I don't know how often I shook my head reading that story. But it was a bunch.
Now I wonder about another thread here -on this site. A newb was looking for someone to come to his place and ride around his neighborhood with him as his new bike was being delivered by the dealership to his place that afternoon. Makes me go: hmmmm... I wonder what the laws are here?
It's not the number of breaths you take but the moments that leave you breathless.
. That sounds a lot like a situation at a dealership very recently. A group of us were there for other business and a young guy came in with his mom and a friend to buy an 04 gixxer 600. I don't know if she was there to admire or to sign for it.....funny thing, the guy wanted to get his other friend (an apparantly experienced rider) to take the bike home for him. The salesman (fairly young) was trying to talk the guy to ride it home himself. I don't know how that turned out but was a strange situation. It almost seemed like the salesman could be held liable it.
I'm not in Canada yet, but I will be in a couple of weeks. I'm gonna put my hand up. If there are any newbies that want to go to a parking lot for practice and would like someone to observe and give feedback or just chat about riding a bike and what that all entails then PM or email me.
I don't know what the laws might say about this, but quite honestly I don't give a sh*t, there are simply too many young people dying and being injured doing something that I've done safely (with one exception) for more than 20 years.
I'll be living in Nanaimo on the Island, but I will endeavour to make myself available to newbies so they that they can become just like me, an old bastard who loves riding his bike, the emphasis is on old.
I'm certain that there will be many more people on this board who'll put their hands up as well.
Cheers - Demosthenes
What the hell... if the guy got killed, I'd want to see the salesperson be charged with something.
Charged screw that, if you don't have enough common sense to know limitations, then buddy was headed for accident soon enough.
If you think your invicible, guess what you are not, but don't believe me.... that's fine... I've got no problem shoveling your guts off the highway, I'll put'em in a ziplock and send them to your parents
Same thing happend in parksville guy took out new r1, i saw him giver when he left speed wabbles and dumped it on highway totally destroyed the bike. I think he was no more then 18 years old no brains there should be strick rules for young drivers on motocycles they all think there superman and always want to look cool for the hotty's
...I think if you are dumb enough to get on a bike that you have no idea how to ride you are asking for trouble and any harm you bring to yourself is something you deserve.
If I were in the position of selling a bike to some guy who was clueless and wanted to ride it home I would think twice about just handing him the keys and walking away.
This happened at a local dealership who will remain nameless:
Guy buys a new R1 and when he gets on it to drive home asks, "So explain this clutch thing to me again". My friend was at the shop at the time and couldn't believe it. He asked the salesman why in his right mind that he would sell let alone let a complete newb ride this beast home. The reply was "It's his choice and a sale is a sale".
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I'm recommending the customer for a Darwin Award.
Similar thing happened to a guy who bought a new sportbike (I don't know the exact bike) at Courtenay Motorsports: guns it out of the lot with brand new tires, and lowsides the bike into a concrete barrier. Apparently it has happened more than once there.
When I was getting my R1, I was surprised that the dealer didn't ask me how much experience I had before selling me the bike--I was actually a bit concerned with it, and this story tells me why in vivid detail.
I think that you can buy a bike in BC without a license, but you wouldn't be able to insure it.
When I bought mine from the dealer, they called the insurance girl and she came out and checked my license to ensure I had a Class 6. I am sure a Class 6L would have worked too since it was daylight.
It should be up to the shop itself. If I ran a shop, I wouldn't sell anything larger than a 600cc supersport or equalent to a new rider. I would want repeat customers.
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We all like to think that we are sensible, reasonable people but obviously passion can overtake our reason sometimes. At least in BC you are required to have a class 6 license in order to ride a motorcycle. As mentioned previously that doesn't prevent you from buying the biggest, most poweful bike that money can buy even if you have limited experience. How do you make a salesperson who derives their living from selling bikes responsible for that individual? If they turn him down that customer will just go to the next dealer who will sell to him.