TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????


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wrightwing
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TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby wrightwing » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:33 pm



Hey guy's. I'm selling my 1200 Interstate. I was wondering what your rule is, when it comes to letting someone ride your bike?? YES OR NOT :roll: :roll:


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virgilmobile
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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:51 pm

With a thousand dollar deposit.If they don't have that,they are only looking anyways.no free rides.any accident is your liability.
Seen the Gieco commercial? it really happens.
If they have full coverage insurance and can prove it MAYBE.
Hard ass....you bet....it is my bike.Take a chance on someone wrecking it...no way.Leave the keys to your car,OK
Try to protect your property as be as as you can
Maybe take him for a short ride or better yet,his girlfriend :lol:

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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby Possum51 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:05 pm

I only have one rule for this, you have the asking price in cash, then leave that with me and sure you can test ride all you want :D :roll: :lol:
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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:07 pm

+1 and if you crash, drop, scrap it it's yours..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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tfdeputydawg
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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:08 pm

No!
I'll take you a ride but, absolutely no one rides it solo while my name is still on the title!

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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby HALBUDD » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:20 pm

Two ways to think about If you have someone that is looking at your bike,first talk to them get a feel for what they know,have they been ridding for a long time,and what have they been ridding. If you feel that they know what they are talking about an you feel they are a good rider then yes a test ride would be possible. The other is they hand you the money up front with the understanding that if they lay it down or wreck it they just bought it. The first time I went and looked at a goldwing I let the owner take me on a test ride as it had been a while since I had ridden and I did not feel comfortable ridding it and did not want to wreck it. I did buy it and still ride it,I went and looked at a 96 last year and had no problem taking it for a ride and the seller did not mind me test ridding it,as I had told him I already had a goldwing at And yes I bought the 96 too. Its basically up to you so its your decision good luck . Hal
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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby redial » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:52 am

I've had my driving/licence collected before riding. This does two things, advises you that they have some competence enough to get a licence; and secondly that you have an address with a photograph of the person.

I would also develop a simple contract for them to sign before they ride: Basically you break/damage anything, you pay! You both should sign it in front of each other (check their signature against the licence), and make sure the date and place are included.

You might need several copies, in case you get a run of would be buyers.

You cannot be too careful.
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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby tfdeputydawg » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:03 am

People can tell you anything-How do you know it's the truth?
I have bought and sold many motorcycles over the years I've been riding(50+).
I lost one, yes only one, potential customer because I refused to let him take a test ride.
You stand the chance of losing a lot more if you allow you bike out of your sight, including never seeing the bike again! Ask your insurance agent how cooperative your insurance company will be in giving you the selling price for you stolen bike, since you gave the thief permission to ride it.
Yes, even the vehicle left behind turned out to be stolen also! That happened to my son-in laws father when he allowed a stranger to test drive a restored classic Buick Electra Convertible a few years ago. After waiting for 3 hours, called the police only to discover the vehicle left had been reported stolen just that day from a location 20 miles away!
Hardly anyone has the "cash" to hand you anymore and checks can be made to look so good on a computer, even fake cashier checks!
Oh, the rare one that shows up and hands you the cash for that test ride, the moneys counterfeit!

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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby dingdong » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:12 am

I have sold 3 bikes from my driveway. All with no test rides. No one ever asked.
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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby TennX » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:33 am

Ive never sold one but if I did, I would need some sort of deposit, if I was inclined to let them ride....Horror story from my VTX forum...guy shows up to buy a bike, leaves the seller the keys to his truck...turns out the truck was stolen and to date bike has not been found...
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Charlie503
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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby Charlie503 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:11 pm

I hold there license and the cash for the bike an I tell them that if it comes back any different they just bought it. Never had an issue with letting people test ride bikes but you never know.

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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby robb » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:17 am

Might be the first time I ever rode on back. Sold one years ago, guy buying for his wife and they wanted to test ride. He said you can ride mine and I will ride on back with her; if she wrecks you are on mine. Ask her riding ability and he said when they go to a bar he rides her and she rides him home. She put it to the test and took it home. His $65k Bourqet bike with chrome paint was rode like I stole it behind them.

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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby wrightwing » Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:17 pm

Thanks for the input guy's, it'll make my argument, if needed, easier. Guess I didn't have to post twice. Can't find it in the 1500 forum. Thought I was covering all the bases :mrgreen: Thanks to all who responded :D :D
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Re: TEST RIDE OR NOT ?????

Postby seabee_ » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:39 pm

I would tell them cash price in hand(my hand) along with their license. This will show you if they have MC endorsment. If they complain about a cop stopping them, tell 'em to bring the cops to your house. I'm sure the cop will get a laugh out of it. You can also pull the plate. That will keep them from wandering too far from your house. Post the 'cash in hand' in the ad and it will eleminate the tire kickers and most scammers.


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