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I am very sorry to learn of this situation. You can sue the individual for "conversion" (the civil equivalent of theft), damage to personal property, breach of contract (oral), and negligence.
I would speculate that the damages for this kind of motorcycle would exceed the $10,000.00 small claims jurisdictional limit (although you may want to consider small claims if this amount would satisfy you in exchange for a quick remedy without the need for an attorney, and with a relaxed procedural process - if you are interested in this the CA Courts have an excellent "self help" forum that walks you through the process and has all of the forms necessary for your claim).
If you want to pursue a claim for more than this (as I suspect the damages are greater), you are going to be in either limited (up to $25,000) or unlimited (everything greater) civil court, the procedure is more complex and a civil litigation attorney is usually recommended (although not required, you can do this yourself if you are willing to spend a little time at the county law library, and have the organizational skills and confidence to speak in front of a judge).
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