Polish the Bell

It has been a tradition among some of us, for a long time, to run a brass bell on the left swing arm, to remember our brothers and sisters who have gone down riding. It's a small thing, but the reason a brass bell is chosen is that as we ride it will get dirty and tarnished. Every time we get down and wash and polish it, we are reminded of friends lost, and our thoughts turn to the meaning of being in the wind. As we ride, and hear the bell ring, we know that our brothers and sisters are riding with us. How easy it would be to join them with a single mistake. And maybe, just maybe, the next time a situation comes up, they will be there to help us as long as we remember them by:
Polishing The Bell


In memory of our lost Bike Forum members
Some rode before us, Some rode with us.
We will remember...


Randy "McGiver1" Cheatham
August 2, 1952 - March 27, 2017

Canton, Texas

Jeff "VanDamme"
November 15 1955 ~ February 7,2017

Portland, Oregon.

"Fritz" Etschel.
July 9, 2016

Gregg Young.
April 4, 1947 ~ April 6, 2014
Land O Lakes, Florida

Robert Carl "Dr. Bob" Henneman, Jr.
October 2, 1967 ~ April 4, 2014
Buford, Georgia

John Michael "Printer Mike" Darity, Sr.
September 6, 1947 - January 13, 2014
Eatonton, Georgia

Len "The Wiz" Murphy
 July 3, 1920 - September 29, 2013
Toronto, Canada

Curt "Mith" Leonard
 October 31, 1960 - September 19, 2013
Fontana, California

Peter "Menalteed" Erdmann
March 24, 1943 - March 23, 2013
Seattle, Washington

Bob "Boo1046" Boulay
Oct, 24, 1946 - November 28, 2012
Tiverton, Rhode Island

William Jon "BULL" Herman
July 24, 1961 - Dec. 7, 2012
Jacksonville, Florida

Donald "DDUFF" Duff (Santa)
March 1, 1947 - June 2, 2012
Dennard, Arkansas

Scott Arthur "Vtwintruder" Vick
September 2, 1967 - January 10, 2011
New Hampshire

Don "Orcafool" & Lois Kralis
June  19, 2010
Ketchikan, Alaska

Scott "Iceman" Peter
April 20, 1951 ~ August 20. 2009
Chilton, Wisconsin

John F. "Johnny Longbow" Brady Jr.
June 2, 1954 ~ March 9, 2009
Utica, Michigan

Eugene Scott "DeathRider" Mury
September. 23, 1967 - December. 25, 2008
Natick, New Jersey

Donna "Scooter Girl" Ball
September 29, 1953 ~November 25, 2007
Pennsdale, Pennsylvania

Deborah "Debbie" Lynn Cameron
January 25, 1952 ~ October 12, 2007
Knoxville, Tennessee

Larry Spencer
October 8, 1939 ~ February 13, 2007

Englewood, Florida

Rich "FamilyGuy" Jaeger ~ SCC#195002 
August 17, 1950 ~ November 22, 2006
Carrollton, Texas

Tom Sperry  ~ MIG#191
December 1, 2006
Mentor, Ohio


Brian Gerard Lyons
February 19, 1965 - September 3, 2007

Darnestown, Maryland

Stuart "Limey" Hamilton
January 9, 1959 ~ August 20, 2004


Bill "Ditchdigger" McEver
September 11, 2006
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
One of our longest standing MIG members. #137

"Plantdawg" Robin Welborn
Dec 7, 1969 ~ July 25, 2004
Ringgold, Georgia



"Shthd" ~ "Carauder" Dennis Burkhart
~ April 6, 2004
Lakeside, California


Tribute to G-man

"G-man" Garrett Rinehart
January 8, 1969 ~ November 20, 2003
Oswego, Illinois.

"Ntrudr98" Steve Hinkle
Jan. 13, 1965 ~ June 15, 2003
Erie, Pennsylvania

"Art1" Art Mellor
New Orleans, Louisiana

 "TattooJim" Jim Cunningham
June-09-1969 ~ April 9, 2002
Dracut, Massachusetts

"Al-J" Allen Johnson
April 7, 1943 ~ October 26, 2001
Sylvania, Ohio

This candle burns for those who should be here,
but for whatever reason, have not been submitted.by friends or relatives.

Our lives each touch a chord with all we encounter. That chord sounds out in a song that plays only a memory of times passed by. So sweet the passage of time, so bitter the memories of people passed by. We have but one life, and no matter how good or bad, we have the ability to shape the lives around us. In our own worlds we are miles apart, separated by our beliefs, our understandings, and our view on our world. The tides that bind us is friendship and common bonds that sweep forth and turn the tides that ravage human kind. We are connected in a single effort to belong together, and be a family of bikers. On our steeds we are set free, the problems of the world no longer apply. We find our peace, and each other. It is on the road we search, and our steeds take us far. We gather those who would accept us, and pass by those that will not. We share our love of riding, and our pain of loss. Each of us carries the scars left by a world not so understanding, but through all we endure we have each other. If you accomplish no more than this you have touched my life and made one person feel not so alone. You have given me a family that I never had, and welcomed me faithfully. I may be different from every one else, but truly on the road we are all brothers and sisters. Keep your rides safe, and let us meet and share a toast to new friendships, and better rides ahead. No one is the least in our band, no one, is rejected, when we are cruising together.

--Mike Burnham "DrMikeRB"

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