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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 10-06-2007, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Selling your bike would u allow a test ride?

Getting ready to sell my bike. I'm a little iffy on lettin' someone I don't know hop on my baby and ride off. What have you guys done in the past? Do you even let people test ride? Deposit? What should I do?

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Man learn from people's mistakes NO TEST RIDES what so ever
deposit , full price in cash does not matter NO TEST RIDES



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Ask for something of equal or greater value as collateral and have a written agreement that not returning with or wrecking the bike means you keep that item.
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Ask for something of equal or greater value as collateral and have a written agreement that not returning with or wrecking the bike means you keep that item.
something of equal or greater value = your asking price in cash
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I would NEVER buy a used bike without a test ride. Doesnt matter what you have done, how much care and love you put into it. It's a USED bike. And I would NEVER show up with $6/7k whatever amount of cash. As the saying goes, buyer beware. How am I, a buyer, to know that it's a scam and you're there waiting with some 'friends' and no bike whatsoever?

that being said, here's what i would do: put something in writing; write down their driver's license #, address, or even better, make a copy of it; a deposit of some amount; have them leave their car at your house; if you have another bike available, follow them; etc.
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keep their kidney as a deposit... anything less aint worth it!

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When I bought my R1 the guy let me test ride it. I NEVER allow this when I sell them. What are you gonna do if he brings it back wrecked...kick his ass?? call the cops?? Theyre not gonna do anything. Youd have to try and sue the guy and if he has nothing for you to take...guess what?? You just wasted a wad of cash on a lawyer and your bike is still trashed....
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for the buyer to feel safe with cash in hand, meet up in a public place so you dont worry about getting jumped or have friends with you. for seller, request cash in hand. not check, not money order, not drivers license, CASH

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Yeah no test ride! Because for one you don't know their experience level. Also, there's a reason its called an accident.........because it can happen any time.

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I've done it before but I had the money in hand while they were out on the ride and my backup was with me too, just in case. The most important thing is to try and read the person before you do anything. If something does not feel right, walk away.



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have the owner of the bike ride it with you driving next to it thats what i did with my 89
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Well I shoulda just made this a poll. I agree with both sides of this, I don't want anyone trashin my bike and leavin me high and dry but at the same time I wouldn't buy a used bike without riding it either. I guess I'll just make sure the ad states you must have money in hand to test ride.
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HELL NAW!!!!:bitch_ple

I bought my 1st bike without test riding it and I loved it anyway. If they wanna feel what it's like just put it up on a rear stand and let the buyer sit on it to see if he/she is comftable.

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Bought my track bike. Guy let me test ride around the neighborhood. Had cash in hand. If I did wreck the bike, I would have felt like a moron but I still would have bought it. I guess it's a trust factor. You will know when you meet the person if they are trustworthy of a ride. Going to be hard to find someone to purchase a used bike without a ride. JMO. T




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If you are gonna do a test ride.. then have them sign something saying it is a test ride and they are responsible.. and hold their cash for the FULL price you are asking...
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Get the cash in hand and let them take the bike out for a ride and they can sign the title after the test ride when they decide they like it.
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id never let somebody test ride my bike but at the same time id never buy a used bike without riding it.
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cash in hand = test ride or test wreck if he/she is a douche
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Money in hand test ride... he/she hands you full price, signs an agreement saying they are responsible and you hand them the keys. If he/she brings it back intact and dont want it, rip up the agreement and hand them the money back. If not, you sold your bike!

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Wow, I never actually thought about this...but my first bike, a 79CB750K (granted, super old), was test ridden the night that I went to check it out. I thought it was natural for people to test ride/test drive used automobiles...good point about people getting into accidents...now I don't know...good question. I think it just depends on how much I trust the buyer....
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on the fence with this subject. i would not feel comfortable giving people test rides however it would probably depend on the situation and the person. when i bought my bike used the person let me test ride it. i had cash in hand with a buddy there as well.
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The last few bikes I sold, I took the buyer for a ride around the block. That's as close they will ever get to the controls until I have ALL my cash in hand and an agreement signed saying the bike was bought AS IS!

A few years back a kid dumped a buddies Gixxer 600 on the first left he took with it on his test drive. We blocked their car in and he locked himself in the car (all bloody too lol) with his girlfriend.

He agreed to pay for the damages, which he eventually did after a huge pain in the ass.

Moral of the story, no test rides!!

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Getting ready to sell my bike. I'm a little iffy on lettin' someone I don't know hop on my baby and ride off. What have you guys done in the past? Do you even let people test ride? Deposit? What should I do?
its usually a strict NO test-drive policy for me. unless they hand me cash or collateral on the spot.

don't do it bro. all u can do is let them sit on the bike and turn it on. make sure you're there at all times while they are looking at the bike. i heard a story where a guy was trying to sell his bike, left the keys in the ignition while he stepped inside the house. the buyer was gone and stole the bike when he stepped out.

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when i sold mine i knew the bike is perfect, didnt have anythin to hide, so no test drive
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+1 on cash in hand. If they are serious about a test ride, then they should be a serious buyer. They should have the cash with them to purchase the bike. Take the cash and hand over the keys for the test ride. They break it, they buy it.
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What I have done in one sale and also one purchase
is to let the owner ride with the buyer double up.

As a buyer you can tell how the transmission works and
how the engine sounds, which was good enough for me to tell
how good the bike was.

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Do what a dealer does?
Take all their information, make sure your bike is insured, make them sign a contract.

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