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Dealership test rides

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by bsaac, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Hi guys

    I'm off my restrictions in about a month and have a few bikes I'd like to take for test rides but having not done it before I was after a bit of a clue on things like how far/how long you get with the bike and does and from the dealership come with you etc


  2. just took my a z800 for a test ride on the weekend at peter stevens ringwood (vic, im not sure where you are from), i got around 25-30 minutes on it. was in a group of 4, the 4th being an employee. hope this helps :)
  3. Thanks jimmy that was expertly the sort of thing I was after

    And yep I'm in vic and at this stage am keen to take a street triple (probably from PS) and a couple of ducati's for a ride
  4. Not what you were asking, but can you give us your impression on the Street Triple once ridden. Add the Aprilia Shiver to the ride list from A1 in Ringwood
  5. The Triumph dealership (at Peter Stevens in the city) said no worries if I wanted to test ride the Speed and Street Triples once I am off my restrictions but said to give them a call first.
  6. Did the test run of my Daelim at A1, Only on my L's 3 days, got to ride the bike for like 10 mins, no escort, and i returned of my own timing, not really any time requesteted. although you wouldnt wanna take all day either.
  7. No need for a test ride, just buy it ;)

    Just kidding, test ride as many bikes as you can.
  8. I "saw" a drag race between a 2012 shiver and a 2012 street triple. unless aprilia come out with a "shiver turbo" id give it a miss.
  9. The new Street Triple is lighter and more powerful than the Shiver, if that's what you are looking for. I believe the Triumph is not as expensive for servicing and has lots of parts for customisation. You have to love or hate the lights!
  10. #10 b12mick, Oct 18, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013
    Test ride everything you can get your arse on. On the initial test ride you should spend at least 20 minutes actual riding time on the bike (as opposed to 10 minutes riding and 10 minutes sitting at lights).

    When you have a short list then a longer test ride is best. My wife didn't do that when she bought her SV650S. It was all good after a 20 minute ride. After buying the bike we went for a 100km ride, it turns out that after 30 to 40 minutes her wrists and thumb (broke them in an accident) get very very painful. Try and ride the bike(s) on the roads you normally ride on, that way the only variable should be the bike.

    Some dealers (salesman) will follow you, others don't seem to bother.
  11. Thanks for all the info guy, appreciate it
  12. So, after some drama, I'm after a new bike again, I have the cash stacks ready to drop, but I really think I might want a KTM 990 SMT, the trouble is, KTM in all their wisdom has decided "everyone speaks really highly of this model, lets scrap that engine completely from our range" So dealers don't want to demo their new condition models, and all the dealer used ones are getting snapped up quicker than I can call to test ride. All the private sellers are specifying "absolutely no test rides" or "test rides only after full payment".

    How the fcuk is anyone meant to know if the bike suits them?

    The only thing I can think of is "pretty please can someone who owns one of these in the Greater Sydney Area, pleasepleaseplease let me ride your bike? I'll even pay a small fee for the privilege and do the license photo thing and leave my little old FZ6R in your hands. x.x
  13. Don't forget to test ride a z1000 mate
  14. I test rode the Ninja1000, close enough? Was actually impressed, so nimble, so comfortable, power was smooth except when you wanted to hold a speed.
    I also test rode the Ducati Multistrada as per recommendations. Cool bike, but not really what I want. Felt like it went beyond upright to laying back, felt like I was above the front wheel, but the engine felt pretty ace, did exactly as it was told.
    Test rode the MT09 because it appealed to me when it was released, and I didn't want to discount it entirely. Seat was nope, engine was nice, throttle was ok in that one mode, handling was shite though. Good for filtering, but not for cornering.
    I test rode the Aprilia Tuono because it just called to me. It was a complete wildcard on my list, didn't really fit in aside from being upright, but holy hell, everything felt perfect. I couldn't say no. Just an overwhelmingly exotic lover with every shiny thing you could ask for and a sound that stirs up feelings that aren't quite appropriate toward a machine. I bought it there and then. And then within a couple of months had the tiniest bingle(should have been <$1000 to repair) but there were scratches on the frame, so goodbye Tuono, hello riding old learner bike until insurance cheque comes through.

    At least now I know I'm not really into steering dampeners(probably not going fast enough to appreciate them), but slipper clutches and Brembos are brilliant.
  15. So why not get another one??
  16. Different dealers have different views on letting people ride the bikes.
    No one will wet up a bike for you to ride it, would you want a new bike that someone else had clocked miles up on?

    So they have a few allocated from the importer for us to play with.... that still doesn't get you a test ride though.
    You will have your license taken and photocopied.
    You will sign a form that states your up for the first $2500.00 (at least) in damages, no matter who was at fault!
    So even if you break a lever your up for the time as well to refit one.

    Most salesman are bored out of their brain and love the test ride. That can be a good or bad thing. Don't try and impress one, they're baboons anyway. Your there to analyze the bike and see if it fits. So ride your ride and enjoy it.
    I've made the mistake of buying a bike on hype alone, and it was an expensive one. Not that the bike was bad, I just didn't like it.
  17. @Jem@Jem
    Why not test ride everything I didn't get around to the first time?

    Though really, as much as I loved the Tuono, I could use luggage options, as my bike is my primary vehicle. Not even sure I could get another Tuono, as I got an end-of-model price, and don't know if another will be available at that price.

    I fully understand the dealer's desire to keep it brand new, but when there is quite seriously not a single one for anyone to test ride in Sydney, that makes it hard for everyone. My real issue is the private wankers. They have a bike with kms on the clock and want to sell without a test ride. If they wanted to dictate terms for a test ride, that'd be fine. Hell, they can jump on my bike and tail me. They can take a copy of my license, they can write up a brief contract and I'll sign it.
  18. The shops are definitely a lot more reticent to hand over the keys these days I've noticed. Or maybe they can just smell the absence of money on me :(
  19. Excellent point.... Enjoy it if you can get the ride
  20. Last bike I test rode they copied my license, gave me the keys and said "we close at five, be back by then".

    It does vary dealer to dealer, person to person and even brand to brand.

    In regards to private bikes, I completely understand the "no test rides" policy. Insurance won't cover you normally, god know what the muppet asking is going to get up to and they ALWAYS offer some kind of POS clapped out old car/bike and try to sell it as collateral.... If you want to test ride a private bike, prove your serious and take a pile of cash with you.