Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ, USA
I've never given or offered a test ride. That said whenever I've sold a bike privately I've made sure the bike was Absolutely Immaculate, as perfect looking as I could make it. If a prospective buyer sees the care the bike has been shown test rides usually aren't an issue. If the buyer must have a test ride then payment in full in advance is required. You dropped it you own it. If they take the bike out ride it around the block and bring it back exactly as it was then give them the money back no harm no foul.
Payment: Cash, wire transfer, no checks of any type. ANY check can be faked or have payment stopped.
Place to sell the bike: Here! or any BMW site, i-bmw.com, Internet BMW Riders, BMW Sport Touring, ADV Rider.com, list it where BMW buyers will look.
I'll also add that it makes good sales sense to do any services, tires, repairs, remove stickers you think are cool, get the bike as close to perfect, clean,showroom stock as you can before showing the bike. A perfect clean bike leaves less room for bullshit haggling. Extras like tank bags and exhaust, extra lights are best removed if possible, since they only get "thrown in" better to sell the farkles separately.
Last edited by Erik; Jul 5th, 2011 at 10:26 pm.