As someone who is looking for a bike I really cannot see how some people get away with saying 'No Test Rides'. Who buys a used bike without riding it first? A test rides is just ONE item in a list of things I normally do when purchasing a used bike, along with a mechanical check (if the bike is worth anything) and legal checks.
The BCSB marketplace has several of these kind of for sale ads, and I have to say they are losing out on a large portion of the motorcycling community by refusing a test ride. There are many ways you can protect yourself and allow for interested buyers to test your bike, and I was just curious as to why these people do not consider this.
When I sold my 929 I was worried about a test ride turned theft, but I did not even bother putting no test rides in my ad because I am smart enough to know very few people will come by. Instead when someone called me to come by to take a look I explained my policy in person, and no one had a problem with it. The bike sold in under two weeks in late September (a tough time to sell a bike around here, let me tell you) and I think if others adopted a more friendly policy they would not have to bump their posts every week for two months trying to find a buyer.
End of short rant.