Sigh, alas it was not to be.
The dealer elected to deliver the rig back to me stating that I should verify the sidecar's alignment myself before taking it out on public roads. OK I said, that's reasonable as they don't do sidecars every day.
Yoshie was dropped off this morning and I geared up for a short ride around the neighborhood to see how she felt before I got down to the business of checking the sidecar's alignment and such.
We both pulled off into a shopping center's parking lot and he pushed Yoshie a short distance while I watched from the rear and damn if the tire wasn't wobbling back and forth! Dammit.
I thanked the HD rider, and rode slowly back home. I dismounted the tire, thinking perhaps it was a damaged tire that was causing the wobbles. I had no luck getting the tire off.
Breaking the bead on the cut tire
Yep, in spite of me telling them from the onset that I thought the wheel was bent....the dealer's tech declared the rear wheel as fine. He told that to the insurance adjustor who believed him and so it was not part of the cost of repairs! I figure it'll be close to $300 to replace the warped wheel with a new one, associated bearings, new axle and mounting a car tire onto it. How much would you like to bet this amount might have pushed the cost of repairs over whatever magical mark the insurance guys follow in order to "total a bike"?
Now here Yoshie sits in my garage, sans her rear wheel/tire. The replacement tire won't get in till the 9th so that's the earliest I can expect to be able to pick it up with a tire mounted on it.
Yoshie awaits her new wheel
Then, you have to wonder what other damages lay hidden awaiting me in the future. I will surely write a letter to the General Manager at the Suzuki Dealer, his diagnosing tech sucks!
So, now I have two "down" sidecar rigs awaiting parts. Luckily, there's Brigitta, my 1987 R80 Airhead Beemer, ready to take me to my first day of work on Monday.
See, plenty of room for two rigs in my garage....