Update on Stolen Motorcycle from 1967: Donald DeVault Reunites with his 1953 Triumph T100 Motorcycle

November 13, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about an unnamed man who's beloved motorcycle was stolen some 46 years ago.  Well, it turns out he is not unnamed!  His name is Donald DeVault, a 73 year old Omaha, NE native.  When he reported his Triumph T100 Motorcycle stolen back in 1967, he was only 26 years old and had only owned the bike for 2 years.  It has only been 3 weeks since customs officials contacted Mr. DeVault, and until he laid eyes on his long lost love, he thought the whole thing was a scam.  Sure enough not!  Mr. DeVault says he wishes the motorcycle could talk, that he "bets there's a lot of stories she could tell me" (over the past 46 years).  Since the bike was stolen, DeVault has gotten married, had children and bought and sold some 50 other motorcycles.  At the time of the Triumph motorcycle's theft, it was valued around $300.  Now, the value has appreciated in excess of $9,000.  Mr. DeVault is quoted saying, "I really want to protect it this time. I'm sure there's people out there that would want to take it away.  I'm even considering encasing it in glass in my living room."  I wonder what Mrs. DeVault has to say about that.