Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: DC metro whatever
Aaron, I wouldn't be shy about buying a new bike from a dealer sight unseen.
I'm not surprised at the bureaucracy you'll have to endure (I used to travel to Mumbai for business monthly), but it does make it impossible for you to have a close look at your purchase before you sign the deal, as the papers are being sorted--which is how a lot of people (like me) are used to buying a vehicle.
To mitigate concerns, I'd suggest:
- Leaving extra time on the day you pick up the bike to check it out before you leave the showroom.
- Even if you're an experienced rider AND purchaser of motorcycles, it's a good idea to bring a knowledgeable friend for a second pair of eyes.
- In the unlikely event you see something amiss on the floor, be prepared to document and agree with the dealer on a remedy that day.
- Take a test ride while your buddy stays at the dealer, come back, and share impressions before you depart for the day. I would even leave a bunch of my stuff there in the showroom. This way, if you encounter questions or suspected issues, you, your buddy, and the bike are all still present right there at the dealer and they'll have to work with you.
Again, I wouldn't worry too much. I've bought cars and motorcycles this way and you should have confidence in the dealer. Don't be apprehensive...be excited, and do be alert! Best wishes.
Now: Elfi (Elfineule
, Elf Owl) a 2018 baby GS!
Now: Handsome Black, 2014 Tiger 800.
Then: too many to list, all makes. Each good in its own way!
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