ED Magedson – Founder
Classy Cycles, Inc.13416 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, Florida United States of America
My 17-year-old son like in a previous report, rented a motorcycle from Classy Cycles in Panama City Beach, Florida. He was there with friends for the weekend, and he and another boy who was 18 both rented the bikes. The same thing basically occured. He was told to "sighn here" and handed a key. Nothing was mentioned about inspecting anything. He went down the road on the bike only to discover it had no brakes!
He immediately went back and told them and was given another bike. He noticed that this bike leaned over a good bit more than the others and asked "Brandon", who handled his rental, about the leaning. He was told that the bike had always been that way and it was ok. He and the other boy both rented the bikes overnight, and they left happy with their rentals. At some point they went back to their room and parked to go inside for a drink and to eat.
When they started in their door, they heard a crash and turned around to find that my son's bike had fallen over, because the kickstand broke. My son immediately took the bike back and showed them what had happened and that the bolt holding the kickstand on had broken. They told him he must have been sitting on the bike with the kickstand down and caused this damage.
They made both boys return the bikes, kept both of their $100 deposits, and have since then sent a threatening letter to my son saying if he didn't pay the additional $383.85 in full they would seek legal action. My son called me frantic that day from the beach and I tried to talk to the man over the phone.
He even admitted to me that although my son didn't mean to do it and although previous riders had abused the bike by sitting on it while the kickstand was down and damaged it, since it actually broke while he had it, he was responsible because it was in his possession at the time.
To me, that sounds like these people are not maintaining the equipment they are renting. Matter of fact, the first one had no brakes, that is unsafe. The kickstand was not his fault, he did nothing to cause it, and they accused him of sitting on it and causing it to break.
I have been in many motorcycle shops and sat on their bikes, they never once told me to get off it would break the kickstands. I don't believe that, and regardless, he wasn't doing that. He wasn't on it at all! I am hoping to get some legal help with this. I don't feel thee people deserve $383.00 or the $200 they kept already. This is a very shady business!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/20/2009 03:27 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/classy-cycles-inc/panama-city-beach-florida-32407/classy-cycles-inc-dbacalifornia-cycles-renting-a-motorcycle-to-a-minor-panama-city-alb-483077. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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