Question on selling my 2007 GL1800


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YankeeRon
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Question on selling my 2007 GL1800

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I have decided to sell my 2007 GL1800 and get something a little smaller. My question is, given the size of this bike, how does everyone on here handle test rides by prospective buyers? Do you let the prospective buyer take the bike out with a "you break it, you bought it" provision, or do you have them ride as a passenger while you drive? This is a large bike for someone who isn't used to it and I would hate to have someone lay it down before they bought it from me. It's got less than 14k on it and is pristine inside and out, so I'd like to keep it that way.

Thanks in advance,
Ron


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Have a look here: How to handle test rides
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Thanks - I should have figured I wasn't the first one to have that question....
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Re: Question on selling my 2007 GL1800

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Test ride with 100% deposit non refundable if they damage it. Get a copy of their license and insurance policy card.
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One very important thing to note is that insurance on cars is often different to insurance on motorcycles. It often covers YOU the rider, not your bike. If the guy riding your bike crashes it, and he doesn't have insurance...you now have an expensive piece of scrap.

Also...if he crashes and hurts someone, or himself...insurance companies can very easily come after YOU for liability. You could be on the hook for millions of dollars, far beyond what your own insurance liability coverage may pay.

To me, it's just not worth the risk.
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I found one at a dealer and they let me test ride it,I pretended I was interested.Then I bought the same bike privately,it was the color I wanted and I never test rode it till I drove it home.
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It is a different world today compared to 10+ years ago. You used to check for a mc endorsement and toss perspective buyer the keys and let them go. Today you just can't trust them anymore unless they are a friend or someone you know, that said I asked for the cash upfront (yes cash) I then gave him the keys, he said he could handle the bike, I figured if he could back out of the garage and turn it towards the street on the slight slope on my driveway he could ride it. Success, he did, I rode my new to me 1800 with him, he rode my 1500 and he loved it, bike was sold in less than 5 miles of the ride. Good luck!

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Re: Question on selling my 2007 GL1800

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YankeeRon wrote: Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:04 pm I have decided to sell my 2007 GL1800 and get something a little smaller. My question is, given the size of this bike, how does everyone on here handle test rides by prospective buyers?
When I sold my '06, the 'test ride' was the guy riding it onto a trailer to take it the 500 miles home.

I mean, you also have vehicle consignment, where you have a dealer put it in their display showroom, and they get a cut of the deal when they've sold it.

Although, being in CT, suspect that with winter fast approaching, you may have a couple of months to really sort this problem out before it's 'bike buying season' again in those latitudes.

Luck to ya!


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