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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-01-2019, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Buying advice - red flag?

Bike noob here, thinking of pulling the trigger on an "executive demo" 2019 Street Triple R with 1300 miles.
Question: Went to see the bike in the showroom, and when I asked them to turn the engine on, they tried to but couldn't because the battery was dead. Is this a massive red flag? The guy told me it was because people in the showroom had turned the key a lot of times to see the digital screen and this caused the battery to die
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-01-2019, 09:32 PM
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So the dealer didn't try to switch out the battery or do a quick charge on the spot?

That does seem odd. That wouldn't be a fatal red flag in my mind, but it would make me ask questions. Of course they have to prove it runs before going any further with the sale.
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I wouldn’t worry about it but I’d ask them to install a new battery before they sell it to you.
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not a great cause for concern if you ask me. Ask them to charge the battery and try again

If you have any concerns about the battery itself I guess you could try angling for them to swap it!
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The reason I suggest a new battery is that as a demo I guarantee the battery has been drained many many times. Every dealer I worked for went through that. Every time the battery gets drained it reduces its capacity and life expectancy. If you’re buying it the the least they could do is give you a new battery n
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^This. Particularly since it is an “executive demo” unit.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 05:14 PM
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OP, if it makes you feel any better, I recently purchased a brand new R (non-demo). It too would not start at the dealership. They tried jumping it, and it still wouldn't start. The owner then took executive action and replaced the battery.

These sales representatives probably turn on the info screen multiple times a day for months. It makes sense that the battery isn't solid.

While the dead battery wouldn't concern me, I might be a little concern that it's a demo. I would imagine that the test riders have not been riding within the break-in guidelines. Might be worth the risk, though, depending on the deal.

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Proceed with caution. The fact that the battery was dead may also suggest that the beast has been sitting there for a long time. I recently purchased a bike from a "Red" dealer. It was a year-old leftover and it would not start as we rolled it out. They gave me the same old story about "people turning on the key to see the display." Horsehockey!! The poor thing sat there by itself for at least a year so it should have been no surprise that it couldn't be started. They wheeled out the battery charger and pumped it full of electrons. Unfortunately the electrons wouldn't stay where they belonged and I ultimately had to go through all the ritual of getting a battery replaced under warranty. I should have insisted on a new battery before any money changed hands. Lesson learned!
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MC batteries are small and unless charged by riding or on a battery monitor go south in a short time. If you’re really interested have them put in a Fresh battery and take it out for a test ride. Hardly a red flag.

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Thank you. I am going to ask about a new battery, but I doubt they will give it to me. They seemed very insistent that there was absolutely nothing wrong.
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