How to modify your own bike to save it from the cops
By Daniele D’Acqua, Washington Post Staff WriterOne day last summer, a couple of friends in a Portland suburb spotted a strange new bike on a highway, parked on a corner and not far from a car.
They had been riding it all along, and it had only one complaint.
The front wheel had been stripped off.
“I was like, ‘What the hell?'” said Chris McKeown, who was riding with his partner, Nicky, when they noticed the bike had been stolen.
“And I was like: ‘It’s a Ducati.
You can’t do that.'”
Chris McKeough, who rode a Ducate at age 14, recalls his first encounter with Ducati at the age of 12.
“I remember, you know, it was a Ducatrac and I was 14 years old,” McKeoough said.
“You know, you’re looking at a Duc and you’re thinking: What is this, like, this really cool thing?’
So I think it was my first exposure to Ducati.”
Chris McKenzie, who now lives in Portland, rides his Ducati Scrambler at his home in Portland.
The bike he’s riding now, his Ducatis V12, was stolen from the front wheel of his Scramblers in Portland on April 30, 2017.
(Dan Patrick/The Washington Post)The pair quickly identified the bike as a Ducatis Scramler and quickly found the thief.
The thieves had also stolen a bike with a red Ducati logo on it.
The red logo was part of the blue logo on the rear end of the bike, and the thieves were driving around the corner of the road and on the highway.
“We were like, oh my god, we have to stop this, we’ve gotta stop this,” McKaney said.
The Ducatis mechanic said he’d removed the front wheels and replaced them with metal ones.
But the thief had still got the front tires, and he was still driving around.
Chris McLean, a mechanic for a bike shop in Portland called B-Rider, said he was in the middle of a repair when the thieves came up to the shop and asked him if he could help.
The mechanic said yes, but he wanted to keep the bike safe.
The thief took the bike to a local mechanic.
But when the mechanic went to get the bike back, the thief still had the front tire.
So the mechanic told the thief to put it back together.
The thief agreed and put the bike on the street.
The next day, Chris McLean and Nicky McKeigho said, they saw a local news story about a new Ducati bike that had been hijacked by thieves.
They asked the mechanic where they could buy the bike.
“I think that was the day I really thought that Ducatis was gonna be a cool bike,” Chris Mc Keough said, laughing.
“So that’s when I was just like: I’m gonna take a Duc, too.”
The two riders eventually met up with McLean’s brother, who happened to be working on a Duc at the time.
That’s when they started riding the bike around town, and Chris McKelian said he and Nicki quickly realized that they could save the bike from the thieves.
Chris Mc Keogh said he had already done a lot of research about Ducati bikes and motorcycles before riding the Scramble.
“He was like my little brother,” he said.
Chris McLange, a fellow bike shop owner in Portland said he too had been a Duc user before the bike was stolen.
The two decided to take it to a dealership in Portland and get a new front wheel and the rear tires.
McLean said they were able to save the Ducatis by using a bike repair company’s spare parts.
They were able, however, to have a Duc for the day.
The two bought the new Duc at an auto parts store and got the bike shipped back to the Scamper in Portland to have the rear wheels fixed and the front ones replaced.
Then they took the Scams to a bike club in Portland where they were all members of the club, Chris said.
As they waited for the Ducati, Chris and Nickie said they began riding it around town and the Scrams began asking the owners of the bikes about how they got it.
After some time, they said, one owner told them that the bike belonged to a friend who had just passed away.
“Then he said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I never knew about that,'” Chris Mc Keenan said.
“So I was, like: Wow, this guy did this,” Nicki McKean said, “and he really did do it.”