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  • Test Riding

    cant find any other thread about it so here goes.
    I want to go ride a few open bikes to see which one is for me,
    Whats the rules they have when you want to have a test ride?
    and what shops do you reccomend that are easy to deal with with test rides without all the sales pressure. cheers
    " The wolfpack is back"

  • #2
    I test rode a bike for a mate the other day. At causeway Honda... bit of sales pressure, but was smooth nonetheless. he ended up buying the bike today actually.

    They got a photocopy of my licence and i had to sign a form basically saying that i was responsible for any traffic fines whilst riding the bike, and was responsible for up to $3000 (i think) damage to the bike should i have an at fault accident.

    So long as you seem legitimate about buying a bike i'd imagine most shops should be ok with you test riding...

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    • #3
      As what Huggy says. You have to spend some time talking ,asking intelligent questions. Ive taken a few bikes out,mainly top end cruisers and they let me go by myself.
      If your younger,try asking the 2nd time you visit the shop if they dont offer you a ride the 1st time.

      Sometimes they have a particular route they want you to follow. I always tell them I want a freeway and heavy stop start traffic drive with roundabouts.
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      • #4
        West Coast Honda let me ride a CBR1000 with only my test-pass paperwork. I asked the salesperson for a suggested route which he seemed to appreciate. Like Huggy I had to sign an insurance waiver for $2,000 in case of any damage. He was happy for me to go out on my own.

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        • #5
          It is possible at some places to get shadowed for a big bike if you only have RE - dunno it might have something to do with how long you got left before you can upgrade your licence.

          Some places demand a shadow no matter what bike or licence you hold.
          Some even have set routes you must follow (Ducati Dealers seem a bit tight fisted on this one).
          Others may let you out by your self (well not if you dont hold the right class)
          Some are surprisingly flexible, but probably if they already know you. ie longer test rides.
          Every place gets you to sign disclaimer and photocopy your licence.

          Yeah Causeway Honda I test rode a Hyo they had sitting there when I was still on RE, even though I had that class they still shadowed me. But I did get to choose the route, but they sorta said at the start ~15mins please. A bit of sales pressure, but they didnt spit the dummy when i left.

          Another dealer there I test rode a bike, they let me out by my self, they asked where I was going, either around place a or place b (their preference of where they want you to stay). I asked that I wanted to particuarly test a couple of particular things with the bike at a particular location that was about 3x as far away and got a "yeah that should be okay" but then they knew me reasonably well too, and it was a legitimate thing i wanted to know about a bike I was interested in.

          Just gotta go round and ask. Most will offer test rides, its the conditions that vary. Oh yeah, I have been asked to do a contract to buy subject to satisfactory test ride. I refused to sign, and when i was about to walk they agreed to let me try it without signing contract to buy before hand. Was a Honda dealer too actually, on a second hand VFR800 about 4 years old. I think that was more a sneaky desperate sales pressure, not neccesarily their policy. I walked on principal.
          When the only tool you have is a hammer, every thing starts to look like a nail

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ThirstyAs View Post
            It is possible at some places to get shadowed for a big bike if you only have RE - dunno it might have something to do with how long you got left before you can upgrade your licence.
            The day after you got your RE is fine according to the mob at the causeway.


            Just gotta go round and ask. Most will offer test rides, its the conditions that vary. Oh yeah, I have been asked to do a contract to buy subject to satisfactory test ride. I refused to sign, and when i was about to walk they agreed to let me try it without signing contract to buy before hand. Was a Honda dealer too actually, on a second hand VFR800 about 4 years old. I think that was more a sneaky desperate sales pressure, not neccesarily their policy. I walked on principal.
            I dont think its too much too ask you to sign contract.They are insuring much more than just a bike,most policies these day mention $10,20,50million cover.
            And you only pay if it is your fault.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by thumper humper View Post
              I dont think its too much too ask you to sign contract
              gawd...you are kidding, aren't you? pretty sure he was talking about an "offer to purchase" contract, which by the way is a legally binding document. reckon you would be a first class mug to sign anything like that for just a test ride.

              bottom line: no test ride, say 'bye-bye' and find another dealer
              I'm looking for a beautiful woman with a sick mind.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ThirstyAs View Post
                I think that was more a sneaky desperate sales pressure, not necessarily their policy. I walked on principle.
                that's exactly what it was, brother, and I believe your response was 100% appropriate
                I'm looking for a beautiful woman with a sick mind.

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                • #9
                  Was in rick gills and rode both 600rr and blade, with no pressure of sales, spent about an hour chit chatting and half hour of each bike testing.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by thumper humper View Post
                    I dont think its too much too ask you to sign contract.They are insuring much more than just a bike,most policies these day mention $10,20,50million cover.
                    And you only pay if it is your fault.
                    I think you should read what he wrote. Not insurance cover, but a contract to buy. Ie, as long as the bike doesn't explode, you now own it and owe them the full value.

                    I test rode a whole bunch of bikes at the following places a few months ago;

                    Dale Britton (x2) - 15 minutes only. Not particularly helpful 1st bike, very accomodating 2nd bike (which was about a month or 2 later)
                    Rick Gill (x2) - Very helpful, highly recomended
                    Causeway Kawasaki (x2) - Very helpful, highly recomended
                    Casueway KTM & Ducati - Had to follow dealer on predetermined route, but the route chosen was pretty good. Very tiny bit of sales pressure, but barely worth mentioning
                    McCulloch Suzuki - Very helpful, highly recomended
                    Frasiers Ducati (x2) - Dealer led on 1 bike and we swaped bikes after about 15 - 20 minutes and did another ~15 minutes before heading back. Extremely helpful and excellent to deal with. A+ recomendation.
                    Prestige Honda (x2) - Very helpful, highly recomended
                    Mach 1 Kawasaki - Very helpful, highly recomended
                    BMW (x2) - Extremely helpful, longer testrides encouraged, A+ recomendation

                    Causeway Honda dicked me around and as such, I will not be going back there for anything.

                    Overall they are all similar procedures, sign a form saying you will pay them 2-4k if it gets damaged and you cop all speeding fines during your test period.
                    Filbert on Moto Guzzis;
                    Originally posted by filbert
                    it's like a ducati with the motor put in sideways for people who are too scared of the power of harley davidsons

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by old boy racer View Post
                      gawd...you are kidding, aren't you? pretty sure he was talking about an "offer to purchase" contract, which by the way is a legally binding document. reckon you would be a first class mug to sign anything like that for just a test ride.

                      bottom line: no test ride, say 'bye-bye' and find another dealer
                      Didnt have my glasses on damn.
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                      • #12
                        Most shops won't do test rides on weekends (saturdays) from memory and that's because they just have way too many people come through.
                        Best bet would be to set aside half a day or full day and call them up before hand telling them what you are interested in test riding. That's what I did before I bought my current bike and the dealer had the 2 bikes I was interested in rolled out and expecting me.
                        No sales pressure and they looked after me quite well so a big plus for Savage Suzuki.

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                        • #13
                          Auto classic let me take a F800 out for 1/2 a day without any escort
                          then months later a different salesman let me take a K1300 for a 1/2 day (both weekdays) seems to be there policy if you are a serious shopper
                          also had good experience at causeway KTM when I was shopping for a 950, but that was 6 years ago so I would think different staff now

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