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post #1 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Would you buy a bike without riding it?

I'm in the process of buying a 2012 V-Strom 650 Adventure model and the dealership is nixing the idea of me taking it out for a test ride because of an accident they had a few weeks ago during their open house. I currently ride a BMW F800st and I like the look and versatility of the Adventure model....Plus the price and the 0% for 5 years. I've sat on the bike a number of times and it does feel somewhat taller/top heavy than what I'm used to and I know once it gets a full tank of gas it's going to get even worse. I've also driven a Buell Ulysses for about 200 miles on a trip a few years ago. I would hate to buy the V-Strom and realise that its to top heavy for me to be comfortable on. Thanks everyone.
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post #2 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 08:13 PM
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I don't think I've ever test ridden a new bike before I bought it. Dealers in my area normally don't allow it because too many bikes get crashed. I make decisions by reading specs and test reports.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #3 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 08:27 PM
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I had decided on the Wee from the reviews, forums, specs. Luckily I was able to ride a 2011 model for 40 minutes at a Suzuki demo day event, but that really just confirmed what I already knew and I waited a few months for the 2012 model which was very similar but had desireable improvements.

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post #4 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 08:33 PM
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Ditto what GreyWolf said. Funny but I've never thought that was odd.

On the other hand, I've never bought a car or truck without driving it.

Interesting. :beatnik:
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post #5 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 08:34 PM
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A lot of us are (or were) in the same boat.

Well, I bought my 2006 Wee-Strom without test-driving one. I read the reports, and talked with other owners, and bought the bike on the strength of good news from all directions.

This purchase was one of my finest decisions.
See the maps? I have ridden to lots of places.
See my likeness? I am no spring chicken.

Buy the bike and do the same. It's lots of fun.
I think it's hooked into the Fountain if Youth.

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post #6 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 08:35 PM
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+1 on GW's experienceon test rides.

For what its worth, I'm actually a bit surprised how little difference I sense in "top heaviness" between a full tank of gas and nearly empty. I always expect more of a change after a full up.

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post #7 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 08:49 PM
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Test riding would take all the fun out of it.

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post #8 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 08:55 PM
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I bought two of the four bikes I have had without a test ride. I did walk away from one because I couldn't ride it, but that was because I was not totally sold on it.
Usually dealers do not let you test ride, you have to track down the manufacturer's test ride days.
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post #9 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 09:10 PM
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I also have never test rode a bike prior to purchase...

2015 DL650AL5 in Blue
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post #10 of 36 Old 05-01-2013, 09:16 PM
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Bought my Vee without a test ride cause it fit just right

Still loving it !!

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