Yer a stand up dude for hangin on to it. I would say maybe hang onto it for a week before trying to get in contact with him. He may have had warrants or blown .13 or something. Also it's possible he was more jacked up than you guys thought.
My mom got an xs650 that was like 5years old back in the day for 300bux cuz the guy who bought it new got the engine guard wedged between a rock and a concrete post and shredded his face on the windshield he had on it. He was too afraid to ride it after that. So maybe he might not want it back? I dunno.
That's a classy move of you either way.
shit man... I can say with a lot of confidence that most people one here would do the same. Has nothing to do with the fact that I build bikes/he was on one... it's just common fucking decency. If you'd leave some dude/his shit in traffic you should re evaluate some shit.
I guess that I should explain that I live next to the freeway... So.. it's common for people to break down in front of my place. But living in a industrial area makes it OK to have bikes starting at 4am with no mufflers and having big bully dogs.. etc.. I don't mind it.
Anyhoo.. Rolled home today after work. Was pulling dudes bike to the side of the garage to get the bike I was riding closer to the center as I brought it in. Older lady like my moms age walks up and asks if I have any gas to spare because she ran out. I'm usually caught off guard when people talk to me because im completely covered in tattoos and ride bikes... Puts some people off.
She was really nice to me though and didn't seem worried.... I put a half gallon or so into her truck from the can in the shop and sent her on her way.
She just came back not five minutes ago (so five hours later) and brought me a can of gas and a thank you card? Fucking rad. Totally caught me off guard and made me smile.
Still some totally cool people out there for sure.
Did the cop see the bike and understand what had happened? And, did you get his contact info as well?
I tend to agree with everyone else in general. You gave your word to a man in need and it sounds like you are a stand up guy who will keep it.
Still, I'm wondering if there isn't something out of place here. Maybe the bike is stolen or the guy doesn't have it registered/titled in his name and is worried about the consequences.
I've had a bad wreck before, which didn't look so bad at first only to find out that I had 10 broken bones and a punctured lung (damn broken rib fragments will tear a lung right up). Spent 4 days in the acute trauma unit at the county hospital and then another month in a pharmaceutical fog, sleeping in a rented hospital bed in the living room before I came to my senses and got up and around again.
I say give it 90 days. If dude hasn't called you by then, he's either still in jail, still in the hospital, or dead.
Told the cop the whole story/where he was lying and the bike settled... the cop even helped me get the bike into the garage with his flashlight because the lights were out.
Me and a buddy looked the bike over on saturday and noted that the tabs are two years out and it looks like it's garaged. Seems like he's prolly a fair weather rider... but the tabs thing dunno. That would suggest to me that he's not insured which is illegal for bikes in OR.
I'm just going to leave the thing in the garage with a cover on it and forget about it. I'm sure that in the long run if need be I can call the cops and give them my address to back track the information on the guy.
yeah, do yourself some good karma. hang on to it for a few weeks. see what happens. I know here in Minnesota you have to have it for 90 days before you can file a lien on it. Mechanics lien only 30, but a private lien in 90.
Called the police today.. the dispatcher had the officer that was on scene call me. He called back super fast.. gave me the guys name/number but said he was going to call him first to give him a heads up. Officer called back and left me a voicemail confirming that it was the correct number and that he left him a message saying I would be calling. (even the cop was set back the guy had not called me) Cop said it was not his shoulder that was jacked but his collar bone. Fair enough.
Called him.. left a voicemail explaining who it was. Said he could leave the bike here as long as he needs but it would be cool to hit me back with a text or something. Haven't heard anything from him.
Good on you for helping a man when hes down. It does come back 10 fold. It doesnt matter if your riding a moped or a custom its all the same freedom. If someone is in a car bike or legit homeless I help if I have the moment.
You never know when it will be you in the same spot. Honestly when I help it makes me feel better about me. Bagging or not helping someone because they dont fit your criteria is a sad thing.
The upside is the is the United State of America and you can exercise whatever freedom of choice you decide fits you.
Keep on keeping on.