Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Palmer Lake, Colorado
I've not had a problem taking out used bikes from the dealers I frequent here in Colorado Springs. I have bought a bike from each of the two main dealers, and keep my eyes out for used bikes in the models that I am interested in.
A LOT has to do with the relationship you have with them and that they trust you. No bad intentions there, but a bike is a bit different than a car when it comes to a test drive and the ability and judgement of the test rider.
Find a 650 that is in the used line up at a dealer, show up on your own bike and get to know the sales person. Once they see you are upstanding and have a sincere desire to look at at 650, that should open the door to a test ride if it's going to happen at all.
I can understand if they won't let you take out a new bike, needs proper break-in, etc and most test rides involve getting on the throttle to see how she goes... Not the best for a break-in in most people's estimation.