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This may be a goofy question - buying new bike

I have always bought used bikes and therefore this question:

I have been negotiating with a Kawi dealer for a 2010 Versys and since the production seems to have been stopped, he only has one in stock which happens to be the floor model. When I spoke to the sales guy on phone (and email), he said the bike hasn't even been started yet and will only be prepped for me to test ride before my purchase. And then I went in yesterday and was told by a different sales person that the bike has about 15 kms on it because mechanics try it after prepping it and that this bike is as new as a bike can be and that it is common to have 15-20 kms during prep. I don't mind a couple of kms on a brand new bike but 15 is a bit too much or am I just being too uptight about buying a new bike?

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not a goofy question as it is wise to ask such questions, not sure myself as never been blessed enough to get a brand spanker but some of the gurus on the sight will see you right, hope it all goes well for you.
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They don't ride them as part of the prep. Different manufactures send the bikes with different amounts of dis-assembly to fit them in the metal crate. From the factory they come with about 3 Miles on the odo. (5km) Usually all the dealer does is check torque and bolt on handlebars.

They typically keep the batteries out of them until the sale. So if you see one assembled on the floor, it doesn't necessarily mean that the dealer rode it. It could be a demo though.

From my personal experience if a bike had more than 5 miles on it, I would think that it had been demo'd.

The dealer could ride it around the building after assembly for you to test the brakes, but that would be the most I would expect.
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Some dealers have the tech test ride the bikes after they do the final assembly .

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I think 15 km (almost 10 miles) is a bit long for a test ride after prep, it can be done in a few km. Especially when you expect brand spanking new, that could feel like too much.

On the other hand, it is still within the crucial break-in period of the first 30-50 miles, so you could decide not to worry about it.
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my brand new versys came with 0.7 miles. Only because the mechanic that put it together drove it to the gas station to fill her up before i rode off. I watch them assemble the bike and ride it out of the garage. They put on the front tire, front brakes, windshield, handlebars, and some of the plastic accents.
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My new '09 bought in April this year had 21 miles on it. I had originally thought that was 2.1. I wouldn't worry about it. FWIW, I paid 5669.00 for mine out the door, and that was only because they charged 300.00 for shipping it from another dealer in NH.
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I personally wouldn't worry about it. I think mine had 12 miles on it.
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My 09 had not yet been prepped when I first saw it , the dealer promised they would only put one mile on it during their prep and check out. It had exactly one mile on the day I rode it home.
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Thanks everyone. I feel a little less anxious.
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I wouldn't worry about it. However, mine came with zero miles!
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I found a 2008 that had been sitting in the dealers back room for 2 years. It had 4 miles and after I test road the bike twice it had 21 miles .
I wouldn't worry about a bike with less than 50 miles.

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They don't ride them as part of the prep. Different manufactures send the bikes with different amounts of dis-assembly to fit them in the metal crate. From the factory they come with about 3 Miles on the odo. (5km) Usually all the dealer does is check torque and bolt on handlebars.

They typically keep the batteries out of them until the sale. So if you see one assembled on the floor, it doesn't necessarily mean that the dealer rode it. It could be a demo though.

From my personal experience if a bike had more than 5 miles on it, I would think that it had been demo'd.

The dealer could ride it around the building after assembly for you to test the brakes, but that would be the most I would expect.

Not true, atleast every NEW bike I have purchased was "0" Miles on the ODO.

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From my personal experience if a bike had more than 5 miles on it, I would think that it had been demo'd.
Agreed.
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Not everything New is NEW, So a few Km on the ODo will proof that it's New and running. Why take back a bike Zero in it and not tested before. I took mine at 150Km, i think it was a offer from KAWA with all the accesories and the dealer did a few km on it. I got it for a fair price and with all the warranty. I am happy with it and no probelm whatsoever.
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My dealer put 12 miles on mine after I had them change a tire ..... I think they just like to joy ride on bikes that aren't theirs.
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You guys do realize that your bike has been started and ran hard at the factory?

Every bike is started and ran on a two-roller dyno up to redline under load in each gear, then decelerated and brakes are tested, including a roller under the front tire for front brake testing.They get a little bit of warm-up before riding onto the dyno. Speedo is checked at 40, 60 and 80 mph. A dyno report is generated for each bike an should be available to the district Kawasaki rep if problems occur during the warranty period.

I visited the Harley Davidson plant here in Kansas City, they do this same process of cold start run-up and braking. Really cool to hear a V-Rod at redline, under full load even muffled as it was outside the test chamber

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My brand new '10 had ZERO miles on the odometer when I bought it back in April and I paid close to US$7200 OTD. As long as the dealer honors the FULL Kawasaki warranty, I wouldn't worry about it having a few miles or kilometers on it. After you ride it a bit, you won't even think about it. Trust me! Break it in and have a blast!
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