Road Assistance Tells Owner Leave His Bike On The Side Of The Road, Gets Stolen

After all these bike thefts going on in the UK lately, we thought people would take better precautions when parking their machines. Not this guy, though, who left his motorcycle on the side of the road, with the keys in, after the RAC told him to do so. And yes, the bike got nicked that day.
Triumph Tiger 1050 1 photo
Photo: Triumph
According to the UK media, Mr. John Edwards was riding his 2008 Triumph Tiger 1050 adventure motorcycle through Croydon last month when it broke down. He called the RAC (an insurance and road assistance company), but the guys there said they are overwhelmed at the moment and can’t get to him in less than three hours.

The man decided to sit and wait, but half an hour before the recovery vehicle was due, the company delayed their arrival again. After about 5 hours since the initial distress call, the RAC told Mr. Edwards to get a cab home and leave the bike there with the keys hidden.

Although the Triumph’s owner didn’t want to do it at first, he was beaten by the cold and decided to do it. But when the RAC arrived some four hours later, they found no motorcycle at the indicated location.

Five days later, the police found the bike which had been badly damaged by the thieves. The insurance company refused to pay for the damage as Mr. Edwards left the keys with it.

Luckily, the RAC recognized this whole mess is somewhat its fault so, along with some sincere apologies, it offered to pay for the damage. Glad to hear that and we hope it will be a lesson for Mr. Edwards and anyone reading this.

Now, I’m not sure what kind of rider John was, but I wouldn’t have left my motorcycle by the side of the road and go home like nothing happened. Hell, I would have started a fire, make a spear, hunt some chipmunks and sleep next to it if I had to do it.

Or, you know, I could have called a buddy with a trailer/van, or another towing company.
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