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Kawasaki offers Test Drive

Kawasaki is offering test drive before you buy.

http://view.email.kawasaki.com/?j=fe...64007e7514&r=0

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I think that is good news! I used to be able to demo a bike out years ago but then it just seemed like all the dealers in my area stopped allowing it. I guess liability insurance costs had something to do with it. However, HD and Victory had no problem allowing demos.

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Kawasaki of Canada used to sponsor Test Ride Events, but in my experience they were often "last ditch" attempts to pick up sales at failing dealerships.

Lately only Harley seems to sponsor regular test rides here in Ontario, but they are typically just "once-a-year" events.

I've also noticed that Can-Am occasionally sponsors Spyder test rides. Spyders sell well in Southern Ontario, but then usually go up for sale a year or so after they are purchased. Apparently the thrill of Spyder ownership is short-lived, especially when they take up as much room as a car in your garage...you might as well own a convertible sports car
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Kawasaki of Canada used to sponsor Test Ride Events, but in my experience they were often "last ditch" attempts to pick up sales at failing dealerships.

Lately only Harley seems to sponsor regular test rides here in Ontario, but they are typically just "once-a-year" events.

I've also noticed that Can-Am occasionally sponsors Spyder test rides. Spyders sell well in Southern Ontario, but then usually go up for sale a year or so after they are purchased. Apparently the thrill of Spyder ownership is short-lived, especially when they take up as much room as a car in your garage...you might as well own a convertible sports car
That's what i have always said. I would buy a Miata before i would buy a Spyder.

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That's what i have always said. I would buy a Miata before i would buy a Spyder.
11NOMAD,

You must be very secure in your manhood then

I couldn't allow myself to be seen in anything less than a Honda 2000 Roadster

But seriously, there is a market for Spyders and Trike Conversions....especially for those with injuries or balance problems that prevent them from enjoying the thrill of 2-wheeled biking.

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Kawasaki of Canada used to sponsor Test Ride Events, but in my experience they were often "last ditch" attempts to pick up sales at failing dealerships.
I got the email yesterday and when I looked at the nearby dealerships, they listed specific models. Some had...

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So maybe sales are down on some of the bigger, pricier Kawis, Idk.

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My Kawasaki dealer has been doing that since 2010. Of course they do assess whether the would be test rider is an experienced motorcyclist first.

They will let me ride bikes so I can post about them on various forums. Of course they hope I like them. LOL!

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11NOMAD,

You must be very secure in your manhood then

I couldn't allow myself to be seen in anything less than a Honda 2000 Roadster

But seriously, there is a market for Spyders and Trike Conversions....especially for those with injuries or balance problems that prevent them from enjoying the thrill of 2-wheeled biking.

...slow day at work...can you tell?
Yeah Vulcan, I am very secure, thank you. I have actually owned two Miatas at different times in the past. I love to drive & those Miatas were the most fun cars to drive out of the 30 or 40 cars i've owned in my life. They are like driving big go-carts. They are pure sports cars for the poor man. I might own another one in the future when i get too old to hold up this Nomad.

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But seriously, there is a market for Spyders and Trike Conversions....especially for those with injuries or balance problems that prevent them from enjoying the thrill of 2-wheeled biking.
And then there are thousands of us that can handle any motorcycle that LOVE trikes.

I plan on getting a trike kit on the Voyager in a couple years or so because I think it makes the best trike I have ever seen.

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And then there are thousands of us that can handle any motorcycle that LOVE trikes.

I plan on getting a trike kit on the Voyager in a couple years or so because I think it makes the best trike I have ever seen.

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And I can ride in the snow no problem again....

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I agree Bubba. I would get a trike long before I'd have to stop riding. I've had a number of sports cars and they're just not the same in my experience. As for the Voyager trike, my brother (also rides a Voyager) and I looked at them in Sturgis this year. California Side Car conversion. It was BEAUTIFUL! It made the Harley California Side Car conversion look old and outdated. Much better in person than even the pics. That would be my choice.
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