R.I.P. Terry 'ACL' Hammond
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Congratulations, Mike, and wonderful write-up! Hope to meet you on the road!
I'm awake! I'm awake! The answer is 12!
1994 Kawasaki Vulcan EN500 ("Spot") - RIP
2010 Suzuki SFV650 Gladius ("Scarlett")
Looking forward to meeting you at one of the events!
If you love your bike, let it go.
If it comes back, you high sided.....
Congrats Mike! Thanks for the great story.
"Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are." - Author Unknown
Bob - STOC 5901
2010 ST1300 - Restored and ready for the road...
2004 ST1300 X2 - #1 - Commuting Duty & #2 - Rebuilding/Restoring
2005 ST1300 - 174,300 miles - sold
Congratulations Mike, good for you.
Ronald Edward Gibson 6/13/1941 - 1/25/2013 RIP
Member of the month...he's actually way more than that to me. I met Mike at Mr. Padden's event in Theodosia, MO several years ago. It didn't take me long to figure out he carries some of the same degenerate genes I have. I attend the STOC events for one big reason...to have fun. If you are in Mike's company and not having fun you may want to seek a different prescription. Another one of the "good" guys. Mike (we call him Bug) is a complex figure. I could tease him all day, aligning him with some stereotype from living in Arkansas to many other assorted things. You are not going to get to know the full Bug in one sitting. Multifaceted, smart, clever, grounded, great moral compass and huge affinity for fun.
If you have never met Bug imagine how much entertainment can be provided by an entomologist. "Doctor of entomology" on his diploma. King of the zoo from my perspective and just as admirable. The more you get to know Mike the more you want to know about Mike. My relationship with Mike is not founded on riding because I have never ridden with him. It is founded on the social aspect stemming from this forum. I don't know much about his riding, although I hear he rides much like Artie Johnson, but I can tell you he is a good friend.
I met Mike's family early this year. Two young boys and a pretty wife. You can't help but wonder how his wife puts up with him. I could see she is a patient woman. You also have to wonder what kind of influence he'll have on his sons. Riding may be therapeutic for Mike but I'm betting he gets much better therapy when he's with his family albeit a different kind. No doubt his family is what helped to shape him and bring out the traits I mentioned above.
I know this award will go to his head. He'll get all cocky and drop little subtleties about his achievement next time we're together. Of course I know the greater good is not in the award but in the friend I have found. Congratulations Bug!
The missing linkDid you ever get the feeling the world is a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
I know I'm getting old, I was in Las Vegas last week playing the slot machines and 3 prunes popped up!
I thought about being a smart alec with my remarks, but "hey!", it's well deserved!
Congrats, Mike! From the guy who will always be by your upwind side!
STOC Event Attendee, IBA#48639 - SS1000, SS2000, BunBurner Gold
'03 Honda ST1300ABS '00 Honda GL1500SE Goldwing 25th Anniv. Ed.
Damnit, I had to go get some xrays taken and come home to being on the bottom of the 2nd page. Congratulations Mike!!!
'06 ST 1300 79,673 miles (gone but never to be forgotten!!!)
'10 GL 1800 118,442 miles
'13 GL 1800 9,372 miles