One tourist’s gloomy perception of Victoria was improved after police recovered his one-of-a-kind motorcycle that was stolen from a downtown hotel where he was staying.

The man, who police did not name, stepped out of his hotel room early in the morning to discover his unique ride had been stolen.

He had spent a significant period of time restoring and customizing the “café racer” style bike and had journeyed to Vancouver Island for a road trip.

Surveillance footage from the hotel showed a man loading the motorcycle into his van.

In a release, police said they were able to track down the registered owner of the van, who indicated that he’d lent the van to his daughter.

Officers then located the registered owner’s daughter, who in turn indicated a friend had borrowed it to presumably to “run an errand.”

“Officers were able to track down the Victoria man who had taken the motorcycle and located it outside a shop in downtown Victoria at approximately 3:30 p.m.,” police said in the release.

The owner of the bike says the motorcycle was already in the process of being dismantled.

He was extremely grateful of the outcome and insisted on posing with the officers for a photo with the recovered bike.

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