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Charley Boorman’s BMW R1200 GS Adventure Stolen – and Recovered
Adventure touring documentary star Charley Boorman and his BMW R1200GS Adventure have traveled a long way together, but the motorcycle had a bit of an adventure on its own after thieves stole the bike.
The stolen BMW wasn’t the one Boorman rode with Ewen McGregor in “Long Way Round” (that was a R1150GS Adventure) or the one used in the sequel “Long Way Down“. Boorman did ride it on his last project, “Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers: Canada”.
The GS wasn’t gone for long however. The motorcycle was equipped with Bike Trac, an anti-theft GPS tracking system from U.K.-based Road Angel Group. The Bike Trac system was triggered at 4:29 am GMT on April 21 and tracked to a location in London. The trail then led to the nearby town of Watford.
Armed with a warrant, police were able to track Boorman’s GS to a garage where it was found partially dismantled, just hours after it was stolen.
“Naturally I was pretty shocked to learn that my bike had been stolen,” says Boorman. “In normal circumstances the chance of ever seeing a bike again after it’s been stolen is very slim. But with the knowledge that it had a Bike Trac unit fitted, I was fairly hopeful. To get the bike recovered so soon really is a testament to the system indeed.”
Boorman’s next adventure will be a 3000-mile trip through Africa with Moto Aventures.
[Source: Road Angel Group, CharleyBoorman.com]