Theft of small bike a big deal for RSA man

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 05:00 02/02/2013
Nick Ainge
DEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ
SHOCKED: Nick Ainge had his little yellow Honda motorbike stolen while he was having a flutter on the horses.
Nick Ainge's bike
MISSING: A 1975 Honda Z50J similar to the one stolen from Nick Ainge outside a Christchurch TAB.

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At 1.4 metres (4ft 7in), Nick Ainge cannot ride just any motorcycle.

So when his little yellow 1975 Honda Z50J was stolen on Thursday afternoon he was left without transport and reliant on friends to get around.

Ainge, 58, a Christchurch RSA staff member, was in the Merivale TAB when his motorbike was taken from the car park about 4.30pm.

He was gone for only a few moments, but when he returned he found his helmet on the ground where his motorbike had been.

"I was popping inside to have a quick flutter on the horses. They didn't do good anyway, and that made it even worse."

He was shocked at the speed the bike was taken.

"It's unbelievable really. They were really quick."

He said the thief must have put the bike in the back seat of a vehicle or the boot.

Ainge said that unless the person who took the bike was short, their legs would be "pretty crunched up" when riding.

"Their legs would be up under their chin," he said.

He had reported the theft to police.

Ainge said he had his "fingers crossed" that the rare motorbike would be found.

He could not use modern children's dirt bikes because they were not roadworthy.

His friends were keeping an eye out for a replacement bike just in case.

Anyone with information can call the Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400.

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