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Passing of the Legend

Posted By: Kris

Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 04:00 PM

It's been a long time since I have posted here... but, knowing many are still around - you will want to know that I received word that Cary Littlell passed away late last week. Most know that BMWRT.com was started by Cary back in 2000, some of you have been here since then, including the very first Tech Days in his garage (think there were 8 of us), and it quickly grew into an awesome community of riders learning from each other and enjoying great rides.

My understanding is that he passed in his sleep, they suspect it was a heart attack and that it was peaceful.

It's certainly a lesson that life is short and you should enjoy each moment that comes your way. Cary is the person that got me into riding motorcycles many years ago and our friendship has gone waaaaay back in time through loads of good and bad times for us both. He will be missed... so, go find a twisty road this weekend and toast a glass (or bottle) of Grey Goose (his fav) to his honor.
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 04:03 PM

I'm in shock.


Life is indeed precious.


Thank you for letting us know, Kris.








Posted By: Clive Liddell

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 04:36 PM

Thanks for letting us know, Kris. Condolences to family and close friends of Cary.

If Cary had not had the foresight to start and grow this Board we BMW riders all over the globe would be the poorer. I have not missed a day here since signing up around 2000.

Yes, wife and I will be taking your advice and hitting some km's and curves tomorrow in rememberance of Cary!
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 04:52 PM

Ugh. He was my dealer before I came here. A true friend, great man, and humble guy.

Rest in Peace, Cary.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 04:56 PM

Sorry to hear. frown I wish I could have met him, no doubt would have thanked him for many years of smiles.

Condolences to family and friends.


Pat
Posted By: Les is more

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 04:59 PM

My heart is aching with this loss for all of us. I am so honored to have been part of his legacy here. He was such a sweetheart.

Kris, I send you the warmest of hugs possible and lots of love.

Healing wishes for all of his friends and family.
Posted By: TracerBullet

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 05:08 PM

My condolences to his friends and family. RIP
Posted By: Mike

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 05:18 PM

I'm saddened beyond words.

Let's remember that none of this would have happened without him. Cary started this community, which has become something truly remarkable. It's brought together a group of people whose affinity for a motorcycle is transcended by our bonds to one another.

We will miss you, Cary.
Posted By: Marty Hill

A sad post. - 08/25/14 05:42 PM

Kris, for some reason I am not allowed to post on your thread about Cary.
Very sad to get this news, he was a great guy. Along with many others I met him at the first unrally and he became a good friend. Have missed your postings as well.

Best to you.
Posted By: JerryMather

Re: A sad post. - 08/25/14 06:08 PM

What are you talking about Marty? A link would probably clear it up.
Posted By: Mike

Re: A sad post. - 08/25/14 06:22 PM

Originally Posted By: JerryMather
What are you talking about Marty? A link would probably clear it up.


Moderator error. dopeslap My apologies.
Posted By: ChrisNYC

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 06:37 PM

Wow, very sad news... I recall the early days of "Cary's RT" forum, it was a goldmine of friends and tech info .. My condolences to his family




Chris
Posted By: Laura

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 06:38 PM

We bought our first BMW's in 2000 and found this forum and joined a year later. I even spoke to Cary at one time telling him I loved the BMWRT shirts I ordered and I would be sure to wear them on the Edelweiss trip that year. He was so nice to speak to.

Thanks Cary for creating a place where this greenhorn BMW owner got a whole lot of good advice, made friends and found a lot of enjoyment.

Thanks to those who continue what he started.
Posted By: Chris K

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 06:46 PM

This is indeed sad news. What Cary started and others have continued is still my favorite place online.
He even dug up an original BMWRT sticker for me when I visited his dealership in Marin years ago.

My condolences to his friends and family.
Posted By: russell_bynum

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 06:52 PM

Cary was a great man with a huge heart and audacious dreams.

This whole thing started because Cary was on a rented Harley on a ride in Colorado with his Dad and they were passed by an R1100RT going the other way. Everything else is, as they say, history.

He always had a smile and a hug ready and waiting. I'm humbled to have known him, ridden with him, and called him a friend.

The world will be a little bit darker place without him.
Posted By: KTM Doug

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 06:54 PM

Kris, thanks for posting. Sad news.
Posted By: EffBee

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 06:56 PM

I am heartbroken. Cary was a friend. He was the person with the vision to create this place. He was a BMW dealer. He was a generous and giving soul. I stayed at his place several times over the years, and he was the most gracious host.

Cary had left for Australia some time ago, to see his Mom and to work over there. He had a good job, and had a new life and love. I'm grateful he didn't suffer. But we who knew him will miss him and his joyous ways.

Godspeed my friend.
Posted By: gottago

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 06:58 PM

We never met him but am grateful for what he started. This board and the people on it have enriched our lives tenfold. Thank you Mr. Cary for starting it and thank you to the people that still maintain it. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Gar and Nancy
Posted By: algover

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 07:02 PM

Sad news indeed. I had lost track of him the past few years, but still sorry to hear this news.

Condolences to his close friends and family, and condolences to all of us for this loss.

Yes, I'll go for a ride in his name - that's what I often do when sad or depressed anyway - and I'll wear my Marin BMW T-shirt (I have three).

cry
Posted By: upflying

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 07:03 PM

Never met him but had plans to ride to Marin BMW. Dealer closed before I could do that. IIRC, his dealership was a recession victim. RIP.
Posted By: Patallaire

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 07:11 PM

Sorry to learn this, we forget sometimes how and why we got started. I met Gary at the first un-rally. A great experience and he was so attentive to the details.
This is truly a loss for us all.
Posted By: Stan Walker

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 07:25 PM

Condolences.

He will be missed.

I'll take some curves for him on my trip to Sipapu next week.

Stan
Posted By: Spike

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 07:31 PM

Ugggh, that sucks.

Cary was awesome. What a great guy. We have very fond memories of him. He hosted Patti and I after the Un on our honeymoon ride cross country. What a memory. What a man.

The impact he had was quietly tremendous.

Spike
Posted By: Spikes_Wife

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 07:54 PM

We had planned our honeymoon cross-country trip to coincide with the first Unrally in Gunnison, CO. The final destination was Cary's house, where we stayed for a few days touring up and down the coast and having some bike work done at Marin BMW before Cary crated it up and shipped it home for us. The first night we were at his house happened to be Spike's birthday, so he threw a mini surprise party. If I remember correctly, he cooked steaks and got a really nice cake... I have pictures somewhere. smile

We were so sad to hear about Marin BMW closing. I'm equally sad now to hear that he has passed. He'll be missed by a lot of people, including us.
Posted By: tallman

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 08:09 PM

Kris,

Sad news indeed.

I owe him a debt that can never be repaid.

So many people, memories, and miles...

all because of his dream to make the boxer world more user friendly.

RIP and yes, Beth and I will celebrate his life.
Posted By: weaselwayne

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 08:23 PM

Gone to soon. Thanks for all you have done. Rest in Peace
Posted By: WURTY

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 08:41 PM

Sad news I read today.
All of our lives could have taken a much different turn if not for Cary Littell . Where would we all be without Cary and his BMW influence on our lives ? I would still be a Poser on another Black Harley. If not for emailing Cary on a BMW motorcycle he had for sale I never would have met him . Soon after talking on the phone he made sure I barfed up the Harley Koolaid and realize that there are motorcycles actually turn and stop . 2 days later I was the owner of the 1997 bmw RT1100 I bought from him and I was now Free from the curse of the shitty loud motorcycle.
A hundred thousand miles later I still have a great group of friends that I would have never met without Cary's vision.
He came to Idaho visit us not too long ago. How was I to know the last time .
Posted By: ericfoerster

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 08:44 PM

Very sad news. Cary was always smiling and happy every time I saw him.

Life is very short for the good ones.
Posted By: BrianT

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 09:45 PM

Thanks for letting us know Kris! Great guy who I did not get enough time with. But I will always be thankful for having had him in my life, because without him I wouldn't have had the adventures I had or the friendships I made here for the past 14 years and hopefully many more. To steal a line from a movie, "The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly." Godspeed Cary, you won't be forgotten.
Posted By: Ron_B

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 10:45 PM

Cary, rest in peace, and thanks for being the genesis of this family-like community. You will be missed.
Posted By: bakerzdosen

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 11:14 PM

Wow. Very sad news. I came on board after his time here so I knew more of him than personally, but his legacy is certainly very big deal to me and he won't be forgotten.
Posted By: Sweendog

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 11:27 PM

RIP Cary

My condolences to his family and friends.
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 11:27 PM

Met the man once at the first UnRally back in 2002, and had hoped to see him again someday. This website profoundly influenced the direction of my life when I first found it about 16 years ago; I owe him a debt of gratitude.

Ride in Peace, Mister Rogers. wave
Posted By: JonathanE

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 11:28 PM

Goodbye Cary, and thank you so very much for what you created with your vision and passion. We are all so very much greater for your efforts. We'll miss you.
Posted By: drswift

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 11:33 PM

Cary's hard work and the development of this website definitely had a major influence on my interest in riding.

God's speed.
Posted By: Spikes_Wife

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 11:47 PM

I was going to edit my post, but it appears I can't. Here are some pictures from our trip.

The "surprise party" that Cary threw for John:


John in front of Marin BMW before we handed the bike over to Cary for shipping home:


From Gunnison... Glenno (top left), John with Paul Mihalka (bottom left), John with Fernando, Cary, and Kris Besley (top right).
Posted By: AdventurePoser

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 11:51 PM

I saw this on Facebook. I am shocked and saddened by his passing. He was a class act, and did so much to promote friendships and the sport of touring amongst us all. I will miss him so!
Posted By: RightSpin

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/25/14 11:56 PM

I'm so sad to hear this. So many have gained so much from Cary's creation.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 12:58 AM

I do not know if our tracks passed before. Sad news indeed.
Posted By: beemerman2k

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 01:16 AM

Cary was a man with a heart of gold. He and I enjoyed great exchanges over this web forum and often shared stories of the fact that both of our fathers passed away from prostate cancer. When he opened his dealership in San Rafael, CA, I went there to meet him. This was in July of 2006. I am so sorry he is no longer with us. Rest in peace my friend.
Posted By: doc47

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 02:02 AM

Cary's gentle spirit infuses this "place".
Thank you, Cary, for introducing me to some of the best people I've met.
I hope he and Paul and Gleno are hoisting some tall ones together.
Godspeed, brother. I'm crying.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: A sad post. - 08/26/14 02:32 AM

I never had the privilege to meet the man, but I surely have benefited from his foresight to the interwebs.

Were it not for him, I never would've met such a great group of people.

Godspeed, Cary.
Posted By: Tank

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 03:25 AM

Thanks Kris, Sad comes to mindÖ Yet I think back to the one time I met him. It was at his dealership and he made me feel as I was at home, that we had known each other for a long time. So, instead of sad, I will remember him with joy as I do with the others that are on the Long Ride.
Posted By: Laney

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 03:35 AM

Dennis just turned to me and asked, ďWhere would we be without Cary?Ē For both of us, Cary started something that changed our lives. I think for each of us here, our lives would, in some way, have been different Ė and for most of us, had it not been for Cary, we would have missed out on so much.

All the wonderful people Iíve met, (and hugged!) including Cary, all that Iíve learned about riding well, the many miles Iíve traveled and places Iíve seen by motorcycle most likely would not have happened.

Thank you Cary, and RIP
Posted By: GrahamB

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 03:35 AM

Such sad news, my condolences to his family and friends.

I'm so grateful that Cary started this forum so many years ago. His vision allowed a vibrant community to grow across the world and his family should understand that his work has touched so many people.

I, and I'm sure many others, have used its collective wisdom to solve problems over the years which have saved a lot of time and money.
Posted By: Sam Taylor

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 04:04 AM

I am deeply saddened. If you don't know who Cary was--time passes after all--well, he was this board. Board--what an old term....

I'm happy to honor him and his memory.
Posted By: KMG_365

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 05:41 AM

I too am in shock. Leslie and I owe so much to Cary's vision and heart. For me this place has always been at least as much about the people as it was about the riding. The intention he set about how Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood was not going to be like so many other (moto) places on the web, but was going to be a welcoming place where riders shared their knowledge, love of riding, and their hearts in a warm, inviting, family atmosphere. He started it all with the first Tech Daze:



This tradition grew and grew and spread across the globe. I put well over 160,000 miles on my 2003 RT in eight years, did almost all of the maintenance myself from knowledge gleaned from the members here online and in person, and met so many amazingly awesome folks here. These experiences have so enriched my life it's impossible to do justice to the magnitude of it in a simple post.

More later.

Ride In Peace, my friend.
Posted By: TNT

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 06:06 AM

very sad news frown
Posted By: Bologna

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 06:32 AM

Rest in peace Cary.
Posted By: ESokoloff

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 11:30 AM

Thanks Kris for bearing the bad news.

Thanks to Cary for planting the seed & nourishing what has become this community.

Thanks to all that strive to keep this place as it was intended.

God Speed Cary.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: A sad post. - 08/26/14 11:47 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
I never had the privilege to meet the man, but I surely have benefited from his foresight to the interwebs.

Were it not for him, I never would've met such a great group of people.

Godspeed, Cary.


You summed up my thoughts as well Danny.

Peace to those who were fortunate to have known him.
Posted By: philbytx

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 12:02 PM

Oh My frown !

Condolences to his family.....Cary was a great guy.
Posted By: Jacqueline

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 12:23 PM

Sad, sad news. I had the pleasure of meeting Cary a few years back at a bike show. I guess one could say it is because of Cary and what he started here that resulted in me moving clear across the country 7 years ago. He made an impact on many. Condolence to Cary's family and friends.
Posted By: marcopolo

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 12:33 PM

I never had the opportunity to meet Cary, but certainly heard a lot about him over my years here. Everything I heard was very positive, which is evidenced by some of the comments in this thread. It is sad indeed when someone young like Cary passes away, but one of his legacies will be his vision in starting this Board.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 03:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
Ride in Peace, Mister Rogers. wave


If it weren't for Cary, I would not have the incredible friend base I have now. They put up with my weirdness, moodiness, depression, extreme fits of happiness, bouts of dyslexia and my ever present ADD. And yet, every time we get together it's like the perfect family re-union minus the uncle that can't seem to keep from passing gas.

These are my people.... And I would have never found them if it wasn't for BMWRT.com and Cary just wanting to share what he was discovering about a wonderful motorcycle called the R1100RT.

For that....I thank him and raise a glass in his honor.

As I said when Gleno passed. See you on the other side with a full tank of gas, and a fresh set of tires my friend.

Shawn
Posted By: Smoky

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 04:02 PM

Sadly, I never met the man.

However, this site, and the people within, made my BMW experience possible. This community has become an important part of my life.

Many thanks, and Godspeed.
Posted By: Jeff in VA

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 04:22 PM

"Knowing that real love and good memories never die can nourish everyone in the family in every time of need." Fred Rogers

It's still a beautiful day in the neighborhood Cary created.
Posted By: algover

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 06:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Spike
......
The impact he had was quietly tremendous.
.......


How very aptly put! thumbsup
Posted By: Short Cut

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 09:52 PM

This is sad news indeed. Cary was a great guy and a good man. I recall fondly the feast we put on at the BMW MOA National Rally in Redmond, OR, 2001 for members of BMWRT.COM. It was unprecedented, like Cary himself, a sit down dinner for about 70 people. The membership later presented Cary with a neon BMW clock, which he later hung in his dealership.

Fond memories, Cary will be missed.
Posted By: Jake

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 10:03 PM

Good to see you Mike.

Definitely sad news for all of us. Wow, what a legacy that one man with a simple idea and a big interest can leave behind. This whole damn website is a living memorial to him.

Three things I wanted to do in life that I can't. Buy a bike from Cary, buy a bike from Paul, ride with either.

Man we're getting old, but we're doing it together, eh?
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 10:08 PM

I never met Cary but I was at the '01 MOA Rally in Redmond where it is said some folks first got together that became the nucleus of this group. I wish I would've stumbled onto them then because it is apparent their memories of those early days are wonderful.

From all accounts Cary had the rare combination of vision, enthusiasm, a pleasant demeanor, and the desire and ability to bring people together.

People like that don't come along all that often. Rest in Peace sir.
Posted By: dhanson

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 10:22 PM

Yeah, to say his vision, this website, the riders I have met, changed my life, is a huge understatement! God only knows what I would be doing now if anything at all had I not read about the Pied Piper heading from San Diego to West Virginia.

That one experience began a ride I could never have imagined. Met so many different people, only FB could keep up with them all.

What a ride, thanks Cary!
Posted By: T.M. Roe

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 10:31 PM

Good men die too young.

All my love
Tommy
Posted By: KevinH

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/26/14 10:39 PM

Very Sad.

Enjoy the roads on the other side good sir. It's a safe bet Cary started a community that went beyond what anyone could expect.
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: A sad post. - 08/27/14 01:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
I never had the privilege to meet the man, but I surely have benefited from his foresight to the interwebs.

Were it not for him, I never would've met such a great group of people.

Godspeed, Cary.


I can not say it better.
Posted By: Traveler1

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/27/14 12:36 PM

Kris
Sad news for sure. We will all miss his warmth and humor and remember the many great rides we shared.
Posted By: Frank Cloud

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/28/14 03:46 AM

I found this site back in 1999. Caryís great website was an influence in the purchase of my RT. From there, I made and met some friends, all as a direct result of Caryís influence. God Speed Cary.
Posted By: John Bentall

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/28/14 08:01 PM

Sad news indeed.
Cary gave birth to a great community. His ideals and vision have been preserved by a succession of great, like-minded site owners and moderators.
RIP Cary, BMWST is in safe hands.
Posted By: SteveHebert

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/28/14 11:38 PM

Sad day for sure. RIP!
Posted By: Eckhard Grohe

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/29/14 02:13 AM

Such sad news. I am sorry to hear of his passing. God Speed.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/29/14 10:50 PM

In Nova Scotia when I saw this today.

So sad to hear of his passing.

W/O this community, I wouldn't be riding in this part of the world today.

His legacy lives on in all of us.
Posted By: TomRog55

Re: A sad post. - 08/30/14 02:45 AM

Condolences and prayers for Cary and his loved ones. I have lurked here off and on for about 5 years before actually registering. Cary was evidently one awesome guy.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: A sad post. - 08/30/14 04:44 AM

I too never had the opportunity to meet the man who I've heard so much about, who unknowingly enriched my life many years after he'd inspired this community, and whom I would have loved to have thanked in person. So, let me say ... Thank you, Cary.
Posted By: JohnH VA

Re: A sad post. - 08/30/14 04:01 PM

I never met Cary, but his legacy lives here in this (his) forum/meetingplace.

Many thanks to Cary and prayers for his loved ones.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: Passing of the Legend - 08/31/14 01:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Jake
Definitely sad news for all of us. Wow, what a legacy that one man with a simple idea and a big interest can leave behind. This whole damn website is a living memorial to him.

Three things I wanted to do in life that I can't. Buy a bike from Cary, buy a bike from Paul, ride with either.

Man we're getting old, but we're doing it together, eh?


I bought and rode with Paul but never had the pleasure of meeting Cary. Paul introduced me to this Board and made it clear to me that Cary was the inspiration and force behind this wonderful community. Many of us are indeed getting older, yet because of the examples that Cary and Paul were, I hope to continue to ride and enjoy the fellowship of the BMWST members for years to come.
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: A sad post. - 09/01/14 07:13 AM

Like some others here, I never met Cary but I owe thanks to him for creating this wonderful place of friendship. Condolences to his family and all his friends.
Posted By: EffBee

Passing of The Legend - 09/01/14 02:36 PM

I heard from some of Cary's friends in Australia. They say the service and the wake were full of the kind of camaraderie that Cary always strove to create and support, and that he would have been proud. I'm glad to hear, and so I'm sure are the rest of us, that Cary had such good friends with whom to spend the last part of his life.

Thanks to all of our new friends from Down Under who accepted and loved him for the kind and giving man that he was. His life started here, and was completed there. And he was always with friends. That was Cary.
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: Passing of The Legend - 09/01/14 03:01 PM

Linda and I also want to pass on our condolences to Cary's friends & family.

We stopped by Cary's shop twice on our travels and had a chance to personally thank him for starting this group. I also bought my first BMW riding suit (and a few other trinkets) from him.

And thanks Kris for getting the news to us.

Mike Cassidy
Posted By: swmckinley

Re: Passing of The Legend - 09/03/14 02:54 PM

Sad news indeed. My condolences to his family and his BMWRT family here.
Posted By: EffBee

Re: Passing of The Legend - 09/03/14 05:20 PM

First, a thank you to those who emailed photos over to Australia for Cary's service and wake. I've heard back from John Hawthorne who said they were very grateful to have had them. In that same email, John has sent me links to two YouTube videos. One is a video of some of the speeches and recollections that were given by his motorcycle club members, his mother, and his partner, Harvey. The second is a video of Cary, showing how to make "Motorcycle Margaritas" at a club event/campout. I'm keeping both links because in one I get to see a good friend laughing and talking, and in the other I get to see how his life positively affected a group of people half way around the world. Here are the links:


Cary's wake

Cary's Motorcycle Margaritas

Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/03/14 06:41 PM

I originally didn't want to say anything because I've never had the privilege of ever speaking to Cary even in digital form.

However I must say anybody who created something as good as this group here must have been an absolutely outstanding person.
Losing such persons is always a blow to anybody even remotely touched by their presence and cannot even imagine what it must be for his family.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: Passing of The Legend - 09/03/14 10:41 PM

Originally Posted By: EffBee
First, a thank you to those who emailed photos over to Australia for Cary's service and wake. I've heard back from John Hawthorne who said they were very grateful to have had them. In that same email, John has sent me links to two YouTube videos. One is a video of some of the speeches and recollections that were given by his motorcycle club members, his mother, and his partner, Harvey. The second is a video of Cary, showing how to make "Motorcycle Margaritas" at a club event/campout. I'm keeping both links because in one I get to see a good friend laughing and talking, and in the other I get to see how his life positively affected a group of people half way around the world. Here are the links:


Cary's wake

Cary's Motorcycle Margaritas



Thanks for the glimpse, FB! clap If the Motorcycle Margaritas video was taken recently, we can clearly see he was living his life very happily! Think that's the best any of us could ever ask for. thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: Dewy1098

Re: Passing of The Legend - 09/04/14 12:12 AM

Thanks for promoting all of our celebrations of Cary's life here in Australia, like you and all of the people paying tribute to Cary I valued his friendship enormously. I hope our celebrations did him justice because he was most certainly a larger than life character!

Darren Dewhurst
aka Dewy
Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers.
Australia
Posted By: Francis

Re: Passing of The Legend - 09/04/14 01:26 AM

I'm really sorry to hear about this. I was first on this board in 1999 while I was thinking about buying a BMW after being on Suzuki's for a number of years. Cary had launched and was editing this site at that time. I bought my first BMW (1100 RT) in Northern California in December and stored it with my brother out there.

Over the winter of 2000 I had California BMW prepare the bike for the cross country trip back to NYC. I went out early for the return trip and met Cary at another dealership where I was having additional work performed. He was very generous with his time and encouraging on the work being done and for my trip ahead. He welcomed me to this board and to the BMW rider community.

We are all beneficiaries of his computing skills in pioneering this site at the time he launched it and his love of motorcycling...especially BMW's. He is a true pioneer and entrepreneur and will be missed.
Posted By: EffBee

Re: Passing of The Legend - 09/04/14 04:25 AM

Originally Posted By: Dewy1098
Thanks for promoting all of our celebrations of Cary's life here in Australia, like you and all of the people paying tribute to Cary I valued his friendship enormously. I hope our celebrations did him justice because he was most certainly a larger than life character!

Darren Dewhurst
aka Dewy
Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers.
Australia


Dewy, you're welcome. Cary was a bit larger than life over here, too. He had a vision and a zest for life. He was loved by so many. And his efforts at starting this website have been carried forward by thousands of passionate and helpful members who continue to "spread the love" each and every day. We're grateful to have had him among us, glad to know you feel the same way, and will continue to honor him by keeping this online motorcycling community moving forward.

Oh, by the way, we have a number of members from Down Under. Please let everyone at the Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers know we'd love to have them join us on this site and share their experiences, problems, solutions and camaraderie. We spell things a little funny, and ride on the wrong side of the road (except when passing a four-wheeled rolling roadblock), but I know you'll all find a lot in common here.

We have an upcoming event in Torrey, Utah, and I'm going to take Tequilla and Lollies, in Cary's honor.
Posted By: Urban Surfer

Re: A sad post. - 09/07/14 10:47 PM

I had no Idea who had started this.
Cary certainly has done a great deal for everyone who rides.

It's been a big help to me being being part of such a community.

Thanks to Cary and those who continue to run this forum
Posted By: ghan

Re: A sad post. - 09/08/14 10:35 PM

I'm in shock and saddened.

From the times I visited his dealership to times out on the road he always had a smile and a humble friendly way about him. Always enjoyed talking to him when I got the chance. I think my fondest memory of Cary was meeting on the road when we were each on a solo ride but ended up stopping to rest at the same spot near lake Berryessa. After a long chat he decided to change is route and rode along with me for a while. I think that was my last interaction with him.

God Speed, Cary.
Posted By: John_Hendriksen

Re: A sad post. - 09/09/14 11:09 PM

Reading of this terribly sad news reminded me of some beautiful words I've kept dear to my heart...

Fog in the morning here
will make some of the world far away
and the near only a hint. But rain
will feel its blind progress along the valley,
tapping to convert one boulder at at time
into a glistening fact. Daylight will
love what came.

Whatever fits will be welcome, whatever
steps back in the fog will disappear
and hardly exist. You hear the river
saying a prayer for all that's gone.

Far over the valley there is an island
for everything left; and our own island
will drift there too, unless we hold on,
unless we tap like this: Friend,
are you there? Will you touch when
you pass, like the rain. - William Stafford

You see, I met Cary early on, me being one of those re-entry riders one hears about, a little afraid and very excited about motorcycle travel. Bought a couple bikes from the big guy and always traveled the two hours to have my bikes serviced by a person I could trust and, dare I say, love. We rode together infrequently, but when we did, we laughed, told lies and celebrated life.

Now... the road says a prayer for all that's gone. Damn.
Posted By: Yeeha! Stephen

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/10/14 04:58 PM

So sad. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.
Posted By: alexp

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/12/14 08:24 PM

I am lucky to be part of one of the originals in 2000 when I was living in the Bay Area. Thank you Cary for this great website! I wish BMW could do something special to remember you.

Alex Pacheco
Posted By: basketcase

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/13/14 01:51 PM

Just logged in today after a months long hiatus and this is the first post I clicked.

My condolences to all of his family and friends. RIP, fellow adventurer.
Posted By: RTinNC

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/15/14 04:25 AM

WOW ... Thanks for posting Kris! I was away for a couple weeks and am just now catching up on my reading. Very sad news indeed. It was this site and specifically the guidance and support from Cary that convinced me to go with a R1100RT vs a Honda ST1100 back in December 2000. I have been a BMW rider ever since and had it not been for Cary I may very well have gone another route. Let us all remember life is short so we need to make every day count!

God Speed Cary!
Posted By: Bigfish

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/16/14 04:03 AM

I wish I could have met the man. Because of his vision to create this site, my life has been filled with so much joy through the people and the knowledge of this forum.
I will keep spreading the love... may Cary and this forum live on and on and on.....

My most sincere condolences to all that knew him.
Posted By: John Ranalletta

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/16/14 08:11 PM

Posted By: George

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/17/14 04:49 PM

Hi Kris,
so sorry to hear of Cary's passing away. What a lovely man, we were so close to meeting him all those years ago when we visited the US on our own R1100RT, my word it is 14 years to the month.

Not many people would invite strangers from the UK into his home to work on their bike.

Kris, can you pass on our sympathy to all his family

Warmest regards
George and Kathy
Nottingham
England
www.rtrider.co.uk
Posted By: BrianT

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/18/14 01:01 AM

Thanks for posting that pic John. That is a flash from the past. It's the first Un in Gunnison if I remember right.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/18/14 10:56 AM

Yup, great time.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/18/14 10:08 PM

Originally Posted By: John Ranalletta


thanks for the pic. I never had the pleasure of meeting him. However, his vision continues to live on in the lives of the members of this community.

BTW is that FB's Boston Green RT in the background of that pic.
Posted By: SageRider

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/19/14 02:10 PM

Kris, thank you for letting us know.
Cary, you had a huge impact on many lives.
My life was changed forever, beginning with bmwrt.com and that first ride with Cary and others on the original "Pied Piper" run to the Redmond rally.
For this, I am immensely grateful.
Thank you Cary. May you rest in peace.
Posted By: russell_bynum

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/19/14 03:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Bud


BTW is that FB's Boston Green RT in the background of that pic.


I don't see FB's light setup, so I don't think so.
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/19/14 03:44 PM

Originally Posted By: russell_bynum
Originally Posted By: Bud


BTW is that FB's Boston Green RT in the background of that pic.


I don't see FB's light setup, so I don't think so.


I believe it is owned by the fellow standing next to it in the dark shirt. He lives in the PNW and I am racking my brain for his name.

This fellow....


Posted By: EffBee

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/19/14 04:07 PM

Originally Posted By: russell_bynum
Originally Posted By: Bud


BTW is that FB's Boston Green RT in the background of that pic.


I don't see FB's light setup, so I don't think so.


No, it wasn't mine. It was 2000, I believe, and the Boston Green had been out for the past model year (1999). There may have only been 404 imported into the U.S., but it was a current color and we had, I believe, 3 of them at the first UnRally.

A little story about Cary, me and Boston Green RT's:

Cary's dealership had been open a few months while he got it all in shape, before he had his official "Open House." I'd gone up the Tuesday before the O/H, and had helped clean up the place a little. Especially the mechanic's bathroom which was a grease pit. Everything had a coating of grease, not because of abuse, but because of years of neglect. The toilet was clean, but everything else was just the pits. I spent two days cleaning it. Nothing more than chemicals and elbow grease. Each night, Cary would drive me back to his place south of SF, and I'd crash on the Murphy bed in a spare bedroom.

Cary was so grateful for the bathroom's transformation that he wanted to "do something" for me. I declined. He insisted. We came to an agreement. Cary knew how much I loved the color of my Boston Green RT. So he offered that if I ever wanted another one, and he had one, he'd sell it to me at a "super smokin" deal. Fine by me. It was a situational promise for the future in which the circumstances would probably never align. It gave Cary what he was looking for, which was a way to repay a kindness. It was just his way. He was extremely generous (he always thanked me for gifting him one of Peter Egan's books, when the truth was that Cary actually gifted ME the book . . . I can see it on my bookcase in my home office as I type this). Okay, back to the Boston Green RT.

Fast forward about 6-7 years. Cary had signed the lease on a new location and had ordered tens of thousands of dollars worth of new fixtures, a fully new parts counter with glass cases and multiple drawers, etc, etc, etc. It was going to be a truly top class dealership. And he'd done it just two weeks before the economy collapsed in August of 2008. He tried, but couldn't get out of those commitments and contracts. So he got his chin up, put his operation in gear and moved the dealership. The future would be what the future would be. It was the start of a mighty struggle which eventually cost him everything.

Then one day I got a call. He had a Boston Green RT that had come in trade. He said it was mine if I wanted it and gave me a price. It was a "super smokin" deal. But there was something in Cary's voice that unsettled me. We talked, and he confessed that he had a buyer for the bike and that he could make a couple thousand dollars on the deal and that he needed the money to make payroll. I was in the middle of fiddlyfarting around with a Yamaha FJR, and then a 650 V-strom, and a 60,000 mile RT, Boston Green or not, wasn't a top priority. I told him to sell the bike. He cried on the phone and said Thank You. It was that moment that I knew the dealership wasn't going to make it.

I eventually got my low-mileage (second) Boston Green RT. Cary never got a second chance to save his dealership. I still have the Peter Egan book. Godspeed my good friend.
Posted By: mbelectric

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/19/14 07:49 PM

Thanks for sharing FB. thumbsup

MB>
Posted By: russell_bynum

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/19/14 07:52 PM

Originally Posted By: EffBee
Originally Posted By: russell_bynum
Originally Posted By: Bud


BTW is that FB's Boston Green RT in the background of that pic.


I don't see FB's light setup, so I don't think so.


No, it wasn't mine. It was 2000, I believe, and the Boston Green had been out for the past model year (1999). There may have only been 404 imported into the U.S., but it was a current color and we had, I believe, 3 of them at the first UnRally.

A little story about Cary, me and Boston Green RT's:

Cary's dealership had been open a few months while he got it all in shape, before he had his official "Open House." I'd gone up the Tuesday before the O/H, and had helped clean up the place a little. Especially the mechanic's bathroom which was a grease pit. Everything had a coating of grease, not because of abuse, but because of years of neglect. The toilet was clean, but everything else was just the pits. I spent two days cleaning it. Nothing more than chemicals and elbow grease. Each night, Cary would drive me back to his place south of SF, and I'd crash on the Murphy bed in a spare bedroom.

Cary was so grateful for the bathroom's transformation that he wanted to "do something" for me. I declined. He insisted. We came to an agreement. Cary knew how much I loved the color of my Boston Green RT. So he offered that if I ever wanted another one, and he had one, he'd sell it to me at a "super smokin" deal. Fine by me. It was a situational promise for the future in which the circumstances would probably never align. It gave Cary what he was looking for, which was a way to repay a kindness. It was just his way. He was extremely generous (he always thanked me for gifting him one of Peter Egan's books, which he actually gifted ME . . . I can see it on my bookcase in my home office as I type this). Okay, back to the Boston Green RT.

Fast forward about 6-7 years. Cary had signed the lease on a new location and had ordered tens of thousands of dollars worth of new fixtures, a fully new parts counter with glass cases and multiple drawers, etc, etc, etc. It was going to be a truly top class dealership. And he'd done it just two weeks before the economy collapsed in August of 2008. He tried, but couldn't get out of those commitments and contracts. So he got his chin up, put his operation in gear and moved the dealership. The future would be what the future would be. It was the start of a mighty struggle which eventually cost him everything.

Then one day I got a call. He had a Boston Green RT that had come in trade. He said it was mine if I wanted it and gave me a price. It was a "super smokin" deal. But there was something in Cary's voice that unsettled me. We talked, and he confessed that he had a buyer for the bike and that he could make a couple thousand dollars on the deal and that he needed the money to make payroll. I was in the middle of fiddlyfarting around with a Yamaha FJR, and then a 650 V-strom, and a 60,000 mile RT, Boston Green or not, wasn't a top priority. I told him to sell the bike. He cried on the phone and said Thank You. It was that moment that I knew the dealership wasn't going to make it.

I eventually got my low-mileage (second) Boston Green RT. Cary never got a second chance to save his dealership. I still have the Peter Egan book. Godspeed my good friend.


Yup, that was Cary.
Posted By: Bud

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/19/14 10:09 PM

What a great story EffBee.

I've heard over and over again what a great guy he was. We should all strive to live up to his reputation.

My first UN was the Return to Gunnison.

I was welcomed at the KOA by Momma Hoon. What a great intro to some of the kindest and most generous folks around. I've gotten help and advice numerous times and it has all been good.

People here can share knowledge in such a way that you don't feel dumb for asking.
Posted By: Traveler1

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/20/14 01:41 PM

I haven't seen any mention on this board about the memorial ride planned for Cary. Riders will meet at Mike Nield's Marin Moto Works, 44 Harbor Way, in San Rafael at 9:00 on 28 September. Not sure who is organizing this, but details can be found on Mike's Facebook page.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/20/14 06:50 PM

Thor, thanks for posting. Wish I hadn't gone east.
Posted By: algover

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/20/14 06:58 PM

Ouch! That's Torrey week-end! frown
Posted By: algover

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/20/14 07:07 PM

Thanks for that account, Fernando. I had always wondered what had gone wrong at his new location; I never did make it there before it was gone. Years earlier, when he was thinking about taking over the entire building at his Marin BMW location, we were talking about it and he shared is hesitation about doing so. That was also during another, milder, economic downturn. I told him he was lucky to be considering expansion while other businesses were failing. Too bad it didn't work out later in his new location. If anyone deserved a break, it was he!
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/20/14 11:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Traveler1
I haven't seen any mention on this board about the memorial ride planned for Cary. Riders will meet at Mike Nield's Marin Moto Works, 44 Harbor Way, in San Rafael at 9:00 on 28 September. Not sure who is organizing this, but details can be found on Mike's Facebook page.


Thor,
Thanks for sharing that. It's kind of buried in this thread. Would you mind creating a thread in Ride and Event Planning, please?
This is the first I'd heard of any such thing and I suspect many others don't know about it.
Posted By: Traveler1

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/20/14 11:46 PM

Thor,
Thanks for sharing that. It's kind of buried in this thread. Would you mind creating a thread in Ride and Event Planning, please?
This is the first I'd heard of any such thing and I suspect many others don't know about it. [/quote]

As suggested, I've posted the information in Ride and Event Planning. Thanks for the guidance.
Posted By: barryNmarin

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/21/14 01:58 AM

Thanks Nando, that was very tender and fitting for those of us who knew and loved Cary.
Posted By: Brant Herbert

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/21/14 02:26 AM

Wow! Iím very late on this. So, so sad to hear this news frown

Iím not around here much anymore, but like most everyone here, I owe a great deal to Cary and what he started here. My life took a wonderful turn back in 1999 when I discovered Caryís original travelogue web page, falling in love with his pictures and stories as he started to explore CA on his RT. I didnít even own a bike at that point, but living vicariously through Caryís travels convinced me to buy an RT.

I had the pleasure of meeting Cary a few times; at his shop in Marin and at the first UnRally. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed.
Posted By: Brant Herbert

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/21/14 02:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Kathy R
Originally Posted By: russell_bynum
Originally Posted By: Bud


BTW is that FB's Boston Green RT in the background of that pic.


I don't see FB's light setup, so I don't think so.


I believe it is owned by the fellow standing next to it in the dark shirt. He lives in the PNW and I am racking my brain for his name.

This fellow....




Kathy, I have the original of that photo taken at Un-1. Handle: USAF1, Name: Pat (Patterson?), guessing on the last name, couldn't make it out from his name tag.
Posted By: algover

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/21/14 02:58 AM

Good to hear from you, Brant!
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/21/14 10:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Brant Herbert
Originally Posted By: Kathy R
Originally Posted By: russell_bynum
Originally Posted By: Bud


BTW is that FB's Boston Green RT in the background of that pic.


I don't see FB's light setup, so I don't think so.


I believe it is owned by the fellow standing next to it in the dark shirt. He lives in the PNW and I am racking my brain for his name.

This fellow....




Kathy, I have the original of that photo taken at Un-1. Handle: USAF1, Name: Pat (Patterson?), guessing on the last name, couldn't make it out from his name tag.


That is Pat. Saw him a year ago in Fife, Wa. Hi Brant, long time no see.
Posted By: Albert

Re: Passing of the Legend - 09/28/14 03:43 PM

I'm late to this as well. It's a real shame. I didn't know Cary personally, but the board was his when I joined (BMWRT). I always wanted the chance to thank him in person for what he started. Sadly, that's not to be. RIP Cary.
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