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Old July 11th, 2019, 10:08 AM   #11
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I wouldn't call multiple first hand, real world accounts anecdotal, specially when everyone I talked to seemed to come to the same conclusion. I do understand what you're saying though. Everyone has an opinion and just because 1 person thinks the bike is over-hyped it doesn't mean the next guy won't fall in love with it. I considered putting a deposit to get a test ride but there's just no way I could see myself paying 20k+ for that motorcycle. So, there was really no point in me going for a test ride.
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Old July 11th, 2019, 11:47 AM   #12
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Yeh, in general it's so hard to get test rides - kind of crazy to have to buy a bike by guesswork.
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Old July 11th, 2019, 12:49 PM   #13
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It seems like nowadays there's only a few brands willing to give test rides anymore. BMW & HD are the only ones that come to mind. Apparently Indian will if you put a deposit to show your serious. When I bought my Triumph and Ducati both dealers made me fill out all the paperwork to complete the deal and basically said when that's all done you can go for the test ride. If you like it the deal is done, if you don't we'll tear up the paperwork. If you bin it you own it LOL.
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Old July 11th, 2019, 12:57 PM   #14
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The dealer here in SF let me sit on the 939 SP on the showroom floor and that was it. I already had a base 821 and a cashiers check so the deal was gonna happen anyway but it would have been nice to take it for a spin.
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Old July 12th, 2019, 12:15 AM   #15
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Although I ordered my Strada before they even started delivering them in the US, I was invited to an already scheduled customer ride about a month after doing the paperwork. Got to ride a Strada and a Diavel. Most were customers that had purchased from them in the past and were on kinda a VIP list. I still get invited to them to try new models. A good shop that wants long term business will let you test drive.

I figure if you sign the waiver and provide proof of insurance, knock yourself out. I can see shops wanting you to follow an employee for parental supervision.
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