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2 Days ago I was leaving work and when I walked down to the Motorcycle parking in the Garage I noticed from a distance my bike was leaning on the kickstand instead of being up on the center stand.... I normally put it on the center stand because it takes up less space, making it easier for the other moto's to park and it is easier to strap my backpack on when the bike is level.

I had noticed that the car parked nearest the moto parking was over the line a bit, but I did not think they would actually hit my bike. I actually cannot prove at the moment that it was that particular car, but I have my suspicions.

What I concluded is the car turned the wheels to the left while backing out in an attempt to back out of the space and rotate the car in a way to leave the structure without having to do a few more turns. When backing out the passenger front tire must have hit my exhaust(found a little bit of rubber wedged into part of it) and pushed my bike forward off the center stand and it fell into the floorboard of the BMW K1800 Parked next to it as it landed on the ground, also cracking the fairing, busting one of the radiator mounts and scratching the rear plastics.

They obviously knew they did something wrong and pick it up and put it on the kickstand. They did not leave a note.

I filed a report with the Security for the garage and they have a video camera that points at the location of the incident. I need to get an official police report so they can release the footage to the Police to make sure I can get this all covered by the perps insurance. I plan to ride over to a local police station today and get that report.

I ended up leaving a note for the BMW rider even thought there was no damage to his floorboard and I bet without the note he would not even know his bike was hit. I am so glad I was not parked closer to the BMW or else I would be liable for all the damage to his bike....

Fortunately the bike runs fine and the tank is not leaking, but it will need to be replaced.

Un-Fortunately I have a feeling that if this person does have insurance they will want to just salvage it out instead of repairing it....

I really hope they catch this person and put a huge red mark on their license for Hit n Run.

Here are some pics of the damage and the bike it hit:



Here are some screen grabs from my go pro when I pulled in that morning:



It easily could of been someone else, but I sorta doubt it. If they are such a poor driver they cannot properly park between the lines.......
 

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Its possible the driver knocked your bike over
then someone else saw it lying down and picked it up for you.

Hope the security camera clears things up.

BTW, this is the reason to always turn off your gas tank petcock when you park your bike - If someone knocks over a bike with carbs, the floats can hang and drain your tank into your crankcase.
 

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Its possible the driver knocked your bike over
then someone else saw it lying down and picked it up for you.

Hope the security camera clears things up.

BTW, this is the reason to always turn off your gas tank petcock when you park your bike - If someone knocks over a bike with carbs, the floats can hang and drain your tank into your crankcase.
Yeah, I am very interested to see the video footage, there is a camera that points right at the place where it all happened.

Opened the police report today, so hopefully the security department can now release the footage.

I think it was picked up right away, the bike took a few extra turns of the starter to start up, but it came up and ran fine. Good thing to note however. thank you.
 

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I’m looking forward to seeing what you found out from the garage footage. Keep us updated. Glad your bike wasn’t damaged worse than it was. The driver should be cited for the damage.


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is that 2nd photo a frame from you initially pulling in to park? and you're suspecting the white car on the left? if so, and even if the security footage shows that car damaging your bike, is the license plate even visible?
I happened to get a clean shot of it from my gopro when backing my bike in and kept a screen grab. If the video footage shows that car is the one that hit mine I have the plate number.

I just called the security manager and left him a message, hopefully I have something soon.

Police told me that once they have the footage they will send a letter to the owner of the car and basically tell them they were caught, most of the time the person fesses up and provides insurance info. But if it is not a felony, they can't really use video footage to do anything beyond that..... so lame. He said they need an eye witness to confirm the identity of the person who hit me.
 

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what if the video shows clearly who was driving at the time of the accident, isn't that confirmation, eye witnesses make mistakes the camera doesn't, lazy cops might be jerking you around with that eye witness statement, if the video does ID the person take them to small claims if all else fails, if it was a nice car then they have money
 

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I am going to wait and see what the video actually shows. I put a call into the Security manager yesterday.
 

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Highly localized earth quake :^O
 

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Good news!

Security tracked down the man who ran into it and he admitted to doing it. I have the Insurance info and will be starting a claim.
Good deal, so what did the asshat have to say for himself? Was it the car you suspected?
 

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Good deal, so what did the asshat have to say for himself? Was it the car you suspected?
It was the car I suspected, the video showed him stopping, getting out and lifting it off the BMW it fell on. He told the Security officer he did not notice any damage when he picked it up..... lol.

But at least he admitted to hitting it and gave all the info. I am on making the claim now and he has already contacted his insurance, so a good start.
 

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Sucks that you had to rely on a video in order to track down who hit it but atleast it worked out.
 

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... He told the Security officer he did not notice any damage when he picked it up....
I can understand that. If you bump a car or 'door' someone in the parking lot, you know what to look for - cars are all smooth panels and paint.

When you look at a motorcycle there is just so much stuff exposed on it, unless you are a rider most people would not even know what they are looking at, much less what might be damaged if a bike is knocked over.

I'll bet 90% of the general population doesnt know you are not suppose to lean/drop a motorcycle on its side.

I heard that when Columbus came to the Caribbean islands his ships were so strange to the natives that they could not even see them - they had no frame of reference for a large sea going ship with sails, it would be like looking at a random abstract painting, and then asking a person what they just saw.

Im very uneasy parking my MC on the street, anywhere - it would be too easy for someone to back into it and knock it over.

I have two recumbent bicycles that I made that have underseat steering, the handlebars are under your butt. Many people see me coming down the bike path and cant understand how Im steering the bike. The bike is so different from what they are use to, they cant figure out what they are looking at.

I was walking up a long steep bridge with one of them, and a guy in a car pulled over and got out and asked if I needed any help. I told him I was just winded and walking the bike up the bridge. In so many words he said he stopped because he thought I lost my handlebars!

I still dont understand, if he thought the handlebars fell off my bike, where did he think they went?!
 

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Here is the story, took forever to get the claim going because State Farm did not give me all the instructions on how to get the claim submitted properly.

As I suspected they decided to Salvage the Vehicle and gave me a value of $2300 n change. I took the offer and paid them $400 to keep the bike, so a check for $1900.

The bike is still ridable as the tank is not leaking and could possibly have the dents pulled to clean it up some. But in the meantime I am looking for a new tank and a new Radiator as the mounting bracket on my radiator is missing now.
 
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