Just wondering what opinions peoples are about purchasing a new bike and new style of bike without having a test ride. As some of you will be aware I'm looking at a new Bandit or Hornet, so the styles are similar but I'm coming off a sportier RF900R meaning riding position and performance will be different. :? I cant get a test on either bike without going to Melbourne. As far as I'm concerned a quick lap of the block is not a test and having a sales person follow would just sh!t me. So despite the best efforts of Loz and a few others in THIS thread steering me towards the Hornet, I think I'll go for a Bandit (thanks Jim and a few others) for lots of reasons including; because I can get a super deal fairly local, the fairing will help on my mainly open road speed riding, I think (and Mrs 2wheelsagain thinks) they look better and I already have a Suzuki key ring! (that's the clincher) So the question is after all that BS. Should I have a test ride in Melb or just go out and plonk down some cash? Thoughts?