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hello all. some tragic news came to me today, as i was informed that lance weil died this morning, 8/31/06. his injuries occured in his shop with a mishap while using his lathe. i know little of the details other than there was massive head trauma, and he succummed to his injury after a few days in a philadelphia intensive care unit. for those of you that knew the man you also feel the impact of losing someone that had a intense love of motorcycles and racing. he was an artist, teacher, and friend to many. it pains me to bring you this news. i am comforted only in the thoughts that he died doing what he loved and was not alone in the end.

lance, godspeed to you my friend.

tex

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wow, that sucks dude. what happened??? somthin fly outta the lathe i bet. bad bad luck. i could lecture about the dangers of tools, my friend jen had a 4.5" right angle grinder climb her shirt this week and just rip up her under arm. shes fine, but its prretty knarly looking. ya gota be real careful with machines like that. especially the big industrial stuff.

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Tex,

That's terrible news. I loved Lance. What a cool dude. He was one of the good ole boys from the past,factory racer for HD and a GREAT mechanic. I am running the Motobi 125 engine he did for me in the Giro and now the Giro will have a very special meaning for me.
Tex, I know you were very close to Lance and my thoughts are with you.

Lance buddy, may you rest in peace and be in gods hands.

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No time is a good time to go I guess...but man, just working in your shop like that. Gotta be hard all around on everyone involved.
Every year you hear about another of the old school guys going, lot of talent and know how disappearing.
Give our best to his family if you see them.
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tex man.... what the fuck... lance was a cool shit. had great time last year hanging, partying and racing at frontier land with him. sorry dude.

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tex, did i meet lance when we were loading the rs125 that day in the parking lot at cosmo???? that would have been the only day i think i would have met him. and i remember meeting someone that day. or maybe at the track. that english guy, crap, i cant remember his name now, the guy who shows up at the track all of the time but never races, wasnt his som killed this past month in a bike accident too??? man, its been a weird month.

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Tex,
Sorry to hear it, my condolences to all. JB's right, seems like we collectively, or at least on an individual basis, lose somebody every year. I always take it as a reality check, time to step out the front door and smell the roses; ya' know, appreciate life and enjoy what you have, instead of stressing about every little thing. It's too short to waste complaining it away.

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Doug, No shit. For those of us that can look behind us and count more years than we can count ahead of us...well, makes you think.

Also, in this case, makes me think about how I do things in my shop. Don't really want to get hurt bad, that would be a pain....REALLY don't want to leave Mary in a lurch that would really really suck.
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especially with camilliere out there! machine tools. how many times do you step up to the lathe, or saw, or shaper, or anything and just without thinking do something. like its just conditioning. really makes you think and remember how dangerous stuff is. fortunately, most of the time, its just a bad injury, but then you hear things like lances thing and its like, shit man. like tex said though, he was probably most happy there doing things like that. i spent 12 hours in my shop yesterday just happy to be working on stuff. a rare day. usually i cant wait to get out. but 12 hours is alot of time. fortunately i was doing assmbly. no saws, no real big sharp dangerous stuff. just putting stuff together. i try to limit my time at the saw, or anything that has a potentially serious hazard. you need to step away before you get tired. especially with the wood stuff. where your hands and fingers are in close proximity to knives and rotating stuff. not that machine shops are safe either, obviously, but at least youre away from spinning blades mostly. anyway, sucks. sucks it takes things like this for us to have a reality check.


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thanks fellahs! i saw lance the day before i went to mosport. he was super happy to see me and my wife casey. he showed off the cb750 k1 restoration he just finished (boy is that customer getting a masterpiece) and was telling me how the chromed hayabusa clutch covers with lexon windows were flying off the shelves.

he was working in the shop that fateful day with his son which i know how much he cherished spending time in the shop together with him. that brings me great comfort, as i know how many times he worked alone, late at night.

his son told me that he was done with his body here on earth. i admire that sentiment and have adopted it when i think of lance. i appreciate all of your kind words and thoughts. i know my pal will be watching down on all of us this weekend and many others.

be well and race hard dudes. i'll see you trackside (9/16-17).

tex

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