Stolen Victory Electric Race Bike Recovered, Saved from Breaking and Being Sold as Parts

Victory electric race bike #3 that got the podium at Isle of Man stolen and recovered 1 photo
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It took around a day for the Police in Talent, Oregon to track down the bike that was reported stolen yesterday. We told you that a Victory electric race motorcycle had been stolen from the Brammo headquarters in Talent, OR, and the company was already offering a reward for info leading to the recovery of the machine.
The electric Victory didn't even leave town, as the cops traced it to a local rental residence. The information on the bike's whereabouts reached the cops on Sunday afternoon, and a warrant for search was issued. Upon the police searching the premises, the bike was discovered in the custody of two individuals.

Police sources mention that the main suspect also had a long rap sheet. Even though none of the suspects admitted breaking into the Brammo headquarters, the cops have been told that the intention was to disassemble the bike and sell the parts.

Contrary to some of the rumors that surfaced after the bike was reported stolen, no former or current Brammo/Victory employee was involved in the theft.

Social media helps keeping stolen goods very hot

The news of the missing bike spread on social networks and reduced the chances for the bike traveling from one place to another unnoticed. At the same time, the good odds of someone recognizing it made it a very hot "asset" for the thieves.

It is also possible that the two suspects had no clue what they laid hands on, even the fact that the bike was an electric one. The cops found the missing Victory with the rear wheel removed and damaged bodywork. The manufacturer says that the damage is mostly cosmetic and easy to fix.

Far from being a common bike, the stolen two-wheeler carried a high emotional value for Victory, a detail the two obviously did not know. The #3 is the first Victory bike participating in an European road racing event. Even more, Lee Johnston rode it to a podium placement in the recent TT Zero Challenge at the Isle of Man, making this machine one that has already made it in the Brammo and Victory history books.

Brian Wismann – Director of Product Development, Brammo Inc. adds: "Everyone at Brammo are relieved to have bike #3 back in the stable and are extremely grateful to the City of Talent Police Department for working diligently to solve this case. We'll need some time to fully assess any damage done, but from initial inspection it appears mostly cosmetic and repairable. What a bizarre event this has been. Thank you to everyone that shared the story and participated indirectly in the recovery.”

No news on who got the reward, if anyone, made it to us at the time of writing.
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