Week of January 6th, 2014
After returning from Christmas Vacation, I discovered that my POD that was storing the motorcycle was missing.
After contacting PODS, they said the POD was repossessed because of an outstanding payment. Being a minor, I was unable to pay myself, so my parents were obligated to pay. PODS would not except payment from them, which resulted in the payment being declined, and the balance remaining negative. After failing to notify me that they were going to collect the POD, including its contents, they repossessed it and stored it in a warehouse in Calverton.
On Saturday (January 10th), I went to the warehouse to check on the condition of the bike. The warehouse itself was a very interesting place. It was part of the Naval Weapon Industrial Reserve Plant, which was a research center for naval aircraft, as well as other classified projects. This warehouse in particular was used as the shelter for the TWA Flight 800 reconstruction, as well as a moon surface simulation for the moon rover in the 60’s.
I was expecting the worst when I arrived, as the motorcycle was only on it’s kickstand, and then loaded onto a truck, and hauled almost an hour to the warehouse. Cracked fairings, bent handlebars, and a flooded engine were some of the things I was anticipating. After opening the POD, the motorcycle was lying on its side. I lifted it back onto the kickstand, and discovered the only damage was a few minor scratches! Although I will not have time to repaint them, I am hugely lucky that this is all that happened.
The following Monday (January 12th), the bike was returned safely to Ross in the POD after being securely stood up with ratchet straps and ropes.
After the fact, I am thankful no legal action had to be taken for damages, and the entire thing was relatively painless. Only thing remaining to do is finish the exhibition materials and the presentation!