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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    When I sold the nighthawk, I let a guy ride it around the block. He was pretty knowledgeable (mechanically) and said he has an older model. He didn't have cash in hand, but he handed over keys, wallet, credit cards, etc, which I hung on to (and we both almost forgot to give them back). The last bike I looked at (fixer-upper), the guy let me ride with no cash in hand. I think it helped that I drove over an hour on my FZ, so he knew I had a bike and knew how to ride. But yes - he took a chance. I understand concern with going on a ride, but agree that if I'm looking at a bike, I'd want to try it. It's probably situational... how competent/comfortable are you with the person? No idea re: legality of cash-in-hand if they DO drop/crash it.

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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    Craigslist standard around these parts is asking price in cash in hand and an M1 license. In reality, most people won't demand the cash in hand, especially if you show up on another bike and have it sitting at the seller's place. I actually ended up buying my wife's current bike because she dropped it on her test ride.

    For me, I absolutely required cash in hand, M1 license and a helmet.

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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    For me, I absolutely required cash in hand, M1 license and a helmet.
    When I bought my first bike in USA, March 2015, I didn't had the helmet, only motorcycle riding experience for 8 years already. The Seller let me borrowed his helmet, but, I went to go karting earlier and got the skull cap type thing for heads, as we use other's helmet. the seller was happy So, my point. Not all people might have their own helmet.
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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    Quote Originally Posted by raja777m View Post
    When I bought my first bike in USA, March 2015, I didn't had the helmet, only motorcycle riding experience for 8 years already. The Seller let me borrowed his helmet, but, I went to go karting earlier and got the skull cap type thing for heads, as we use other's helmet. the seller was happy So, my point. Not all people might have their own helmet.
    That's fine, but they're not riding a bike I'm selling without one. This is all about individual standards, not universal requirements.

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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    That's fine, but they're not riding a bike I'm selling without one. This is all about individual standards, not universal requirements.
    Ya, I didn't plan to ride home, my friend helped me with his trailer, once I signed the sale deed and paid cash. I know, to each his own.
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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    Fact is there's never a shortage of interested buyers when it comes to bikes, so I am selective. I've sold three bikes, never allowed a test ride. All three were newish riders that I didn't care if they had cash in hand because unless you make them sign a legally binding agreement (writing something on a sheet of paper has no legal standing) they can claim whatever they want. Not worth the hassle. Want a test ride? Go to a dealer, they're insured and protected for that.

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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    My two cents:

    I think letting a buyer test drive even if you have cash in hand can still be a tricky situation unless you plan to draft some agreement that specifies the conditions of the test drive. There are too many scenarios that can turn this in to a nightmare. What happens if the motorcycle breaks down when the buyer is test driving it. What happens if the buyer is hit by someone when test driving, i.e. not their fault. I recently bought my bike and to be honest, I wanted to test drive it, but I felt uncomfortable as I did not know the area and the roads and they were very busy. I had the seller drive the bike and I followed on car.

    Whatever you decide, If you do allow a test drive, it should always be the final condition for sale. I would never allow a test drive to a buyer who does not commit to buying the bike beforehand. Also, if you do let them test drive, you might consider following them via car, if you have that option.

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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    Very interesting views. Everybody wants test ride but almost nobody is ready to give keys to buyer. With FZ6 there is a great chance that some beginner will come for it. It's really perfect starter or intermediate bike.
    We'll see how it goes. I'll report what happened.

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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    So yesterday I got buyer looking at bike. We agreed on price day before and he showed up with trailer. I went to MOT for "vehicle information package" and prepared 2 simple contracts. First he looked at the bike (in garage) fro all sides. I showed him manual with some service records. Last service done in Sarasota 10 days ago. I started bike. Everything fine. Then we went back into room and he handed me money in closed envelope. Counted, everything there.
    At this moment he wouldn't sign contract. He said he needs just short spin to see that it runs properly. I am thinking "Fine, I have money, bike is practically yours so sure, do it". He picked up new helmet that I am giving away with bike and went down a road. I really thought he will just do short circle around industrial complex where we were. However he was away for good 5 min.

    I actually got nervous a bit and here he comes back and drives straight back into garage. And then most peculiar thing happened. He got off the bike and says something like:"I will think about it. I actually wanted back with fairing at the bottom ..."and something like that. I ask him is anything is wrong, I rode same bike last week from Sarasota back to Toronto with no issues whatsoever. I tell him that he knew exactly which model of bike he wanted and was expecting to see. But he said like he is undecided. I said, "yesterday evening while we e-amiled to each other you knew exactly what it is and exactly how it looks like".

    Anyway, we went back to room and I handed him money. He pulled it out of envelope and counted again and then left. I left kind of stunned with no explanation what just happened. It was almost like he wanted to ride a bike to try it out counting on fact that he will not take it. I can't imagine anything being so wrong with motorcycle that would change his mind. I asked him and he said no, Not really strong no.

    Very strange. We went through all normal motions. He went to bank to pickup money, had a bank slip in envelope. What do you think about this? I went back to Kijiji and actually raised a price on bike.

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    Re: When selling do you allow test ride??

    Maybe he honestly had a change of heart and was originally honest about his intent to buy. But still his excuse sounds pants and from the sellers point of view is pretty crappy treatment.

 

 
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