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Dublin: 14 °C Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Man on motorbike tour of Europe had bike stolen and thrown into river in Cork

He had planned to ride to the Ring of Kerry the next day.

Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry
Image: Eye Ubiquitous via Press Association

NIKOS WAS ON a tour of Europe when his motorbike was stolen from Cork city, early on Saturday morning.

He was planning on heading to the Ring of Kerry on the day it was taken.

“We just parked up the motorcycle for a few hours because we came very late at night, at around 11:30, and we would be up early the next morning to do the Ring of Kerry.”

It was later found in a river in Cork city, about 300 metres from the hostel he was staying in with his girlfriend.

The biker is now planning to end his holiday early and return to Greece – where he lives.

He told RTÉ’s Liveline how, ”We just didn’t want to continue after something like that, it wouldn’t feel right.”

He described how the biker community in Cork offered him a motorcycle to finish his trip but that he wouldn’t feel comfortable with that.

I have no words to describe how grateful I am to them but I’m a bit sensitive about riding someone else’s motorcycle.

“It has been a bit of a stressful experience for us both. You don’t really expect this to happen.”

Nicos parked the bike where there’s CCTV but he said the features of the people are not clear.

“They are not covering their faces but it was about 1:30 in the morning on Saturday.

Joe Duffy asked the insurance agent if this was his first time in Ireland.

It was my first time but it won’t be the last time.

“The people around the city have been extremely helpful to us, the people at the hostel have extended the courtesy of letting us stay here for free and the biker community has been extremely helpful.

“I’m leaving the bike with them, they will sort it out before the moving company will come to bring it back to Greece.”

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