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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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LAST time I give ANYONE the key...

I realized last night while tooling around the garage that my twin has been taking my bike every day and going riding with Jeff. He told me he would tell me when he was taking it and he didn't. He took the backrest off, the rear brake was messed with, he let Jeff ride it and do who knows what, and there's a chip in the paint on the god damn gas tank!!!! I'm pissed! Needless to say I got the key back and told them both to go eff themselves. While I'm walking away my brother tells me I'm over reacting. I turn around and asked him to tell me that again and even said please. He didn't. You guys already know how I feel about Jeff. He's lucky he stood there quiet.

I will NEVER let ANYONE ride my bike again for as long as its mine. Call this a lesson learned...
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Wow! I hope they do the right thing. Sorry man!

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It doesn't matter who you let ride it they will NEVER give your bike the care and respect she deserves.


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yea, thats why i dont let people even touch my rides. i'm my own mechanic
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Hey LP, that`s too bad that your brother and Jeff didn`t respect you enough to live up to the promise to tell you when he wanted to ride your bike. You were justified in taking your key back, and terminating his riding priveleges too. IMHO, whoever chipped the paint on the tank, should pay to have it repaired.

However I encourage you to not let this incident drive a deeper wedge between the two of you. Tell him how you feel, and what you would like him to do. But if you must, be the bigger man and forgive him, before you wake up one morning and regret that you haven`t spoken to one another for years. Peace brother.

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My guideline for letting someone ride my bike is they have to have a bike themselves, and we trade keys. I get to ride theirs , they get to ride mine, but only if the following criteria are met:

1. I first have to trust their skill as a rider. If I don't think they have the experiance needed , it ain't going to happen.

2. Their bike has to be at least equal in value to mine.

If they wreck my bike I get to keep theirs till they get mine fixed (and of course , visa versa) And this is agreed to before we set out.

Letting your bike be the "house bike" only would make sence to me if all parties involved shared all costs on the bike, including the purchase price to start with. (but then it would not be YOUR bike then right?)

Loaning anything you own to anyone always involves some risk, I am quite sure the chip in the tank was completely unintentional and you really can't blame them for it, you should have realized even with someone attempting to be carefull , accidents can always happen. If they knew they did it and did not mention it to you, that is another issue ...............



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I've only let one person ride my bike, a rider with FAR more skill than me. Sometime in the next few months, I'll be loaning it to a friend; he let me ride his sprotsbile when my bike was in the shop. He wants to find out how I'm able to keep up with / get ahead of sportsbikes on the ultratwist.

Hey LibertyPilot, can I ride your bike? <passes out laughing>

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 02:16 AM
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Haha I'm so glad my brother doesn't even know how ride a motorcycle, now my dad is another story...

I think I'm going to hide the keys when I store it while I'm away at school in the fall.

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