Stolen Bike Alert
Over the weekend, AMCA member Jeff Gilbert was the victim of a daring home invasion in which two rare motorcycles valued at more than $1 million were stolen.
According to press reports, Gilbert and his wife were sleeping in their home in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles at about 4:30 a.m. February 4 when a couple of men kicked down the door, tied up Gilbert and took the two machines.
The first of the bikes stolen is a one-of-a-kind combination put together by racer August “Blick” Wolters. It has a 1914 Cyclone overhead-cam engine in a Harley frame with Merkel forks. Wolters campaigned the bike in Class A racing into the late 1920s.
The other bike is a 1962 Honda CR110, a 50cc production racer of which only a few examples were ever imported to the U.S.
The good news is that Jeff reports both he and his wife are OK, although shaken up. At this point, his main interest is, “We want to make things as difficult as possible for the bad guys.”
These aren’t the sorts of motorcycles a thief can easily sell on the open market, so we ask all AMCA members to be on the lookout for someone trying to unload a couple of classics. If you hear anything suspicious, please get in touch with the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247.
(Photos copyright The World of Motorcycles / KHI, Inc. Used with permission.)
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