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Here's a question. What do you say to someone when they ask if they can take your bike for a spin? My answer is usually NO, unless I know they have a motorcycle license, their own bike and experience. Am I being a dick, or just an over-protective fanatic? Lemme know your thoughts...

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I don't let anyone, unless they have a license and bike themselves. And even then I still pause and think it over. I would never let anyone borrow my bike for a trip or a day. I let anyone ride my dirtbike, it just barely gets scratches if crashed.

Trevor

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I usually reply by asking if I can take their woman "out for a spin"!

Seriously, I HATE when people ask to ride your bike! To me, it's incredibly rude to even ask. Your bike is a very personaly thing, and the potential for someone doing damage to it, even unintentionally, is too great.

If you offer to let someone ride your bike, that's one thing. I still don't recommend it, unless it's someone you REALLY trust, but at least you are the one who brought it up.

But having someone ask you is just plain awkward. It's like someone asking, "Hey, can I borrow $1000 for just a couple of days?", or "Hey, I need a place to stay for a few weeks, can I stay at your place?"

I mean, what are you supposed to say, if it's a friend? You want to help out, but on the other hand, you're thinking -- F*** No! :rolleyes:



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It depends on how well I know the person and their abilities. I have offered to allow a couple of friends ride my RC 51. It is insured and if it were crashed I would rebuild with some "special things". :)

I do think it is rude for someone to ask. I have a friendof mine(Jim)that I wouldn't hesitate to hand him the keys and let him ride until his heart was content. He is the only person that I would let do that.

A good answer to the question, that has worked a couple of times, is sure and "I will just follow you on your bike. My bike goes down then guess where your goes?" ;)

BTW mine is fully insured and most of the guys/gals that would ask to borrow your bike, probably do not have insurance on theirs, so the thought of their bike flying off the side of the Smoky Mountains is not an enjoyable one. :(

Of course the thought of me stomping their ass in a fit of rage as their bike flies off the Smokies is not enjoyable either. :p :D

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AZ's got the right idea! If someone asks to borrow your bike, then ask to borrow their wife/husband and see how that goes over.

I have only let one other person ride my bike since I bought it & I was nervous as hell that they were going to wreck it even though he has 18+ years of riding experience.



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I may be a PUTZ too, but I don't let anybody ride my bike. My best friend asked to ride it and I said NO! My Dad is the only person to ride it and he came back with a huge grin on his face.

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I've let a select few ride my bikes. I've also had the privaledge to ride some friend's bikes.
I've never asked to ride someones bike and actually have never had anyone ask to ride any of mine. If someone did ask I would say no.
I also usally refuse when someone offers there bike to me for a spin.(Mostly because I don't want to return the favor ;).)


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i usualy tell them they got a better chance sleeping with my women then riding my bike, i have 3 friends who i trust my bike with, i know how they ride and how they take care of there bikes

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I think it's rude for someone to ask that. No one has asked to ride my bike and I probably wouldn't let them anyway. Only my husband, but then I get to ride his VTR, so that's cool. :D

I have also had people offer me their bikes, but I usually say no, as I don't want to offer them mine. I'm funny about my bike and my car. Don't want too many people's grubby hands (not to mention butts!) on them. :eek:

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The answer is NO! unless I know the person and their riding abilities plus the way they ride. If they ride like a squid then no. Also if they are on my bike then I am usually on their bike and if they crash mine I still have their bike to ride home.

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Hey Stacia, Can I ride your bike. :) JK

If someone asks, and they have a bike of equal or greater value, I say yes if they let me ride theirs. Then if they go down, I have a new bike. :D

Also, I have let my boss ride it. He doesn't own a bike, but he owns a Porsche. :D

I have let another friend ride it as well, and he is not financially secure enough to pay for it or offer me any sort of compensation. He is the only exception, because he is carefull with other people's property and he scraped my ragged butt off the pavement. :)

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Don't let anyone ride your bike that you don't trust with your ATM card and code. Enuff said.
They will beat on it. Turn too hard. Wheelie it. Slide it. Wreck it. And most likely not pay for it. I've had two friends who let other people crash their bike.
Heck, last friday I had some ask to ride mine. I said no. I've seen how he rides HIS bike. My baby loves me too much.

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I only let two people ride mine, my riding buddy (yzf 1000 thunderace) and my neighbor, who treats other peoples bikes like gold and has to be forced to ride sombody else's bike.

Other than that, not a chance.

Ross cbrxx

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I almost never let someone ride my bike. The only people who have ridden my bike are my two closest friends who are very good riders. One friend recently rode my bike. Afterwards, my bike had a "rattle" under the triple clamp. I noticed the steering head nut had spun loose. Took it to the dealer and they said "whoops! we forgot to torque/tighten the steering stem bearing and nut when we did your first service". My friend was sure he had ruined my bike. Even though it wasn't his fault, I still am very reluctant now!!

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I've never really been asked because I'm usually the first to offer them a ride. I only let friends who have experience ride it and it actually makes me feel good to share it. Kind of like one of those random acts of kindness you know. If you let a good friend ride it there is usually no need to tell them "you break it you buy it" since they already know that your bike is cherry and if they respect the friendship, they will respect the bike and not ride the snot out of it.



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I have only let 3 people ride my baby. My father, and my 2 buds. One rides a TLR and the other a F4. :D

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I never ask someone if I can ride their bike. I will ask them if I can sit on it and start it, and most of 'em don't mind this. Once I have it started, I just snick it into first and ride off. That makes them very mad most of the time.

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I will let my roommate (he has a Superhawk), my brother (F3) or my Dad (seniority). I have ridden a couple of other guys' bikes around here and let them on mine, but I knew the guys fairly well and it was just around town. If my bike went down, theirs would change ownership or suffer a nasty fate. :p

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