But one lucky rider, now 72 years old, got his bike back over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Los Angeles announced today:
CBP officials say the Triumph Tiger t100 was stolen from the Omaha, Nebraska, backyard of a law enforcement officer on the night of February 4 or 5, 1967.
The agency states:
The Omaha patrolman's stolen vehicle report about the blue- and black- colored, Tiger T 100 model bike noted it was parked in the rear yard all winter and a gate on the wood fence was forced.
The uninsured bike was worth $300, federal officials said. But it appears the motorcycle was restored, modified and on its way to Yokohama, Japan, when customs authorities flagged it for a look-see.
Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in L.A:
This is one of three vehicles CBP recently intercepted that were stolen at least 20 years ago ... CBP officers and their law enforcement counterparts check many outbound vehicles on a regular basis. Their success in recovering stolen vehicles is remarkable. A few have nice stories like this one.
The CBP's manifest at the Port of L.A.-Long Beach indicates the bike is now worth $9,000, the agency says.
It was seized Saturday and turned over to the original owner, who is now 72. He still lives in Nebraska.