Did a search but didn't really find answers.
Anyway, I'm about to buy my first new bike. When I bought my first bike I trailered it home, looked over the bike well and made some minor repairs. Should I expect a new bike to be ready to ride?
If you are buying a NEW bike from a dealer then it should be fully prepared for the road. Depending upon the dealer will say if the fuel tank is with SOME fuel in it or filled to the top.
After all in purchasing a new bike you are also paying for the "preperation" of the bike so it can be ridden right off the dealers lot.
Personally I would check the bike over, sit on it to see that all the hand & foot controls are where I prefer them, take a small run around a few blocks to check on the "clocks" on the bike & if they are working correctly. Everything should be 100% to your satisfaction.
If you're financing at all, you'll have to insure the bike, trailer or no.
I say trailer if you are in bad weather, but want the bike now. Me, I rode each of mine off the lot, each time praying fervently I would not make a dumb mistake in the dealer's parking lot (and I've been riding on the street for 25 years...).
I live approx. 120 miles from where I got mine so I trailered it. Checked it out before I loaded it up. I prefer to cruise the bike around a lil and get used to the brakes and throttle,gears and just make sure the bike is gonna stay together before jumping into heavy traffic.
The dealer had it all ready and delivered it to my house complete with a full tank of gas. It was my first bike and I live 90 miles from the dealership. I just didn't feel comfortable riding it on the highway so....they offered to deliver it.
I think a dealer will pretty much do anything to get you to buy. I would just tell them what you expect of them when taking the bike home.
Rode all 4 of our new bikes home. Just remember you are on new tires. All rides were pretty mellow, too. Last one was December 2002, at night, in the pissing rain. Only way that ride was enjoyable is I was on my new bike!