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Should dealers impose restrictions on sales of bikes to riders

  • No, if you've got the cash, it's your right to buy/ride what you want

    Votes: 8 57.1%
  • Yes, certain displacements and styles of bikes warrant a required level of experience

    Votes: 5 35.7%
  • Not sure

    Votes: 1 7.1%

Should dealers sell to anybody ?

1445 Views 14 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  bumblebee
OK, so ur joe q teenager or inexperience rider in general. U walk into the dealer, u've got the financing (probably with daddies money anyways) and u want a new Busa or maybe a ZX10. They say, ok, here's the keys, knock urself out, thanks for the sale..and away you go.

This is basically the case with the dealers on our long as you have a valid license, they'll sell to pretty much anybody with the cash.

If they would follow certain guidlines for the bikes they sell, like recommended rider specifications, experience, etc., we'd have alot less squids on the road of course..but there's also a huge greay area as to who can ride what, and who has the experience, and who can prove it either way.

Just curious as to ur thoughts.
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I have to agree with JK on this one. It's the rider's responsibility. Dealers shouldn't have to do parenting. Do I agree with Dealers selling a GSXR1000 to someone who's never ridden before? No. But if they want to be stupid and buy one, it's their problem. A reputable and respectable dealer would say "hey, I think this might be a better bike to start out on," but ultimately, it's not the dealer's responsibility.

I also agree that we should have a graduated licensing system here in the U.S. That would be an excellent idea, but doubt it would ever happen.
Need4Speed750 said:
ur right..the dealer is out to make a buck, no doubt, and cant be a police force so to speak.....but in the interest of responsible riding and safety of the rider and the sport in general. dont u think they should atleast do their part, or something if u will, to help the rider get what bike fits their skill level best. ?
Trust me, I agree completely about safe riding. But as I mentioned, I feel the only thing dealers can do is say "hey dumbass, this is not the right bike for you. Why don't you look at this nice little 250 sitting over here." But ultimately, it's the buyer's decision. I do know dealers who won't sell to people because they feel it's not right.

Kind of the same situation with race bikes. A guy comes in and wants modifications done to his/her bike that we know will make it illegal for them to race in the class they race in. Is that our job to police them and say we're not going to do it? Ultimately, the customer is paying for something they want and it's not our job to tell them yes or no. We always make sure they understand that what they are asking to be done is not legal, blah, blah, blah...but ultimately, it's not our decision. Ulimately, they are the ones that get fined, penalized, lose their points, etc., for the stupid a^^ decision they made. All we can do is warn them and try to steer them clear of it. Ya know?
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