plus, the Quantum GL, even with its special styling and features to match the Gold Wing GL series – starts out at just $3,195!
- When you compare Bushtec’s Standard Features vs. the Other Guys – we really shine! The Bushtec Turbo+2 is actually the least expensive model, comparing apples to apples, at least in terms of features!
We’d love to hear your comments on this issue – both pro and con. We love a good discussion on trailers, bikes, etc. Plus, stay tuned, as we’re going to look at some other Myths and Features of Bushtec’s – and how our Motorcycle Trailers compare to others in the marketplace.
Thanks for reading folks… and as always – ride safe!