I've got my bike back!
The cops inspected it on Friday then released it.
I was hoping that the damage wouldn't be too serious. As I've said the rear wheel locked up at about 50 mph but I managed to hold the bike upright until we were going fairly slowly. At this point I was thrown up in the air and the bike fell over. It scraped up the road for only a short distance.
|The bike looks ok. I removed the seat to charge the battery. It was flat probably because the ignition was left on.|
|Some scrapes to the brake reserve, lever & screen|
|The handlebar dented the tank. This is too bad but I've never liked the colour of the bike. This might be an excuse to re-spray the bike|
|The engine bars were only slightly scraped. This indicates that the bike was going fairly slowly when it hit the ground.|
|I got the horse rug back. I was expecting it to be chewed up where it had jammed the chain or rear wheel but it has very little damage. Strange - I'll investigate further then I'm better.|
So the damage is minor and easily repairable. SVs are common in the UK and there are plenty of parts on eBay. The cause of the accident is not yet clear. I fired up the engine and the bike ran fine through the gears on its centre stand. So no issues with seizing.