Dumb Bike Salesman!
Well, my girlfriend has decided she no longer likes riding on the back of the 9 and wants to learn to ride herself. I think that's pretty cool so I'm trying to get her in the MSF class as soon as there is an opening.
We decided to stop by one of the local dealerships in town here to look at some bikes for her. This dealership is expensive and I don't particularly like the people who work there but they have a great selection of bikes, gear, parts and accessories so I like to just go there and check things out in person before I buy it from somewhere else. Anyway, we are looking at bikes and I am showing her a couple of Kawi's (250R and 500R) and she seems to like them. I go over to check out the helmets and leave her to look at the bikes. I come back about 10 minutes later and one of the salesman has convinced her that a brand new 6R is the perfect choice for her and that she will have no problem riding it. Now keep in mind that she has never ridden a motorcycle before in her life. She looks at me and starts telling me that she thinks she should get a new 6R. She says the salesman told her she would be ok if "she just goes slow for a while". My plan was for her to get a used 250 or 500, ride it for a season or two, then, if she's ready get a 600. I look at the salesman and tell him he shouldn't be recommending bikes like that to new riders. He tells me I must be one of those start out small, waste a lot of money on several bikes, then get the one you want people and I tell him yeap, because unlike you I care what happens to her.
After that we just left. Luckily, I was able to convince my girlfriend that the salesman was a bumbling idiot and that I don't think she should start out on a new 600.
So....Anybody else ever run into stuff like this? By the way, I don't put all bike salesman in the same category as this guy, I know quite a few who are serious enthusiats and care about the sport and those who represent it.