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The Spaceman 02-10-2013 12:49 PM

When you sold your bike
 
What did you offer regarding demo rides? I'm starting to get some replies to my VSrom ads. Having strangers take off on the bike doesn't seem smart, but OTOH, if I were buying a used bike I'd want to test-ride it before handing over the buckazoids.

Any tips?

jmdonald 02-10-2013 01:20 PM

Records.
 
I have sold a few bikes over the years and it is hard not to allow a test ride. If you are fully insured any loss should be covered. That being said Demand a valid driver license with motorcycle endorsement. I keep detailed records on every service performed and that has been enough to dissuade some from needing to ride the bike. Bottom line size them up. If you are not 100% sure don't let them take it. Good luck.

seruzawa 02-10-2013 02:01 PM

Hardly anyone is going to buy a used bike without riding it.

For example I tested out a 1989 Ninja750 a few years back. The seller said that it was noisy because the chain needed adjusting. So, why didn't he adjust the chain? As I rode it I noticed that a lot of noise was coming from the clutch basket area not the chain. When idling neutral some noise would occur when I pulled in the clutch and go away when I released it. I told him that the clutch was shot and it would be a bad thing to do to sell it to someone without telling him.

I noticed it was sold two days later. I hope he had his engine explode in his Jeep if he lied to the guy who bought it. From his attitude I'm pretty sure he did lie.

I'd never buy a bike without riding it. And I do allow test rides. I keep the guy's D/L when he takes it out and I ensure he has an m/c endorsement. Be sure you have insurance.

sarnali2 02-10-2013 02:46 PM

If the guy shows up with his own helmet and riding gear and a valid MC endorsement I'll usually let them take the bike for a ride. If they show up in tennis shoes and want to borrow my helmet I tell them cash in my hand first. So far it's worked seperating serious buyers from joy riders.

pushrod 02-10-2013 05:44 PM

I'd at least hold onto his (her) license. That way, you can check for the m/c endorsement, and you have his I.D. if he vanishes or messes the bike up.

The Spaceman 02-10-2013 06:02 PM

I don't mind having someone ride the bike per se, actually, it will help sell it. It runs great, there's nothing wrong with it at all. But like I said, it seems weird letting a total stranger ride off with it. Holding the ID would help.

trenttheuncatchable 02-11-2013 07:57 AM

I haven't had any inexperienced riders buy a bike from me, except the girl who bought my Ninja 250. But she brought an experienced rider with her, who also brought a tow truck with him.

I always ride one of my other bikes, going along with the rider test riding the bike I'm selling. It's never been a problem.

The Spaceman 02-11-2013 09:16 AM

The first potential buyer is coming over this afternoon. He sounds pretty serious; said he sold his cruiser and wants to buy my bike to take to Alaska this spring. "I'll bring cash, will it be ok to leave the bike there until I can pick it up?" Sure, why not?

If he has cash he can demo ride it all f'ing day!

Buzglyd 02-11-2013 09:42 AM

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Originally Posted by The Spaceman (Post 280076)
The first potential buyer is coming over this afternoon. He sounds pretty serious; said he sold his cruiser and wants to buy my bike to take to Alaska this spring. "I'll bring cash, will it be ok to leave the bike there until I can pick it up?" Sure, why not?

If he has cash he can demo ride it all f'ing day!

People always give me the "I have cash" line when I sell bikes. What the hell other form of payment would I take?

You can kind of size them up over the phone as well. If they ask specific questions about your bike, they are most likely legit. If your standard, FL hobo shows up, you might want to get a deposit.

I'd get a copy of license and insurance for sure.

The Spaceman 02-11-2013 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Buzglyd (Post 280077)
People always give me the "I have cash" line when I sell bikes. What the hell other form of payment would I take?

You can kind of size them up over the phone as well. If they ask specific questions about your bike, they are most likely legit. If your standard, FL hobo shows up, you might want to get a deposit.

I'd get a copy of license and insurance for sure.

The license is clear enough, but what do mean about insurance? His policy from the bike he sold?


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