The parents of a much-loved motorcyclist who died in a crash have paid tribute to their “beautiful son” – and said he had everything to live for.
Nathaniel Taylor, 25, lost control of his Kawasaki Z750 bike and hit a lamp post after riding through a pool of hydraulic liquid on Newbold Road, Chesterfield.
The keen, experienced biker was pronounced dead at the scene.
His mum Vykky, dad Russ, brother Alex and sister Becky said: “We are all going to miss him immensely.
“We feel like part of our souls died with him that fateful day.
“A wonderful boy turned into a wonderful man and he had everything to live for. It’s so tragic that he’ll never get to do all the things he had planned.
“Our beautiful son was full of energy for life.
“An intelligent and science-oriented lad, he had a deep interest of many subjects including astrophysics and ancient history.
“His first taste for motorbikes was when he was about three years old when his dad sat him on his Honda CX500.
“As soon as he could reach the foot pegs his dad took him out on the back of a motorbike and went camping on a 125 loaded with all the gear.
“Nathan and his dad went camping in Wales a few times or even day trips out walking in the hills.
“As soon as he was 17 he had his own 125 Dragstar motorbike and never looked back.
“He passed his test at the age of 24 for his full licence.
“He loved his job and worked hard to pay for his favourite toy, his pride and joy, his Z750.
“He enjoyed spending time with his girlfriend Abi and his family and had lots of friends, many of whom rode bikes too.
“Rest in peace, dude.”
Mr Taylor’s inquest was opened and adjourned at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Monday.
Speaking at the hearing, PC Deanna Hyde, of Derbyshire police, said: “He had just dropped his girlfriend off at work and was going back home to Tapton.
“He overtook a vehicle and got back on the correct side of the carriageway.
“He went through a pool of hydraulic liquid, lost traction with his vehicle and became separated from it having struck a lamp post,” she added.
Emotional messages have been put on three motorcycle helmets left at the scene of the crash.
One reads: “To my handsome son, love mummy.”
Another says: “RIP Nathan. You were always there for us and will be missed.”
“My first helmet and my last for you to take with you. I’ll miss you,” reads a third message.
Meanwhile, tributes have been flooding in on Facebook.
The air ambulance was called to the scene of the crash, which happened at about 10.20am last Thursday.
Witnesses to the collision should call Derbyshire police on 101.