If you were looking to buy a second hand bike, would you demand a test ride or would you be satisfied with a pre-purchase inspection? I personally don't think that a pre-purchase inspection is worth much, since I'm pretty sure that it doesn't in any way at all guarantee you that there are no mechanical issues with the vehicle, nor will the company performing the inspection pay for any repairs that may be necessary if they have failed to identify a fault that existed at the time of inspection. I don't say that one should never get a pre-purchase inspection done, as I can see some value for those with little or no mechanical knowledge, but I still don't believe that a mere inspection is sufficient for one to hand over many thousands of dollars. There is no way on Earth that I would buy a bike I had never ridden. What do you guys think?