If a dealer will let you test ride, I'd say now is the best time for it. I'd have your friend pick up the phone and make a few phone calls to local dealers.
Go AZ Motorcycles is pleased to announce the "I Wanna Ride" National Open House Weekend, Friday & Saturday, April 27th-28th during regular business hours (Friday 9-7, Saturday 9-6.)
===> DEMO RIDEShttp://www.goaz.com/eventslist.htm?groupId=33826&itemId=132073
Edited to state the links says "Demo Rides"