A lucky Northampton man, who had to travel home by bus after having his beloved motorbike stolen by joyriders, has thanked the town’s bikers community, who helped track “her” down within 28 hours.
Andrew Williams of Weedon left his limited edition Honda Africa Twin bike unlocked in St Peter’s Square car park while visiting the town centre on Wednesday, October 19.
On his return, a witnesses allegedly watched two men in helmets make a getaway on the bike through an alleyway.
Mr Williams said: “After the disbelief, anger and double-takes when I saw she had gone, I posted the information on biker pages on Facebook.”
At around 6am the following morning, Mr Williams woke up to a Facebook notification, which claimed the bike had been coincidentally filmed the evening before on a local rider’s helmet camera.
The footage showed the cheeky thief chatting up the female biker while they waited at a set of traffic lights before pulling a wheelie as he sped away.
Later on the same day, Mr Williams took it upon himself to track down the motorbike and used his car to drive to where the video was originally filmed.
He added: “Somehow I felt lucky, and the location felt likely. I drove around but started to feel bothered by all the places, lockups and back paths to hide in.”
After being given a tip off by another fellow biker, Mr Williams tracked it down in Weston Favell on Thursday evening where he saw his bike in a subway, but no sooner had he spotted it, it disappeared into another tunnel along with it’s illegal riders.
After eight hours of searching for the motorbike, Mr Williams gave up hope and headed home.
However, Mr Williams was on his way to a bike safety training course later that evening he got a call that the bike had been seen, chased, and recovered by a NBC member.
Mr Williams said: “When I saw her, I was truly surprised by the minimal damage to bodywork. At that point, the dark thoughts left and I was happy again, close to ecstatic.”