I try everything before l buy many times over in some cases. Try 10 years of riding demo Buells including five different XB9s before putting the deposit down on my own City X.
I also read a lot, but mainly because l’m a bit nerdy in that respect anyway.
However, reading about technical improvements did encourage me to go for an 06 model over an 05 before riding them both. Reading can inform you, but should not be the final arbiter of choice!
My local dealer has just received their demo Benelli 752s and very pretty it is too in black. I ‘l’ll probably ride it 3 times before buying.......if l ever do.
Tried lots of bikes l might have bought with great promise on paper, but were either a big disappointment or just not going to get my money after riding; Honda CB900F, Kawasaki GPz900R , Sachs 650 single, Suzuki VX800, Triumph Thunderbird 900 (69bhp version), Kawasaki GPz1100, Kawasaki W800, Triumph 675, Honda CBR600, etc, etc.