I just learned that an old friend, Dick Boyer (of Calgary) died last weekend, out riding his "Super10".
He had turned back to go home due to the dusty conditions when he hit a deer and ended up in the ditch w/ severe head trauma. They got Dick to the hospital where part of his brain had to be removed, but he died soon after.
I met him in '74 when I got into riding dirt, and we rode together a LOT. He (an EXPERT OPEN class enduro rider) had the uncanny ability to teach you how to ride by just riding 5% faster than YOU could, increasing that speed as you improved, thus making your riding improve constantly.
I learned a LOT from him including getting a similar TT500 to ride our enduros, even convincing Dick to move out to Alberta (and the Rocky Mountains) for BETTER riding, and I towed my dirt-bike to Alberta from Ontario (where I was living) twice to ride the "Rocks" w/ Dickie. Since I returned to Alberta in '88 Dick and I rode together many times, and his "rep" was well-known among the ADSMC (Alberta Dual-Sport Motorcycle Club) group.
He tried almost every BIG dual-sport as they became available, even riding crappy SINGLE-TRACK on his BMW GS1200.
I tried to get him to do a D2D w/ me, but he always said - "I prefer short FAST rides!" - and that's what his last ride was.
Good bye, Dick.