Tributes have been paid to a motorcyclist who died when his bike collided with a van on Christmas Eve.
David Johnson, 37, of West End Lane, Harlington, died at the scene of the accident which happened in North Hyde Road, Hayes at 6.23am.
He worked as a fraud investigator for the Bank of America in London and his family are from Stoke-on-Trent.
The van driver, a man in his fifties, was arrested and bailed to return to a west London police station in March.
Mr Johnson's close friend Helen Manton, who now lives in Australia, said: "It has been such a shock for us. Dave was very well loved. He was generous and kind and had time for anyone.
"He was such a careful rider that I never thought this was possible, I used to ride with him.
"He supported me for years through a lot and we even spoke after I moved to Australia. We even talked about him coming to visit me next year."
She said Mr Johnson was a kind, caring and generous man and that in times of need he was always there.
She added: "Dave knew all too well the risks his bike brought, but the freedom it gave him was when he was at his most happiest.
"His death is both sudden and tragic. He will be sorely missed but always warmly remembered."
Neighbour Rajesh Kumar, 32, said: "It was really shocking to hear it happened on Christmas Eve. David used to park his bike in the alley we share and it's sad to see his bike is not there now.
"He was a cheerful guy and always said hello.
"He told me in the summer that he'd just bought a new bike which cost £8,000 and he was very fond of it, he would regularly come out to clean it."