Veteran's prized motorcycle stolen


by Jacob Ryan

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 11:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A veteran of the Iraq War and Purple Heart recipient, Richard Davidson, looks out the window of his home on Tazwell Drive to check on his motorcycle every night.  When he looked out early Wednesday morning, to his surprise, all he saw was an empty parking spot.

“It was gone,” Davidson said.

Davidson joined the Army in 1991 and during deployments to Iraq from 2003-2005 he sustained several injuries, including being struck by an I.E.D.

“Basically, the Army retired me,” he said.

In addition to the Purple Heart, he was awarded several other medals and honors for his duty.

Upon his discharge from the Army, he received a settlement and in May he spent a portion of the money on a gift to himself, a Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle.  He said his $13,000 motorcycle was not just any bike.

“It is a Michael Jordan bike,” Davidson said.  “It’s got a lot of chrome on it, it’s all red and black and got one little spot of white.”

“It’s got Jordan all over it,” he said. “Everything except for his signature and I was fixing to get that.”

Davidson said the theft of his motorcycle may have been premeditated.  Just a week earlier, he said, someone had taken a Bulldog Jack from the back of his pick-up truck.  The jack is used to lift the back of the motorcycle.

He said the theft of his motorcycle, something so nice after returning from the hell of war zones and combat injuries, is a huge insult.

“I just hope to get it back,” he said.