How unknowingly I found my friends stolen bike
Depicting my experience of finding a stolen bike unknowingly while searching for a used sportsbike
Two-wheels balancing themselves always intrigued me more than a four-wheeled box with a steering wheel. Not surprisingly, I also wanted to owe one after peddling bicycle for ages. With a series of negotiations and fights with my parents, they finally agreed to buy my first ever motorbike.
In the intial semester of my graduation, my father brought a 2013 pre-owned racing blue Yamaha R15 on my birthday, which costed $1000. The 150cc single-cylinder producing 17 bhp may not sound much, but it is decent enough to pump heaps adrenaline in your veins. It is still the best supersport in the country with unmatched handling characteristics. The superior looks are inspired by the bigger kins, the mighty R1, and reigning world champion Yamaha R6.
My Yamaha R15 Version 2.0
After owning it for almost three years and learning a lot about riding, I wanted an upgrade and started looking for economical options. So, the sports bike market in India nothing less than extortion; they started to penetrate our market in huge numbers almost a decade ago. Due to this, it is still a luxury, and even pre-owned sport bikes sell for a lot of money (<$5000) compared to western countries.
The story begins, I keep looking for accidental options that require a bit of elbow grease and are available for cheap. For this, we have OLX(Craiglist of India); you can find anything you want, ranging from water boats, helicopters to cheap undergarments. Hoping to find a usable platform, I was moved towards scrapyards after watching countless Copart builds on YouTube.
People always keep funny quotes for their rusted coffins on wheels, and my disappointment levels keep rising. After searching a lot , I came across an ad where this person was selling spare parts, and thumbnail image showed heaps of scrap two-wheelers, smothered with grease and dust. After opening the advertisement, I looked through the photos and identified a Red Benelli TNT 300i covered with tarpaulin.
One picture also shows the headlight module with suspension and fuel tank, and everything made me excited. The condition looked just right to me and immidiately thought it would be a perfect build to start with. Next day, I texted the advertiser and asked him about the bike, his reply came as the bike is fine, and not a single penny is required to fix it. But, here comes the catch, he denied having any documents for the motorcycle, which indicates that it might be stolen. Listening to this, my hopes fell to the ground, and i moved away from that bike.
After a few days, I was talking to one of my colleague and told him about the scenario. Out of nowhere, he asked to share the pictures immediately. He was shocked to notice that this is the same bike that belonged to a riding group member. It was stolen from his house a year ago, and the police were unable to find it.
Benelli TNT 300i before being stolen
You can notice the Triumph styled rearview mirror, and both the bikes have similar ones. We passed the picture to the owner, and he confirmed that it is his bike which was stolen a year ago. He lives in the same area where the scrapyard is, and Benelli sells less model than Lamborghini sells its Huracan . Not that Benelli is expensive but beacuse nobody likes it, so there is no doubt it was his bike.
Benelli TNT 300i covered in tarpaulin
The people who own this scrapyard maybe dangerous and we would love ideas in helping us deciding what to do next. Suggest something in the comment section.