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Racers devastated: Classic bikes, sidecar worth over $100,000 stolen night before big event
The 1974 850cc Norton Commando racing bike and sidecar, plus gear were stolen from outside Rangiriri Hotel. Photo / Danielle Zollickhofer
Opportunistic thieves got away with a haul of more than $100,000 worth of classic motorcycles and gear in the early hours of Sunday from outside the Rangiriri Hotel, in north Waikato.
The haul included a unique 1974 racing motorcycle and sidecar, plus distinctive gear and tools, worth more than $50,000.
Devastated victim Jason Rees says the 850cc Norton Commando motorcycle/sidecar was irreplaceable.
“It’s heartbreaking. It’s not just the money, it has a big emotional value. [I] won several races