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What would you buy without test riding?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by mfrankpdx, May 18, 2012.

  1. Just curious. Is there a bike out there that you would buy if you had the cash, that you have never ridden and wouldn't need a test ride? What and why?
  2. Any Ducati. It's not about how it rides, it's about how good you look in front of starbucks duh!!!
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  3. I'd get a KTM625 SMC, without a test-ride!

    I just KNOW that I'd love it :)
  4. any bike I wanted, if by that you mean I can physically look at it, but not ride it, or at least have it looked at by someone I decide needs to look at it. In fact, every new bike I have ever purchased was never ridden.

    its just a bike. no need to make it a hard choice. sell it if you don't like it, because you never want to pay too much for anything .
  5. I've done it three times over the years...
    a V65 Sabre, a R1100S, and my S1000RR.

    I would not need a test ride for the new ZX-14R or the Diavel.

  6. DGA

    DGA Moderator Staff Member

    Bought the Speed Triple without a test ride... Five years later still smiling about the purchase every time I ride it, or look at it.

    If you are in town, take mine for a long spin and then imagine the new one being even better. :)
  7. Depends on the price . If its a smokin deal i can overlook the faults ... Or if i have ridden one like it in the past
  8. Done it a couple times, one sight unseen.

    H-D Dyna or XR1200. You could probably throw a MV-F3 on that list too.
  9. Bought my 1098S without a test ride. No regrets! And yes, it looks totally badass parked in front of Starbuck's!!!
  10. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

    Bought my FZ6 with no test ride. No regrets there until I let the wife ride it and never saw it again!
  11. I am from the CIFF school, if I have the $$ in my hand, go test ride it, otherwise I'd need to know you pretty well before hand.
  12. No test rides on any of the bikes below, everything from 05' on was bought at RMC, so no test rides anyway, NO regrets on any of my purchases.

    '76 Yamaha MX125C, '77 Yamaha YZ80D, , '77 Yamaha YZ250D, '77 Yamaha DT250D, '78 Yamaha YZ80E, '80 Honda XR80, '81 Honda XR200R, '81 Honda XR100, '97 Honda SR50, '02 Honda CH80K2, '05 Suzuki DL650K5, '07 Suzuki AN400K7, '07 Suzuki GS500F, '08 Suzuki GSX650F, '10 Honda SH150i, '10 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
  13. I bought my R6 without a test ride and I would definitely buy an R1 without a second thought.
    No test ride on the R6 because I couldn't come up with the cash in hand on that Sunday. Turned out to be the best decision ever because he had people calling him from Canada because his cheap price.
    No test ride on an R1 because I know I would love every second of riding it. All of us are enthusiasts who know what we want and don't actually need proof that we want it.
  14. As long as I got to sit on it to make sure the ergo's were right.

    What do people expect to discover when they ride it around the block?

    I'm pretty certain I'd like an RSV4 and a GS800 without having to ride it down the road.
  15. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Streetfighter


    Bought the 14 brand stinkin new without a test ride....,and the only street bike I had ridden in five years was a Ninja 250.....,Yawozers!!!!!!!!!!!

    More likely at my advancing age is...,

    A new Concours, FJR 1300 or my dream is this;


    Screamin Eagle Fat Bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FTW!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  16. galenernest

    galenernest I bathe with candles, flowers, jazz music, and rub

    I bought my VFR without a test ride. But it is a project bike, nearly complete! I still haven't ridden it.
  17. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

  18. +1 on buying a VFR.

    I would snatch up a VFR1200 no prob...
  19. Buell 1190rs

    Cuzz its sex on two wheels
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
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