Kiwi killed in Australian bike crash

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 08:10 16/07/2014
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SORELY MISSED: Bernard Peter Taylor, known as Bernie, a former Wellingtonian killed in a motorbike crash near Melbourne on Saturday.

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A Kiwi expat and father-of-three killed in a motorcycle crash in Australia may have died as a result of a medical condition.

Wellington-born Bernie Taylor, 59, was killed instantly on July 12 when he crashed his motorbike into a tree while out on a social ride in Victoria with a group of motorcycling mates.

The husband, father and grandfather moved from Brooklyn to Australia in 1977. He was an operations manager at a security company and a keen rider, his family said.

Australian media reported police originally thought the Croydon resident had lost control while rounding a bend and struck the tree in Glenlyon, about 115 kilometres northwest of Melbourne.

However, son James Taylor said police had since told the family that a scene examination suggested their father was possibly unconscious at the time of the crash. The family expected an inquest might find he had suffered from a medical condition.

Taylor said his father had been riding with a group called Open Road Tourers for 17 years and was unlikely to have made an error.

"He had been riding motorbikes for as long as I can remember.

"They went away for weekends to regional Victoria regularly and even did a few international trips to Vietnam and India. It was a hobby and pastime. He loved cars and motorbikes and was constantly tinkering with them and taking the utmost care and pride in them."

A funeral in Victoria has been planned for next Tuesday and the family expected Kiwi friends and family would make the trip, Taylor said.

Bernie Taylor leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Kay, three adult children, James, Sarah and Rebecca, and a 14-month-old grandson.

"He was our everything," James Taylor said. "He was a very generous and kind-hearted man who would do absolutely anything for all of us and everyone he met - fun, positive and a real family man."

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