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Mystery surrounds a Harley-Davidson motorcycle found on the side of a highway near Lakes Entrance.

Police found the unregistered 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle on the Princes Highway between Lake Tyers and the Lake Tyers turn-off in Lake Bunga about 4.50am on Friday.

The bike was in a small gully on the south side of the highway and appears to have been involved in a collision.

Police believe it may have slid up to 70 metres along the road.

No one was found at the scene and police searched the area but could not find the rider

Police are appealing for anyone who may have picked up the rider. They have also urged the rider to contact them.