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    Why not Array 2xBlown's Avatar
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    Test riding bikes

    I did Action last year, however I didn't do the actual road test with ICBC so all I have right now is my learner's with the restrictions taken off. I am looking to buy a bike pretty soon (a month or two) and am wondering if shops will let me test ride them with just my learner's...

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    nope.

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    Why not Array 2xBlown's Avatar
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    So how exactly do newbies like me buy a bike? Id rather get some practice time before I go out for my road test...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2xBlown
    So how exactly do newbies like me buy a bike? Id rather get some practice time before I go out for my road test...
    you'll have to buy without a test ride, or maybe someone selling privately will let you test ride.

    btw: you can some great deals privately on used bikes right now

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    if they really want to make a sale they will let you. i know that i test drove my first bike with just my learners. If they say no just go down the street to the next shop. Just remeber it could be an expensive test drive...

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    The shop I bought my Kawi from last year allowed it, but only with a sales rep leading. It's hard to find a shop that will allow this. This service was primarily why I chose the dealer. Everyone else told me to take a hike, even if I offered to set up a time days in advance.
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    If you have the restrictions removed it should be no problem, or get someone that has one go with you. I had no problem with my learners and friend had his class 6.
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    It's all about liability. They don't want to be held responsible if something happens. Questions like why did you let the person test ride w/o the proper license? If you can find a shop that will let you with someone leading then go for it.
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    If you have your MSA, there shouldn't be any liability, technally, you're allowed to ride except for certain conditions, if none of those conditions are being violated, it shouldn't be a problem.

    I test rode a couple with my MSA, but they were either private or private through the dealer, but no one had any problems.

    All you can do is ask.

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    I think it's more finding a place that's comfortable with letting you take a bike out. I don't think liability is an issue, it's trust, all those bikes are insured with collision when they go out for a test ride AFAIK.

    I think they'll tell you to take a hike if you hand them an interim license. If you go in with the intention of test riding bring lots of extra ID.

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    Thanks a lot guys. I think all I can do is just go and try. I give the impression of a very responsible person so maybe I can sway them... Anyway, I won't be bugging anyone till I have the money in hand so that may help my cause as well. Thanks for all the input though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gixxstar
    I think it's more finding a place that's comfortable with letting you take a bike out. I don't think liability is an issue, it's trust, all those bikes are insured with collision when they go out for a test ride AFAIK.

    I think they'll tell you to take a hike if you hand them an interim license. If you go in with the intention of test riding bring lots of extra ID.
    yep,.. ID ID! I've never test ridden a bike, but there was a guy some time last summer who did with just a credit card, and ended up never coming back. Turned out that the credit card was not his.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamui
    yep,.. ID ID! I've never test ridden a bike, but there was a guy some time last summer who did with just a credit card, and ended up never coming back. Turned out that the credit card was not his.


    I guest this guy is not going to be "Sales man of the Month"

    Just a credit card and he give a test ride? What a dumb ass!!!

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