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#1 Ignacio

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:22 AM

Memorial details are here.

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I'm having a hard time typing this.....but it's got to be said. We lost Tim "twowheelnut" Bates. He passed away at home Friday evening.

I've just spoken with his wife, Patty, and she said he seemed peaceful and didn't suffer...he just died. He was online several hours before his passing, so I'd like to think he was thinking about us.

I extended to Patty the forum's condolences and to call if there is ANYTHING we can do.

She knew how much we all meant to him and knows how much he meant to us...and will share details about a memorial in the days to come.

And I know we all will miss him. My heart weeps....

But, I'm sure as a fellow forum member observed.....he and Andrew are riding together right now....probably in 5th gear. smile.gif 

/ Matt

P.S. We've been through tragedy before on this forum and did very well at grieving respectfully...and I'm thankful we'll be just as graceful this time.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:44 AM

What?!? That is really hard to take -- Tim was way too young. Don't even know what to say. Sympathies and condolences to his family. 

Rest in Peace, Tim. I'm glad you got to take that trip to Alaska. May you and Andrew ride together this weekend. We'll be thinking of you. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:52 AM

R.I.P. Tim

You will be missed. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:55 AM

QUOTE (Ignacio @ Aug 23 2008, 12:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm having a hard time typing this.....but it's got to be said. We lost Tim "Twowheelnut" Bates. He passed away at home Friday evening.
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As I sit here and try to believe my ears from the phone call and my eyes from this posting, I can't help but remember the last time I saw Tim.

We were riding back from a trip down south and we were at his exit. No need for long goodbyes or some drawn-out ceremony, just a friendly wave from in front of me as he hit the blinker and went on his way. I returned the wave and continued on mine. bye.gif 

I'm numb... 

It's an honor to have called you my friend. 

Goodbye Tim... bye2.gif 



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Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:56 AM

At this moment I am devastated, words cannot express what i am feeling right now so I will just say that Tim your were a great friend and you will be missed.

R.I.P Buddy see you on the other side.



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Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:02 AM

Aw Man, What a Drag! Just barely got to meet the man, didn't have much chance to really talk w/ him at NAFO, but enuf to know he was a thoroughly likeable Gent w/ a great sense of humor & certainly one of the pilars of this particular community! My Sincerest Condolences to his Wife & Family. There's gonna be a big hole on this forum for quite a spell!
 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:05 AM

i don't know what to say.....



thanks for everything you've given us Tim. I will miss you terribly! 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:12 AM

You will be sadly missed sir. Ride on... 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:21 AM






I have not one damned thing to say. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:04 AM

Today is the first day of a semi-eternity in which the Forum will never be the same.

This is an unspeakable loss.

Tears for you, Tim.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:22 AM

Woah buddy... We we not done with you yet!

I have a heavy heart since Tim and i shared some memories together, And i tried to meet up with him when i got my seat done in Ojai, But he was closing a sale...sad.gif

I wanted to go to NAFO so bad, But everything was pushing against me so i didn't make it. 

You will be missed, Old Friend, Butt not forgotten.

This is for you, Tim

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This picture is hard for me... It was a great time with Andrew and Tim


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Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:24 AM

Man life is short.

Thankful for a few moments shared at NAFO with Tim. You just never know when will be the last you ever see of a friend.

RIP brother Bates.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:26 AM

MAN!!!

My heart goes out to all his family and friends

Tim R.I.P 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:41 AM

I tried to go to bed after "the" phone call. No such luck, so here I sit, hoping to see Tim post one more time and not wanting to believe the news. Shock...what a wonderful gift!

I miss you already, Tim, my friend. I'll always remember the ride across Colorado chatting on the radio with Richard and you talking about the unbelievable, "OMG-how awesome and beautiful" scenery.

Thanks for all the memories. The pain in my heart is a measure of how you touched me (and us all) by merely being TWN and passing through life in this world.

My condolences to Patty, the family, their circle of friends and to the entire motorcycling community.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:27 AM

Rest in Peace, Tim. You'll be missed immensely. Your wit, your wisdom and your incredible humor made FJR Forum special! 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:43 AM

Always had a hard time expressing myself in these situations, even though we never met I still feel a sadness, a void at Tims passing.

RIP Tim 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:47 AM

This is unreal. Hard to believe you are gone.

I really wanted to meet you someday.

We did not always agree on things, but hey, that is what makes life interesting and challenging.

Condolences to his family and friends.
 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:49 AM

I've never met Tim, but I feel like I know him a little from reading his posts.
He seemed like a guy who lived his life to the fullest, as we all should.
Tomorrow is not a guarantee.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 04:52 AM

Whoa... sad.gif 

All I will say is that after meeting Tim in person at NAFO...I can tell you there was alot of warmth and character to the man. More than you can see online with his trademark smiley fuck.gif ...

I'm so sad for his family...and for us. He was one of a kind.

Tim,
I'm sorry I never got out to CA and ride with you. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 04:56 AM

My condolences to all of Tim's family and to all the people he touched on this forum. I never met him but he was a very familiar person to me on this board and enjoyed his wit and humor.
 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 04:58 AM

That's a shock. Wow.
Please let us know if the family needs anything. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:05 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:14 AM

Ride on, Tim. 

Thoughts, prayers & condolences to the family. 

P.S. Say "HI" to Andrew. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:17 AM

What a thing to start the day to.
I always enjoyed his comments and responses I got.
Rest in peace. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:22 AM

I never met the man, and, haven't been here long enough to do much more than peruse the postings, but it's obvious that he held a special place in your hearts, along with many other riding friends. 

And isn't that the true measure of our value as people - the memories we leave behind. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:22 AM

Sincerest condolences, don't know what else to say. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:31 AM

Damn!........................

I can't find the words.

RIP Tim

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:36 AM

What a poor way to start today.
Rest in peace my brother, the Forum will never be the same. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:39 AM

damn

i got to meet and talk to Tim at NAFO. what a wonderful person
i can't believe he's gone

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:43 AM

Unbelievable, this is the last thing I expected to read this morning. Tim and I shared a similar sense of humor, I am going to miss his posts. My condolences to the family. I hope he got that mockingbird first. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:50 AM

I can't quite get my head around this news. Tim? Gone? Forever? Realizing that something this awful could only be posted if it was really true, means that it must be just that.

My deepest condolences to his family, and to all here who are going to miss him. 

I remember Tim as a very wise man, hidden behind the mask of an ornery old fart. Some of the stuff that he posted hid the fact that he was a warm, decent, caring kinda guy. His joking around on the forum amused and entertained all. I'm proud to say that I had the pleasure of meeting Tim several times, and riding with him once. 

RIP my friend. May your roads be beautiful and twisty for evermore.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:03 AM

My condolences go out to Patty and his family. May Tim’s new road be dry and full of curves under a sunny sky.

While we banter with TWN on the Forum, I had a long ongoing rapport with Tim via personal email and will miss the recipes, mockingbird plots and the bike talk.

Yes, Tim’s mockingbird got it. The m’bird’s dermises came via an O. Henry type plot twist. Tim had been baiting the bird to habituate it to an area so that he could set his plot into action. In the process a local cat found the bait and he actually habituated the cat to the area. Kitty was trotting into Tim's back yard for his meal when it spied the m’bird coming down for a snack. There was a short jump and a cloud of feathers followed by sweet silence. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:04 AM

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RIP Tim. Nice to hear at least he went at home, peacefully.

 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:05 AM

Absolutley no words, just shocked!

Rest in Peace Brother.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:48 AM

Tim may the road hold many curve's for you.



My prays for your family that they can find peace and rest.

 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:51 AM

I wasn't fortunate enough to meet Tim in person, but could tell from here what a very special person he was to many. 

My heart goes out to the family. 

I can't find anymore words . . . . . . just tears.

RIP Tim.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:56 AM

This is just a shock, what a great guy. You will be missed sir.....RIP 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:08 AM

WOW!, I'm so sorry to see this.

I met him at last years WFO. When I checked in, I got the feeling he knew who I was, and that he was genuinely happy to see me. It made me feel good to meet him.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:09 AM

I'm saddened to read this.

My prayers are for Patty and his family. 

I'll really miss his wit on the forum, RIP Tim. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:10 AM

Wow, what the hell happened? He was way too young. We lost a great contributor to the board and he will be missed..... RIP 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:33 AM

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:45 AM

I'm shocked to say the least. I was fortunate to have Tim as a guest in my home in times past. He was a great guy....but somehow different than his forum personality. He will be missed. Was he ill? 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:45 AM

The loss is ours. We will certainly miss his posts and his humor. God bless his family,
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:49 AM

Just can't believe this. Just can't.
Not fair. Too much.
My heart aches for you and your family and all who loved you-
You were a helluva man brother Tim .

Peace and love.
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:52 AM

... uh ... wow. Apart from exchanging a few PMs with Tim in the run-up to NAFO and having the distinct pleasure of meeting him once there, I can't say I knew him at all. But the character that I'd since decided he is is decent and warm. And above anything else, an asset to this community. Though his presence enriched us all, his passing is a considerable loss...

Tim, I never paid up on that tequila shot I'd promised. But no worries man. I'm good for it and I'll catch up with you soon enough...

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:53 AM

Damnit...











RIP Tim 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:55 AM

So long friend. 

wwwooooohhhhoooohhhoooo...that's a lotta throttle 
We have time to think of the ones we love while the miles roll away, the only time that seems too short is the time that we get to play"
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:00 AM

It seems he was a man who followed his heart and enjoyed his life and pursuits. He will ride on in our hearts and thoughts for many rides to come. In the Wind, Brother. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:00 AM

QUOTE
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Member No.: 10


At least he made it to Alaska this year. I know it was a dream of his.

This shot was taken from Andrew's bike, with Tim just ahead, on our way down Hwy1 to Morro Bay for dinner. Obviously, before he learned to "Stay Right". Good times!



Vaya Con Dios, my friend. Stay Right! fuck.gif
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QUOTE
You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:02 AM

No more arthritis in your clutch hand and Andrew K. to ride with... RIP 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:02 AM

When I saw the title of this thread, I hoped it was a joke and a bad one at that. I never had a chance to meet Tim, but I did enjoy his humor and insight on several different topics. We'll all miss you Tim. 


Prayers and condolences to the entire family. 


RIP Rider. 


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The new world wouldn't have been discovered, 
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We wouldn't ride bikes.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:04 AM

Speechless. R.I.P. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:05 AM

Not that long ago, Tim and I shared some PM conversation time. We talked about tires, suspension, routes and the usual things. The last message I got from him was signed, "Your friend, Tim".

Damn, what a loss!

We'll miss you buddy.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Our hearts will always ride with you.

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:06 AM

RIP Tim. I never had the pleasure of meeting you in person, just a few PMs. Life is way to short. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:26 AM

I'm at a loss for words. I finally met Tim in person at NAFO, having somehow missed him at earlier WFOs. I truly enjoyed the several conversations with Tim and his warmth and humor, as well as just appreciating all the work he did for NAFO. Tim was full of life. I'm sure he has carried his attitude and wit over to the other side, where ever that may be. The forum will forever be missing him. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:27 AM

Speechless & heartbroken ..... RIP my friend. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:29 AM

Sad, Sad day. He will be missed bigtime. 

You know its a great day when you get a chance to flirt with the rev limiter four gears in a row! {toecutter}
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:06 AM

A huge loss. I'm speeechless and in shock.

Prayers to Tim's wife and family.

***EDIT***
I had some thoughts... still in shock though.

I have met Tim only once at Fairlaner's for the 2008 SoCal Tech Day. I never got to ride with Tim, but I did get to spend the day with him, wrenching on our bikes, asking questions, and just joking around. What a great guy. I always enjoyed his wit and knowledge on the forum. You'll be missed Tim. 
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:10 AM

Mr. Bates, I, and my family, miss you, and hold you in our hearts. 

Rest in Peace, Tim. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:12 AM

This is devastating news. I'm speechless. 

I'll miss you Tim. Thanks for the humor and wit that you brought to everyone.

 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:13 AM

Condolences to all who knew Tim.

I met Tim during his Barney Fife era and took the famous 'Ride to Creston' with him and others.

Good memories. 

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:22 AM

Tim,

I did not get to meet you in person but I felt as though we were becoming buddies through our posts back and forth.

I will miss you're wonderful warped sense of humor. 

....and most of all I miss you telling me "BTW, naming your bike... totally ghey. Really." - TWN

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:24 AM

We're having a real hard time getting our heads around this ...................
Tim, our friend, ........ you'll be sorely missed Buddy
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Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:30 AM

This hurts terribly, Tim was closer than my own brother. cry.gif

Anyone want to bet that the first thing Tim does is find Andrew and deliver about 20 good old fashioned Jimmy Kicks on his ass? rolleyes.gif 
..and then go for a ride?




So long my friend, today I ride with heavy heart and warm memories.

Oh, and Tim? fuck.gif

 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:36 AM

    WOW! 
    I can't believe this.
    Prayers and good thoughts to the family and friends.

    Rest in peace Tim I was glad to call you my friend 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:38 AM

    This is just unreal...
    ...the only way I will understand it is when his posts don't keep coming. But then my mind will convince me that he is just away on some trip...like the Alaska trip he just took...and talked about wanting to do.

    This is just unreal. sad.gif 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:44 AM

    Man, sorrow just doesn't come close to expressing the feelings. RIP Tim, you will be remembered! 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 09:48 AM

    Damn. Unbelievable. Very, very sad news. He will be missed for a lot of reasons. Rest In Peace, Tim. 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:00 AM

    Scout out the good rides for the rest of us and say hi to Andrew. We will all get there soon enough. R.I.P. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:31 AM

    TWN standing by his favorite road- also his avatar



    TWN, Don and I at Bonneville



    Tim standing on, in his words, "Holy Ground"- Bonneville Salt



    TWN salutes you!!



    I will miss you, buddy!
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:44 AM

    I don't have the words.... Godspeed my two wheeled friend. You will be missed. Smitty 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:02 AM

    Even though you never had the opportunity to meet some of the people on this forum, they have become a part of your vocabulary of life. It is a sad thing to lose someone like Two Wheel. Best wishes to his family and friends.

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:36 AM

    QUOTE (twowheelnut)
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    QUOTE (twowheelnut)
    Hugs and kisses,

    TWN



    Right back at ya, mang. You will be missed. 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:39 AM

    Sincere Condolences to Tim's family. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:50 AM

    I never had the honor of meeting Tim, but enjoyed his wit and input on the forum. RoadRunner and I were actually talking about some of his posts just last weekend, so he definitely made a lasting impression in his too short life.

    RIP Tim, you will be missed.



     

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 11:52 AM

    Such a great loss. Prayers to Tim's family. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:05 PM

    I've been looking back at this thread for the last couple of hours now. I still don't know what to say or think. It just seems like this isn't real somehow, and that this is some sort of mistake.

    Godspeed my friend, godspeed.... 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:09 PM

    I have not known Tim but enjoyed his posts, his wit and knowledge.

    Heartfelt condolences to his family, his friends and everybody that knew him. May he rest in peace.

    Hard to believe looking at is recent posts, that he's no longer with us.

    This makes me reflect on my own mortality, being almost the same age and is a reminder of how fragile our existence is.

    Sitting here teary eyed and sad that TWN is no longer around to share this forum.

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:16 PM

    While Lorie and I were riding today I kept thinking of John Donne's work and words on how the loss of one man is a loss for us all.

    ..."No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:55 PM

    TWN you were a landmark in this forum and will be in our hearts forever; so long my friend. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 12:55 PM

    I only knew TWN through his antics on this forum. He had a knack for keeping a thread lively. Seeing the black ribbon on his avatar hit me like the loss of any friend I know as flesh and blood. Godspeed, Tim. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:13 PM

    To say this is a shock would be a gross understatement. This place will never quite be the same without TWN. Whether you've met him in person or not, we're all indebted to him for what he has been so instrumental in creating here on the forum. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:21 PM

    RIP Tim...

    Thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

    I did not know Tim either but enjoyed the friendly banter he brought to the fourm....

    It is obvious he will be missed by many... Including myself..... 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:33 PM

    Sad day. I can't get over it. sad.gif
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 01:51 PM

    Lisa and I broke bread with Tim at Mother's Kitchen (Palomar Mountain) on the LowCal 250. 




    Thanks for the support Tim. You remain one of the great gentleman riders. We'll miss you for the rest of our years. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:22 PM

    Thanks for letting me be part of your "dash" 

    You will be missed


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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:29 PM

    Way too young. sad.gif

    RIP Tim. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:31 PM

    I couldn't even believe it when I read the thread title. I never met him, but I've been here plenty long enough to know he was a big part of the landscape here, and helped make this forum what it is. This is just a huge shock. My heartfelt condolences go out to all those who'll feel the loss. He was certainly too young to die. I hope his days will be filled with picture perfect rides for eternity.
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:33 PM

    So sad. I did my first (and last) ride with Tim just after NAFO. I was looking forward to riding some SoCal with him next spring.

    RIP Tim.



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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:35 PM

    I never met him but always enjoyed his post. My sincerest condolence to his family. He will be missed. 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:37 PM

    There are no words to express the shock.....a real punch in the gut.

    Tim, such a contributor to this forum and this world. You will be sadly missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and Patty.

    My heart is so heavy............. 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:43 PM

    Very sad day. Although I never got a chance to meet Tim in person, I always viewed you as a friend. Everytime I say the Barney avatar it made me laugh because I knew Tim was going to have something funny, sharp or witty to say. Tim's sense of humor and wit were amazing as was his ability to put someone in their place when when needed. fuck.gif 

    You will be missed, but not forgotten...tip one with Andrew drinks.gif 

    Our prayers for your family 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 02:51 PM

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    For you Tim

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    But WTF happened? Heart-attack? Stroke?

    I really wish I had made Nafo now. 
       
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:18 PM

    Oh my goodness, I am at a loss for words.
    I met Tim once, and it was easy to see he was a good person. He will be missed.

    Best wishes to his friends and family. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:42 PM

    The last thing he said to me was: "If you have any trouble let me know and I will take care of it". Tim, there is no greater pain then not being able to do the same for you now. But you can be assured that you will be in my daily prayers until we meet again. I always felt comfortable following you on the rides and knew that you of all people would arrive home safe at the end. Prayers and condolences for you my friend. See you in Heaven.

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 03:57 PM

    Dammit! 

    It takes a special person to lead as Tim did in a virtual world. I feel cheated that I never got to meet him in person. 

    R.I.P. friend. 

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    Im at a loss of for words. I heard about this at 7:00am this morning....The wife and i just teared up. Tim was the First person i ever filmed. Im going to miss you bro RIP 


    And as he always did when on Camera fuck.gif 


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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 04:40 PM

    HOLY SHIT! I haven't been online for the last day or two, and the first thread I saw when I logged on was the one about pictures of TWN, so I figured he must have had a bad accident. So I went looking and found this thread. I can't believe it, this just sucks! I had finally gotten to meet him at NAFO, after swapping PM's for the last 2 years.

    Oh MAN, this just blows.

    My condolences to his family, and I like to think he thought of all of us as his friends. I thought of him as one of mine. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 04:40 PM

    Fuck

    "The Timmerest" as I call you .....you'll be so very much missed. 

    What a loss. Good fun all around my friend, and even better: You loved to share that fun around moto-bikes. 

    We shared a few good rides, one with Carver that IMO was one of the best multi-day rides in the history of the moto-bike. I'll embrace those great memories forever.

    Thanks for the fun on this day .....chasing wonderul roads and beautiful spring colors. You even changed up your typical "salute" for this photo. 


    Unlike James Dean, You had a great cause my friend. Underneath all that "cool" was a warm heart, a good attitude and a love of people and moto-bikes. So very generous in all you have selflessly contributed to this community.


    I sure thought we had many more of these moments in our future. 


    LOL, The Timmerest, you knew that not much better than phucking around on moto-bikes ..you did it well. 


    Fuck Me, I'm sorry for rambling, just so many thoughts.
    I've been moping around the house all night and day ...............enough.............

    I'm off this late afternoon to blister some Nevada tarmac in your honor ...may go for hours, may go for days ...and not only will the miles be in your honor ...but I'll finish up with a few (dozen?) of your favorite:

    Timmerest's drink at the Hondarosa.



    Richard and Don -thanks for the calls last night. I'll catch ya in a few days ....gunna log a few miles in The Timmerest's honor, don't wait up, don't leave the lights on, we'll be riding.

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:00 PM

    I have never met the man, but always saw his avatar online. He seemed to be a very prominent part of this forum. I know that many of you had a personal, face to face relationship with him. If this can get back to his family, I and my CMA group will be praying for his family and all his friends here.
     
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:13 PM

    Special Prayers for Tim and his family. 

    RIP!! 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:40 PM


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    At least he made it to Alaska this year. I know it was a dream of his.


    Yes, he did.




    ..and only for veracity (well, that's actually b.s., I am proud to have been there)

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:44 PM

    I am stunned. I was just notified by JDog of our loss. Tim was not only a forum bud while I owned my FJR, but a riding companion in our local club (like JDog) whom I considered my friend. I hadn't heard from him, so an email got this reply two weeks ago:
    "Joe and I just got back from 6k miles. I'll fill you in later. Great ride! See you soon. 
    Thanks for thinking of me.

    Tim"


    So I didn't call him and now there is deafening silence. My heart is heavy with sadness.

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:57 PM

    So sorry to hear that we have lost one of our forum members. I did not know Tim personally, but he was always present here on the forum. It will not be the same without him. My prayers are with his loved ones. 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:13 PM

    Wow! I'm speechless...

    RIP Tim
    Thanks for the help deciding on my seat and the unforgettable ride in Ojai. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:21 PM

    Before I was even logged on to this site each time my mind was spinnig to the wonderful wit and humor that Tim had up his sleeve for the day. His post's were alway's colorful (to say the least) but alway's what they needed to be for the thread, imformative,witty,blunt,uplifting,engaging,or outright hilarious. But under the posts and through his life's adventures, here is man who touched people's live's in so many way's. We pray for his family and friend's and hope that our thought's may be of some comfort to them. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:31 PM

    Everyone has already pretty much said it all. 

    What a shock and such a huge loss, and so sudden.

    We just never know when it will be our time to go.

    My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to Tim's family, as well as his many, many friends.

    He will truly be missed.

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:37 PM

    I just looked at the top 20 overall posters list. TWN is #1, but what I found a little odd, is that Andrew is just below him on the list. Odd, maybe. Sad, no question.

    Damn 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:40 PM

    UPDATE: The Memorial service for Tim is going to be Saturday, September 27th in the Santa Barbara, CA area.

    As of yet no specific time or place has been set. Also sometime around then Patty requested that Fairlainer and forum members take him on his final ride thru some of his favorite canyons. (He'll be cremated). We are not sure if this will happen the same day or the next day but it Will happen.

    More details to follow to be sure. Fairlainer is going to be taking on some point-person activities, and I ask you all give him your support and patience.

    Thanks.

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 06:58 PM

    This makes me sick and I am going to miss him. He came and stayed in our home for a night about a year or so ago. My condolences to all of Tim's family and to all the people he touched on this forum. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:00 PM

    Tim is someone from this forum I absolutely definitely had hoped to meet, although the geography was disagreeable, coming from opposite coasts. His wit, humor, and knowledge were all astounding and deserving of notice, and I, along with many others, made sure he knew we noticed several times in these pages. Although the post counter has stopped, his contribution here and elsewhere in the riding world will never go away. I will miss all of that more than I ever thought I would miss anything about someone only known virtually. I had especially hoped to have a chance to show him that not all of Florida sucks for riding:



    Come join me one afternoon, Tim. I'll give you a call that day. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:13 PM

    Unfortunately I already have plans to go camping that Saturday with some close old friends that I haven't spent enough time with lately. I will however smoke a Cuban cigar my best friend gave me (which he smuggled into the country for me) and I'll enjoy a Jack and Coke in his honor that night. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:16 PM

    I just checked the board and found this horrible news. Saw tim at the WFO's and NAFO. Shared some riding stories, life stories and talked business. Sitting here in tears it makes one think about the impression others make in our lives. Really liked Tim and will miss his wit an humor. Prayers to the family and friends. I pray God will give the people involved with the final arrangements strength and peace. All my love brother Tim. Mike in Fremont, Ca. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:18 PM

    QUOTE (Ignacio @ Aug 23 2008, 06:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    UPDATE: The Memorial service for Tim is going to be Saturday, September 27th in the Santa Barbara, CA area.

    As of yet no specific time or place has been set. Also sometime around then Patty requested that Fairlainer and forum members take him on his final ride thru some of his favorite canyons. (He'll be cremated). We are not sure if this will happen the same day or the next day but it Will happen.

    More details to follow to be sure. Fairlainer is going to be taking on some point-person activities, and I ask you all give him your support and patience.

    Thanks.

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:28 PM

    I also met Tim at NAFO, and found him to be sincere and accommodating. We will all miss his quick wit, and occasional Forum ravings. TWN, may you ride forever with the Big Guy, and no gas stops or flat tires. phil 
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:29 PM

    A couple more shots from NAFO...



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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:34 PM

    For those who have been on the forum for a while, my one and only pic of TWN will probably sense. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 07:47 PM

    I am stunned and saddened. 
    My condolences to his family, and all of my friends on the forum.
    We have lost a good man. I'm so glad I went to the Gathering of the Clan in Morro Bay.
    Rest In Peace Tim. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:12 PM

    While going through my pic files.............TWN and Andrew !

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:16 PM

    R.I.P. my friend, we will miss you. 

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:21 PM

    TWN following OV..............


     
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:25 PM

    Round here were carving out our names
    Round here we all look the same
    Round here we talk just like lions
    But we sacrifice like lambs

    RIP our friend...you will be missed
     
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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:38 PM

    Cool Clan gathering pic......

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:41 PM

    QUOTE (jdog109socal @ Aug 23 2008, 07:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    QUOTE (Ignacio @ Aug 23 2008, 06:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    UPDATE: The Memorial service for Tim is going to be Saturday, September 27th in the Santa Barbara, CA area.

    As of yet no specific time or place has been set. Also sometime around then Patty requested that Fairlainer and forum members take him on his final ride thru some of his favorite canyons. (He'll be cremated). We are not sure if this will happen the same day or the next day but it Will happen.

    More details to follow to be sure. Fairlainer is going to be taking on some point-person activities, and I ask you all give him your support and patience.

    Thanks.

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    #126 MCML

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    Posted 23 August 2008 - 08:49 PM

    Foxen Canyon Road, too. 
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