Thieves steal superbike

Thieves steal steal superbike

Thieves steal steal superbike

First published in Local News

A SUPERBIKE rider was left devastated after thieves stole the £60,000 machine he built from scratch.

Luke Hall had ploughed his heart and soul into constructing the Yamaha R1 race bike at his Hockley home.

But thieves broke into his garage and took the prized possession - which he had planned to race at national level next year.

Mr Hall, 33, said: “It took me six months to build the thing. It’s a lot of effort and money and unfortunately it’s not insured against theft.

“I’d really been hoping to race it this season, especially as my racing career will be over in a couple of years because I’ll be too old.”

The thieves also stole a Suzuki GSXR600 road bike worth about £6,000, which Mr Hall believes was the main reason for the raid. He had advertised this bike in trade magazines and received a call from someone who wanted to view it.

That day, his garage was broken into, and the man never made the appointment. Now he is unlikely to be able to race this season, which is particularly upsetting as he had hoped to make a come-back after years off with a shoulder injury. H

e explained: “It’s what I’ve always done, it’s what I’ve always known. People don’t understand why I do it, it’s like a drug addiction - it’s highly addictive, costs lots of money and it might kill you but you still come back for more.”

Mr Hall, who works as an engineer, had even made many of the parts himself over the course of the last eight months.

He said: “All I’m left with is debt. I always knew I was getting into debt but you can clear most of it by selling parts off if you have to, but I haven’t got that luxury anymore.”

The bike was stolen from the Greensward Lane area on November 8. Anyone with information should call Det Sgt Lucy Shewring on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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11:14am Tue 11 Dec 12

GlenEckett says...

Must have been gutting for him, fingers crossed it will be recovered.
Must have been gutting for him, fingers crossed it will be recovered. GlenEckett
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11:24am Tue 11 Dec 12

Horace Wimpole says...

That's dreadful. But… but… NO INSURANCE?!?
That's dreadful. But… but… NO INSURANCE?!? Horace Wimpole
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12:22pm Tue 11 Dec 12

perini says...

I remember years ago when I had a bike stolen from the Farringdon multi-storey car park I trawled the bike shops in town. Still convinced to this day that I saw my tank in a shop in Westcliff!
I remember years ago when I had a bike stolen from the Farringdon multi-storey car park I trawled the bike shops in town. Still convinced to this day that I saw my tank in a shop in Westcliff! perini
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12:30pm Tue 11 Dec 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

Horace Wimpole wrote:
That's dreadful. But… but… NO INSURANCE?!?
Probably couldn't get insurance if the garage door wasn't alarmed, My mountain bike is worth 1% of that yet it's chained to the wall, insured and the garage door has more bolts than usain's family tree. Still hope it is recovered.
[quote][p][bold]Horace Wimpole[/bold] wrote: That's dreadful. But… but… NO INSURANCE?!?[/p][/quote]Probably couldn't get insurance if the garage door wasn't alarmed, My mountain bike is worth 1% of that yet it's chained to the wall, insured and the garage door has more bolts than usain's family tree. Still hope it is recovered. notinwestcliffanymore
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1:32pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Ian P says...

notinwestcliffanymor
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wrote:
Horace Wimpole wrote: That's dreadful. But… but… NO INSURANCE?!?
Probably couldn't get insurance if the garage door wasn't alarmed, My mountain bike is worth 1% of that yet it's chained to the wall, insured and the garage door has more bolts than usain's family tree. Still hope it is recovered.
I am guessing, but as this appears to be a bike for use on a race track, rather than the road, it might not actually be insurable.
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Horace Wimpole[/bold] wrote: That's dreadful. But… but… NO INSURANCE?!?[/p][/quote]Probably couldn't get insurance if the garage door wasn't alarmed, My mountain bike is worth 1% of that yet it's chained to the wall, insured and the garage door has more bolts than usain's family tree. Still hope it is recovered.[/p][/quote]I am guessing, but as this appears to be a bike for use on a race track, rather than the road, it might not actually be insurable. Ian P
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2:37pm Tue 11 Dec 12

GlenEckett says...

That's the way I read it - that it was the racing bike in the photo. Must still be able to insure it in some way for theft, but not the same as a road bike. Must have had the GSXR insured.
That's the way I read it - that it was the racing bike in the photo. Must still be able to insure it in some way for theft, but not the same as a road bike. Must have had the GSXR insured. GlenEckett
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5:02pm Tue 11 Dec 12

J_blond says...

Thieves steal steal motorbike?
Thieves steal steal motorbike? J_blond
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11:51pm Tue 11 Dec 12

sav25 says...

notinwestcliffanymor
e
wrote:
Horace Wimpole wrote:
That's dreadful. But… but… NO INSURANCE?!?
Probably couldn't get insurance if the garage door wasn't alarmed, My mountain bike is worth 1% of that yet it's chained to the wall, insured and the garage door has more bolts than usain's family tree. Still hope it is recovered.
....surely just get an alarm then? Worth it for a £60k bike right? Sounds like a foolish owner to me.

Doesn't add up...
[quote][p][bold]notinwestcliffanymor e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Horace Wimpole[/bold] wrote: That's dreadful. But… but… NO INSURANCE?!?[/p][/quote]Probably couldn't get insurance if the garage door wasn't alarmed, My mountain bike is worth 1% of that yet it's chained to the wall, insured and the garage door has more bolts than usain's family tree. Still hope it is recovered.[/p][/quote]....surely just get an alarm then? Worth it for a £60k bike right? Sounds like a foolish owner to me. Doesn't add up... sav25
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8:52am Wed 12 Dec 12

rjsizzler says...

Agreed. I have lots of sympathy for him but to not have something worth £60K insured against theft it madness.
Agreed. I have lots of sympathy for him but to not have something worth £60K insured against theft it madness. rjsizzler
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