My question involves personal property located in the State of: CA
I had back surgery last October, and since I am not supposed to ride for a while, I offered to lend my motorcycle to a friend who also rides (my bike is much nicer than his), and he gladly accepted the offer. He rode his motorcycle to my house, picked up mine, and parked his in my driveway (it's still parked there). That was about 2 weeks ago. Fast forward to today, and he calls me to tell me that my motorcycle has been stolen from his parking garage. I go to his apartment to file the police report via phone, and at no point does he mention anything to me about reimbursing me for the missing motorcycle. Instead, he says "I'm sorry," and the two mutual friends who are at his place at the time say things like "that sucks, man" to me. Given the attitude of our mutual friends, I decide not to mention anything about who is responsible for the loss.
The motorcycle was not insured against theft, which he should have known, as he has insurance through the same company and also does not have theft insurance. Essentially, theft insurance on bikes costs ~50% of the value of the vehicle per year, plus a deductible, so few people opt for it unless they have to due to a lease agreement. Prior to the loan of the bike, we signed no paperwork and had no discussion as to what would happen in case of an accident or theft or act of God.
The question is whether (in the eyes of the law) he is responsible for making me whole (or whatever the legal term is)? I would like to get a knowledgeable opinion about that before I approach him for a follow-up discussion regarding what happened.
Thanks in advance everyone.