You read about these sorts of things as apocryphal tales. I remember as a young journalist coming across a story where a wife had thrown out her cheating husband and sold his pride and joy Porsche for $5. Now here's a motorcycling equivalent:
DUCATI NOT FREE
Wellsford police seek information on a missing yellow 2003 Ducati motorcycle, registration 17WBG, which had a sign "free to an honest home" and was parked in Wi Apo Place, Wellsford, after a domestic incident.
The motorcycle was not free and in fact has an owner, police say. Any information contact constable Garth Mackay of the Wellsford Police on 09 423 8228
Classic. Bike, that is.