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Yes, the legal owner of the vehicle/bike is responsible at law for any operation of their vehicle that they either knew or should have known was taking place. In situations like this one, however, you should sue both of them in small claims court. It is likely the court will order them both to pay for the damages and let them decide who pays what. If either of them fail to pay, you can then attach a lien to either of their property and execute the lien, liquidating the property and getting your money. You can alternatively seek to garnish their wages if they do not pay on the judgment. So, I urge you to sue both of them in one law suit in small claims court.
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