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Old 07-20-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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Question Buying a Demo Bike

So, my local Yamaha dealer has a FZ09 demo bike with all the Yamaha extras... luggage rack, comfort seat, fly screen and other little doodads.

The bike fits me like a glove and they are knocking off $300 on the bike and about $450 off the accessories.

I can live with the price they quoted me and may even get them down a bit more. My concern is how do demo bikes get treated? It has 175 miles on it.
I have no idea how the demo rides are conducted. Do they have supervision or do they let any nut-job go off for a hour by themselves ?
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:56 PM   #2
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Demos get ridden hard as you might expect. It has bounced off the limiter with cold oil several times I bet. It's probably not hurt though, considering most people don't put 200,000 miles on a motorcycle before getting rid of it. And it's under warranty. Doesn't seem like much of discount for a demo bike though, but I'm not that familiar with yamaha.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:58 PM   #3
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When I ride a demo bike, I test it. It gets treated like a rental car. I don't see why a person looking for a sport bike would test ride one without really gettin on it.
If it runs well, it's probably okay though. As long as you get a warranty, there's probay nothing to worry about
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:59 PM   #4
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+1 on what combustor said---that's not a good discount for a demo.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:05 PM   #5
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deffo try more discount for a demo bike
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:06 PM   #6
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For $300 off, and a discount off some heavily marked-up accessories, I'd buy new.

I would do accelerated "motoman" break-in, but that is nothing like the abuse a demo or rental may have had. Who knows it may have been treated well-enough, and they're generally pretty hard to break, but for that tiny discount I'd buy new.

I'd offer for $300 off + $0 for the accessories.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:25 PM   #7
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I have bought two Demo BMW bikes. I kept one till 45,000 miles. Only issue was it needed a clutch replaced at 35,000. It could have made it several more thousand miles but it was starting to slip very slightly and since it was under warranty.........


Need more of a discount though. After negotiations, both my Demo's were @ $4,000 off MSRP.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:05 AM   #8
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Yeah, I would need to get 10% off MSRP, or better.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:44 AM   #9
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Romney Cycles sells new ones for $7495 no freight or prep, $75 doc fee, I bought a Tiger 800 demo, it had 500 miles on it, 150 of them I put on it the two times I demoed it, the owner of the shop put most of the other miles on it, it was discounted $2000 below msrp, no freight or prep, had the 1st service done, the only thing wrong with it was the rear tire had a bit flat spotting going on from being ridden straight up or the tire pressure being off. Bike has 5000+ miles on it now seems to run fine, plus it has a two year warranty. Anytime I've ever demoed a bike the shop had the bike started and warmed up before I rode it. You should be able to get the bike for no more than dealer cost, same thing for the accessories.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:50 AM   #10
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They are great to deal with!

And a demo is mostly shorter rides, not time to get real hot, hard on throttle, but not for long, which sounds like a motoman break in, which DOES work.





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Romney Cycles sells new ones for $7495 no freight or prep, $75 doc fee, I bought a Tiger 800 demo, it had 500 miles on it, 150 of them I put on it the two times I demoed it, the owner of the shop put most of the other miles on it, it was discounted $2000 below msrp, no freight or prep, had the 1st service done, the only thing wrong with it was the rear tire had a bit flat spotting going on from being ridden straight up or the tire pressure being off. Bike has 5000+ miles on it now seems to run fine, plus it has a two year warranty. Anytime I've ever demoed a bike the shop had the bike started and warmed up before I rode it. You should be able to get the bike for no more than dealer cost, same thing for the accessories.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:33 AM   #11
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Where I'm from, the 175 miles could be just 4 rides/riders. They are all group led and although it can be revvd it wouldn't be for long. So the 175 miles wouldn't bother my.

I expect more than 300 bucks off though, 1k or more...
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Old Today, 10:37 AM   #12
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I thought I would give closure to this.

I bought the bike, got $583 off and the accessories for free.

I know if I waited I would have got a better deal, but I want to ride...

It's only money and you can't take it with you.

loving the bike. Took a photo for my local Tag-O-Rama.
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Old Today, 11:23 AM   #13
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Congratulations! You done good and it looks great
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Old Today, 11:28 AM   #14
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Awesome... congrats
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