I've never experienced a problem with a salesman about sitting on the bikes. I wouldn't buy a bike without sitting on it. As far as test rides go, I don't know of any dealerships in my area that allow you to test ride. To me that's kind of frustrating, but then again I understand their predicament. I've asked a couple of salesman and they claim their insurance doesn't permit customers to test ride the bikes. They'll let you sit on them and start them up, but that's about it.