I'm sure we'll continue to get gouged. Look at books/magazines. We still pay the Canadian price printed on them even though we're almost at par. Hmmm, I wonder if we could just pay the American price if we paid in USD.
The added problem we have in Canada is the way the bikes are distributed
As far as I know, all HDs sold in Canada go through a distributor first (Deelay I think is the name) .. he tacks on his margin ... the dealer tacks on their margin and there you have the crazy price difference.
Unless HD changes the way bikes rae distributed in Canada (and they won't because the contract is in place), we will continue to get screwed
The same taxes have to be paid whether you buy a bike from the US or from a dealer in Canada (GST is not payable if the bike is purchased privately in Canada). The only import fee is the $211.00 VEHICLE IMPORT FORM 1 fee payable to Transport Canada at the time of importation. You do not have to pay the state tax if exporting it out of that state. I have bought 4 of my bikes from the US in the past 16 years and I know of several people up here that have recently bought bikes in the US and saved thousands of dollars by importing them to Canada. US dealers are not "allowed" to sell brand new bikes to foreigners, but they can sell a used bike (even with 10 miles on it) as long as it has been previously registered. As our $ has gone up over the past few years, the Canadian dealer prices have gone down, but are still a lot higher than the US MSRP.