I'm in a tough spot right now and could use some help.
Last year in August, before I shipped out to Army basic training, I dropped two of my motorcycles off with my trusted mechanic whom I'd gone to several times in the past with great service. He operated out of his garage and was extremely knowledgeable. Little did I know, he was going through a divorce with his wife and would be moving while I was away in the Army. The agreement was that he could keep the Honda if he fixed the Kawasaki, which he said wasn't going to be a problem.
Fast forward to last month. I *FINALLY* get ahold of him on the telephone. He had changed his numbers and the listings on the internet just led to a phone that rang and rang. Somebody got tired of me ringing the phone in 10 minute blocks, so they answered the phone and gave me his cell phone number.
I got in touch with him and he sounded nervous and shocked to hear from me. He told me that he wasn't able to get ahold of me since he lost my phone number. Since his wife was kicking him out of the house and he was moving into an apartment, he didn't have a lot of choices (despite looking up my parents listed phone number).
He told me that he parted out the Honda (1979 Honda CX 500) on ebay, and the bike he was supposed to fix, 1982 Kawasaki KZ440, he put along side the curb and let somebody pick up the bike. I believe the only reason he did not sell the Kawi is that I didn't give him the key.
He knows he did wrong and said he's willing to repay me for his error, however, he expected me to have a dollar figure then and there to toss around. The kawasaki, although now ~25 years old, was in near mint shape with not a scratch on the body work. I have all brand new, old stock parts for this bike in my basement (headers, exhaust, polished carbs, polished fenders, etc.) If I bluebook the bikes, I don't expect it to come up with more than $10, however, the reality is that I could have parted the bitch out on ebay for much more.
Here's the bad part. I can't find the title of the Kawasaki, nor was the bike ever registered. The Secretary of State has no record of the bike either, so I can't report it stolen or try and find the new owner. I only have two pictures of this bike, and the pictures look kinda skewed.
Here's hoping for some good advice