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Old 03-29-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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selling a bike and test drives???

I'm selling my bike and I wanted to know what was acceptable from the seller (me) and prospective buyer. Is it common to allow test drives? What are the conditions you have used? What can i do to protect myself and bike?

I'll admit, I am very leary of letting a stranger test drive the bike for the fear of stealing it or crashing it.

Let me know what you think.

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Old 03-29-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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i would say only cash in hand buyers would get to test ride. you hold the cash and their ID and let them ride. If you have a second bike, or can borrow one - follow along with them so they dont get silly.
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I'm selling my bike and I wanted to know what was acceptable from the seller (me) and prospective buyer. Is it common to allow test drives? What are the conditions you have used? What can i do to protect myself and bike?

I'll admit, I am very leary of letting a stranger test drive the bike for the fear of stealing it or crashing it.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks,
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cash in hand b4 the ride.
then again they could your trans shifting badly.
i'd ask them if they thought stubbs allowed test rides.
i had a guy ride along next to me so he could hear me go thru all the gears. he lowballed me so he didn't buy
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i would say only cash in hand buyers would get to test ride. you hold the cash and their ID and let them ride. If you have a second bike, or can borrow one - follow along with them so they dont get silly.

I've let people test ride the bikes i'm selling. Cash has to be in my hand and i have to know with reasonable confidence they actually know how to ride. 95% of the time, you can tell if someone is bullshitting you.

I've also told them that if they break it, they buy it. Even if they fall over putting down the kickstand, they just bought the bike.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:23 PM   #6
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I learned this lesson the hard way. Cash in hand for test rides. Let them know in advance and if they aren't cool with leaving you the cash then tell them to bring a friend to keep an eye on you. I let someone test ride my SV and they low sided it. He said he would pay me back and I believed him because I had been hanging out with him for a while and we were regulars at all the same places. $450 in damage and no one ever saw him again.
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I agree.
I just sold a bike and was prepared to tell the potential buyer, "hand me the cash and you can ride. If you don't like it I'll give you the cash back".
Funny thing was he never asked AND didn't even test ride after he bought. Loaded it up in a truck and drove away.
I would've at least rode it around the block.
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I agree.
I just sold a bike and was prepared to tell the potential buyer, "hand me the cash and you can ride. If you don't like it I'll give you the cash back".
Funny thing was he never asked AND didn't even test ride after he bought. Loaded it up in a truck and drove away.
I would've at least rode it around the block.
I have sold two Harleys and a sport bike.....none of the three ever test rode the bikes!

In fact the guy that bought my old FZR 600 paid for it on a Friday night and had me ride it out to his house early Saturday morning and park it across the street and put the cover on it and hid the keys near his front door. HIS WIFE DID NOT KNOW HE BOUGHT IT!
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I agree.
I just sold a bike and was prepared to tell the potential buyer, "hand me the cash and you can ride. If you don't like it I'll give you the cash back".
Funny thing was he never asked AND didn't even test ride after he bought. Loaded it up in a truck and drove away.
I would've at least rode it around the block.
I never sat on the bike I just bought last month. If you've test-rode one, what's the point? I wasn't really too worried about test-riding it too much. Seller seemed like a good guy. If I did get ripped off... not much one can do but fix it. Like kdog said... 95% of the time you can tell when one's bullshitting you. Especially with motorcycles. This guy cared about the bike and shared the personal relationships he had with the bike.

As for me... I fell in love with her the second I saw her despite sitting on at least different 100 GSXR 1000s. I just knew she was her. I wanted genuine insurance cards in hand (rather than printed) and pictures submitted to insirance company before I rode it. So I had him deliver it. She sat in my driveway for a week before I rode her. Hardest week of my life but nothing all the best for my girl. Test-rides? When you know, you just know...

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1. Cash in hand before test ride
2. you damage in any way shape or form, you buy it
3. dont take your eye off them when they are taking it for a test drive

when the guy came to buy my old bike, he brought his girl and his buddy.. while his buddy test drove i had the cash in my pocket and had my buddy take my car and blocked off his truck just in case he wanted to do something stupid (3vs2, well technically it was 2.5vs2 ) the buy and I did the paperwork at my house his buddy test drove the bike next thing you know the bike was loaded up on his truck and I was back in the market for a new bike
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1. Cash in hand before test ride
2. you damage in any way shape or form, you buy it
3. dont take your eye off them when they are taking it for a test drive

when the guy came to buy my old bike, he brought his girl and his buddy.. while his buddy test drove i had the cash in my pocket and had my buddy take my car and blocked off his truck just in case he wanted to do something stupid (3vs2, well technically it was 2.5vs2 ) the buy and I did the paperwork at my house his buddy test drove the bike next thing you know the bike was loaded up on his truck and I was back in the market for a new bike
Seems a little much?? I'd feel a little wierd if someone blocked my truck in with cash in hand already
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I've been lucky buying and selling.....

I always have a buddy regardless and I usually bring my helmet, cash and DL with me. I guess I look like a good person because they've always just let me take it for a few miles but I usually just go around the block..It doesn't take much to know whether is a piece or something worth buying.

When selling...I need cash in hand + DL...But even then I've met people that I wouldn't let in my garage, much let them actually ride it under any circumstances. A lot of it is reading people.
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Seems a little much?? I'd feel a little wierd if someone blocked my truck in with cash in hand already
well 1. it smelt like they just finish smoking weed when he open that truck door and 2. there was a few shell casing... that and I live on a quite long street and had to move my car cause we had a trailer in our driveway at the time haha... he parked right b't my neighbor's truck and my car in the street haha
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All of the above plus:
Meet them at a clear, little traffic as possible parking lot if you can as well.
1. They don't know where you live (Thieves scouting, if they don't buy)
2. They have ample room to test the bike (You should be able to see them the entire time)
3. At least a few people around if they are really shady, and are thinking about trying to pull a fast one.
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Not a chance in you're riding my bike until you own it. Chances are if you're buying something from me (or I'm buying from you) I've already informed my fiance/brother/friend who I'm dealing with, where we're dealing at, and at what time in case the hits the fan. I always have a firearm concealed when doing any $$$ transaction with people I've never met.
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I usually let them look it over. If they want to ride it, cash in hand, BOS signed, and it is theirs at that point. If they ride it around briefly and don't like it, it wasn't scratched, etc, and they don't want it, I give them the cash back and say thanks. One reason is because if you sell someone a bike, and they immediately crash it, their insurance is in effect...so it should be covered.

I have made a few exceptions if I know them or if it is a bike that is fairly indestructible (tard), otherwise I stick to the plan above.

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what they said..^^^ just don't be like this kid i was looking to get a bike from, he takes the bike for a "test ride" like he was the one buying it, then he rides like a stupid idiot down the street like i wanted to see how fast the bike goes... and he did all that down the block from where we were at his house. (stupid kids) and he's mom was with him...

now for me.. i'll let them ride it with ID in hand and with my name on a check!
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