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Old 01-08-2015, 09:40 PM   #1
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BMW wins the ease of demo competition!!

So while I was in the states in November I brought my gear with the intentions of demoing the GS 800, GS1200, super tenere and the KTM adventure.

I contacted the local Yamaha shop and showed up on a weekday evening, they made a copy of my license and gave me a 2012, didnt have a 2014 demo, and a baby sitter. So i left on the 2012 super tenere and the babysitter following me, I loved the bike, it was the Yamaha shop owners bike and he did some throttle work on the bike. I can elaborate later if need be on the bike comparisons but this is more about the ease of bike demoing.

I showed up at the BMW shop on a Saturday morning they happen to be having a customer appreciation day with coffee, donuts and muffins. I didn't really care at all about that stuff but it was nice to have when I got back. The Beemer shop made a copy of my license and rolled the gs800 out and said when I get back the 1200 will be waiting for me, Waite, what, no ones gonna follow me? Nope, no one followed me and they only suggested a route. So just as they said, when I got back the 1200 was waiting. Love that shop!! It was also nice to hang out with some other bikers and have coffee.

I really wanted to ride the new S10 and found another yamaha shop in town that had a demo. So I showed up on another Saturday morning , waited for the salesman for 30 minutes and then had to fill out a credit application. Waited another 15 minutes for the salesman then had the salesman lead me on a short ride. When we got back the salesman and the manager pesterred me for 20 minutes about how they could get me to finance the bike today, He was a nice young guy but the process was a bit more of a pain then the beemer shop.

The KTM shop didn't have a demo bike..................that's about it.

So if I was to buy a bike based on my demo experience it would be the Beemer for sure, the first Yamaha shop that let me demo the 2012 was relatively painless and the guys were accommodating but the BMW shop was relaxing, no pressure to buy and the experience was really great.
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:10 AM   #2
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Sounds like that Yamaha mob really wasted your time.

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Old 01-09-2015, 08:57 AM   #3
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The first Yamaha shop was pretty good other than the babysitter, I actually spent about 30-40 minutes talking with the owner about bikes, rides, friends, that was a great shop. But when BMW just through me keys and said see ya, that was pretty cool.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:22 AM   #4
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Had the same experience in the UK.

BMW shop, took a copy of license, gave me the keys and said see ya this afternoon (this was at 10am). 3 or 4 demo bikes available. Friendly staff and no sales pressure. Even an offer of a GPS as I didn't know the are very well.

Triumph shop, same again license, keys handed over, see ya in a few hours. Only a couple of demo bikes, no sales pressure.

Suzuki shop. Sorry, escorted demo's only, come back tomorrow. Yeah right.

Yamaha, escorted only, sorry no one in to do it today.

Honda, copy of license, bring it back in 20 minutes, ok? Not bad dealershop at all, but not enough bike time for a big purcahse.

I bought a BMW.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:30 AM   #5
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Morton's BMW in Fredericksburg, VA was the easiest and friendliest bike shop for demo rides. I was attending an Army course and showed up with no gear and they directed me to a closet with extra helmets and jackets and told me anytime I wanted to demo something to come in and try it out. A simple photo copy of my license, quick instructions, and I was out the door!

I've been to a couple other places like a Suzuki shop and a Yamaha shop and was told that they didn't do demos.

I haven't tried doing a demo at a Ducati shop yet.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:04 AM   #6
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Years ago I was looking for a new ride, a sport touring bike. I really liked the looks of a new Kawasaki model. I asked about a demo and they laughed at me. Literally. So I was not willing to put down cash on a bike that I had never ridden on. Looking around the only dealerships in the area that did demos were the Harley place and the BMW shop. This was before the Buell dual sport bike, so I went to the BMW shop. Found a used K bike, test rode it, loved it and bought it, still have it.
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:16 PM   #7
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I've been to a couple other places like a Suzuki shop and a Yamaha shop and was told that they didn't do demos.
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Why do you think this might be?
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:11 PM   #8
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Why do you think this might be?
I'm not sure. It might be punk kids wrecking their bike but I thought that someone's insurance would pay for it. I signed a liability form at the BMW shop so I thought that it would be the same for any other shop.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:18 PM   #9
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The great service is wired into the price of the bikes. It's not 'free'.

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Old 01-09-2015, 07:23 PM   #10
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Why do you think this might be?

It turns a new bike into a used bike that is harder to sell.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:45 PM   #11
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It turns a new bike into a used bike that is harder to sell.

This.

The local Yamaha shop reluctantly let me demo a FJR a couple years back. I had bought a new bike there previously without a ride and was a regular customer which is the reason they let me take the FJR out. But I was asked to keep it short and by the time I finally got to ride I was feeling guilty and only put 4 miles on it.....

The BMW dealer was the exact opposite, I spent an afternoon riding bike after bike after bike...
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:45 PM   #13
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I went to the KTM dealer and wanted to demo a 990. He said they don't have demos but if I was not happy with the bike, they would give me store credit. Sure, like I would need 3 KLRs or something. Bought the 800GS instead cuz of the multiple demos on one and the 3 year warranty.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:16 PM   #14
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When I bought my last bike, the local Ducati dealer literally sent me out on everything they had, at least until I cried uncle and laid down in the service waiting room to cool down. It was the Panigale that finally broke me, the sixth bike I rode I think. The Triumph/KTM dealer was cool too. They sent me out on a Tiger and a 690 Enduro with the instruction to please bring each back before they closed.

I don't think I'd buy a bike from someplace that didn't treat test rides that way now that I've been spoiled.
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:26 AM   #15
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I was convincing myself to buy the tenere after having two BMW's because of the lower initial cost and the maintenance cost, but after the lovely expieriance with the BMW shop I'm really considering the beemers again.

Maybe the BMW shops feel freeier to demo bikes cause the clients TEND to be older, established career types.................maybe?
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