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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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"friend" laid my bike down

UGH. So I was the world's second dumbest person and let my friend's husband ride my bike.
I thought he was just going to take a lap or two around the parking lot we were in, and he did... he just did it at 80mph.
He rides a big Harley and I figured he could handle my 08 GSX 650f
next thing I know he is on the ground and it is sliding about 50 feet on it's left side.
Broke my heart. - I realize I shouldn't have let him sit on it.

Have any of you been in this situation? The bike seems ok mechanically. I rode it home about 10 miles right after.
He has said he will pay for the damages but I'm not sure how these kinds of things usually work. The fairing is badly cracked and the gas tank is scratched and dented, as well as pretty much every piece and part on the left side.

If I take it to a shop will they be able to order all of those different parts?
He wants to buy bits and pieces from the internet and has been saying thing like "I have a friend who does fiberglass work...." this is making me nervous. The bike was in perfect condition before I want it perfect again.

I rode it again about 3 miles to work and I am now on my weekend and haven't ridden it since Monday. It is my main mode of transportation and I'd like to take it on a 30 mile errand tomorrow but I am nervous about such a far ride. Is it likely sound? How easy is it to incur frame/fork damage from a wreck like that.

Anyway, Thanks for any tips info and advise you can give on this subject.
Also if anyone is near Tampa FL I wouldn't mind some recommendations on repair and supply shops.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-05-2013, 04:40 PM
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There probably isn't any frame damage, unless the bike hit something you shouldn't have any fork damage either.

As far as repairs go they are very costly.

I would recommend going one of two routes as far as getting a clear idea of where you stand.

1. Pay a shop to do a repair estimate. Usually this is under a 100 bucks and they will give you an estimate of what all needs fixed. You can then give it to your friends husband. This would be the amount that he owes you. I wouldn't recommend letting "buddies" do the work. If he doesn't pay your only option is small claims court.


2. File an insurance claim, get the bike fixed, have your insurance go up and chalk that under lesson learned. (Assuming you have full coverage)

I have been in your shoes and let a "friend" borrow my truck once only to have it come back on a tow truck totaled. I never got any money for it and had a $3k hard lesson.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation and wish you the best.


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There probably isn't any frame damage, unless the bike hit something you shouldn't have any fork damage either.

As far as repairs go they are very costly.

I would recommend going one of two routes as far as getting a clear idea of where you stand.

1. Pay a shop to do a repair estimate. Usually this is under a 100 bucks and they will give you an estimate of what all needs fixed. You can then give it to your friends husband. This would be the amount that he owes you. I wouldn't recommend letting "buddies" do the work. If he doesn't pay your only option is small claims court.


2. File an insurance claim, get the bike fixed, have your insurance go up and chalk that under lesson learned. (Assuming you have full coverage)

I have been in your shoes and let a "friend" borrow my truck once only to have it come back on a tow truck totaled. I never got any money for it and had a $3k hard lesson.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation and wish you the best.


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I too have been in this situation. It really depends on how cool you are with the person.

The most logical thing is to fix the bike for a reasonable cost. You'll have to compromise with him, if he doesn't want to pay the full price.. I think it might be easier to go through insurance and just have him cover your deductible and rental car for how long you're without your bike.
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