I wouldn't dream of buying a new car unless I could take it out for a spin. I mentioned this to a local dealer and they said I could if there was a second-hand one in stock. He said that the new models weren't ready to ride and needed the battery connected etc. My uninformed theory is that they don't have demo models and adding kms to a new bike will obviously affect value. I was just wondering whether when buying a new bike from a dealer, it was normal practice to take it for a short test ride?