Selecting repair shop
This morning while I was having a breakfast at a restaurant security guard came to let me know that pickup backed up into my parked motorcycle, caught on it and then dragged it over when trying to pull away from curb causing quite a bit of damage. Driver picked up bike and then took off without leaving anything. Luckily I have security guard and one other person that witnessed this and they took trucks license plate number, plus there is camera from school where I parked so they might give me a copy of a tape if it caught anything. I have appointment with ICBC tomorrow morning and I will need to decide where to send bike for repairs.
I have searched forums but could not really find any suggestions for best shop to take bike to that will have ICBC claim. About 2 years ago I had another accident and I took my bike to svmotorcycleworld in Surrey but they took almost 2 months before repairs were finished, so I am hoping that you might suggest a place that would not take that long. Bike has bent mirror, cracked right front faring, scratched gas tank and bent stand. There also seems to be some damage to either front wheel or engine as when I release front brake I can hear and feel a little thump like sound. More damage might be likely but I did not have time to do more than quick look. Right now I am considering either Imperial or 5thGear shops as I have heard good stuff about both but since I never had my bike checked there I am not sure which one would be better and faster.
You should call the cops to report the hit and run too, if nothing else they're more likely to be able to get the security footage than you. Also, they can nail the fuck with some decent fines.
Imperials always a good choice.
Sorry, should have mentioned but I did call Vancouver police first thing and then ICBC. Since I called them within 15min of accident they said they will put general broadcast. They did not give me any case number but did take my personal information and trucks license plate number.
If they have the plate and solid witnesses or video they can issue the RO of the truck with some decent tickets.
Call the non-emergency line at 604 717 3321 to get your file #, ICBC will want it.
Totally sucks. Had a similar experience a few years ago -- had my bike parked in front of my building for a whopping 15 minutes while I ran inside to get something... came out, and she was lying on her side. Motherf*cker...
Originally Posted by burstun
As I was hauling her back up (and by "I" I mean "me and the nice man passing by") someone runs over with a piece of cardboard, on which they were in the midst of writing me a note about the jerkwad who hit my bike -- including the license number. Take that, you bastard.
Reported it to the police, then ICBC, gave them all the details... and they ended up telling me that I might not be covered, as the guy who hit me didn't appear to have registered insurance. MotherF*CKER. I don't have collision on my bike (it ain't worth enough) so it was no longer categorized as a hit & run, but as an "uninsured accident". $750 deductible. For an estimated $800 worth of damage. On a bike worth about $2k. Bugger.
Time passes, and I got the best letter in the mail: The reason the insurance didn't come up right away was because it was a shops courtesy car. The idiot who backed into me had ALREADY wrecked his own car, before hitting my bike. The letter also let me know that I was totally off the hook, and all repairs would be free. Yay!
So, the bike got taken into Burnaby Kawasaki, where they were absolutely wonderful. Not only did they make my bike good and shiny again, but when they discovered that the damage was worse than the appraiser originally thought (when they took my fairing off, it essentially fell apart from a previous repair from before I owned it -- ICBC didn't want to cover it, calling it "existing damage". Screw you ICBC, the previous repair would have held fine if Jackass hadn't backed into the bike) ...and BBY Kawi fought for me to make them cover it. Eventually, they did. Rockin'. I didn't have to do a thing except occasionally call them to inquire about the status of my repairs.
That, and a few other occasions, is why I will *always* go to BBY Kawi. They're the best. In fact, if my ex boyfriend wasn't lying... they should have my bike right now so I can get her back on the road. Oh, how I miss my bike.
It's nice to have a mechanic who knows me by name. Ok, I'd rather I didn't *need* my mechanic to know me by name, but it's darn handy.
Just a thought...why not call ICBC's accredited shops (there are some advantages) and see if there's a bike nut working there that's qualified to work on motorcycles.
Or, talk to the dealer, and see whom they recommend for a body shop,
Or, talk to your dealer, and get them to do it.
Or, there's a plug here for Burnaby Kawasaki.......all kinds of options.
Burnaby Kawi fixed my concours and did a great job. I'm quite sure that 5th gear or imperial would also do a fine job. Keep in mind if its a suzuki, modern or north shore may already have parts on hand.