I haven’t mentioned this in the euphoria of getting a second bike, or maybe I’m just too depressed to bring it out in the open, but I dropped my Moto Guzzi.
Yep, I dumped it right in my driveway. In fact it came within a few inches of hitting my Yamaha and sending that into my car. That would have really sucked. Anyway it was the day after I picked up the Strat. I was cleaning them both up in the drive way and was sitting on the Griso, polishing up the handlebars — then I got off.
I thought I had the kickstand all the way down, but the bike obviously disagreed and wham, there it went.
I tried to hold on and save it, but there was very little room to operate between the two bikes and all I could do was keep the tank off the ground. Luckily my kid was breaking rocks in the back yard and came to help me up. Picking a bike up by yourself isn’t easy, but there are ways to do it. There’s a bunch of places you can look but I like this article on how to get back up solo.
The exhaust was scratched up, pegs, levers, mirror, engine guard and more. I rode it over to Crolli on Edinboro Road and let Jeff take a look. There’s lot’s of great independent bike shops in Erie by the way, great dealers too, but I really love Crolli’s . He’s patient with my motor-mouth, knows his stuff and goes the extra mile. If I couldn’t pick the bike up he would have come and picked it up on his way to the shop – and probably not charged me.
It took a little work and I was able to get a quote from a Guzzi dealer in Seattle – the ones in Williamsville, NY and in Toledo, OH actually refused to give me repair quotes telling me I probably wouldn’t order from them anyway. Crazy huh? These guys in Seattle – Moto International – have a tremendous reputation and when I called up the Parts guy Tony was more than happy to help with my quote, getting parts numbers and prices very quickly.
Thank heaven for insurance – $4,200 was the total! I thought for sure the insurance adjuster from GEICO would total the bike but he looked it over and approved everything. I’m upgrading some of the parts with after-market, but everything else I’m getting right from Tony.
I’m not sure what his margins are but for an hour or two of checking his shop is going to make a few hundred I’m sure in profit of the parts I’m buying – and they deserve it. Anyway it’s going to take like – forever – to get all the parts so I am extremly grateful I have a bike for my favortie riding time of the year, along with Spring and Summer, but I’m incredibly inpatient and already am stressing out about getting my Griso back.
A YouTube video on picking up a bike solo: