You can't test ride many new bikes around here, a few places will allow limited test rides on rare days during some event with huge crowds, so its pointless mostly. That is good and bad, depending on the bike. Who knows what I really want in a bike, some weird mix of feel, looks, comfort, sound. When I was younger, I could deal with uncomfortable bikes much more then I can now. 2005 Triumph Bonneville, had older ones, thought the new ones would be fun, it was, for a week, then it was uncomfortable and boring, even after upgrades. It seemed heavy and not very powerful, bad seat, bad sound, wallowed in turns. Just not much fun to ride. 5000 miles and it was gone. 1200 sportster, liked the look, liked the sound, motor ran ok, the worst suspension of any bike I ever owned, zero lean angle, massive weight, wide, low seat, high mid pegs, the bike seemed to be made for strong dwarfs. It was fun to ride, for about an hour tops. 5000 miles and it was gone. On the other hand, looking for a cheap bike to get after a bad crash on a dr650, I got a TU250. I am glad I did not get a test ride, I likely would not have got one. As it was, after I got out of the hospital, I found a great deal on a 2 year old leftover new one and had it delivered. Geared silly low, no power, on the small side, but after a few easy mods, this has been one of my all time favorite bikes. All day comfortable, nimble, ride it balls to the wall all the time without tickets, never needs anything but oil changes, silly easy to ride. Bikes I THINK I would really like: sr500, Moto Guzzi V7 classic, old Honda SL350, old Moto Guzzi's. They would all likely be a real let down but you never know.