HEARTBROKEN family and friends of fireman Dave Standing have paid tribute to the biker who was killed when his Suzuki GSXR 1000 crashed.
Dave, 44, of Russell Street, Accrington, was travelling along Quernmore Brow near Lancaster when the accident happened.
The bike hit a fence, careered into a field and landed on top of him.
His partner of three years, Zoe Whalley, 33, who is set to train as a paramedic, spoke to the Observer this week, saying she was honoured to have known him.
She said: "He kept me safe and looked after me. I don't know anybody who could love somebody so much.
"He was a big, strong man. When he walked into a room he could be quite intimidating but he was a big softie really.
"He loved his children and he loved my boys. They feel like they have lost a best friend."
David was born in Edinburgh and moved to Accrington with his family as a young boy.
He attended St Nicholas' Primary School, Church, and St Christopher's High School, Accrington, before obtaining a mechanic's apprenticeship after leaving school.
He joined the fire service in 1991 at the age of 28, and worked in Rawtenstall for 10 years before joining Hyndburn Fire Service six years ago, where he was a popular member of Blue Watch.
When he wasn't at work David enjoyed riding his powerful motorbike around the countryside, walking, camping and spending time with his family including his son, Lee, 18, his daughter, Rebecca, 15, and Zoe's children Cameron, 14, and Jayden, six.
Zoe, who says she and David were set to buy a house together, said: "He loved his kids and he adored my sons as well.
"He was a very positive male influence in their lives.
"Jayden told everyone that Standy, as he called him, was a fireman.
"All the kids will miss him."
David was also a devoted Blackburn Rovers supporter although he had friends who were Burnley fans.
His sister Christine Whit-taker, 49, of Clement Street, Accrington, said: "David's best mate, Michael Gerrard, is a Burnley fan.
"The two would always joke with each other about the football and you don't see that very often.
"They went to a Rovers club in the Isle of Man and Michael wore his Burnley kit but David stood by him.
"David also loved comedy. He was always up for a laugh and could never sit still.
"He always had to be doing something."
He also leaves an older brother, Roy, an older sister, Denise, and his stepfather, Harry.
The funeral will take place at Accrington Crematorium at 1pm next Thursday.