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post #1 of 26 Old Jun 26th, 2012, 1:22 pm Thread Starter
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Ok, here's the situation. A buddy of mine just bought a VMax and doesn't want to take it home just yet. Seems the wife will give him pure hell so he needs some time to soften her up. So he's stashed the bike in my garage, left the keys and told me I can ride if I want to.

Me, being the good friend, just put a cover over it and I've got no plans to ride it. Even though it's screaming at me from the garage right now.

So what would you do - ride it or leave it parked?

PS - this guy is a good friend. even if it dropped it I don't think he would hold it against me. but I'd rather not put him in that position. I'm just curious to how other people would handle this situation.
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Re: Ride friend's bike?

I'd feel no guilt, since he's made you an accomplice to his "crime."

I WOULD, however, verify with my insurance that I would be covered in case of accident, there's a whole mess of horsepower in that motorcycle.

If I was covered? He'd need new tires by the time he picked it up (lol)

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I'd feel no guilt, since he's made you an accomplice to his "crime."

I WOULD, however, verify with my insurance that I would be covered in case of accident, there's a whole mess of horsepower in that motorcycle.

If I was covered? He'd need new tires by the time he picked it up (lol)
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You've got permission. As long as you have insurance, go for it. That V-Max is a beast.

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My two cents,

If you take it for a ride and something happens, ( not wishing this on anyone and this is my skeptical side ) like the bike gets wrecked and you get badly hurt. Your friend is out more than the bike, unless you have no relatives or dependents he is on the hook for anything a good lawyer can think of.

Keep him a good friend and resist taking it for a ride.

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I would not touch that bike. I would not move it for anything.
Not because I care about wrecking it or anything, but because if I did, I would have absolutely no possible way to refuse to let him ride mine if he asked.
There are many people here who swap bikes like, well, just any time.
But I'm not into that.
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I'd ride it over to his house, and let his wife come check out "your" new bike . . .

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I'd ride it over to his house, and let his wife come check out "your" new bike . . .
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If my insurance covered it, I would probably ride it some keeping in mind that if anything at all happened to it I would be fully responsible.

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I wouldn't ride it. I NEVER ride a bike that I don't own. Not sure why I am this way but it's been this way since I can remember. I have no problem letting CERTAIN others ride my bikes but never the other way around.

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I wouldn't ride it. I NEVER ride a bike that I don't own. Not sure why I am this way but it's been this way since I can remember. I have no problem letting CERTAIN others ride my bikes but never the other way around.

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+1 on dat, Loren.
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At several friend's requests, I have taken short rides on their bike, but would feel like crap if something happened. I would never just get on this bike, in this situation, except to maybe move it (all over the state) in the garage or driveway.

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I'd ride it over to his house, and let his wife come check out "your" new bike . . .
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Re: Ride friend's bike?

I wouldn't ride it. Why? Well, let's see...I'm worried because it isn't my bike and something might happen. Because I'm worried, I'll be nervous on the bike. Because I'm nervous, my handling skills suffer. Because my handling skills suffer, I have an accident. Ergo - it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I will not go into my worries that someone will steal it from my garage. I will try not to worry that my garage will catch fire or a sink hole opens beneath it and swallows everything. Maybe I should call his wife and tell her to have her husband come and get his bike. Then I'll be worried that they'll get divorced and blame me. On the other hand I offer to buy the bike (real cheap, of course) to save their marriage and then let him rent it from me.

Now I'm worried that his wife will read these posts and connect the dots.

Seriously, I wouldn't ride it. And as others have said, "That's just me."

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I wouldn't ride it. Why? Well, let's see...I'm worried because it isn't my bike and something might happen. Because I'm worried, I'll be nervous on the bike. Because I'm nervous, my handling skills suffer. Because my handling skills suffer, I have an accident. Ergo - it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I will not go into my worries that someone will steal it from my garage. I will try not to worry that my garage will catch fire or a sink hole opens beneath it and swallows everything. Maybe I should call his wife and tell her to have her husband come and get his bike. Then I'll be worried that they'll get divorced and blame me. On the other hand I offer to buy the bike (real cheap, of course) to save their marriage and then let him rent it from me.

Now I'm worried that his wife will read these posts and connect the dots.

Seriously, I wouldn't ride it. And as others have said, "That's just me."
Only Tracus could come up with a kool reply like the above...

However, playing the devil's advocate...it's not really good for a V-Max to sit in a garage...is it?. You would be helping your friend out on a much higher level by taking her out and just keeping those fuel lines from the build up that we all know would begin to encrust themselves there and other wise tarnish his riding experience. Afterall, you wouldn't want him to have to do a massive amount of maintenance on her when he could be riding her right? Be a friend...be a pal...what's he going to do? Tell his wife on you?

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Some of y'all "worry" way too much . . .

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Just tell him to strap on a "Pair" and tell the wife he bought the bike!!
If he doesn't have the cajones to tell the little lady, he doesn't have the cajones to ride a monster like the V Max!

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Been there done that.
An almost life long buddy taught me to ride my very 1st bike. At the end of the evening session I bought my first bike his. 79 KZ1000ST. I have owned two other bikes Wing and now the LT.
But I have ridden Kaw 1300, V-Max and k100lt all of which belonged to same friend.
One thing I found out at 120mph the helmet slices through your brain front to back. Awesome. If you trust yourself on that and you have his permission take a ride.
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...it's not really good for a V-Max to sit in a garage...is it?. You would be helping your friend out on a much higher level by taking her out and just keeping those fuel lines from the build up that we all know would begin to encrust themselves there and other wise tarnish his riding experience.
I'm starting to see the logic in this post...

Bud stops over last night to start it up and ride it around the block. Things a husband goes through for his wife.



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If someone handed me a licensed and insured nice bike (of any class...and a V-Max counts as a nice bike of its class) and expected me to store it for him with no other compensation, I think a few calm rides would be entirely fair. Risk of "incident"? yes...but then, there's a risk of my garage burning down and a lot of other things, too. Would I abuse it? No. Would I run the tires bald in two weeks? No. But I would I refuse his invitation to use it? No. Would I accept the deal if I *couldn't* ride it a little? Probably not...though if the concept of "spare room in garage" meant anything to me, maybe I would.

Funny stuff happens when you lend people bikes...

Long ago, I lent a friend of mine my bike...and ended up picking him up from the hospital with his foot broken in five places that afternoon. While he was horrified over what had happened to my bike (actually, a little hammer work, a new bolt, and it was back on the road, almost exactly like it was before), I was worried about his broken foot, not too much about my $300 bike.

Fast forward about 20 years, this same friend (obviously not deterred by that one incident) is an avid biker...and makes me the Deal of a Lifetime on his '85 BMW K100...introducing me to a world of bikes I really never dreamed I'd be able to look at.

And here I am...

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I have a friend who has 22 bikes many of which are classics and several of which are of which are irreplaceable at any price. Except for the few he regularly rides such as his HP2 and his 800 GS my operating premise is if I can't write a check and buy a replacement for it, I'm not getting on it.

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We always had a rule when borrowing friends bikes. "You Bend It, You Mend it."
One day I had picked up a friends GPZ900 from the shop for him. I was taking back to his place, with his girlfriend following on a 125 to give me a lift back. A van came out of nowhere and I had to take avoiding action. Repairs cost me nearly £2000 ($3,200). This was about 1990.
It ruined my finances for some time and our friendship.
Now I won't borrow a bike I can't afford to replace.Most UK insurance will only cover third party liability on a borrowed bike.
I would run it up occasionally to get some oil round the engine and keep the battery charged.


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So, did you rde it? Did he keep the bike or the wife?!

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So, did you rde it? Did he keep the bike or the wife?!
No, I never rode it. Didn't want to risk damaging the bike or the friendship. He finally worked up the courage to take it home after getting her stuff + a vacation. He's a better man then me. I just rode my bike home and went straight for the guest room.

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No, I never rode it. Didn't want to risk damaging the bike or the friendship. He finally worked up the courage to take it home after getting her stuff + a vacation. He's a better man then me. I just rode my bike home and went straight for the guest room.

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After all these years I got tired of the sofa so I ask right up front- "I want to get a ____, so, what do you want?"

Kind of like a capo giving the mafia boss his cut of the action!
(Sorry, I'm from New Jersey and couldn't think of another example!)

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