"Hi, someone knocked over your bike outside."

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Mazaev, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Mazaev

    Mazaev Been here awhile

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    Got a ring at my door earlier and was told by some random lady that someone had knocked my bike over (it was parked in front of the building). Figuring "Hey, it happens," I ran out to pick it up and started evaluating the situation.

    First of all, it was on the centerstand (specifically to prevent knockovers) so it would take a rather hard hit to knock it over. It was down in such a way that the front end had slipped under the bumper of the car in front and the ground had a several inch gash in it.

    Also, the license plate and the front half of my Sargent seat were gone. Since the rear half of the seat locks, the front had to be purposely pried out. Then I start evaluating damage and notice that aside from some relatively minor scratches on the side it fell on, as well as a cracked mirror, there isn't much. Also, there were no cracks in the fairing where it would've been hit if it was knocked down by a car aside from a scratch on the back.

    What doesn't make sense is that if someone just hit it and left, than they wouldn't take the plate and seat. And if someone just wanted to steal the stuff, what's the point of knocking the bike down?

    This just happened like an hour ago, so I'm still in the early stages of grief that comes with no longer having my awesome seat. Honestly, I'm just not sure what to make of it. There was also a Garmin attached to the bike and that wasn't taken, even though the ram mount broke off. Nothing from under the seat either. I don't think I've pissed anyone off lately.

    Guess I'm just curious about how other people handled a similar situation. The feeling of helplessness sucks ass.
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  2. V8

    V8 Night Rider

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    Have insurance ? I think calling them might help more then posting on the internet.
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  3. kenny61

    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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    I dont think that was very helpful
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  4. Mazaev

    Mazaev Been here awhile

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    Just liability. I'm pretty sure it's not gonna be covered in any case. I'm not expecting to recover anything (although if someone sees someone selling the front half of a red-piped 5th gen VFR800 seat in the next few days...)

    I'm just a bit flabbergasted by it getting thrown around so badly and wondering if this is a normal thing in such thefts, or if I have some demented neighbor who thinks i took his spot or something and trying to make a point.
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  5. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Probably just vandalism. Don't look too hard for a reason. Some will do this sort of thing just because the oppurtunity is presented.
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  6. GHOST RIDER ?

    GHOST RIDER ? found second gear

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    :cry hmm well you could start by seeing if there are any cameras on the surrounding buildings did you call the cops I got lucky once catching a guy they lifted his fingerprints other than that what V8 said :deal




















    and if you do find him first :fight
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  7. GSAragazzi

    GSAragazzi Long timer

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    People are A$$horses. That's all. Don't try to understand the reason. Hope you are covered. I'll share 2 stories: I used to live in a "hip" area of town, drunk girls decided o mount my Ducati for pics while parked in a garage and dropped it ( no reason, saw it on the security vid). Same area different bike, guy decides to put his toddler on the bike to take a pic with no permission, exhaust was still hot and burns kid. He kicks the bike over. He paid in more than one ways for that since I was sitting across the street from the incident. No worries, kid was not traumatized. People are what they are. Hope you are covered and good luck!
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  8. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    Some states have uninsured /underinsured motorist coverage and a hit and run would trigger that coverage. Virginia is one of those states. Even with no comp or collision you would have coverage if it was apparent a car hit it. Only a $200 deductible too.

    Worth a call to your agent and asking....
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  9. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Maybe it was intentionally put on the ground to make it less obvious while they removed your plate and seat.

    Take it out of the normal line of sight?
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  10. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    You have a bike, they do not. In their eyes you are some rich 1%er and suck. One night, 25 years ago while spending the night with a young lady, I heard a bunch of people in the parking lot. I looked out just in time to see them push my bike over. They basically did it just for kicks. Sucks. I guess part of living in the city too.
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  11. Mazaev

    Mazaev Been here awhile

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    That's the conclusion I've come to as well. Moving on... :norton

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  12. hamiamham

    hamiamham Been here awhile

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    What's the protocol if you are riding and come up on a bike that has been knocked over? Ie do you pick it up? Leave it and try to find the owner?
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  13. ghedunk

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    Just keep going. Nothing you can do but be blame'd.
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  14. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    You might cause more damage trying to pick it up, I'd leave it for the owner.

    Plus, there is the idea that if you're picking it up, you knocked it over.
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  15. Tammy

    Tammy Team 2nd Wind

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    :rofl a long long time ago i remember when people could stop and help but them days are gone..
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  16. ADVwanaB

    ADVwanaB BOLD NEW AVATAR

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    Only if you choose to let them go. I do not. I still stop and help where i can, but i'm old school. (or just plain old!!!!):rofl
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  17. Tammy

    Tammy Team 2nd Wind

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    still not the same... even less so in the city
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  18. TengaiJohn

    TengaiJohn Long timer

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    You can always take a pic before you pick it up. I usually take a pic, come back to the office and print out the pic then I go back to the bike or scooter and leave a message with my number in case the owner wants to talk to me. I've done this about a half dozen times.

    Tammy, this past summer my daughter and I were walking on 16th st and 7th ave. We came upon a Vespa that someone had knocked down and left it there. before I could even pull my phone out to take a pic and lift it my daughter was picking it up and placing it on it's stand. Have faith, them days aren't ALL gone :wink:
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  19. TengaiJohn

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    Double whammi !!!!!
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