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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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To test ride or not...

I hate to say it, but I may be selling my Bird because I just don't ride it enough. I have 2 motorcycles and I prefer my ST for long trips and find that I do more long trips than short. It's a great bike and should be with someone who can ride it more regularly. As a result, I'm curious how people feel about letting someone test ride a bike when they're selling one. I have to say it makes me uncomfortable. You don't know if they've had their license for 15 years or 15 minutes and with all the scams out there that you hear about today it's just hard to wrap my head around being comfortable with it. How do you all feel?

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Let me hold cash equal to my asking price in my hand and you can go for as long as you want.
If not, have fun looking! Maybe if your lucky ill let you sit on it....


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I hate to say it, but I may be selling my Bird because I just don't ride it enough. I have 2 motorcycles and I prefer my ST for long trips and find that I do more long trips than short. It's a great bike and should be with someone who can ride it more regularly. As a result, I'm curious how people feel about letting someone test ride a bike when they're selling one. I have to say it makes me uncomfortable. You don't know if they've had their license for 15 years or 15 minutes and with all the scams out there that you hear about today it's just hard to wrap my head around being comfortable with it. How do you all feel?
You can't refuse other to test ride your bike if you want to sell. I don't even buy a brand new bike with test ride. However, you can set conditions in which that is acceptable to your and the potential buyers. If they currently are riding a bike, ask them to come with their bike so that you can assess their riding ability. You can ask for some deposit and following them with your car. There are many ways to overcome your fear.

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Let me hold cash equal to my asking price in my hand and you can go for as long as you want.
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I doubt anyone will give you the full asking price as a deposit for the privilege of test riding your bike. It is becasue you love your bike, it does not mean that the buyer will do the same. Just like everything else, the customer controls the deal. If not, they walk.
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Were I seller, I would completely appreciate your perspective and would have the same exact concerns for the obvious reasons:


...but as a buyer I'd never buy a bike without testriding it. So I'm not sure how one finds the right balance if you're selling it privately. Seems like you need to either find that one-in-a-million buyer that will buy it unridden, bite the bullet and let them take it out, or sell it to a dealer at a loss. I'd suggest the second, and have them sign and date a clearly defined rider agreement that says if they crash it they bought it.
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I'll take the person out as a passenger, but they aren't riding it themselves without a significant cash deposit in hand, and a conditional bill of sale. The risk is just too great. I'd sell to a dealer at a loss before letting a stranger cruise off on my bike.
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Yeah, I'm pretty leery of it. I'm all for them signing a pre-sale agreement saying "you break it you bought it", but having them just sign something means nothing if they get on it and don't come back. Honestly I don't think asking for a deposit is too much to ask; if they're not actually interested in buying it, then they don't need to be riding it anyway. If they return it unscathed and they don't want it they get their money back and go on their way. I'm also not just concerned about losing the bike, but I also wonder what my liability is if they hurt themselves, whether they sign a liability waiver or not. People are just too sue happy these days.

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