Sunday, March 27, 2011

Funny How Times Change

For several years, if you went shopping for a motorcycle, the one thing you would not have been offered was a test ride. It was just a non-negotiable due to insurance issues. A few years ago, that began to soften a bit. Harley-Davidson dealers began to have "Demo Days" a couple times a year where they would put out eight or ten bikes and anyone with a valid motorcycle license could take a guided ride on any or all of the selected models.

With the economy tanking and sales of motorcycles at an all time low, test rides have been on a come back. Even Harley-Davidson dealers are advertising test rides and providing scheduling of test rides for potential customers. Harley-Davidson Try a Bike

Victory Motorcycles raised the stakes on test rides recently. Victory Test Ride Victory is making a $100 wager with potential customers. Take a test ride on one of their Victory models, then take a test ride from a competitor. If you buy the competitor's motorcycle, Victory will give you $100. Victory $100 Test Ride Challenge

If you are considering buying a motorcycle, I would suggest taking them up on their offer. They offer some good looking bikes and seem to have impressive performance. And even if you do not think you are remotely interested in buying a Victory, everyone could use $100, right?


Bill (cycleguy) said...

Harley, Victory, Honda, you name it. If I put my legs over any bike other than the one that says TREK I am in deep horse doodoo with my wife. I like my life. lol

Ben said...

Allen, did you see my last post with "things said around the house?" When asking Kim if I would come home to a bike in the garage, she said no, but I can get some new shoes.


Allen Madding said...

Bill - Don't let me be the source of marital discourse!

Ben - I did. New Shoes? Aww Come on Kim!

Unknown said...

My group visits dealers whenever there's open houses with test rides, I have ridden Ducatis, Hondas, Triumphs, it's great even if you not on the market ;-)

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Allen:

If you have to ask your wife if you can get a motorcycle, then its time to test drive a new wife.

A freind of mine who is an extremely accomplished BMW jockey (a bike on which the pegs are at testicle level) was recently urged to test drive this huge, squat cruiser thing. My friend said, "Sure. I'd love to."

He got rolling on city streets and took the first turn a lå BMW style, and ended up dragging the floorboard and the exhaust around the corner. He was very forthright about with the dealer, who laughed it off saying, "That the third time this week."

Happy riding this week...
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads
The Bermuda Triangle of Biker Bogs

Unknown said...


I suppose that I am a little different in that I don't do test rides unless I am actually interested in purchasing that particular model. I have been offered many test rides from many dealers but have declined. I actually can't even remember if I ever test rode any bike I have ever purchased.

Riding the Wet Coast

Allen Madding said...

George - I am liking your crews' thinking.

Jack - Some of us have it better than others, mine suggested I buy a bike the day I bought my first. I have a friend whose wife bought his first bike and suprised him with it. Another crotch rocket jockey friend went into a local custom bike shop and was offered to test ride a stretched chopper. He took it out and almost dumped in in front of the dealership because how difficult it is to turn a bike with a long raked front-end.

bobskoot - we all have different takes I guess. I know the demo days I attended a few years back sure gave me great insight on a lot of Harley's different models. I was suprised how much difference there was across their models.