Get our Moto Suzy back on 2 wheels
$3,250 of $3,000 goal
You've probably heard by now that Suzanne's (suzypineapples) motorcycle was recently stolen in the early AM hours out of her locked garage. To say that she's devastated would be an understatement. Her's is the biggest smile around when she was on that bike, and that has been taken from her, and us.
Among running many of her motorcycle club's day to day activities, she is the head of the philanthropy committe for the Miss-Fires, tirelessly planning charity events, raising funds for others, and just doing silly things like making cards and gifts to brighten friend's days. It doesn't stop there. Suzanne will be the first to support your kickstarter, walk for charity or any type of fundraising event you put out there whether it be with money or by donating a hand knit item. She always goes above and beyond to help when anyone she knows is in need. Let's help her out!
Her words explain it best:
"This has always been my biggest nightmare and I can't understand how this could have happened. I've taken such good care of my girl. I've always triple checked that the garage is locked after putting her away for the night. There are 4 garages in a row, and each one has an iron gate with a padlock out front. Unfortunately one of the patrons left their padlock unlocked. The thieves were able to come in through that gate and walk over to my garage, break the lock on the garage, break my stearing column lock on my bike and wheel it out. They loaded it into the side of a mini-van - all under 5 minutes. No cameras had the right angle to see it completely. I filed a police report and they swabbed for evidence. I went door to door asking all of the neighbors for surveillance footage, but the detectives still haven't found any leads. Thanks for all of your concern and support. That bike was truly my baby. I rode it every day. I relied on it to get me to work safely and quickly. I relied on it to get me to LI to see my family. I took good care of her and made sure she was locked in a garage every night for the two years I owned her. You can only do your best. Hopefully something good will come out of this horrible experience."
Suzanne is also dealing with heavy family challenges during this time and we as motorcyclists rely on these machines for a lot more than just going from point A to point B. Long rides help us get out of our heads, short group rides can provide a ton of fun and act as huge stress relivers. Our motorcycles are our meditation and therapy, they help us deal and process, she relied on this bike for a lot more than just commuting.
The intention of this site is to lessen Suzy’s financial burden while she shops for bikes and continues to pay off the one that has been stolen (nope, not much help from insurance in this case.)
Any money earned over the payoff difference and what she needs for a small downpayment on some new wheels will be donated directly to charity.
She's had much heartache mourning this loss and it's a tough thing to watch a friend be so sad. A motorcycle, as silly as it sounds, will help her heal. Let's raise her up along with the corners of her mouth.
Please contribute and help us get Suz her smile back.
We're stopping the campaign because, in light of some recent developments with possibly receiving some money back from an extended warranty that Suzy purchased at the time that she bought her bike, we believe we have raised enough to help her be on her way to purchasing another bike soon!!!!!!
Suzy would like to show her appreciation by sending a little gift to everyone who donated, so if you would be so kind as to email her your address, please forward it to email@example.com at your earliest convenience.
We cannot stress it enough. You all helped Suzy get through a very difficult time and she is forever grateful for your support. Peace and love to you all. <3
Suzy is currently negotiating (fighting) with her insurance company about the value of her Monster due to some dealership errors on her title and bill of sale that fail to state that the bike was in fact the ABS version (slightly higher value than the regular 696). She's reached out to the dealership she purchased it from without any call back, but a friend (thanks, Kerry!) at the Ducati Soho dealership was able to look up the VIN and find that it was in fact the ABS version. Suzy is waiting for a call back from the insurance adjuster to see if this documentation will suffice. Fingers crossed!
In the mean time, Suzy has been graciously offered to rent a friend's motorcycle for a few months until she is financially able to purchase another one. It needs a little fixing up and might just be a little too tall for her, but she's hopeful that it will pan out and that she'll at least have a temporary vehicle for the summer. It's also a "sport" bike and she's agreed to insure it with full coverage, so she's seeing if that fits her budget.
If this opportunity works out, she'll be able to save for a few months, so we've dropped the goal to $4,000 - which would go to paying off the shortfall on her old loan and contribute to a down payment on another bike in a few months.
A million thanks for sharing and donating. It's been 24 days without a bike and for a daily rider that relied on her vehicle to get her to work and to Long Island to help with her family situation, it feels like an eternity. We're finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
To see an update regarding insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this update and click "show all".
"Yes, I had full coverage. I'm the type of person that plans for emergencies and has every sort of insurance imaginable - renter's, life, accident, short term disability, long term disability, health, dental, car and motorcycle. I already put over $7k into that bike (down payment and the past 2 years payments on the loan). I still owe $6,700, plus my $500 deductible. The insurance company has been giving me quite the run around and has said that they could possibly get me 50% of the original MSRP ($10k - I had the ABS version with a custom 796 color scheme), which would only equal $5k. Ducati's are not supposed to depreciate that quickly, which is one of the main reasons I bought it. I figured it would be an investment down the road if and when I wanted to sell it (if I have children, or become disabled, etc). I never in a million years ever dreamed of owning another bike and I thought I'd have it forever (if you know me, you know that I own a 2004 Honda Civic - no bells and whistles - that I bought new and have maintained the best that I could over the past 11 years, and even though it's failing me now, I will drive it until it completely dies. That's the type of vehicle owner I am.) My Ducati was a 2013, purchased on May 11, 2013, and I owned it just shy of 2 years before it was stolen from me. They stopped making the 696 last year so some dealerships are still trying to get rid of their NEW stock of 2013 and 2014 696's. They dropped the prices more than they normally would, as did 696 owners that are trying to sell their used bikes, and that's what insurance company sees as the value of the bike. They don't look at the fact that I did all of the scheduled maintenance and took great care of that bike. Right now you can look online and used 2009's are going for similar prices as used 2013's. Now, not only do I have to pay the difference on the loan, I also have no money for another bike. I saved for that bike. I took good care of that bike. I bought it new and maintained it properly.
That was my daily rider. The reason that I bought a motorcycle was to get to work and to easily get out to Long Island to help my family with my father who has been ill for some time. I did not know one single other motorcycle rider when I bought that bike. If it was only a weekend hobby, clearly, I could wait to get a new one, but I rode that bike daily and I relied on it heavily. I put a lot of time into researching bikes and the Monster suited all of my needs at a price point that I could afford: Reliable, quick and powerful to get out of dangerous New York City traffic situations, great brakes for the same reason, decent gas mileage, light enough for daily riding and parking, good warranty, and I bought it in white so that I would be highly visible on the highway. Two months after purchasing the bike, my apartment landlord raised my rent $750 in one month - my building is not rent stabilized and the only reason why I stayed was because I found a garage a block away and needed the proximity since I was a daily rider. I locked my bike in that garage every night and double locked it if it was on the street during the day. When I did leave it on the street while at work, I always parked in a high pedestrian traffic area and I relied on my UPS, FedEx guys and other local riders to give me updates (text and facebook messages) multiple times daily, as well as going to check on it at least 3 times a day myself. Yes, I was that crazy and that concerned about it. I was so cautious, never careless. This is a huge violation and a huge loss for me to have someone break into my garage and take something I worked really hard for and really cared for and relied on. So many people ask about insurance and, sadly, the answer is more in depth than most people can understand or empathize with."
We're well on our way to getting Suzy back on two wheels, and we're grateful for all of your support. Shes' been down, but she's one of the happiest, most positive people we know, and she's getting through it thanks to your generosity.