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Old May 30th 2017, 05:44 PM   #1
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Ducati Demo Days? WTH?

I got an email recently about May's "Ducati Demo Days." Basically it said that May was demo month and to register interest for test riding any Ducati. I registered that I was interested in the Panigale S 1299.

About 2 days later I got an email from my local Ducati dealer saying they had a 1299 S in stock. At first I was excited but as I read the email, it went on to say that the bike is new, not prepped and if I wanted to ride it, I had to be seriously interested in buying and leave a non-refundable deposit.

Is this normal practice? I'm not slagging the dealer as they have always been nice to me. But why would I buy a bike if I've never ridden it? Of course I understand that if they prep it and I ride it and not buy it, they could lose money since they'd have to sell it as a demo vs. new.

I have seriously been looking at the Panigale S for a while, but I'm not prepared to put down an undetermined amount of money just to test one if for some reason I decide not to buy.

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Old May 30th 2017, 05:47 PM   #2
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Find another dealer
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Old May 30th 2017, 06:02 PM   #3
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My dealer had demo's to ride. Seems weird if they don't at least have a base demo.
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Old May 30th 2017, 07:30 PM   #4
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My dealer has asked me on two separate occasions if I wanted to test ride their 1299 S. I agreed on the second time. Your dealer is telling you he's not willing to put in the time to SELL the bike to you. You have to have already made a decision. It's a very poor dealer/salesman. Motorcycles are by nature a passionate purchase, it does not take much to build up that passion. Sadly that dealer is lazy!

The last cycle I bought without a test ride was sold in a year and I lost a lot of money trading the thing in. Never again!
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Old May 30th 2017, 08:21 PM   #5
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I've never test ridden a motorcycle that I've owned.....ever! Total of 7 motorcycles. I did test ride a dragster in 2015 but I bought the RC recently. I guess that may be the only one that would count since it's the same model.

To me, buying a bike is purely based on looks. I haven't been disappointed with any bike purchase in the 15yrs that I've been riding. Doesn't mean everyone will take this approach but test riding a bike for me isn't necessary, nor will it help make my decision one way or another.
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My dealer has a Supersport Demo! Have not had a chance to ride it though.
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Old May 31st 2017, 05:24 AM   #7
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I didn't know Ducati offered demo rides. They must be one of the few.
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Old May 31st 2017, 06:52 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by double0 View Post
I've never test ridden a motorcycle that I've owned.....ever! Total of 7 motorcycles. I did test ride a dragster in 2015 but I bought the RC recently. I guess that may be the only one that would count since it's the same model.

To me, buying a bike is purely based on looks. I haven't been disappointed with any bike purchase in the 15yrs that I've been riding. Doesn't mean everyone will take this approach but test riding a bike for me isn't necessary, nor will it help make my decision one way or another.
totally agree with this. as long as i can sit on it and its comfortable i basically know how it will ride.
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Old May 31st 2017, 06:53 AM   #9
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I didn't know Ducati offered demo rides. They must be one of the few.
In my experience there are two kinds of demo's

1) Manufacture sponsored: This is where they drive around w/ a truck full of demo bikes and they host 'demo days' events @ the dealers. Usually they have a tent and some kind of food, giveaway...etc.

2) Dealer sponsored: This vary's dealer to dealer. Some keep a fleet, some don't. Some will let you ride the actual bike you'll be buying, some won't

Sounds like the OP is dealing w/ #2 and they don't have a fleet of bikes so they are trying to hang him up for $ in the event he doesn't buy it which is BS.

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Old May 31st 2017, 07:08 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by mark419ny View Post
totally agree with this. as long as i can sit on it and its comfortable i basically know how it will ride.
Same here!!!
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