Selling a bike, do you let them test ride?

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  1. PEnGUiN188

    PEnGUiN188 New Member

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    Selling a bike on craigslist. 1982 Honda cb900 custom, lots of aftermarket add ons, showroom condition, always garage kept, runs beautifly.

    Question is, when buyers come over, do you let them test ride and hope they know how to ride? or not.

    Many thanks
     
  2. mistergixter

    mistergixter New Member

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    I have never sold a bike before, but they are a lot different from cars as in most people already know how to drive. I would not let anyone test ride a bike personally unless they showed me that they have a vaild M1. At least then you know that they have the basics. I am sure some other will chime in too.
     
  3. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Cash and motorcycle license.
    No cash, no test ride.
    No license, you can look at it, but you're not riding till you buy it.
     
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    Vermincelli Banned

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    cash, M1 and a signed paper saying if they wreck it, they agree to buy it.
     
  5. PEnGUiN188

    PEnGUiN188 New Member

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    Thank you sirs.
     
  6. Kenny Powers

    Kenny Powers OT Supporter

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    If it's pristine, hell no. Not without me holding your cash.

    A project/stunt bike I might not care as much.
     
  7. 3x

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    Cash in hand, m1 = test drive

    I will be holding all the money before anyone rides the bike, and will be keeping it all if it is messed up in any way. Just too many squidly people out there to let people test.
     
  8. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    To sum it up:
    No test ride without signing a contract that says "You damage it you buy it", money in hand, and a M1 license(optional if they sign the contract).
     
  9. squid

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    No. Never. I'll ride it if you want to see it go, or we can go to a mechanic.
     
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    I wanted to test ride at a consignment place and the guy said I would have had to do all the paperwork to buy it, give him the money, and then ride it. If I didn't like it he'd tear up the paper and give me my money.

    I'm guessing he has the policy for a reason. So should you.
     
  11. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    I would not let them ride even with cash in hand. They will have to give me the full sales price, in cash, sign a contract for the test ride including language that if they drop the bike, they will forfeit all the cost for repairs AND they must have a M endorsement.

    Simply having the cash doesn't protect you.
     
  12. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Also, take pictures of the bike right before they test ride it with a newspaper and date.
    That way if you need to take them to court, you have proof of the lack of damages before.
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Good call
     
  14. LOLZILLA

    LOLZILLA New Member

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    This.

    And think of the liability. What if something happens on the test ride, he can sue you and win if he loses his legs or something.
     

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