If you were selling your scooter........

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Whiterook, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Whiterook

    Whiterook Member

    I am in the process of selling my Sportster and wondered your thoughts on this; If a stranger was intereested in buying your scooter and asked if he or she could take a little test ride would you let them? Is there a normally accepted rule with biker owners about this?
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    Only after you have the cash in hand. Suppose they drop it?

    I've sold many bikes and it's understood that it's a personal thing and you don't know their experience levels. Cash in hand then take it for a ride.
  3. Gas Gauge

    Gas Gauge Junior Member

    cash and motorcycle rating on license (both in hand while gone)
  4. martin14

    martin14 Active Member

    wouldnt buy a used bike without a test ride.

    First, evaluate the guy coming, make sure you have a serious buyer.
    Have seen many ads with ' no test pilots '.

    Second, have a friend or second vehicle around to go along with him.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2009
  5. ksboy

    ksboy Account Removed

    Great question. I have sold a number of motorcycles and only one person asked to ride first. The bike had full coverage, the kid had a valid motorcycle license and guaranteed me he'd pay for it if he went down (yes, I asked). All went well, but I was second guessing myself the whole time he was gone. I knew he wasn't going to take it since I had his truck that was probably worth more.
    If it were to happen again, I would make sure they had a valid motorcycle license (as before) but would also make a call to my insurance carrier. If your insurance would not cover it, I would ask for their proof of insurance and would consider calling their company myself. Anybody seriously interested wouldn't mind the extra hoop. How's that 'ol saying go, "an ounce of prevention"...
  6. glider

    glider Veteran Member

    How do you know it WAS his truck and not stolen from the next block :s
  7. Blue Wide Glide

    Blue Wide Glide Junior Member

    I have sold a few, and only with cash in hand is the rule. There are too many things that can go wrong! It is still in your name, and technically you are responsible for all expenses incurred.
  8. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    No demo rides on my bike. That's what dealerships are for - demo's and rentals. In my case, if they don't know how a Street Glide handles and rides, they shouldn't be buying one yet. Like RichardS said, I'll ride it around for them. Even take the chance of a certain "label" and let them ride on the pillion if they want. Maybe give them a 24 hour period to decide after the money exchanges hands. After that it's their bike.
  9. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    The last 2 bikes i sold the buyer asked for a test ride they left their car keys and money with me and i hopped on one of the other bikes and went with them

    worked for me both times

    did the deal for the Dyna over the phone after seeing it on the INTERNET and did get the chance to test before handing over the rest of the money
    Id had a long trek to get there (the wife wanted it)

  10. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

    Several years ago friend of mine listed his Kawasaki in the paper. He got a call from a guy wanting to come by and look at it He showed up in a fairly new truck , talks to my buddy about the bike then says he would leave the truck along with the keys if he could take the bike for a test ride. Well my friend agreed and after the guy was gone for about a half an hour my friend decided maybe he should call the police. Turned out the truck had been stolen from someone in another state when the guy asked to take it for a test drive and left a car stolen from another state with the guy that was selling the truck. Guess he must have been taking a cross country trip courtesy of others.