published Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Omaha, Neb., man glad stolen motorcycle found after 46 years

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    This undated photo provided by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection shows a recently recovered a 1953 Triumph motorcycle which was stolen more than 46 years ago from its owner's backyard in Omaha, Neb., in 1967.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

OMAHA, Neb. — Donald DeVault wonders what kind of memories his Triumph motorcycle helped make in the 46 years since it was stolen.

The 73-year-old Omaha man learned last week that California authorities had recovered his 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 at the Port of Los Angeles. The bike was about to be shipped to Japan when customs agents who checked the vehicle identification number discovered it had been reported stolen in February 1967.

DeVault says he's talked about the motorcycle over the years. He recalls Marlon Brando riding a similar bike in the movie "The Wild One."

Once he gets it back, DeVault plans to have someone restore the bike's name and paint "46 Years Later" on the gas tank.

The bike was valued at $300 in 1967. Today, it's worth about $9,000.

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