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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Default Dead man's bike

Simple question. Would you ride/own a bike that a guy died on?
I ask because as some of you know I got my bike slightly damaged from a salvage dealer where I know a few guys that work there. There was no structural damage. It needed a tank, wasn't on the insurance report so I'm assuming that damage occurred from transport, a fender, headlight and a few small parts.
I have the bike 99% back together, just waiting on a cheese wedge that is going to be delivered this week. As I was working on it yesterday I find a plastic bag taped to the inside of the right side cover. In it was the previous registration and the previous owners learners permit. I thought it was a little strange that someone on a learners permit would own a bike that big. Figured he must have dumped it, got scared and took the insurance check. I got curious and googled his name. First thing that comes up is an article about how he died in a motorcycle accident. The article said he lost control in a turn and died in the hospital. He was only 40. Married with a daughter.
I've bought salvage bikes before and there has always been a thought that something like this may have happened on one of the bikes I bought but it's a little different actually knowing it. It's probably one of the reasons they block out the previous owners name on the insurance report.
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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 03:23 PM
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Wouldn't bother me a bit...
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Ride it like a mad man what's the chance of it happening twice??

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The bike is JINXED now... get rid of it as quick as you can and for your own safety, DON'T RIDE IT !!

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post #7 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 04:41 PM
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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 05:20 PM
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Man, that is a sad story. Guy gets his first bike which is too much motorcycle for a beginner. He dies on that bike and leaves behind a wife and kids. That sucks and I can see how some people may not want to ride that bike.

I'm assuming that you got a heck of a deal on the bike. So I'd keep it and ride the crap out of it. I don't think it would bother me but really the question is will it bother you?

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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-16-2015, 06:14 PM
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It's a bummer the guy died from the accident. That said, it's an inanimate object and, as such, has no "connection" to the pervious owner.

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