Anyways Ray was riding to work one morning when the infamous left turn asshole got him. Ray had epilepsy. It was controllable through medication. He survived the crash but the head injuries from the crash caused constant seizures for the rest of his shortened life. He passed in 2009. One of the saddest days of my life. Needless to say the whole family acquired a sour taste for motorcycles. My dad never lost his love for them but he sold his and never rode again. He himself is not the best shape right now but if he was able I know he would certainly get back on. Every time I show up on my FJR I can see it in his face. He always says, "God that's a beautiful bike. I wish I could still ride". And when I leave I see him watching me all the way down the street.
So if it's possible I want to dedicate my upcoming SS1000 to Ray Elmer Thompson 1938 - 2009. And I want to donate the sponsorship $ to the Epilepsy Foundation. If anyone knows if this is okay to do, please let me know.
Edited by FJRBilldo, 24 March 2012 - 11:13 AM.