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Old 06-13-2020, 09:27 AM   #1
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Dealerships with no test ride policy?

Just got off the phone with a guy from Honda of Houston. I wanted to take a look at their Africa Twin but their sales guy told me no test rides...

Do yall buy bikes without a test ride?
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Old 06-13-2020, 09:39 AM   #2
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Just got off the phone with a guy from Honda of Houston. I wanted to take a look at their Africa Twin but their sales guy told me no test rides...

Do yall buy bikes without a test ride?
Never.
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Do you have an M endorsement on your DL? Did they require a credit check?

Some store policies are more strict than others.
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Itís a bit of a drive, but Honda of Russellville (Arkansas) really is the only way to go. I saved $2401 off of the best price I could get locally in 2017 on my AT. I would prefer buying local to support local business, but when I can save that significant amount, itís just impossible to pass up. Dealing with then is THE best experience Iíve ever had buying a new vehicle of any kind.
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Just got off the phone with a guy from Honda of Houston. I wanted to take a look at their Africa Twin but their sales guy told me no test rides...

Do yall buy bikes without a test ride?
no, what if you donít like the way it rides? Thatís a big deal when buying a bike, dealers know that. Maybe try reasoning with them or move on to another dealer. Plenty of Honda dealers itís not a gas gas or some niche motorcycle brand.
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If you're a voice on the phone, you gotta realize they get asked a hundred times a day about test rides.
Show up with some serious interest, pre-approved financing, good credit and a motorcycle license, then they're more likely to say yes.

The problem from their view is, they don't know you and your abilities/experience. If it's a sportbike you want to ride, that's like letting a stranger drive off in your indy car. They don't want to be liable if you get hurt, they don't want to deal with a brand new wrecked bike.
Why would they be willing to easily let everybody test ride?
Don't forget to bring a helmet, jacket and gloves because that will show them you know what you're doing too.
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If you're a voice on the phone, you gotta realize they get asked a hundred times a day about test rides.
Show up with some serious interest, pre-approved financing, good credit and a motorcycle license, then they're more likely to say yes.

The problem from their view is, they don't know you and your abilities/experience. If it's a sportbike you want to ride, that's like letting a stranger drive off in your indy car. They don't want to be liable if you get hurt, they don't want to deal with a brand new wrecked bike.
Why would they be willing to easily let everybody test ride?
Don't forget to bring a helmet, jacket and gloves because that will show them you know what you're doing too.

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Glad I am not crazy.

Story has a good ending though. I went out to Wild west to check out a 2017 africa twin they had for sale. After a quick chat with a sales guy he took my license and some info and on a test ride I went. I am the proud new owner of a 2017 africa twin.
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Glad I am not crazy.

Story has a good ending though. I went out to Wild west to check out a 2017 africa twin they had for sale. After a quick chat with a sales guy he took my license and some info and on a test ride I went. I am the proud new owner of a 2017 africa twin.

Theyíre awesome bikes, I figured after a test ride the decision is easy. Pics??
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V1 Moto will let you test ride new bikes. I test rode the 2020 AT there a few months ago.
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I went to Wild West in Katy a few weeks back interested in testing a KTM 390. Rode my MV Agusta Dragster RR into the shop. They absolutely refused a test ride, and were testy about me even sitting on a bike. Walked out, will never return. I will not buy a bike without a test, no way.
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One of my best friends also was snubbed by Houston dealers for test riding a BMW S1000R and Ducati Monster. No way was he risking spending $18k on blind faith or motorcycle reviews.

So he called up some places in California near his consulting assignment, and easily got test rides from several locations.

The lesson is to leverage the size of our country and do business with dealerships that have insurance for test rides, rather than be limited to a handful of dealerships in Houston. Supporting local businesses is great, but it can't be so one-sided.
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