February 3rd, 2011

marcus 2013

An unusual end to the day.

About an hour and a half ago someone rang my doorbell long and hard. So I went downstairs, and it turned out to be a passer-by who'd noticed that my motorbike was on fire. Some panic ensued, but fortunately we got it extinguished before it reached the fuel line etc.

At a guess, someone chucked a cigarette end over the hedge into my front garden and set fire to the cover, which spread the flames to the plastic parts of the bike - looks like I've lost both mirrors, the windscreen, the rear number plate, and damage to the seat and luggage, but nothing really fundamental to the actual functioning of the bike has been damaged.

So I've spent most of the intervening time contacting the police, insurers, etc. What ought to happen next is that I talk to the insurers again tomorrow and arrange to have the bike collected for repairs, and probably spend a week or two travelling by public transport while it's sorted.

To say that I'm not a happy bunny is putting it mildly, but nobody has been injured and it looks like it's repairable. Things could be a lot worse.