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Old 07-11-2013, 07:19 PM   #31
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Guy I work with leaves his key in his bike every time he parks it, on purpose apparently. I've threatened to relocate the bike to a different part of the lot so many times that if it ever gets stolen he's going to come right to me I'm sure.
That reminds me of a former colleague who told me that when he moved to Boston to attend MIT, he had brought along his ragged out Monte Carlo with him. He'd leave the keys in it in case anybody else in the dorm needed transportation, and the other guys were good enough (usually) to throw in some extra gas while they had it. He was not worried about it being stolen, since the most valuable component in it was probably the Sparkomatic stereo. Then one day he got back to the dorm after classes and realized he need to go across town on an errand but the car wasn't there. No matter, it's Boston. Easy enough to take a bus ride or two and maybe a train. Got back that evening, still no car. Next morning the car was still absent. When he got back to the dorm that afternoon and nobody fessed up to having taken the car, he began to get his hopes up that it had been stolen so he could file an insurance claim and have a few dollars for fun for a change. He file a police report and notified his agent, who sent him the requisite paperwork. The morning after he got the forms, he was on his way out to mail them when he saw the Monte Carlo parked right outside the door. A quick check showed the key was in it and a little something else -- a new stereo.

(Apologies to the OP for the thread hijack. )
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:33 PM   #32
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That reminds me of a former colleague who told me that when he moved to Boston to attend MIT, he had brought along his ragged out Monte Carlo with him. He'd leave the keys in it in case anybody else in the dorm needed transportation, and the other guys were good enough (usually) to throw in some extra gas while they had it. He was not worried about it being stolen, since the most valuable component in it was probably the Sparkomatic stereo. Then one day he got back to the dorm after classes and realized he need to go across town on an errand but the car wasn't there. No matter, it's Boston. Easy enough to take a bus ride or two and maybe a train. Got back that evening, still no car. Next morning the car was still absent. When he got back to the dorm that afternoon and nobody fessed up to having taken the car, he began to get his hopes up that it had been stolen so he could file an insurance claim and have a few dollars for fun for a change. He file a police report and notified his agent, who sent him the requisite paperwork. The morning after he got the forms, he was on his way out to mail them when he saw the Monte Carlo parked right outside the door. A quick check showed the key was in it and a little something else -- a new stereo.

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No apologize needed. Great story! :)
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:21 PM   #33
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Guy I work with leaves his key in his bike every time he parks it, on purpose apparently. I've threatened to relocate the bike to a different part of the lot so many times that if it ever gets stolen he's going to come right to me I'm sure.
As I was leaving work today, I noticed a bike with lights on. No one near it (we have designated motorcycle parking) HMMMM. I checked, owner had left the key in the ignition in the "on" position.

I gave the bike's description & plate # to security, turned the ignition off and left the keys in it. Problems in our parking area (private no public access) are not frequent and we use rent-a-Barney Fief security.

Not sure how long the bike had been parked before I noticed, I hope there was enough juice when he/she went to leave.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:25 PM   #34
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If my bike fell over, and someone picked it up, I would probably never notice
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:52 PM   #35
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Some unknown rider's bike tipped over in a parking lot? Probably not.

Dirt? Yeah, get it out of the road/trail.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:06 PM   #36
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You guys should have a sticker. DO NOT PICK UP IF KNOCKED OVER. If it ever happens to you I'll bet you change your mind. I'd kick your ass for standing there and NOT picking it up.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:24 PM   #37
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If it was leaking fluids, I would pick it up and leave a note. But, it depends.
If it had Depends, that would take care of the leak.

If it wasn't leaking and thus possibly setting up additional damage or danger, and wasn't in a place where being down made it vulnerable to being hit again, I'd mind my own business and leave it under the "no good deed goes unpunished" principle. Maybe it didn't go down because a car hit it, and as soon as you pick it up you find that out when it goes right back down again, and breaks even more stuff. Which could now be construed as being your fault.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:30 PM   #38
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....In one case, I put the broken turn signal parts on the seat and it was fairly obvious that the sidestand had sunk into the soft asphalt.
Was it still on soft asphalt after you picked it up? Example of what I was saying, you'd just be setting it up to fall down AGAIN and have further damage.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:32 PM   #39
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One of the problems with leaving a bike on its side is that you can fill a cylinder with oil and cause a hydrolock. If you stand it up for him/her you can help prevent that, especially if you leave a note with your contact info on it.
Did you see it fall down? How do you know it's not already hydrolocked?
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:11 PM   #40
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Did you see it fall down? How do you know it's not already hydrolocked?
And?

I vote pick it up, it sucks coming back to your bike on the ground. A note would be good.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:13 PM   #41
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If it had Depends, that would take care of the leak.

If it wasn't leaking and thus possibly setting up additional damage or danger, and wasn't in a place where being down made it vulnerable to being hit again, I'd mind my own business and leave it under the "no good deed goes unpunished" principle. Maybe it didn't go down because a car hit it, and as soon as you pick it up you find that out when it goes right back down again, and breaks even more stuff. Which could now be construed as being your fault.
Then again, you ARE/were a lawyer!

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Old 07-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #42
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Did you see it fall down? How do you know it's not already hydrolocked?
If you pick it up, and it sits a while, it won't be most likely.

Of course, I did say I would leave a note to the rider knows it was down.

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Old 07-15-2013, 09:16 PM   #43
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I'd pick it up and leave a note. Bad shit happens to bikes when they sit on their side. Gas leaks, oil pools in places it isn't meant to....

Just make sure the owner knows the bike was on its side for an indeterminate period of time.




Yeah, I just used "indeterminate."
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