The other thread about "do you allow test rides" got me thinking about my last three bike purchases. I first saw my Harley on consignment, the shop did not allow test rides. The bike was immaculate, but was priced just a bit too high. So the search continued till I saw a description in the Trading Post that sounded familiar. Called him up, and yep, same bike now $4k cheaper direct from owner. Met at a petrol station and he offered to double me, but as the bike sounded fine, and he was a mechanic, I trusted my gut instinct and gave him a holding deposit. So no, didn't test ride that bike. Next buy was the Caponord, great test ride of a few hours through Royal National Park. Last bike purchase was the KLR. Bought sight unseen, from a fellow Ulysses member in Canberra. Did not even see bike till it was ridden back to Sydney. So two out of three, not even ridden and one not even seen before handing over the cash and all bikes went well with no issues. The internet has no doubt helped a huge amount in this regard, many reviews are available, and you pretty much know the strengths and weaknesses of the particular models you are looking at, with the test ride only really confirming what you have previously read. When selling my Harley, the price was agreed on before test ride, but was bought by a mate. And the Capo was bought by another Ulysses member from Wagga, who also had sold his Guzzi, sight unseen and he delivered it to the Ducati Bike show in September. So his Guzzi was sold in the morning and my Capo went in the back of the ute on the way home. Having said all that, I'd still imagine most will want to do the test ride. I guess you can always test ride a similar bike at a dealer and then assume the same model should ride the same. So any other interesting tales? I'd still like to buy a new bike in say Melb or Bris and ride back to Sydney and be ready for first service.