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Old 08-02-2013, 11:20 AM   #46
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French Guy Named Fred

I met him and his girlfriend in Tombstone, AZ, lots of tourist there. They had bought an old Cutless and were cruising around the states. I had an apartment and I lived alone, so I offered them a place to stay. After awhile probably a month their car quit running. He needed some wheels and I had an 82 XL250R, I pushed off the showroom floor at the base exchange in the Philippines. One winter night, not far from Sierra Vista, he was out riding, bar hopping on my bike. He ran out of gas, ditched the bike, started hitchhiking home, he got cold, no one would give him a ride, so, he started throwing rocks at cars going by. Threw rock at cop, cop took him to jail, I had to go retrieve the bike from roadside ditch. Then next day had to get him out of jail. That was a great bike. Lasted forever, all the way up to the point where some juveniles set it on fire in apt parking lot.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:55 AM   #47
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ill lend a bike to someone I trust - but there are very few people I trust.....

When I was about 17 I bought a gorgeous Yamaha Seca 650 and naturally a friend of mine asked if he could give it a shot. He had mentioned that he "knew what he was doing".
He started it in his culdesac and got the clutch and as soon as he did I could see him start to panic. What do you do when you panic? Tense up and as you tense your wrists drop.....and add acceleration!
The next thing I knew he was flying across the lawn of the lady who lived across the street, as he approached the house he hit the rear brake to low side the bike, it hits the front stairs and cart-wheels through the air and lands in this poor ladies flower bed.
My friend is unhurt, thank god but the bike is in a bad way. He ruined the rear wheel, swingarm and a few other things. and when it landed in the ladies' flower bed, it emptied a bunch of gas into everything.
My buddy found all the parts and had it put back together for me.... but man.... is lending out a bike a bad idea.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:59 AM   #48
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Loaned my pristine, 10 year old 1998 VFR to a woman who dropped it on the ground at a stop sign.



I've stopped loaning bikes to anyone but a couple of friends I've been riding with for 20+ years.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:02 PM   #49
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The people I associate with are all long time motorcyclists, and the subject of loaning bikes very seldom comes up unless someone is interested in acquiring a similar one. I'd let any one of them ride the Kawasaki, but the Ducati's another story. It's way too easy to get in serious trouble with it, and I've got a lot of money invested in it. I can only think of two that I'd trust. One's an old riding partner who also owns Ducatis, and the other has been road racing for 40 years. Still has his old TD1C.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:14 AM   #50
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I leave my bike in the shop with the others. He finds key, doesn't know its gp shift, wonders why a liter bike has no power, is known for "playing a motor like its a musical instrument", I can only imagine the rest. Rode my bike for a week or more while I was away I flipped out!!! Basically it was my shit head shop mate who did the bike lending.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #51
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I've had two bikes totalled while being ridden by friends.

One was an ST2, which I mourned the loss of. His insurance bought it, but paid under book value by about $1,000 (Progressive). I wasn't stoked about that part.

Another was a ZZR1200 which was still in test ride mode - so the guy bought it and fixed her up - not a big deal.

I'm a little more reluctant to lend out a bike now, but I still don't mind if I've ridden with the person and I know how they ride. At the end of the day, it's a risk and the question is whether you trust the person to make right any mistake they might make.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:59 AM   #52
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The only people I let ride my bike Is my dad as he knows how's to ride well
Every body else gets told to f. Off
I learned how to ride on my dad's bikes back in the day. These days, when I get a new bike one of my first rides is to take it to my dad's place and let him go for a spin (he does the same with me). That's about it for lending bikes as far as I'm concerned.
In my area it seems like many accidents occur when someone lets one of their non-rider friends take a ride on their crotch-rocket, never ends well I'm afraid. And of course they are all in the NOTGATT crowd unfortunately.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:51 PM   #53
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My neighbor had a DL1000 and a Duc ST2 that he would let me borrow whenever.

it was amazing and most of the time he would ride with me giving me pointers.

However with the bikes not being mine I did not push the bikes at all... I had a good ride but any ride is a good ride.


Fast forward three years and I now have my own bike with 26 thousand + miles on it and we still go ride. Having a 650 when used to riding those other bikes there were some differences but I love my bike too much to care.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:18 AM   #54
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I guess I have been lucky. Not that I often loan out my bikes, but when I have, they always came back the way they left. The same for when I have borrowed a friends bike. Of course most of these loan outs were merely swapping bikes for 10 or 20 miles for kicks and giggles. But I also use common sense as to who I will let ride my bikes. If I know they don't have any money and would not take repsonsibility (my wife's oldest son for instance) if something bad happen, I always say NO!

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Old 08-07-2013, 09:48 AM   #55
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i said no to my own son when he asked to ride by brand new sv1000. he'd never ridden before and dosn't even like bikes , he just wanted a go because it was new, i never encouraged him to ride, after an ugly divorce i didn't want him to get hurt. my ex is a scary woman who punches like a man.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:46 PM   #56
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Hurricane Summer

My first new bike was a '87 Honda Hurricane 600, the pearl white paint with the red stripes, when I was around 19 years old. I was a very cool bike (still is) and in a way the bike I learned how to ride on, though I had ridden a few 125/250cc dirt bikes. Back then, that was the hottest bike around (it and the Ninja 600) and I had a very hard time finding one, but eventually did, just across the river from St. Louis where I lived, in rural Illinois. Paid $3800 for it, and was shocked as hell that I got approved for the loan when I applied. My buddy Jewish David, who had more experience riding than I did, rode it home from the dealer back to STL for me. The Hurricane was more or less my transportation that summer, and I think the note was around $90/month, which I could swing selling swanky hifi gear part-time while I was in college. Jewish David sold hifi with me, and all summer we would take turns covering the store while the other one went out riding the Hurricane. Being sort of a textbook squid myself at the time, before the term squid existed, it never occurred to me that it wasn't a good idea to loan my bike. One night Jewish David asked if he could use my bike for the evening, and I let him. The next morning he called with the bad news; he crashed the Hurricane, and it had been towed to the local Honda dealer. He was flying through his neighborhood at night, riding too fast, got into a corner too hot and stood up the bike and went into a neighbor's yard. Unfortunately, the neighbor was watering the yard, and he went down hard, narrowly missing a tree, and the Hurricane flew into a hedge, bounced up into the side of their house, and literally shattered the beautiful white and red bodywork into hundreds of pieces that littered the yard.

We went to the Honda dealer, and I asked to see my bike. The guy led me into a room with 5-6 of them, all in various states of damage. When I asked him which one was mine, he said take your pick, it doesn't really matter! I had to have my insurance company sort it out, and they hammered my rates afterwards. Jewish David spent the rest of the summer fixing the neighbor's yard and landscaping, and paying my insurance deductible and rate hike. It was around $2k to fix, and I sold it right after I got it back repaired, for pretty close to what I paid for it actually.

I still scan Craigslist and Ebay for those bikes, and would love to have another one for nostalgia's sake. Jewish David lives on the west coast now, and we chat every couple of years and it seems like the Hurricane always makes it's way into the conversation!
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:27 PM   #57
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My first new bike was a '87 Honda Hurricane 600, the pearl white paint with the red stripes, when I was around 19 years old. I was a very cool bike (still is) and in a way the bike I learned how to ride on, though I had ridden a few 125/250cc dirt bikes. Back then, that was the hottest bike around (it and the Ninja 600) and I had a very hard time finding one, but eventually did, just across the river from St. Louis where I lived, in rural Illinois. Paid $3800 for it, and was shocked as hell that I got approved for the loan when I applied. My buddy Jewish David, who had more experience riding than I did, rode it home from the dealer back to STL for me. The Hurricane was more or less my transportation that summer, and I think the note was around $90/month, which I could swing selling swanky hifi gear part-time while I was in college. Jewish David sold hifi with me, and all summer we would take turns covering the store while the other one went out riding the Hurricane. Being sort of a textbook squid myself at the time, before the term squid existed, it never occurred to me that it wasn't a good idea to loan my bike. One night Jewish David asked if he could use my bike for the evening, and I let him. The next morning he called with the bad news; he crashed the Hurricane, and it had been towed to the local Honda dealer. He was flying through his neighborhood at night, riding too fast, got into a corner too hot and stood up the bike and went into a neighbor's yard. Unfortunately, the neighbor was watering the yard, and he went down hard, narrowly missing a tree, and the Hurricane flew into a hedge, bounced up into the side of their house, and literally shattered the beautiful white and red bodywork into hundreds of pieces that littered the yard.

We went to the Honda dealer, and I asked to see my bike. The guy led me into a room with 5-6 of them, all in various states of damage. When I asked him which one was mine, he said take your pick, it doesn't really matter! I had to have my insurance company sort it out, and they hammered my rates afterwards. Jewish David spent the rest of the summer fixing the neighbor's yard and landscaping, and paying my insurance deductible and rate hike. It was around $2k to fix, and I sold it right after I got it back repaired, for pretty close to what I paid for it actually.

I still scan Craigslist and Ebay for those bikes, and would love to have another one for nostalgia's sake. Jewish David lives on the west coast now, and we chat every couple of years and it seems like the Hurricane always makes it's way into the conversation!
I wonder if your buddy, Jewish David, knows my dad's buddy he always talked about, Coworker Bob...
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:58 PM   #58
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i said no to my own son when he asked to ride by brand new sv1000. he'd never ridden before and dosn't even like bikes , he just wanted a go because it was new, i never encouraged him to ride, after an ugly divorce i didn't want him to get hurt. my ex is a scary woman who punches like a man.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:22 AM   #59
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #60
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Laugh I finally joined the ranks

I recently did a fork oil and spring swap on my fz6 to give the front end a better ride for me. While testing out how i liked the ride in some canyon roads with my friends, one of my buddies (who works in a dealership and I have ridden with for thousands of miles) asks me if she can give it a shot. I didn't see any issue with it so I let her take it up for a mile or two and I ride her Vulcan behind her. When we are about to pull off to swap bikes again I see her pull onto the slightly dirt pull-off and she just slides the front end and drops it down at about 5 mph or so. No damage to her or the bike, but I was slightly disappointed to see my beloved bike slap the ground so harshly.

Apparently she was too hard on the rear brake because she wasn't used to it compared to the one on her bike (duh
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