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post #1 of 30 Old 03-28-2014, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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would you buy a bike without a test ride?

would you buy a bike without a test ride?
I have been making preparations to buy a DL1000 that is quite a distance away. I was just informed that I may not be able to take it for a ride.
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A new one, not a used one.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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NO way! Too many (and expensive) issues may be hiding under the pretty surface.
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A new one, not a used one.

^^^ This ^^^^

even then it would have to be a bike I am familiar with, like a New Strom...

show up cash in hand to purchase, you may find the owner more receptive to the idea, he may be saying this to keep the non-serious buyers away...

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I bought my last 2 bikes without a test ride. You can sit on it, and start it up, so you can basically tell if it fits you. The only thing you can't tell would be handling issues or lack of power. Power you can guess at from HP and Torque. Read some reviews before you go sit on it.
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I bought my new one without a test ride. It was 12 degrees that day. I had never ridden one period. Not a used one though.
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I bought my last 2 bikes without a test ride. You can sit on it, and start it up, so you can basically tell if it fits you. The only thing you can't tell would be handling issues or lack of power. Power you can guess at from HP and Torque. Read some reviews before you go sit on it.
I am used to a V-max so no Strom is EVER going to have enough torque.

I am going to a Suzuki dealer to sit on a 650. I realize I can do things to the seat, lower the pegs and raise the handlebars.

I just was taken aback when the guy said "I have sold many bikes over the years and never had anyone test drive them."

just makes me VERY leery....

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Well make them buddy ride you

Sit on the back and listen

Up thru the gears until at least 70 mph

If they won't do that then don't travel

Have cash and a friend offer to let them hold your wallet/car keys etc.

Money talks nobody walks

If you don't look like a problem I am sure they will relent and be inclined to acquiesce.
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I am used to a V-max so no Strom is EVER going to have enough torque.
No nothing will have enough torque but at least now you'll be able to turn at slow speeds.

I test rode a V-Max at a Yamaha demo day at my dealership. It felt like a tank slow. You tended to have to muscle it around. On the road not as much of a problem though. The 1000cc sports bike in front of me tried to take off on me and I just rolled it on with him.... Neat bike. Wouldn't be my first choice to ride (especially after buying my V-Strom) but I could see owning one for an occasional ride.



I rode mine but only in the parking lot. I bought it from a dealer I trust though. (I know them pretty well)

Other than that I would probably insist on a ride. Hand him the keys to your car/truck maybe that will make him feel like your not gonna take off on it.

I know selling dad's KLR they guy didn't ask. But we have a pretty decent back road and could ride there. We started it up etc. He was getting a pretty sweet deal as dad was just trying to recoup some of the cash he was out on his new V-Strom,....Which was new when we bought it and we still test rode it.

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In all the years I've been riding and looking at bikes, I've only been in two dealerships that allowed test rides. One was a Harley dealer that was fine with a test ride as long as I signed all the waiver and liability agreements; the other was a Suzuki dealer where the manager treated me so badly that I ended up buying the bike from someone else.

As far as used bikes, I'm kind of split; I wouldn't want to buy a used one without trying it out, but I'm really leery of letting someone I don't know test ride the Road King I'm selling.

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