Can you help Wickford man recover his "pride and joy" motorbike

Can you help Wickford man recover his

Can you help Wickford man recover his "pride and joy" motorbike

First published in Echo News by , Reporter

A MAN is appealing for thieves to return his “pride and joy” after it was stolen from outside his flat.

Chris Taylor-Beck’s Yamaha YZF-R1 was taken from outside his home near the Shotgate Pharmacy in Southend Road, Wickford at about 11.40pm on April 30.

CCTV cameras outside the pharmacy captured two men, one wearing a baseball cap, snatching the bike just an hour after Mr Taylor-Beck, 36, had ridden it home from work.

Mr Taylor-Beck, who works as a maintenance engineer in Chelmsford, had spent months lovingly restoring the bike.

He is appealing for anyone with information to contact police.

He said: “When I realised my bike had been stolen I was devastated.

“We are not wealthy people and it took us a long time to save up for this bike and to do all the repairs on it.

“It is insured but you never know how much the insurance is going to pay out.”

Mr Taylor-Beck returned home from work at about 10.30pm and parked the bike against railings.

When he got up for work the next morning it was gone.

The bike was registered in 1999 and its registration plate is V243 KGX.

Mr Taylor-beck said: “It was an older bike.

“But it is rare and in quite good condition.

“I have done quite a bit of restoration work to it and my aim was to get it back to near- showroom condition.”

The bike was red, had a sticker on the rear swing arm reading ‘SHOWA’.

The wheels had trim around the rim, the fuel tank was painted with resin and there was a white pillion seat cover.

The bike is worth between £2,500 and £3,500.

Mr Taylor-Beck added: “But we are putting posters up around the area and posting on Facebook.

“We really hope someone can help us get it back.”

Anyone with information about the theft of the bike should contact Essex Police on 101 or crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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11:17am Tue 6 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

That's long gone mate. Still, you have insurance, so I wouldn't worry. That's what it's there for.
That's long gone mate. Still, you have insurance, so I wouldn't worry. That's what it's there for. Adrenaline_Junkie
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12:56pm Tue 6 May 14

pembury53 says...

long gone, and gone quickly.... they really shift, those R1's
long gone, and gone quickly.... they really shift, those R1's pembury53
  • Score: -5

1:19pm Tue 6 May 14

I-say-you-say says...

Mr Taylor-Beck states: “It is insured but you never know how much the insurance is going to pay out.”

The insurance will pay out whatever it states in the policy you took out providing you adhered to the rules etc and providing you told them about all the works carried out, then it should cover the monetary cost of the bike - the emotional value and the hassle involved in having it stolen however will sadly not be covered.
Mr Taylor-Beck states: “It is insured but you never know how much the insurance is going to pay out.” The insurance will pay out whatever it states in the policy you took out providing you adhered to the rules etc and providing you told them about all the works carried out, then it should cover the monetary cost of the bike - the emotional value and the hassle involved in having it stolen however will sadly not be covered. I-say-you-say
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3:25pm Tue 6 May 14

_Lotus_ says...

I-say-you-say wrote:
Mr Taylor-Beck states: “It is insured but you never know how much the insurance is going to pay out.”

The insurance will pay out whatever it states in the policy you took out providing you adhered to the rules etc and providing you told them about all the works carried out, then it should cover the monetary cost of the bike - the emotional value and the hassle involved in having it stolen however will sadly not be covered.
Regarding insurance, I know it seems okay for people to say "it's insured, so what's the problem?" They seem to forget that the insurance will rise the following year if the person tries to insure another vehicle.
[quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: Mr Taylor-Beck states: “It is insured but you never know how much the insurance is going to pay out.” The insurance will pay out whatever it states in the policy you took out providing you adhered to the rules etc and providing you told them about all the works carried out, then it should cover the monetary cost of the bike - the emotional value and the hassle involved in having it stolen however will sadly not be covered.[/p][/quote]Regarding insurance, I know it seems okay for people to say "it's insured, so what's the problem?" They seem to forget that the insurance will rise the following year if the person tries to insure another vehicle. _Lotus_
  • Score: 2

3:47pm Tue 6 May 14

I-say-you-say says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
I-say-you-say wrote: Mr Taylor-Beck states: “It is insured but you never know how much the insurance is going to pay out.” The insurance will pay out whatever it states in the policy you took out providing you adhered to the rules etc and providing you told them about all the works carried out, then it should cover the monetary cost of the bike - the emotional value and the hassle involved in having it stolen however will sadly not be covered.
Regarding insurance, I know it seems okay for people to say "it's insured, so what's the problem?" They seem to forget that the insurance will rise the following year if the person tries to insure another vehicle.
Can I please make it clear that I never stated "so what's the problem" and in fact just clarified the question of how much would be paid out whilst being sympathetic to the emotional value etc.

Insurance can also rise without a claim being made. You can also pay however may hundreds of pounds a year and never make a claim.

Unfortunately that is exactly what insurance is all about.
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: Mr Taylor-Beck states: “It is insured but you never know how much the insurance is going to pay out.” The insurance will pay out whatever it states in the policy you took out providing you adhered to the rules etc and providing you told them about all the works carried out, then it should cover the monetary cost of the bike - the emotional value and the hassle involved in having it stolen however will sadly not be covered.[/p][/quote]Regarding insurance, I know it seems okay for people to say "it's insured, so what's the problem?" They seem to forget that the insurance will rise the following year if the person tries to insure another vehicle.[/p][/quote]Can I please make it clear that I never stated "so what's the problem" and in fact just clarified the question of how much would be paid out whilst being sympathetic to the emotional value etc. Insurance can also rise without a claim being made. You can also pay however may hundreds of pounds a year and never make a claim. Unfortunately that is exactly what insurance is all about. I-say-you-say
  • Score: -1

4:53pm Tue 6 May 14

sesibollox says...

Lock it away, or lose it..
Lock it away, or lose it.. sesibollox
  • Score: 0

8:44am Wed 7 May 14

jpw0809 says...

Sorry to hear mate from a fellow biker. Fingers crossed Lets hope it does turn up somewhere. Or lets hope the scumbags that stole it seriously injure themselves if crashing it so they are not able to steal anyone else's pride and joy.
Sorry to hear mate from a fellow biker. Fingers crossed Lets hope it does turn up somewhere. Or lets hope the scumbags that stole it seriously injure themselves if crashing it so they are not able to steal anyone else's pride and joy. jpw0809
  • Score: 2

9:54am Wed 7 May 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Gave up the bikes a long while ago for this very reason .. I hope he gets his back!! ...
Gave up the bikes a long while ago for this very reason .. I hope he gets his back!! ... InTheKnowOk
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