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Old 08-24-2012, 06:22 AM   #61
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God Bless Bill.

My prayers and condolences go out to Cori, the immediate family and anyone who was fortunate enough to be around the Gentle Giant. While I’m saddened by this news I’m sure that he’s been blessed with endless sunny days, perfect riding conditions and he will be smiling down upon us all.

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Old 08-24-2012, 06:32 AM   #62
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Lee found words for me... this is a huge loss for MANY within and outside of our community.

Rest in peace, Bill.

I'll never forget the rides alongside the Milk Truck. Nor you.
Todavia me niego a creer k ya no estes con nosotros :( una perdida invaluable ....

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Old 08-24-2012, 06:49 AM   #63
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As everyone has said, Bill was really a good man, I could tell just from the few times we met and the ready helping hand he had for everyone. The world needs more guys like Bill, not fewer :( My heart goes out to his wife and children.

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Old 08-24-2012, 07:15 AM   #64
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This is awful news. Bill was one of those guys who would always stand out in a crowd. I rode with him a few times on group rides. He was always friendly and welcoming, and even remembered my name months later on the next ride. More than just a good rider, he was a genuine person who made those around him better just through his presence and positive attitude. I didn't know him well, but I will miss seeing him at PIR and on group rides. My condolences to his family, I can't imagine the pain of losing a spouse and father.

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Old 08-24-2012, 07:32 AM   #65
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First ever group ride for me, back in 2010, you were there hanging back with us noobs on your busa on what a memorable day it was.

THe next time i saw you was a month or two ago at TNC..and you remembered me from that ride in 2010. We chatted away like old friends for a brief moment.

I thank thee to have touched my life.

you will be missed brother. RIP ;(

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Old 08-24-2012, 07:54 AM   #66
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What a loss...

I remember Bill from my first ever ride up HWY 53 a few years ago...he was on the milktruck with his daughter and his ability to toss that thing around 2-up no less, was amazing. An impressive rider, a genuine guy...a loss to the community.

Condolences to his family...

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:10 AM   #67
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thoughts and prayers for the family


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Old 08-24-2012, 08:16 AM   #68
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OMG!!!!! Lee650 was just talking about him last night and his big ride. RIP my friend.

My condolences go out to Cori and the rest of his family.

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:34 AM   #69
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nice person, good rider - dam

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:03 AM   #70
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My deepest condolences to Bill's family. He was truly a great guy and a friend to anyone on two wheels. This is a loss to us all.

Never had a chance to go out to Eastern Oregon with him, but even if I have not talked to him for a year he still made an effort to send out an invite, always very thoughtful. Always the first to pull over, give a hand, and stick around till the rider was taken care of. You'll be missed Bill.

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:05 AM   #71
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Not another one. I can't take this.

Godspeed brother. I hope there's some gnarly twisties up there for you to rail on.

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:18 AM   #72
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Great guy, always welcoming to new riders, full of enthusiasm and love of riding. Both Bill and Rob, sad to see them both depart this year. Rest in peace guys, rest in peace

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:25 AM   #73
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At a loss for words....

Met Bill a few years back on a Fossil trip. One of the nicest guys and most skilled riders I have met. Very stand up guy! I am truly shocked by this. All of us on two wheels know this may happen but it's not supposed to happen this much, especially this year! This sucks!

RIP Bill.


Cory and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. From one riding family to another, if there is anything your riding family can do from the Salem/Keizer area, please let us know...

Mike (Copper)

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:31 AM   #74
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I had the honor of working for the same employer as Bill for the last 4 months. We never got to ride together, but were trying to work out a time to. We talked a lot about motorcycles, ride routes, and guns. He was a great guy, and always had a smile in the office.

I didn't know him for long, but he is truly missed. My prayers go out to his family to find comfort in the midst of tragedy.

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:35 AM   #75
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My deepest condolences to the Family.

R.I.P. Bill

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:38 AM   #76
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We were lucky to have you with us, Bill. Far too briefly.

My first ride with you (HawnduhV65's first newbie-friendly ride in 2007) plays in my mind frequently when I want to think of pure two-wheeled joy. Your riding skill was only exceeded by your enthusiasm.

I'm also proud to have been a Fossil hooligan invitee. Another of my most memorable riding experiences.

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:47 AM   #77
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I Ride: 08 GSXR 1000, 03 GSXR 1000 (gone), 01 CBR 929rr Erion Edition (last bike), 98 VTF 1000 Superhawk (2nd Bike), 93 CBR 900rr (First sport bike)
Sad to hear another experienced and skilled rider has left us.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
RIP Bill.

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Old 08-24-2012, 09:51 AM   #78
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I did not know the man well, but I know that he was well respected in the community.

We owe it to ourselves to enjoy life, every day. Few of us know which day is to be our last.






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Old 08-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #79
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Man, excuse my words but WHAT THA FUCK!!!

I met him a couple times and ripped up Windy Ridge with Bill, caslaw, Norainy, and Mrmat25 a few weeks ago. I was around him enough to know he was a good person and a great rider. I thought riding with the Portland crew would clear my head of the loss of another great person and rider Chuck/MVSB just weeks before this.
It worked and I realized I was looking toward many more rides with Bill as a friend and a person to learn from.

Now Bills gone

This is just too fucking much
Rob, Chuck, Bill

Another great one gone but not forgotten
RIP

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:35 AM   #80
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I don't believe I ever had the pleasure of meeting SpeedGeek or even riding with him, but I did know of him from just having been on the forum for so long. As such, I can't offer any real testament to what a great rider and man he was. The many comments made by those who did know and ride with him, however, are a true testament to him, and bespeak just how much he was respected, not just as a rider, but as a human being as well.

Prayers and Condolences to his family and friends.

RIP SpeedGeek.

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