The story is as old as motorcycle theft itself: someone’s bike gets pinched, and the police don’t care. At least, that’s the stereotype, but one rider found the story different when his cafe racer was nabbed in Victoria, BC.
The bike, a good-looking vintage Kawasaki KZ650, was ripped from a hotel parking lot while its builder/rider was in the middle of a road trip through Vancouver Island, which ranks pretty high on the list of motorcyclist nightmares. Police went into action quickly; they figured out the owner of the van used to pinch the bike, who told them his daughter had borrowed the machine for the day. A little more digging by the police, and surprise, there’s the bike in front of a downtown dealership, already in the process of being dismantled for parts (which dealership, one wonders? The police presser did not say …).
Thankfully, the cops stopped the shop’s chop process, and the owner got his custom cycle back. The police press release says the theft is still under investigation, but there’s no note of the other crime here: the hideous misdeed of cutting off that bike’s airbox and replacing it with pod filters, while leaving that 4-2 exhaust … maybe the thief just wanted to give it a better home? Regardless of the motivation behind the theft, it’s good to see police jumping to action and quickly solving one of these cases, instead of stumbling over a warehouse full of chopped-up cycles months after the original thefts.