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Old 05-26-2008, 12:30 PM   #1
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a question about selling a motorcycle

if you decided to sell your bike, how would you handle letting a potential buyer test ride it?

obviously i wouldnt know the riders skill level nor intent, maybe hes just out joy riding with no intent to buy, or maybe he just wants to dog the out of someone elses bike.

would it be "money in my hand and you can ride" or would you follow them in a different vehicle, or would you just not let anybody ride it, which doesnt seem like it would lead to selling the bike?

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Old 05-26-2008, 12:40 PM   #2
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You can generally get a good feel for the person when they come to check it out. If you have a bad vibe ask to hold something of equal value(cash is the best in this situation).
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:46 PM   #3
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Cash, their drivers license and girlfriend.

I defintely would want to see the drivers license for M endorsement and cash up front unless you know them.
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:48 PM   #4
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let him take it for a spin.....while u hold the money for him...he drops it....thats means is sold
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:52 PM   #5
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cash in hand only.......

a potential sale is not worth a ruined bike........

if they dont have cash.....they prob. are not serious about buying anyway.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:00 PM   #6
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Old 05-26-2008, 04:25 PM   #7
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Both of the bikes I bought I left the wife and Jeep with the seller and went for a ride. If they aked for the cash I would show them the money but give it up. Each person is different and I handle it by gut feelings.

But why follow in a car. They can out run you.

+1 go with your gut feeling
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Old 05-26-2008, 05:05 PM   #9
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I saw a post where the seller was asking to hold 20-30% of the sell price in cash for a test ride. my guess is that would be for an insurance deductible and then some if something were to happen. but...like others have said, go with your gut feeling
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Old 05-26-2008, 05:16 PM   #10
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agree with the gut feeling... you can tell if someone is really interested or not and also check for the M on license and cash in hand
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:11 PM   #11
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Make sure buyer has the means to close the transaction (i.e., cash in hand). Best to already have the deal negotiated. Agree that if dropped the deal is done (i.e., you bought it). If you have the slightest doubt, write it out and have them sign it so that you can enforce in court if necessary. Get a photo of their DL (just due diligence) and vehicle plate before they get on the bike. Make sure that they have an M endorsement or no ride at all.

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i recently sold my bike, and was in the same scenario. guy gave me the cash to hold on to while he test drove. i was cool with that
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Both of the bikes I bought I left the wife and Jeep with the seller and went for a ride. If they aked for the cash I would show them the money but give it up. Each person is different and I handle it by gut feelings.

But why follow in a car. They can out run you.
I wasn't worried
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:21 PM   #14
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would you follow them in a different vehicle, or would you just not let anybody ride it, which doesnt seem like it would lead to selling the bike?

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Do you have another bike to follow him? So, that's out of the question even if you do have the fastest bike in the world.

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You can generally get a good feel for the person when they come to check it out. If you have a bad vibe ask to hold something of equal value(cash is the best in this situation).
Thieves comes from all ages, races and forms. This shouldn't be considered as gambling or vibes. Owner are responsible for accidents if caused by driver or rider.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:23 PM   #15
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Cash in hand to test ride. In Chinese-American accent, "you break you buy."
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:41 PM   #16
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Cash in hand to test ride. In Chinese-American accent, "you break you buy."
lol, that was a great comment. I agree with pieces of what was stated before. i try to work out the majority of negotiations before they ride it. after negotiations, i have them sign a pre printed contract: they accept full responsability for any damages while the bike is in their posession and agree to purchase at asking price if anything happens. their car is left with me as collateral until payment (if something hapened). their personal info is filled out and they sign. i have not had anyone refuse to do this in any sales ive done in the past. not everyone carries cash with them when they come to look and that might drive away a buyer. i have not asked about the M before (i rode for years before i got mine) but its a good idea to see the DL. hold their car keys and the contract till they get back.
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lol, that was a great comment. I agree with pieces of what was stated before. i try to work out the majority of negotiations before they ride it. after negotiations, i have them sign a pre printed contract: they accept full responsability for any damages while the bike is in their posession and agree to purchase at asking price if anything happens. their car is left with me as collateral until payment (if something hapened). their personal info is filled out and they sign. i have not had anyone refuse to do this in any sales ive done in the past. not everyone carries cash with them when they come to look and that might drive away a buyer. i have not asked about the M before (i rode for years before i got mine) but its a good idea to see the DL. hold their car keys and the contract till they get back.
You are playiing with fire if you don't get cash in hand. Even with that piece of paper you could still at the very least have to deal with a huge headache of suing someone. It is your choice, but I wouldn't let anybody ride untill they paid for it. Just my $.02
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:36 PM   #18
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Cash in hand, a motorcycle endorsement, and a contract saying that if there's any damage at all, they buy it. That's the only way someone's getting a test ride out of anything I'm selling.

Unless, of course, it's an MHer. Then I know they're highly skilled and completely honest. Makes the stipulations obsolete.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:49 PM   #19
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You don't ever let them ride your bike. Allow them to watch you ride it and shift ect... If they are interested in buying that's all it should take. Sure enough if they are willing to drive to meet you. It's risky but for my own sake I would bring a gun w/CHL and a Bill of sale with the title and not use my home to do the deal. Make sure your in control of the entire deal. Don't fall for scams and always never let your guard down. Expect to always get knocked down on the price that was set orginally. Don't forget. If you do let them ride. Check the money first and count it, remember your in Control. Money is in your hand and it's REAL!!!! Good luck
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Good point on don't use your home or where you store the bike. Some people use the opportunity to stake out where and what ya got and come back later.
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