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I had been trying to sell my sons Yamaha R1 for some time now. After dropping the price again, 2000 less than original sale price, I got a buyer tonite. So, I:ve read on this forum about all the horror stories of people taking the bike for a trial spin and dumping them and walking away from it. Well tonite the buyer wanted to try it on the side road in front of my house. I told him it was not registered and unless we had a deal, cash in hand, no rides. Well we counted out the cash, I told the driver that the road has construction work going on and some sand on pavement. You can only guess what happens next. No helmet, snaps the throttle leaving my driveway, and down he goes. Keep in mind the driver was not the buyer, it was his cousin giving him advise on the bike. Some cuts and bruises, thankful no head injuries. His cousin and another friend of theirs run to see if he is OK. Keep in mind its 8:30 PM, plenty dark. My next move is run in my house and give the cash to my wife. Always thinking ahead, 3 of them and 1 of me. The bike started up again and they drove into my garage to view damage. I felt really bad for the driver and the buyer, but thats why you get the cash up front. I was impressed the way the buyer handled the situation. He was truly concerned for his cousin, the rest can be repaired. They will return tomorrow to pick it up. Glad its gone but wish it had a happier ending. Once again, plenty of wisdom to be found on this site..
 

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You did it right. Had the cash still been in their hands, you would own a damaged bike.
 

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unless we had a deal, cash in hand, no rides.

Good for you. It could have been a happier ending for the buyer, but if you hadn't cash in hand, it could have been a much worse ending for you!!
 

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Good going. Sad, but it's our job to protect our vested interests, especially our hard earned cash. Was the damage bad? Proud of ya,bro. You did it the way yer pappy taught ya! jimsjinx
 

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Someone posted about a similar situation but the seller was being sued. Glad you situation is OK.

One thing that really bothers me is that on a test ride / drive the testing party often wants to see if they can blow the engine or tranny. If they are successfully they walk away. A knowledgeable mechanic is better than a lead foot any day.
 

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Good job! There is no other way to handle a "test" ride for a buyer unless you just want to loose your shirt.
 

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You did the right thing and you had a class buyer. Kudos to both of you!
 

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lieutenant wrote:
Glad its gone but wish it had a happier ending.

Hey man, that is a happy ending!
 
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