I took my girlfriend to an empty parking lot last night to let her practice her riding, as she just got MSF certified and fully licensed. I have a 2000 SV650 (that's for sale), and a Hayabusa. She literally aced her MSF class, with no hiccups whatsoever. She rocked.
We get to the parking lot, and I show her around the SV (a world different than the 125cc Honda she used for MSF), and tell her she should probably just start by using the friction zone to get rolling, then slowly circling the parking lot, maybe upshifting to 2nd if she sees fit. No big deal.
She starts off perfectly, then slowly starts cruising around the perimeter of this parking lot, all in 1st gear. I watch her and give her the thumbs up a few times, because she's handling the bike very well. She upshifts to 2nd, then practices a downshift back to 1st. All's well in practiceland.
I turn around to get something out of my 'Busa trunk when I hear the unthinkable: a loud crash followed by some residual scraping. Oh. My. God. I turn to see my girlfriend lying on the ground, the bike prone on its left side. Oh. My. God. I run over there, pick her up, and ask if she's OK. She is. Her hands have a few scrapes on them, her jeans are ripped at the knee, and her courdoroy jacket has a rip at the elbow, but otherwise, she's just fine. She's freaked, saying "I'm sorry" roughly eleven bajillion times, but she's more or less fine. She points to the bike.
I pick up my SV, the first real bike I owned. The gas tank is scraped and dented -- needs replacing. The tach/speedo assembly is cracked -- the tach, if not the whole thing, needs replacing. Left turn signal cracked -- need a new one. Left rearview mirror scraped to hell -- need a new one. Shifter functional, but the rubber part you actually shift with has broken off, leaving just a straight piece of plastic with no nub -- needs replacing. A few scratches around the edge of the headlight -- that metal ring will need to be replaced. Bar end scratched -- needs to be replaced.
I asked what happened and she said she was just turning in first gear, and she went to slow down. Instead of using both front and rear brakes, as she was taught, she, for some reason, grabbed a LOT of the front brake, which in turn caused the front wheel to skid a bit, then she lowsided. She's more angry at herself for grabbing the front brake so hard. She just made a newbie mistake.
The good thing here is that she's OK; that was my biggest fear and main concern. The bummer here is that the bike was almost sold to a prospect, and now I have to take it to the dealer for minor repairs.
So yeah, that's my story. No coincidence that all this happened on a Monday.
Anyone here have any ideas how much it will cost to repair the damage listed above?