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While shopping dealers I have been offered demo's that have just under 3k miles. anyone have experience with these? Were these test bikes or what? I was told they were not dealer test bikes but released to the dealers before 3k mi. Opinions please
 

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Don't know what country you are in, but in Canada (we are just North of the USA) Suzuki has "demo Days" where riders can try out bikes. I'm sure that is what they are talking about.


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While shopping dealers I have been offered demo's that have just under 3k miles. anyone have experience with these? Were these test bikes or what? I was told they were not dealer test bikes but released to the dealers before 3k mi. Opinions please
I agree with Tom. Its a part of a fleet of new bikes that Suzuki drives around for Demo days. Living in Florida and going to bike week, I have rode MANY a demo bike. I have never seen one sale but if the price is right and the warranty in tact, I would be all for it.
 

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One thing about those demo bikes is that the factory rides are usually guided rides and the folks don't have too much chance to beat the bikes up.
Ducati and BMW do allow individual test rides unescorted sometimes. Then folks can go wild and abuse a bike.
 

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I know here we can go ride a Demo bike at any point from any manuf. It's not solely a factory demo bike but a dealer demo. Just like going to a car lot and taking a car for a test drive.

I know my local BMW, Kawi and HD dealers have demo bikes on site all the time available for test rides.
 

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Seems in Calif dealer rides for non European stuff are only when you've laid out some money and want to be sure.
I had a salesperson take me for a pillion ride on a consignment bike cus their insurance didn't cover test rides.
 

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i'm curious what the prices are. I purchased my '14 vee2 this past autumn as a dealer demo with 1500 miles on the clock, first service completed, and included full warranty. They had two new '14's deeply discounted as well. Since the demo looked as good as new and was already broken in, and was $750 cheaper, I went with it.
 

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Seems in Calif dealer rides for non European stuff are only when you've laid out some money and want to be sure.
i did not ride the first bike i bought. i didn't possess my M designation. the salesman rode it home for me, and by car i returned him to the dealership.

i bought my second bike from a private party. the third, new from a dealer. i didn't bother to test ride cuz my heart was firmly set on it, and i knew what to expect. fourth bike, yep, contract was complete except for my sig. i rode the ninja up and down the street two or three times before finalizing.

my strom? around the block before paying.
 

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I also bought my 2013 650 as a dealer demo with 210ish miles on it. Full warranty, looked as good as any other bike in the showroom, and I saved $600. I also believe in the "break it in like your going to ride it" mentality, so I wasn't worried about somebody taking it over 5k RPM before its first oil change.


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"I also purchased a demo bike with 600 miles on it. No regrets here for the $$$ savings!"

Best thing a dealer offers is a price break on a tested bike. Full warranty and one might have the tested bit acknowledged on the contract.
Friend of mine got a new test BMW GSA for several thousand dollars less than untested one. And it was ready to ride, break in done and first service done too.
That can't be all bad!
 

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Be sure you understand the term "demo". A demo bike is untitled. Period. So they should be able to show you the MSO ( what is taken to the state to get your title ). If there is no MSO ( or CO to some ) and it has miles on it, it is simply and nothing more than a used motorcycle.

Usually, the warranty start date begins with the sale date. Which means a bike with an MSO has not been reported sold and therefore is like a new bike in that it will get the full term ( not mileage, if stated in the warranty ) in months/years.

When you hear the term "executive demo" you are typically buying a used car, often from one of the rental agencies!
 

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TWINS!

I just found a dealer demo bike, a red 2014 DL1000, just like the one I have been riding for the past 3 years. It had 285 miles on it and the dealer discounted it down to $8,999. Good bike but a very poor dealer. The bike was filthy, hadn't been cleaned or anything since they got it in early 2014. Even the tires were way under inflated (12 lbs and 18 lbs). Chain was dry as a bone and all four of the windshield screws were cross threaded. What a bunch of idiots. Anyway, I went through it, cleaned it up and serviced everything. I have now ridden it for for about 300 miles and it is ready to have the break-in oil changed out. So far it doesn't have the dreaded idle hammer like my first one. Hope it never gets it. It doesn't seem to burn any oil. Hope I didn't get ripped off. Now I have TWINS! Now my 3 boys can ride with me. Let the fun begin.
 
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