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An 'S' model too.
What a shame. Man's gotta know his limitations.
 

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DUCMILLE said:
An 'S' model too.
What a shame. Man's gotta know his limitations.
Agree ! :bash: :bash:
 

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Desmo Duc said:
poor duc??? how about poor dealer. imagine it this way... you scrape your pennies together to open your ducati dealership and realize a life's dream. some bloke you don't know comes in asking to ride your $20,000 motorcycle. you realize it is risky but you need to establish your shop as a 'rider's' dealership. off he goes, hits a tree, blows up your motorcycle, and sues your ass for everything you own. not only do you lose your dealership, but, since you were required to attach personal guarantees to your ducati sales and service agreement, they get your house and your kids' college fund too. just something to think about the next time that bastard dealer gets upset when someone drops a bike in the showroom.

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Thats why when you take bikes for a test ride the dealer gets you to sign a waiver saying you pay the excess if you end up having a crash. Him crashing won't affect the dealer at all, cept maybe his lost his demo bike.
 

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orian,

are you kidding? first, most dealers have a rather large deductible. second, most insurance companies are lukewarm on paying claims on test rides. third, one claim on a dealer's insurance policy will usually result in at least the doubling of all rates. it has been my experience that in a situation like this most dealers have written the bike off and used the insurance only to protect themselves from a liability suit.

and you mention a waiver... a good lawyer could find a million reasons this is the dealer's fault. air pressure perfect? suspension set up for specific rider? bike match rider's actual abilities, not CLAIMED abilities? did the dealer scrub the slippery newness of the tires before the poor customer rode the bike? these are just some ways the dealer gets hammered.

then you claim that the dealer will maybe lose his demo. do you think that costs less than a regular bike? he likely gets no demo discount. the question is, with these bikes an easy sale why did he let some squid out on his bike?
 
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