My weekend was nuts...
OK so Saturday and Sunday I took my BRC at Motorcycle Learning. Class was good, Juan, Jude and Claire were great. I had a very positive experience. That's not what this is about, unfortunately.
After class on Saturday, I went and picked up my bike, a 2005 SV 650 from a guy in Gurnee. We signed the papers in the parking lot of Gurnee Mills, then my friend (let's call him Styles) rode the bike home. Of course the minute he hopped on the bike it started raining. It wasn't too bad though. We stopped for a sandwich right when it started and waited about 20 minutes for the slick stuff to get washed off the road. This was around 7:30pm or so, I don't quite remember. I told Styles that the weather was supposed to blow over, we could wait it out if he didn't want to get wet but he said it was no problem.
Styles is an experienced rider, he started with a GS500 and then had an F4, but sold it last summer. He's ridden a few SV650s too so he was familiar with the bike. He still rides though and has friends who ride. He's had his M-class for about 4 years I think. So I took his word that he was comfortable with the situation, and we took off. He was going to follow me back to my place.
We took the side streets back to my house in Streamwood, which meant Grand Ave to 176 to Rt 59. On Rt. 59 and Sunset Rd in Barrington, traffic on Sunset has a stop sign. As I passed Sunset Rd, a car blew through the stop sign and barely stopped in time to avoid me. Styles was riding behind me. As I passed Sunset I thought to myself, "oh no, that guy isn't going to pull out, is he?"
Well, yeah the idiot pulled out in front of Styles on the bike. Styles braked hard, locked the rear wheel, and had the bike upright until he hit the guy's passenger side bumper. Then he went down on the right side. Idiot in the car took off. We pulled over and waited for a chance to make a U-turn.
The driver of a car in oncoming traffic saw the accident, saw Styles go down, pulled over and called the cops. She had already called by the time we got back there. Styles was on his feet when we got there, he was shaken up quite a bit but OK. He was wearing a helmet, jacket, jeans and boots. He knocked his knee up a bit, got a bunch of scratches on his hands and arms, and a few other minor bruises.
I picked up the bike. Handlebars bent, radiator/fan trashed, front turn signal trashed, a dent and scratch on the tank and some scratches on the exhaust and headlight fairing.
Cops and paramedics came. Styles got checked out, they said he was fine. They gave him an ice pack for his knee. Officer gave Styles 4 tickets, one for driving without insurance, one for driving without registration, one for driving without a plate, and then another one that had to do with the registration or something.
The lady who stopped gave a statement to the cops, I gave a statement, then we waited for the tow truck driver. I was able to start and ride the bike up the tow truck ramp no problem, so I know the engine in the bike is OK at least.
Yesterday, they found the driver of the car (Honda Element). I guess he was a 17-year-old kid. He had State Farm. My (awesome) fiancee picked up the bike from the tow place while I took the second part of my class at Motorcycle Learning, so it's in the back of her friend's work truck in Schaumburg right now.
I was going to call in the insurance before Styles got on it, but it was starting to rain, so I was like, well, I'll just do it when I get home. That was dumb. I also thought you could drive/ride on a title for the first 24 hours until you got registration, apparently that's not true. Dumb.
I should be able to get Styles' tickets taken care of if I show up to court with him. I got insurance w/ Progressive the instant I got home on Saturday and got registration/plates today.
As far as the bike, I am pretty sure the accident was 100% the kid's fault, I'm not sure how it's marked on the accident report though. I technically didn't have insurance on the bike at the time, but I think his insurance should cover it. If not, I guess I get to learn how to change out a radiator, turn signal, and handlebars on an SV650... I called my insurance company (Progressive) today and that's pretty much what they told me.
Last edited by dre; 05-19-2008 at 12:13 PM.
Reason: Took out seller's name...