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Old 03-02-2012, 09:16 AM   #46
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Harley factory demo rides are by far the best of any.No groups to ride with no asshole leaders telling you not to do wheelies or burnouts no "safety meetings" Just here is the bike follow the orange arrows and if you crash the thing please don't sue us Few years ago at Daytona Bikeweek I rode a CVO Electra glide.The MSRP is like 35,000 dollars.
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I had a real good time at a Harley factory demo event three years ago. No pressure, no patronizing attitudes. They just put us on whatever bikes we wanted and sent us out as a pack. The leader kept a fairly tame pace, but I couldn't blame him. I stayed all day and rode every single model except the trike.

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Come in after the demo and they say "how was it".I told them that the rev limiter cut in to soon and the floorboards would drag on every time I went around a corner.The guy from Harley just laughed and said I think you should try the XR1200
Same here! I was a new and very cautious rider then, and when I came back and told them I was scraping floorboards, they laughed and said, "You might be doing it wrong. Try the XR1200."
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:11 AM   #47
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Speaking of factory demos; that's how I ended up with a XR1200X. Was at the Milwaukee rally, and test rides were pretty much sign up for whatever bike, copy of license, helmet. Follow the arrows, and have a good time. If it had been an escorted ride, I doubt I would have wrung out the bike enough to like as much as I do.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:43 AM   #48
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the last time I went on a HD factory demo ride, it was a group with a leader in front and behind and a "no passing" rule. We never got over 45mph. I only rode one bike and lost interest in Harleys...
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:43 PM   #49
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Laugh

I was able to ride 6 Harleys in two days at the Fall Ride last year in Tomahawk, WI. We all went out on our own, following the arrows. I missed seeing a turn and kept on going straight for a LONG time, finally turned around and came back in. All they said was, "how was the ride?" Got over my fear of a V twin and now am the proud owner of a used Super Glide Custom thanks to the advice of Dakez here on this forum.

However, there is small blizzard going on in southern Wisconsin now, so will not pick it up for a few more weeks.

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Old 03-02-2012, 12:55 PM   #50
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I really think BMW has the right formula for this. They encourage test rides, including longer distance rides. If you are a serious buyer, you might even be able to get an overnight slip for a bike. The bikes get miles pretty quickly and the dealer performs the 600 miles service. When they have had them long enough or put enough miles on, BMW lets the dealer sell them and compensates them for the depreciation. This is usually passed on to the buyer.

Most dealers also have semi-annual open houses where there are group rides, and that is a good way if you're just a tire kicker. To me, its a bit dull but some folks love it. BMW riders are a bit different in that way though as you rarely see them in a group ride in the wild.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:17 PM   #51
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However, there is small blizzard going on in southern Wisconsin now, so will not pick it up for a few more weeks.

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That's why you shoulda picked it up this morning ;)
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:01 PM   #52
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Victory handed me the keys, photocopied my license and said "see ya in a while"
Harley gave me a demo, then another and another for overnight visits...
Honda said no
BMW said maybe, but not now

I say ride em hard, make sure they do what you want them to do.
Bikes of today are built to take it.

Heck, my current HD was the Dealer's personal demo bike that he used to run the Hoka Hey Challenge (Key West to Homer Alaska for the 2010 race). It came in 5th! 17k mikes in 3 weeks... great discount on that bike :) Its a year old with 36k+ on it and runs better than ever. I know he rode it hard... he told me
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:43 PM   #53
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the last time I went on a HD factory demo ride, it was a group with a leader in front and behind and a "no passing" rule. We never got over 45mph. I only rode one bike and lost interest in Harleys...

The Weather Liar calls for Sunshine and dry roads on Sunday. Get on over here and lets go for a Rip on the bikes of your choosing.

You lead. It is YOUR demo ride after all NOT mine. I am confident I can keep up OK
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:48 PM   #54
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:07 AM   #55
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The demo Triumph I test rode was being used by the owner of the dealership as his daily ride to work. It had about 1500 miles on it at the time, so I rode as I would normally. Since I wasn't wild about riding in heavy traffic with an unfamiliar bike, he pointed me south of town into a hilly area with plenty of curves. Great opportunity to try out a new machine. A sale was made that day; I picked my new bike up a couple weeks later.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:15 AM   #56
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Testing riding is a bit easier here in the UK, most places have at least a few demo bikes and apart from open days, never had to deal with group or escorted rides. The best have been BMW and Triumph, where they hand you the keys and ask that the bike be returned with the same amount of fuel as you get it and ride it for as long as you need (one place I picked the bike up at 9 and they told me not to be back before lunch, awesome :0)

The Japanese dealers tend to be more anal, signing insurance docs before hand' etc, and test runs are generally shorter, around an hour is normal. Not tried Harley yet as the last dealer I went to, the staff were more interested in drinking coffee with regulars than dealing with possible new customers, still want to demo the xr1200 though.


All places require a copy of license beforehand, including the paper section which shows points.
Someone mentioned what happened if you damaged a bike on a ride? I did this once, dropped a a bike coming to a quick stop, when the bike in front changed his mind about moving off. Did 200 quid damage to the plastics. I paid for the parts and the dealer covered fitting. Most dealer insurance has a 250-2000 excess, so read what you sign! I did learn not to buy a plastic covered bike, who wants to spend a fortune replacing panels?
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:02 AM   #57
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I arrange our demos on a customer by customer basis, if somebody just walks in and and the first thing he asks is "do you do test rides" we don't usually let them ride anything, if its a customer we have been dealing with for a while we let them loose even overnight if we know them, we don't demo sport bikes, i sometimes go with customers since i like to ride as much as poss and i know a great route from our store and depending on the customer i will either give them a nice gentle ride (can am spyder guys usually) or if its a young guy on a victory i,ll give him something interesting to do on route, i prefer demo rides during the week
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