The family of a 62-year-old Bridlington man who was one of two motorcyclists who died in a collision near Malton have spoken to the Free Press about how he died doing what he loved best.
Life-long resident of Bridlington Stuart Hansen, 62, was involved in a collision on the B1257 between Malton and Amotherby with an off-duty police officer from Humberside Police.
Stuart, who was a semi-retired mechanic, leaves behind his wife Debbie, 52, and sons Richard, 29, and 27-year-old Scott.
His partner of 34 years and wife of 16, Debbie, said: “Stuart lived life to the full. His opinion was that ‘life is for living’, and that’s certainly what he did. He was a joker, or he liked to think he was.
“He has died way before his time. It will take many years for frinds and family to get through this tragedy. It is a massive hole he leaves in this family and with his friends also.
“He was huge within the biking community and we have had so many people getting in touch offering their condolences of all ages. Everyone just seems so devastated.”
Stuart was a mechanic who worked across a number of garages in the area including Bridlington Car Care and also owned Londesborough Garage on Thorpe Street for more than 10 years until he suffered a triple heart bypass.
Stuart’s son, Richard Hansen, said: “Losing my dad is a big loss to everyone.
“A father is a massive figure to lose in your life. He was always good to go to for advice and it will take a long time for me to get round to not having him to talk to.
“He hated cars generally but loved his motorbikes. What he didn’t know about motorbikes wasn’t worth knowing.”
“He loved life when he was going out on his bike. He died doing what he loved best and he will be sorely missed.”
Stuart took part in a number of motorbike drag racing events, including at Elvington Airfield near York, where he achieved a top speed in 2011 of 206.6mph on his yellow Suzuki Hyabusa.
Owner of Classic Bike Stables in Bridlington and Stuart’s friend, Tony McGuire, said: “I have known Stuart since the 1970s and I was often baffled by his knowledge of engines. Anyone involved with motorbikes in the area should have known him, if they didn’t then they have missed out. I will have fond memories of him forevermore.”
The funeral for Stuart Hansen will take place on Friday 16 October at 1pm at East Riding Crematorium with everyone welcome to pay their respects.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who saw the incident or the events leading up to the collision to contact them on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team or email MCIT@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.