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Old 09-16-2012, 04:11 PM
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Cy Welch known and loved.

Cy passed away today from his injuries sustained in the accident Sep 6, 2012.

I will miss you Cy.

John is in an anonymous city with an Alamo (N29.519227,W-98.678980)

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Old 09-16-2012, 04:16 PM
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WOW!! My heart and head ache at the thought. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Your riding the good roads now friend.
Life is what happens while your planning everything else!

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Old 09-16-2012, 04:22 PM
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Damn it man! I never met the guy face to face but I consider him a friend.

60 miles an hour with the wind in my face
hands up on the grips and my feet up on the pegs
going down the road for a ride somewhere
before I get too far, I say a biker's prayer

Won't you watch over me while I'm riding today
send me down an angel to keep me steady on my way
cause you know that I'm not perfect
i'm in need of some salvation
in the meantime let me ride in peace
through this beautiful creation

my women sits behind me, high up in her queen's chair
one arm around my waist, one hand goin through my hair
the peaceful countryside is filling up our senses
and the rhythm of the ride it makes my soul break through the fences

For me it's not about the chrome, the leather, or the steel
It's all about connection to something beautiful and real
when you're balanced on two wheels ridin gentle sounds of thunder
rollin past the fields in this spell that I'm under

won't you watch

casue i've gone down so many roads where I never should have gone
and I've done so many things that I never should have done
but every mile that i've ridden. I'd ride'em all again
cause I live to ride and ride to live at peace with what I am
-Bill Ferrell

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

― Albert Einstein

80 SG Ol' Okie;79 engine & carbs w/pods, 45 pilots, 140 mains, Custom Mac 4 into 2 exhaust, ACCT,XS850 final drive,110/90/19 front tire,TKat fork brace, XS750 140 MPH speedometer, Vetter IV fairing, aftermarket hard bags and trunk, LG high back seat, XJ rear shocks.

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Old 09-16-2012, 04:29 PM
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My condolences to his family. I hate to hear of this. We are very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing him and his wisdom with us.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:03 PM
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I am so,sorry.. I have been away and had not even heard about the accident. My heart is broken.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:56 PM
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Wow! This sucks! I am with you Greg, never met Cy face to face but definitely felt like he was a good friend! I have really missed talking to him since his first accident this year.

Thoughts and prayers for his family.

I miss you Cy

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K&N Filter
#45 pilot Jet, #137.5 Main Jet
OEM Exhaust
ATK Fork Brace
LED Dash lights
Ammeter, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp, and Volt Meters

Green Monster Coils
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:55 PM
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God bless him and his family in this very trying time. Ride safe to those pearly gates.

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Old 09-16-2012, 07:02 PM
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I'm very sorry to hear of Cy's passing.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:50 PM
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im so sorry hear to hear this,
i had no idea how serious the accident was,
my heart goes out to his family and friends,
he will be sadly missed.

R.I.P Cy.

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former owner
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:57 PM
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I always hate hearing about a bike accident. We ride because we love it, then something like this happens. I didn't know him well, but it still touches home.
"The Hooligan" XJ1100, Virago Gauge Pods, Screaming Eagle Mufflers, K&N Filter, hand made rear fender, side covers, and solo seat, round bar conversion, small headlight, tail light, and cat eye turn signals, chip fuses, rewired the right way.

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Old 09-16-2012, 09:08 PM
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My sincere condolences to his Freinds and Family.
I'm sorry , just lost for words right now :-(

May God Bless Cy's Soul on The Ride Into His Hands
1980 XS1100G "Dolly G" Full Dresser (with a coat of many colors )
1979 XS1100SF (stock-euro mods planned)
1984 XV700L Virago (to be hot-modded)
1983 XJ750MK Midnight Maxim (semi-restored DD)
1977 XS650D ( patiently awaiting resto)

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Old 09-16-2012, 09:09 PM
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Condolences and prayers to all of Cy's family and friends

Motoman called me this afternoon and told me that Cy died. He'd just told me yesterday that Cy was in the hospital after a bike wreck but I really thought he'd be alright and I'd be able to call him after he got out of the hospital so I could rag on him for messing up his bike -- again! I had planned to make another run up north and stop off in Lodi and Sacramento this summer but I put off the trip this year. I should have just gone.

I got to meet Cy and some of his family last year after the July Durango rally and I was hot, tired, and hungry that evening in Sacramento after the long ride down from Vancouver, WA that I'd begun earlier that morning. I got to meet some of Cy's family while he cooked up some HUGE hamburgers on the grill for dinner and somehow managed to not burn down the front porch when the patties caught fire. After dinner we talked, told bad jokes, and laughed while we tossed around some theory and parts for Cy's idea to replace the XS11 self-cancel circuit before I had to saddle up and grit my teeth for second leg of the ride home.

I'll miss Cy, his indomitable grill skills and his sense of humor!
-- Scott

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Old 09-16-2012, 09:25 PM
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What a terrible loss... I never did meet cy but i have gotten some good advice when i needed it. He will be missed my heart goes out to his friends and family.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:27 AM
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Brings a tear to my eye... It's always hard to hear of such horrible losses. He will be missed by many people.
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Fully Vetterized and Dynojet Kit added, Heated Grips, Truck-Lite LED headlight, Accel Coils, Irridium plugs, TKAT Fork Brace, XS850LH Final Drive & Black SS Brake lines from Chacal.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 AM
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Wow! I'm stunned...

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