HE HAD a passion for motorbikes and loved the roar of the engine.
David Ayling’s mother Rose paid tribute to her son and said he got his love of motorcycles from his father Colin.
And she said she was ‘overwhelmed’ to see how much money has been raised in his memory.
As reported, David, of Heritage Way, Gosport, died when his motorbike came off the road and collided with a barrier at Junction 11 of the M27 in September.
Well-known by riding school Kick Start in Gosport, the firm decided to raise money in the 20-year-old’s memory.
And last night a cheque for £800 was presented to Rose, 42, and Colin, 49, who had chosen The Bike Experience to benefit from the money.
Ms Ayling, a team leader for an IT company, said: ‘We were looking for a charity that would have been close to David’s heart.
‘He always loved to help people, and that’s what he did – he always had time for people. He also absolutely loved bikes and got his first one at the age of 16.
‘His dad loves bikes and I think he got it from him.
‘David loved the roar of a bike, and when he would bring one home he would always tell me to listen to it.’
The Bike Experience teaches and advises motorcyclists who have been disabled to ride again, even if only on a circuit.
Ms Ayling added: ‘The charity would have been exactly the kind of cause he would have supported.
‘The work they do is amazing and I am so happy with the amount raised and donated.’
The cheque was handed over at the Bun Penny Pub, in Manor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, where David worked as a chef.
Mr Ayling, a courier driver, said: ‘It was amazing to see how much money has been raised in David’s memory.
‘It’s made me very proud to be David’s dad and I miss him very much.
‘It’s wonderful the biking community have got together like this for him.’
Ollie Shilling is a driving instructor for Kick Start and helped to co-ordinate the fundraising for David.
She said: ‘Although David never learnt with us, our base is close to his home and we knew him very well.
‘He was the nicest guy you could ever meet.
‘He was always smiling and will be missed so much by us all.
‘We were devastated when we heard the news and wanted to do something for him.’
A ride of respect was held during David’s funeral – a bucket collection from this along with others in the county raised the money.