Treasured Custom Harley Recovered After Theft Days Before

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Worth $85,000, custom Harley Road King is the last physical link between its builder and his late friend.

The theft of our beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycles is not anything we’d wish upon our worst enemies. We’d rather have some fool tip-over our bikes than make off with it. While a scratch or dent can be repaired to look as if nothing happened, there’s nothing that will cover up the scar upon our hearts when our rides disappear into the night.

It hurts even more when a stolen bike of ours is also the last physical connection to a lost loved one, as was the case in Derry, New Hampshire. According to Boston, Massachusetts NBC affiliate WBTS-LD, a special Harley-Davidson Road King belonging to Darryl Sargent was stolen in early October, then recovered four days later.

“It was just heart wrenching,” said Sargent. “I paced my apartment for a good hour sick to my stomach. It’s my life, it’s my heart, it’s my soul, it’s the only thing I have like this.”

The $85,000 Road King is more than an amazing custom-painted beauty for Sargent. The Harley was a project begun between him and his best friend, John, four years ago. Two years ago, John passed away, leaving Sargent to continue the build in honor of his late friend.

“This was my everything, and I rode it every day,” Sargent said.

The Road King was among three of five motorcycles recovered in Derry since the thefts began on September 24, per WBTS-LD. Derry Police recovered the three bikes after they were dumped in the woods near where Sargent’s bike was stolen; all were found with little damage.

“He was thrilled to have it back, we were thrilled to get it back for him, now we just need to catch the bad guy,” said Derry Police Captain Vern Thomas.

Derry Police detectives are close to recovering the last two stolen bikes, WBTS-LD says. The police add that bikes like Sargent’s custom Road King are fairly easy to recover, since the thieves can’t strip the bike for parts without attracting undue attention. Let’s hope all five owners have a happy ending in this gloomy story.

Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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