Well,.............actually it is an honest enough question.
My HD dealer takes any brand trade ins. I was recently dealing on a Heritage Softail (which I did not buy), a salesman asked me the exact question, I know where your coming from, these were not salesmen, but still, is that question really so inciteful? You were at a dealership after all.
btw the salesman took my Kawasaki for a ride before he showed me trade in value, when he came back he had nothing but good things to say about my bike and the price he offered me was more than fair.
Two days ago I stopped by my metric dealer, it is two blocks from the HD dealer. My friend, who rides a beautiful CVO Electra Glide, was in there picking up snowmobile parts, CVO parked out front of the metric dealer. When I see him inside I asked, wassa matter, wouldn't make it another two blocks? He replied, "I knew I'd find at least one azzhole in here" We're friends, we can talk to each other that way.
I think your putting too much into the comment, I've heard, and said, way way worse.