THE brother of a motorcyclist who died when his trike struck a tree at the weekend has paid tribute to a ‘happy-go-lucky’ bike enthusiast.
Brian Bowley, of Woodsedge in Waterlooville, died on Sunday after the trike he was riding left the road and hit a tree in East Meon.
The 72-year-old was taking part in an organised ride-out being held for charity.
Today, his brother Mick Bowley, 74, has paid tribute to him.
Mick told The News: ‘There are three of us brothers and we are all very close.
‘Brian got into bikes in the 50s and he has been interested in them ever since.
‘He absolutely loved his trike and so at least he died doing what he loved.
‘He was a very happy-go-lucky person and we would often go out to Loomies cafe in West Meon for a cup of tea.
‘I will miss him.’
Brian had undergone a number of heart bypass operations in the last few months.
His family believe he may have suffered a heart attack while riding the trike.
Mick, of Lower Bordean, added: ‘We’re thinking he had a massive heart attack and that’s what caused him to go off the road.
‘Obviously we won’t know until the coroner looks into it but that’s what we think happened.
‘He had a history of heart problems in recent months and I don’t think he would have just gone off the road.’
Police are appealing for information after Brian died on Beacon Hill Lane near Corhampton.
His three-wheeled Suzuki motorcycle came off the road close to the junction with Sailors Lane and struck a tree.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are investigating the cause of the collision but said there was nothing to suggest he was speeding or driving dangerously.
Anyone who saw Brian or witnessed the collision should call Hampshire police on 101, quoting Operation Sandbox.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.