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Old 01-03-2012, 06:16 PM   #41
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:24 PM   #42
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Good discussion, and I appreciate the sharing of experience and opinions. The bikes in question are the Triumph Street Triple R, Ducati 796 ABS and perhaps the Ducati 1100 EVO. The Triumph is my favorite based on looking, sitting, researching and talking to owners, it also has a price advantage. There are several in town at several dealers. The worst they can do is say no if I ask for a test ride.

On the other hand, there are definite liability issues for the rider also, so the common policies make sense and dealer judgement makes sense too. It must be tough selling these bikes, but as some said: they are pretty, pretty toys!! At Mancuso SW they started a STR for me to demo the engine sound...very unique, of course the Ducatis have their own sweet sounds....
If a bike you like has ABS, I'd get the bike with ABS. I've owned two CBRs with ABS and it's awesome
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:36 PM   #46
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I had similar experience as peelandwin.

Polaris let me test the Speedmaster cruiser, a year-old demo with 500 miles. They would not let me ride a Street Triple or a Speed Triple even though they have known me for years. I think they pick one or 2 bikes for demos. If it ain't what you want, tough , just sit on it and decide.

Wild West let me test a used sport bike. It was a couple years old, a 500 cc we were looking at for my daughter. They would not let her ride it even though her first bike was from there and it was the same salesman.
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I just test rode a Schwinn up and down the aisles at Target. Then I ran like when they called the manager.
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Of course, and bunny hopped a store clerk
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LOL on the Schwinn....so I ask myself, ok self: do you have the to write a check for eight to ten grand for a pretty toy that you are not really SURE is the right toy? I did it with the Kawa for four grand....right now...the answer is: I don't know. I might just keep my Kawa for another year and see if Triumph adds ABS to the Street Triple R.
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LOL on the Schwinn....so I ask myself, ok self: do you have the to write a check for eight to ten grand for a pretty toy that you are not really SURE is the right toy? I did it with the Kawa for four grand....right now...the answer is: I don't know. I might just keep my Kawa for another year and see if Triumph adds ABS to the Street Triple R.
I'd offer a spin on my 696 ABS to you, but you'd need to head over to SA.
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You are generous and kind. I appreciate your offer. My daughter goes to Trinity in SA, so we get there a few times each year. I may take you up on your offer, especially if I could test in a off street location like a big parking lot, etc. The Ducati Monsters with ABS are definitely on my short list.

One of the concerns I have with the big Houston dealers on I 45, H 59, etc: terrible locations to try an unfamiliar bike. A key risk is getting to know the clutch/braking/throttle response and turning characteristics of an unfamiliar sport bike. When I bought my Kawa, I had them deliver it to my house so my first few rides were on my own turf (very quiet residential streets and huge high school parking lot), at my own pace (slow).

I practiced emergency braking and swerves at the high school lot as taught at Awesome (thanks again guys) on my new bike until I had the feel.

If I do spring for a new bike, likely I will again pay $100 to have it delivered to my front door, or I will try and negotiate away that cost.

Yeah, buying a new sport bike is a challenge! No wonder the sales guys get frustrated, as do the potential buyers.

Thanks again Rael.
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You are generous and kind. I appreciate your offer. My daughter goes to Trinity in SA, so we get there a few times each year. I may take you up on your offer, especially if I could test in a off street location like a big parking lot, etc. The Ducati Monsters with ABS are definitely on my short list.

One of the concerns I have with the big Houston dealers on I 45, H 59, etc: terrible locations to try an unfamiliar bike. A key risk is getting to know the clutch/braking/throttle response and turning characteristics of an unfamiliar sport bike. When I bought my Kawa, I had them deliver it to my house so my first few rides were on my own turf (very quiet residential streets and huge high school parking lot), at my own pace (slow).

I practiced emergency braking and swerves at the high school lot as taught at Awesome (thanks again guys) on my new bike until I had the feel.

If I do spring for a new bike, likely I will again pay $100 to have it delivered to my front door, or I will try and negotiate away that cost.

Yeah, buying a new sport bike is a challenge! No wonder the sales guys get frustrated, as do the potential buyers.

Thanks again Rael.
I'll ride your new bike home for you and buy you another if I crash it. Just take me back to the dealership in a cage after I deliver it safely is all I ask.
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No offence but it sounds like you DO NOT have the necessary experience to be test riding... Just from the sound of it I wouldn't let you test ride my bike, even if I knew you, without cash in my hand.
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You may be right. I have been riding since last March and yes took the course at Awesome. So far I have put about 1500 miles on my bike all over Sugar Land and Ft. Bend county: no accidents, no tickets. I ride normally at least once a week, and twice when I can get it. So, there you go...if someone wanted to test ride my Kawa, and I did not know them well, it probably would not happen.
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Yeah, its a having to work and such. Finding the time is difficult and there is no way I will commute on 59. What is the magic mile number when I am allowed to buy another bike?
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My first street bike was a honda shadow. I rode 10K miles in a year, and bought the Daytona 675 new at a dealer on 59. Everything felt different, it was too tall, and way more power than I thought. As soon as I got on 59, I near took it back and cut my losses. I thought I bought too much bike. It was too shiny to resist though, and I put 26K miles on it in the last year. So get what you want, if it seems foreign when you first ride it, just go with it, seat time will cure that.

From what I gather you're clearly a responsible rider, more so than I was a year ago. When you see a bike you just have to have, even without test riding, you'll know that's the one. Buy it, and do some track days, it will exponentially increase your confidence in yourself and the bike.
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10K, would be my guess. You might think about finding a group of guys and riding the forest, 3090, and fayetteville to name a few of the rides around here. It's pretty easy to get 150+ miles on your bike on one ride.

1,500 miles is just scratching the surface.
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