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Buying a new motorcycle without test drive

Hi
I am looking to buy a new motorcycle (Indian scout) and the dealership said that you cannot test drive any of the bikes unless you have an m license. I will have my m2 by July end (need to wait for 60 days after m1 and safety course). Will it be advisable to buy motorcycle without test drive. It will be new so don't have to worry about mechanical issue but was wondering how will I understand if I will like the bike without riding it. Looking forward for your suggestion
 
Hi
I am looking to buy a new motorcycle (Indian scout) and the dealership said that you cannot test drive any of the bikes unless you have an m license. I will have my m2 by July end (need to wait for 60 days after m1 and safety course). Will it be advisable to buy motorcycle without test drive. It will be new so don't have to worry about mechanical issue but was wondering how will I understand if I will like the bike without riding it. Looking forward for your suggestion
Welcome to the forum.

And welcome to the struggles we all face. You could try to keep your eyes open for a demo day event for the brands you`re interested in, you can speak to the appropriate dealerships to find out about when they might have one or keep an eye on the thread we have going;


But, long story short is most of them seem to be moving towards requiring an M license. Most dealers do not offer demo rides due to insurance reasons.
 
Yeah the sales rep mentioned the same thing about insurance. If this is the norm I think we can't do much about it except wait for demo days. Thanks for your reply. Appreciate it
 
Hi
I am looking to buy a new motorcycle (Indian scout) and the dealership said that you cannot test drive any of the bikes unless you have an m license. I will have my m2 by July end (need to wait for 60 days after m1 and safety course). Will it be advisable to buy motorcycle without test drive. It will be new so don't have to worry about mechanical issue but was wondering how will I understand if I will like the bike without riding it. Looking forward for your suggestion
Welcome to GTAM

Perhaps it is best to wait until you have your full M before purchasing a new motorcycle, this way you can be sure it is the right make/model for your riding requirements, in the meantime buy a lower cost used bike while you have your M2, you can trade it in or sell it privately when you're ready to move on and you have a full license and a good understanding of insurance in Ontario. Ride safe!
 
Yeah the sales rep mentioned the same thing about insurance. If this is the norm I think we can't do much about it except wait for demo days. Thanks for your reply. Appreciate it
You can do what some riders on GTAM do and buy what you think you want and sell it again if it doesn't work for you. Not the cheapest approach for sure but you get the opportunity to ride it as you want in many different conditions prior to making the decision to sell or keep. Even if you were allowed to test ride, it's a small sample of riding conditions (often with few corners and very limited speed) and it isn't a guarantee that you'll love the bike as an owner. It can help weed out bikes you really hate, but I'd be surprised if many riders hated the scout (stock exhaust makes the bike sound chirpy imo but that's easy to fix).
 
Honestly, I highly recommend a used bike as your first as you'll likely drop it and may want to move to something else later anyways and you won't lose as much re-selling as you would lose on a new bike.
 
Welcome to GTAM

Perhaps it is best to wait until you have your full M before purchasing a new motorcycle, this way you can be sure it is the right make/model for your riding requirements, in the meantime buy a lower cost used bike while you have your M2, you can trade it in or sell it privately when you're ready to move on and you have a full license and a good understanding of insurance in Ontario. Ride safe!
Thank you!
 
You can do what some riders on GTAM do and buy what you think you want and sell it again if it doesn't work for you. Not the cheapest approach for sure but you get the opportunity to ride it as you want in many different conditions prior to making the decision to sell or keep. Even if you were allowed to test ride, it's a small sample of riding conditions (often with few corners and very limited speed) and it isn't a guarantee that you'll love the bike as an owner. It can help weed out bikes you really hate, but I'd be surprised if many riders hated the scout (stock exhaust makes the bike sound chirpy imo but that's easy to fix).
Thank you for the idea! Appreciate it
 
Honestly, I highly recommend a used bike as your first as you'll likely drop it and may want to move to something else later anyways and you won't lose as much re-selling as you would lose on a new bike.
Thank you for the idea. I think I will start looking into pre-owned bikes to see if I can find something good there
 
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Honestly, I highly recommend a used bike as your first as you'll likely drop it and may want to move to something else later anyways and you won't lose as much re-selling as you would lose on a new bike.
I must the only person to not drop my first motorcycle, I hear "You'll drop it" on almost every new rider motorcycle related post..
But LBV does provide good insight on buying used, your first motorcycle is rarely the only motorcycle you'll ever own and you'll feel much less guilt about any small mishaps you may have with it up to and including dropping it it is also a good learning experience in regards to general maintenance etc. as well as hopefully less to ensure versus a new purchase.
 
I must the only person to not drop my first motorcycle, I hear "You'll drop it" on almost every new rider motorcycle related post..
But LBV does provide good insight on buying used, your first motorcycle is rarely the only motorcycle you'll ever own and you'll feel much less guilt about any small mishaps you may have with it up to and including dropping it it is also a good learning experience in regards to general maintenance etc. as well as hopefully less to ensure versus a new purchase.
U lucky.

I dropped mine the first day I picked mine up at an intersection that’s 5 min from my house. lol.

To OP, if money allows for it I would go new, chances are older starter bikes have histories that you may or may not like. I often see listings of starter bikes on Kijiji and most have been dropped etc… and chances are it’s prolly rides well and no issues but the peace of mind with a dealer bought bike.

Or may be look into some dealer used bikes? They usually don’t pick up nasty conditions but I could be wrong here.

Good luck and safe riding.
 

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