Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I Love A Story With A (Long Overdue) Happy Ending...

I saw this yesterday and couldn't resist it...

Motorcycle recovered in Calif 46 years after theft
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska man is getting his motorcycle back — 46 years after it was stolen from his backyard.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday the black and blue 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 was recovered last week at the Port of Los Angeles. It was on its way to Japan, with its value listed as $9,000.
There's a special place in hell, right next to child molesters and people that talk during movies, for someone that would steal another man's motorcycle. Especially one like this:


I wonder if it was still in running condition? It's 60 years old at this point, and while motorcycles are much simpler machines than automobiles, time is equally harsh to two wheels as it is to four. My father-in-law has a late 1960s Honda CB360 somewhere in his shed out back that hasn't run since the 1980s. It'd be fun someday to see if I could get it running - it's a neat little bike, and cosmetically it just needs a good scrubbing. Would be fun to take to a Honda rally...

Anyways, I thought it was a neat story, and I'm glad he got his wheels back, even if it did take 46 years...

That is all.

5 comments:

Dave H said...

Ain't she pretty?

The rear tire (I suppose that'd be a tyre) looks to be in good shape. Harder to tell on the front. If those were the original rubber I'd expect to see some dry rot in them. Looks like somebody spent a little time on maintenance.

Welcome home little Triumph!

Evyl Robot Michael said...

If anything, personal experience tells me that time is much harder on two-wheeled motor vehicles than their four-wheeled relatives. It may be that they are more likely to get neglected in the long run as they tend to be more recreational transportation than staple. Or, maybe my experience has been slanted. I dunno. Welcome home little Triumph in any case!

HerrBGone said...

I used to own a CL360-K1 a very long time ago. Fun way to get around town and off road too. That CB would be a fun project to bring back to life. Glad to see this bike finding its way home!

GreyLocke said...

I rode a Honda CB360T when I got hit by a guy who ran a red light. I loved that bike. Almost 45mpg, it always started it always ran great and it got me to and from work every day until I got hit.

Ross said...

There's a reason that a phrase I use is "colder than a bike thief's heart", Jay.

BTW... my first bike was a CB360.