I'm in the market to get a new bike in March.
After a phonecall yesterday to a dealer in St Helens, and at their request I stopped in at their bike shop after work today to have a look at a deal on a Kawasaki ZX10R and at the same time get a valuation for my 06 plate CBR 600 F.
Generally I am soft spoken and mild mannered but I think the salesman mistook this as me not knowing a thing about bikes.
I've never been spoken to in such a condescending manner (As if I had just started biking), and all I can think of is that my brand new Frank Thomas jacket must make me look like a scooter riding chav with 2 days riding experience. I suppose me wearing Draggin jeans didn't help either?
I was quite specific about the type of bike I was interested in after the salesman insinuated the ZX10R may be too powerful for me...he took me downstairs to view their collection of second hand bikes so I put my foot down and again said I was interested in getting a new bike and wanted to work a deal on the ZX10R.
Eventually it must have dawned on him I was serious about the ZX10R and he put a price together (The price he gave me was £7500 excluding any optional extras), practically twisting my arm in the process to have tracker or alarm fitted as a £400 option. When I asked about the Acrapovic exhaust pipe that came with their website offer I was refused and told it would be an extra £700 but they could do it for £500.
When I asked about a test ride (I had to push for it as it wasn't offered), I was given the usual test ride blurb but I couldn't help but notice a lot of emphasis was put on having had a full UK licence for 12 months (Even though I had told him My CBR was my second big bike and I had owned the CBR for 3 years).
I was quite pissed off when I left the bike shop, dreams of owning a litre sportsbike vapourised.
Anyone know of a friendly bike dealer near Warrington looking to sell me a litre bike, and possibly offer me a test ride to make up my mind?