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The following is a post from the owner of the bikes, I thought I'd share and get the word of mouth going since it is just too bloody gut-wrenching to be in his place and you never know what might contribute to finding these two gems. They were stolen in Australia.

"First of all my name is Ben Reid,
the plan was to run a fast young Aussie rider at 2015 WSBK Phillip island.


this is real!!! These bikes were stolen! Cut the bull **** comments about
inside job! As I can tell you not one dollar of insurance as these WSBK chassis
do not have vin numbers...!


my past, yes ridden / raced in Europe blah blah
but more recent, have run my own team in 125GP
with aprilia RSW125s 3 riders, then moto 3 and moto2
Dorna CEV championship and Dorna MotoGP championship.
with success and podiums!!!
also crew chief in moto3, moto2 and MotoGP! Plus supersport
and Superbikes!
And very good relationship with aprilia racing team!!!
After many years dealing with them. And feel I have let them
down also with the theft of these bikes.


I am only person in Australia who knows anything aboutaprilia
WSBK's chassis, engines and electronics! So these bikes I can say
for a fact are impossible to use here or even sell parts here!




not bragging about my self! Just making clear that this is not a scam
or joke! These bikes are the real deal! Chassis, electrics, engines cylinder heads
everything is WSBK and direct support from the amazing people at aprilia Racing!


so I ask and beg of you all to spread the word world wide and if you hear of anything
about these bikes it special parts available for sale contact me! As not even the rear shock
could be sold without being obvious as it's official patented Ohlins rsv4 WSBK shock
and nothing like any shock you've seen before! Carbon airbox! Billet fuel rails! Billet topinjectors
Rails! Hand made alloy fuel tank etc! When bikes stolen had OEM radiators as didn't won't to
damage the WSBK rads! Fairings carbon fibre with Nomex!
Wheels fitted were 16.5 inch!!! Billet rear linkage and ofcourse the obvious WSBK parts!
swingarms, tripple clamps, electrics


Please help! This is going to ruin me! Be in this sport a long time and this is such devastating
and yes $20,000 cash reward! So if you know who did it RAT them out as it's fu#ked up to
steal from people who have worked hard and built trust and relationships to have these
motorcycles not to mention you ruining my life and business! For what bikes you can't sell!!!!"





 

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That sucks. I wonder why they had non-legal 16.5 wheels mounted? (testing purposes?)

Also you can insure vehicles that are not road legal. You can insure anything - doesn't mean the premiums will be realistic but it's possible.

I hope they find them. That paint scheme is hype too.
 

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That sucks. I wonder why they had non-legal 16.5 wheels mounted? (testing purposes?)

Also you can insure vehicles that are not road legal. You can insure anything - doesn't mean the premiums will be realistic but it's possible.

I hope they find them. That paint scheme is hype too.
Weren't 16.5" wheels legal in WSBK a couple years ago? If these are ex Biaggi bikes then they are 2009-2012. That or maybe the Australian organization these were going to run in allowed 16.5's.

Really gutted for the guy. Also feel that maybe something was missed here. No he couldn't have insured them as vehicles but as part of a business' assets they absolutely could have been insured. As tight as some outfits have to run financially it may be that it's something he chanced.

I wonder what the hell the thieves could do with these. There's no where they could sell them without being nicked as they are unique. They couldn't part it out as even the parts are identifiable. Very little of it is applicable to anyone's road RSV4. Hell, they probably couldn't even start them up and run them. It's like stealing the space shuttle. What the hell are you going to do with it? Bet the idiots are sitting around their chop shop with no idea what they have. That or the guys they might feed them to that would toss them in shipping containers headed for eastern europe would look at them and refuse them. If they're also clueless there will be some very high tech bikes no one can ride that are essentially worthless outside the racing world rotting away in some former soviet satellite country. So sad.
 

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Weren't 16.5" wheels legal in WSBK a couple years ago? If these are ex Biaggi bikes then they are 2009-2012. That or maybe the Australian organization these were going to run in allowed 16.5's.

Really gutted for the guy. Also feel that maybe something was missed here. No he couldn't have insured them as vehicles but as part of a business' assets they absolutely could have been insured. As tight as some outfits have to run financially it may be that it's something he chanced.

I wonder what the hell the thieves could do with these. There's no where they could sell them without being nicked as they are unique. They couldn't part it out as even the parts are identifiable. Very little of it is applicable to anyone's road RSV4. Hell, they probably couldn't even start them up and run them. It's like stealing the space shuttle. What the hell are you going to do with it? Bet the idiots are sitting around their chop shop with no idea what they have. That or the guys they might feed them to that would toss them in shipping containers headed for eastern europe would look at them and refuse them. If they're also clueless there will be some very high tech bikes no one can ride that are essentially worthless outside the racing world rotting away in some former soviet satellite country. So sad.
With all the heat the national and unofficial international coverage is providing, I predict that they will turn up somewhere far from where they were stolen but still within Oz, the stupid thiefs are probably telling themselves they picked the wrong bikes to steal.

On just the tech porn side. Billet fuel & injector rails? Oval fork tubes? WOW!
The forks alone probably cost a fortune.
 

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Was just eating dinner and now feel too sick to finish it after reading that. There's a lot of scum around, you won't see me shedding a tear if they had an 'accident'.

As much as I hope that he gets the bikes back, I'm thinking it would have been dismantled very quickly?

Dandenong is in Victoria, I am in NSW, about 1000km's away, but I will keep an eye out if I happen to see WSBK parts on some ****'s bike, doubt it though.
 

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Was just eating dinner and now feel too sick to finish it after reading that. There's a lot of scum around, you won't see me shedding a tear if they had an 'accident'.

As much as I hope that he gets the bikes back, I'm thinking it would have been dismantled very quickly?

Dandenong is in Victoria, I am in NSW, about 1000km's away, but I will keep an eye out if I happen to see WSBK parts on some ****'s bike, doubt it though.
Spreading the word would be great, especially on local Australian forums. A lot of people can't help but bragging, and there is a lot of stupidity in this world so you never know.
 
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