Colorado man finds and rebuilds motorcycle his mother abandoned 25 years ago
Twenty-five years after his mother gave away his motorcycle when she was raising 8 children, Nick Steiner picked it up and restored it as an end-of-Mother’s Day gift.
ARVADA, Colo. – In the garage of his Arvada home, Nick Steiner has been working on a special gift – restoring his mother’s beloved motorcycle that she gave away 25 years ago.
“My mum gave the bike to a family friend,” he said. “I don’t even know if she knows the bike exists anymore.”
His mom, Brenda, and dad, Scott, rode motorcycles together until their family started growing. Brenda thought that a house full of children left little room for the road.
The motorcycle seemed to be gone. Until, at his father’s funeral, Nick met the family friend who owned the 1972 Honda CB350F. He was sitting in their garage still registered to his mother as the owner.
He began his “labor of love”.
“The hardest part of it all is taking it apart, figuring out what works, what doesn’t,” he said.
He had to track down parts that no one makes anymore. It was a frustrating process. Sometimes he wanted to ride the bike off a cliff, he said, but he stuck to it because the bike embodied what his mother had lost.
“It really has nothing to do with the bike, you know,” Nick said. “It’s just a reminder for her, I think, of the good times she had with my dad.”
Despite Scott Steiner’s battles with cancer, he had a positive “God is good and does good” attitude that carried him through 10 years longer than he otherwise would have, Nick said.
He created part of the bike as a tribute to his father.
“I just took a piece of sheet metal and made a new side and then hand wrote ‘God is good and does good’ on the side for her,” he said.
Finally, last month, Nick finished the rebuild and loaded the bike onto his van.
“It’s a total relief,” Nick said. “I knew I could do it, but there were some pretty undone moments there.”
He traveled over 1,200 miles to Michigan to deliver the motorcycle as an end-of-Mother’s Day gift. Nick and his wife rode the old Honda, as family and friends watched.
“Is that my bike? Brenda said. “How?”
She wept in disbelief. She said she has owned this motorcycle since she was a teenager.
“I was probably 19 and rode it all the time,” Brenda said.
Mom’s motorcycle “memorial” was back home.
“The fact that I have a kid who would rebuild that, it’s pretty amazing,” Brenda said.
Mom’s motorcycle finds its way home
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