In Memory of Jimmy Bolin
"It's always a race"

Jimmy Bolin

Jimmy Bolin

Subject: Jimmy Bolin - Godspeed
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 15:15:41 -0800
   From: Mike Stewart

Ged, I hate forwarding these.  Only met Jimmy once, in CA.  Nice guy. Wish I'd gotten off me arse and gotten out to Forks, WA sooner.  But there will always be time, right?  Well, not always it seems.

Forwarded with permission.  Contact the email below if you need more information.

Mike Stewart

Sent: Monday, March 08, 2004 1:54 PM

I need to know how to contact all the friends of Jimmy Bolin as he was killed in a bike crash as of 3-7-04.  Jimmy has lots of friends out there and will be ever so missed.  Jimmy was on his way home from FL and in Kanas there was a car crash.  It was dark and I guess he did not see it and ran into the back of the truck, he was killed instantly.  Friends and family are in total shock as we have lost a great man that is loved by many people.  A nicer man you will never meet.  I had the best summer in my life with Jimmy and will never forget him. If I could get onto your web site I know I would reach the people I need to inform. Please contact me.  My name is Lynn lvnshadow@....... Thank you

Subject: Re: Jimmy Bolin - Godspeed
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 18:20:21 -0500
   From: Carolyn Martin

*sad sigh*
I had this still in my email.

----------------From James Bolin to SabMag ---------------

I got a couple of pics on the webshots site more from the VT ride and also a pic precious to my heart the Trident in the pic was one I rode in 74 in Calif when the guy who still owns it and I rode together in the Marines when we were stationed at El Toro Calif....  WOW what a flood of memories and no Im not tellin ya where it at and no if anyone gets to buy it its me or steal it or beg or borrow or other whise aquire it into there possession....ya hear me alllllll......again heres the site.
Oh and Maggots do rock ---
nite all
Jimmy -- It's Always a Race
Bellami's Twin Sister
Forks, Warshington


R.I.P. Jimmy. You've finished the race.

>From the Mountains of Western North Carolina

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 15:30:28 -0800
   From: Jim Schlyer

I'm the other Jim,  Jim in the Wet.  Jimmy was at my place about  a month ago.
we were doing an engine tear down. It was the day he picked up his ST.

I will miss Jimmy

This is no way to start off the Riding season.
God Speed Jimmy.


Subject: Re: Jimmy Bolin - Godspeed
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 18:37:30 -0500
   From: K Matthew

I just met him, talked to him, sat next to him this past Friday night.
Helluva guy.


Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 18:39:42 -0500
   From: Tom Blum

Oh Shit!!! I hate it when someone on the list dies.

But---I hate it even more when I just met them the day before they died.

As he left the Daytona Speedway, he gave me his card in case I ever got out to Washington.

Good Bye, Jimmy

Tom Blum

Subject: Jimmy Bolin
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 18:49:00 -0500
   From: David Hill

Jimmy posted this after Pete Leahy's death

Jim Bolin wrote:
> Subject: Re: Pete Leahy's Last Ride
>    Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 13:04:45 -0700
>    From: Jim Bolin
> Almost 1pm here in Forks as I come home to eat a bite and find that some one
> I would have loved to have met and rode with has passed (may the wind always
> be in his face) I must admit that the tears flowed way to fast as I read the
> differnet posts about this man.  I did a bit of hooliganism this last
> weekend and this just brings home the pain that his family must be in.  I
> wonder if in my life I should ever come to be as loved and respected man as
> Pete.  As I am not a man of god I will ride tonite and wish him his wife and
> his family some peace and love!!!!!!
> a breed apart Jimmy

same to ya, Jimmy
David Hill
Sautee-Nacoochee, GA, USA

Subject: Goodbye Jim Bolin
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 19:01:48 EST
   From: Norman Lesmiseres

Words fail me.

A new friend gone so soon. Damn!

Please be careful out there.

Norm Lesmerises (Hooligan)
Orange Park / Eustis FL

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 16:15:05 -0800
   From: Mike Prestwich

Oh, God, this hurts.

Those of you who were at the ride out at Jimmy's last September know that that ride came at a difficult point in life for me.  On top of a bunch of other stuff, I had just got the news that I needed a new tranny for the family van.  To say I couldn't afford the journey is an understatement. What the rest of you didn't know was that it was Jimmy who made it possible for me to attend.  I never asked him.  He just did it.

Jimmy always referred to us as family.  I'm weeping now for a brother.

Will there be a service?  Where?  When?

Mike Prestwich

Subject: Re: Jimmy Bolin - Godspeed
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 19:32:04 -0500
   From: Woody Woodpecker

Someone get the details of arrangments please.

I am going to bed and when I wake up I want this to have been a bad dream.

Subject: Jim Bolin
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 17:14:49 -0800
   From: Chris Lewis

I can't believe Jimmy is gone. He called me last week on the road, all excited about a couple of parts bikes we were going to buy. Half way across the county and he had time to call me and see if I had gone to check them out.

He had even left a signed check with his sister and wanted me to know that she was going to call me and arrange a meeting so that I could get the bikes before he came back.

I have only known Jimmy for about 4 months, and as everyone who knew him will tell you, he was one of the most effervescent, enthusiastic, grab life by both hands kind of guys you will EVER know. I wish I had had more time to get to know him. He was always willing to give you the shirt off of his back, without your asking, to help you out. I bought a new tank for Pegasus from him shortly after meeting on the list (he's about 4 hours from me) and he dropped it by when he and his girlfriend were in the area visiting his sister. It was out first meeting and he left quite an impression on me.

Our next get together was the weekend we had the wrenchfest over at "Jim the Wets" house, and Jimmy was all excited about picking up his new ST. That weekend was the last time I saw him. I feel like I have lost my best friend, even though there are many others here who knew him longer and better. That's how Jimmy was. I know that my world will be a lot sadder for a long time to come. Every time I touch the tank on Pegasus I will think of him, and his love for life.

God bless you Jimmy and watch over those of us still thinking about you. You will always be in my prayers.

Chris Lewis
Kent, Wash  98032

Subject: Goodbye Jimmy
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 17:31:33 -0800
   From: Don Peter

Words do fail.

I rode with Jimmy only a few times.  One was the 2002 SMBC on Vancouver Island.  After spending Friday and Saturday carving the island roads, he, Doug Chapman, and I left Port Alberni early Sunday morning to make the 10AM ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles.  We had a spirited ride and arrived with time for a leasurely breakfast.  A great weekend.

Jimmy, you will be missed!

Don Peter

Subject: Re: Jimmy Bolin - Godspeed
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 19:38:24 -0600
   From: Bob Sunley

Jeez,(sniff)  We'll miss you Jimmy.

Condolances to all his family and friends. Godspeed Jimmy.

Bob Sunley

Subject: Godspeed
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 21:37:35 EST
   From: Hooper

 Well, this pretty much just sucks.  I talked to him Saturday on the cell, another attempt to find out where he was in relation to where I was, and he was just mounting up to ride out.

Met him last year at the New York Pig Roast that happened in State College Penna. Bob was there also, and had several off list haw haws over the course of the next year,  he was a "shirt off of his back" kinda guy from the minute he met you and it didnt matter where you were in relation to where he was, there was always an offer of help in some form or another.  A true friend.

I suspect after Friday, we would all agree that IF he had a choice, he would have wanted the PIG to have gone with him.

see you down the road Jimmy, glad you passed out fresh cards on friday.  Tell Pete James and the dentist we said hello

Subject: Re: Jimmy
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 19:28:00 -0800
   From: Mike Laubach

Rode with Jimmy in VT last year.  He's the one that hurled the near flaming ball of fuel down the rode at us.

I don't to keep up on the list traffic nearly as much as I'd like, but his name and Godspeed in the same title, I knew it could be not good.  So I had to read them.

Only the good die young indeed.  Dammit.


Subject: Re: Jimmy
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 19:43:45 -0800
   From: Jim Hiler

I met Jimmy last year at SMW Spring fling.

Got together again at Jim Schlyers winter maintenance clinic just a few weeks ago. Sat and tossed back some shots of his favorite flavor.

Watched him do the "drill and tap" oil mod with tips on the proper way to keep the job sanitary.

Jimmy  was a man with a heart of gold.

So many thoughts passing through my mind right now, can't really sort it out.

I'm heading out to my shop and push some bike stuff around.

Jim Hiler
Albany,  Oregon

Subject: Jimmy Bolin
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 20:35:16 -0800
   From: Shawn Speelman

I'm posting this across 3 lists as I know Jimmy has friends on all three.

I guess most of you have already heard the bad news of Jimmy's death in Kansas, he was riding in the dark and ran into the back of another vehicle that was already involved in an accident.

I met Jimmy at the SMW Spring Fling in Volcano 2 years ago, he was a very vibrant person that anyone who met couldn’t help but to like. He considered all of us his family and lent a hand without ever being asked. Every time I posted a question to the ST list he would personally call me and share all he knew about the subject. Likewise any part he had that I needed for my V45 was offered for free.

I talked to him right before he left to Daytona on his new to him ST, he was anxious to get to know his ride better and couldn't wait to leave.  This news was the last thing I ever expected to hear today, I was sure we would see each other again at this upcoming SMW Spring Fling. Well I guess God had other plans. Damn this is the 2nd good friend that has met an untimely death on a motorcycle.

Jimmy you will surely be missed!

 Shawn Speelman
 Yuba City, CA

Subject: Jimmy B
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 21:43:54 -0700
   From: Larry Bejcar

Over the years I've seen a few of the notices of someone on the list dying.

Never liked it. I don't have enough friends that I can take consolation in "they died with their boots on" or words to that effect.

But these things happen, maybe I'll learn a lesson about living from it. Maybe later, screen's getting a little blurry to be learning.

I can tell you, hanging around Jimmy taught me about  loud stories, going hard, laughing loud, your core values I guess.

Seeing him in Forks this summer, well wasn't that a trip.

We better send him out New Orleans style, loud and proud.

Larry Bejcar
St. Albert, Alberta

Subject: Jimmy's Service
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 20:49:15 -0800
   From: Mike Prestwich

I've heard from Lynn, and there will be a service for Jimmy in Forks on Saturday, the 20th.  She doesn't have any details like time or exact location as of yet, but she will let me know when she does.

Naturally, I would like to attend this.  As Forks is about 600 miles from here, I'll have to leave on the 19th.  As it is still early March, I'll be driving and not riding.  Anybody else going?  I could pick up assorted maggotry on the way down if anyone is interested.  Or?  Let's figure something out.  Art, Jack, Rob and Janet, Pete, Dave, Richard, (even Larry and/or Rex) etc.  Contact me off list.

Mike Prestwich

Subject: Re: Jimmy Bolin - Godspeed
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 04:55:38 +0000
   From: Gregory Mahunik

Just met him Friday night.  Seamed like a great guy.  Got his card and was hoping to someday head west.  I'm at a loss.

Ride safe.

Greg M.
Cooper City, (Sunny) Florida

Subject: Jimmy Bolin
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 23:59:56 -0500
   From: Sean Votier

I'm in shock.

Jimmy stayed at my house last year and made day trips into New York city on his 750 Sabre. In the evenings, he helped me change the cam chain tensioners on my Magna. We laughed a lot giving each other a hard time and getting pinched fingers in the process. He was a good guy who didn't take himself too seriously. Man, I'm gonna miss him.


Subject: Jimmy Bolin
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 05:30:20 +0000
   From: Rand Mazur

There's a flashing yellow light in Forks, WA that should be turned off. The light was a beacon to Jimmy's place, and all you had to do was be near the light, and ask for "Jimmy the Mechanic" and soon enough, he'd be greeting you with a broad smile, a true appreciation of your arrival, and a welcome into his home, into his family, into his life.

The first time I encountered Jimmy, he'd passed me during a SpringFling, laid back on his little Sabre, feet on the highway pegs, as comfortable as you could be.  And this was inside a park on a twisty little one lane road!

Back at camp, his infectious energy struck me, the man was unstoppable. He always filled his cup completely, and always drained the cup to his great satisfaction.

Last year, I had the pleasure to visit Jimmy in Forks, on my way to Vancouver, as well as on the way back.  He, his friends, and his family were among the most welcoming people I've ever encountered.  I've rarely felt so instantly part of another person's life.

Those who were lucky enough to have enjoyed the ride and pig at Forks knew, I'm sure, that they were in the company of a special person.  I know I did.

I'm very sure that Jimmy enjoyed the ride to Florida.  I hope he had a great time there, watching the racing and all.

And I'm sure that Jimmy was living his motto, "It's always a race," when his race ended.

Before the screen blurs any more, my most heartfelt condolences to his family and others close to him.

--Rand Mazur
Just o'er the Oakland hills, NoCal

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 22:18:09 -0800
   From: "J. Sutton"

I can't even come up with words. Jimmy laughingly reminded us again in Forks that it was Rob who introduced him to the SabMag list: "It's all your fault!" . We joked about how well, maybe that wasn't such a good thing.

But it was truly a wonderful thing.

Gotta go cry some more. How am I going to tell Rob?

Anacortes WA

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 21:14:06 -0500
   From: Ann Napoletan

I heard the news from Russell earlier this evening and couldn't believe it - still can't, really.

To Jimmy's friends and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

I just spoke to Lynn (TOWMBO) a few minutes ago, and she helped to put things into perspective a bit.  She said that without a doubt, Jimmy must have had a great time in Daytona, and that of all people, if he had to go, this would have been the way he would have wanted to go --- participating in an activity that he loved so much.  To those who were fortunate enough to have met him during this cross country trip, consider yourselves blessed.  No doubt you helped to make his last days some of his best!

This is yet another reminder to be good to those you care about. Tomorrow is never promised...
Ann Napoletan

Subject: Re: Jimmy Bolin
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 11:06:30 -0000
   From: Glen Stansfield

I have never met any of you guys....and probably never will. Yet when someone on the list loses their life I feel your pain as though it was one of my own.

There is nothing I can say more than that. My thoughts are with Jimmy's family and all of you over there.

Glen Stansfield
Glasgow, Scotland

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 06:36:32 -0500
   From: Michael Alofsin

I just met Jimmy last year at SMEBOB and had a blast riding with him. Jimmy, you will be missed.


Subject: Jim
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 07:39:23 -0500
   From: Bob Zimmerman

It was a great week until I got off the plane last night and called Linda.

It's not a race anymore, Jimmy. RIP


Subject: anyone find anything on Jimmy
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 04:53:18 -0800
   From: Jim Schlyer

Lister and Lurkers

Still can't believe.

Has anyone found anything on the accident? Just sounds odd that Jimmy would hit a Truck, at speed,
Jimmy loved the edge, right on it most of the time.  Not over it, much, not that much .

Jim feeling the LOSS greatly.

Subject: Jimmy story
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 08:13:57 -0500
   From: Bob Zimmerman

      Posted on Mon, Mar. 08, 2004

      Motorcyclist killed in chain-reaction wreck on I-70


      The Kansas City Star

      Police this morning identified a motorcyclist killed in a chain-reaction accident on Interstate 70 Sunday night.

      James Bolin, 49, of Forks, Wash., died after his motorcycle crashed into the back of a wrecked pickup truck in a westbound lane of I-70, just east of Interstate 435.

      Police Sgt. Randy Sims gave this account:

      The driver of a westbound pickup truck said another vehicle cut her off about 10:05 p.m., and she swerved to avoid that vehicle. She lost control of her truck and struck the concrete barrier that separates the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70. Her truck then flipped. The woman suffered a shoulder injury. Her two children were not hurt.

      Bolin approached on his motorcycle and didn't see the wreckage in the dark. He crashed into the bed of the pickup truck.

      The wreck in the westbound lane of I-70 pushed some concrete barriers into an eastbound lane of Interstate 70 where a car struck the concrete. A second vehicle then hit that wrecked car. There were no serious injuries in
those wrecks.

      Both sides of Interstate 70 were shut down for several hours as police investigated the wrecks and highway workers moved the barriers.

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 08:36:44 -0500
   From: Zaphod Beeblebrox


I only met Jimmy once at SMEBOB in VT and I immediately liked him.  We actually rode together and had quite a blast, ripping up those curves and I was quite impressed with his riding ability.

I have two distinct memories involving Jim that I'd like to share.

Our group had just taken off riding for the day.  About 10 minutes later, Jim was in front of me and we were tearing down this one road that had little twists and hills when I notice that Jim's secondary fuel tank (the one strapped to the back of his bike) had started to come loose.  Apparantly the straps loosened up.  I tried my hardest to get his attention, laying on the Fiamm horns and flashing my headlight.  I tried to get beside him, but everytime I had the chance, he would gas it.  I guess he thought he was going too slow for me.  heh heh

Next thing ya know, the tank is off the bike and bouncing behind him, still held on by the gas line.  Oh boy.  I backed off a bit knowing the inevitable at this point.  Sure enough, it completely seperates from the bike and spins and bounces across the road, right in front of me, spewing gasoline everywhere.  The first thing that popped through my head (other than, "whew, I'm not going to hit it") is, "Wouldn't it be really cool to drag my centerstand right now?  Oh man, wouldn't *that* look awesome!!!!"

Then I thought of Mike Laubach behind me.


To this day, he still thanks me for not doing that.  Right Mike? ;-)

I finally grabbed Jimmy's attention and we turned around to go find his tank.  His reply was, "Ah, just leave it.  I never liked it anyway.  Let's ride!" or something along those lines.  (We ended up grabbing it on our way back from a day's worth of riding).

The second memory I have involves this pic, posted by Mike Laubach:

See those two trees in back and to the right of Jimmy?  See that brown grass to the right of those trees?  That's where me, Jimmy and Annie laid down while the others went hiking to some waterfall.

I remember Jimmy saying, "Hell, I didn't come cross county to hike 4 miles in motorcycle boots!  I'm gonna plop down right here and wait for you all. Hiking...geeez."

I concurred.  I wasn't going to hike either.  I think Annie started to, but then came back and joined us.  Ah, the day was perfect.  We just layed in that grass, staring at the sky, bullshitting.

Jimmy, I know I've only met you once, but you did make quite an impression and I was looking forward to seeing you again.

You will be missed, my friend.

Godspeed, Jimmy.  Godspeed.

Bryan - aka Zaphod Beeblebrox
Southington, CT

Subject: Jimmy, Ride in peace
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 14:44:30 +0000
   From: Jason Grennel

I had the chance to cross paths with  Jimmy Bolin  while staying and visiting in Cali. Definately a one of a kind rider atop a very well ridden sabmag.

Jim is a good rider and I'm sure that he's discovered by now that gas is free and there are no more LEO's to mess up a nice ride.

I didn't get to know Jim that well over the couple times we met up, but he didn't seem like the person who'd want everyone all teared up, more like a grab a beer and a pizza and have a great ride together, and to remember all the good times and incredible rides.

Ride fast Jimmy, nobody to stop you now.



Subject: Jimmy Bolin - Godspeed
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 10:10:35 -0500
   From: "Custer, Carl"

Jimmy and I never met face to face but had shared e-mails. Thanks to ZimBob's posting of the newspaper article, we know a bit more about what happened.

There's a strong temptation to go into the "Granpa mode" and sermonize about driving within your limits, don't outdrive your head lights and stuff.  But you all know that.

Crap. I'm speechless.

Ann's quote touched me.

"This is yet another reminder to be good to those you care about. Tomorrow is never promised...
Ann Napoletan"

Subject: Jimmy B.
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 08:55:31 -0800
   From: Penny Devlin

I don't know what to say.  Jimmy B. was one of a kind.  We just talked to him a couple of nights ago.  He called Jim to give him a bad time for selling him a bike that had such bad gas mileage.  They blamed it on the windshield and not the throttle, of course.  He was enjoying rubbing it in that he was in nice warm Florida while we were still shut off from riding because of the snowy roads.  His last words were "I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you."

Occasionally he'd call to talk to one of us and leave crazy messages on the answering machine if we weren't home.  He'd already brought up the idea of us riding to Montana together in August.  We had lunch with him and Corky at the motorcycle show in Seattle.  He was so excited to buy the ST.

We will be at the funeral on Saturday.


Subject: Jimmy B.
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 13:10:25 -0500
   From: Steve R


I was having a bad day at work, boy does none of that seem to matter right now.  I met Jimmy up at SMEBoB and my initial thoughts were, man is this guy nuts.  Turns out it was a good nuts.  He was a character and just a good person.  I still thing Bryan should have lit up the road with the fuel spill. :)

I can't imagine what happened. If the reports in the paper are true, this is personally my worst nightmare.

Jimmy,  make sure you say hi to Pete for me.  I miss him and will miss you as well.

Steve in Revere, Ma

Subject: Re: Jimmy B.
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 13:51:45 -5:00
   From: Dave Morrow

Regrettably I never had the opportunity to meet Jim. The outpouring of grief and all the kind words speak volumes about his character. I wish I could have known him, he sounds like someone who could have been a great friend.

Ride on Jimmy. We'll remember you and toast to you around the fire in April.
Dave Morrow
Westlake, Ohio

Subject: Jimmy Bolin
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 18:55:37 +0000
   From: Richard Algie

Hello to all my friends on list - both those that I've met and those that I haven't yet had the pleasure to meet

Opening my email this morning has put me into a state of shock.  Partly because of the loss of a truly wonderful human being, but also from the knowledge that I will never again be in the company of Jimmy who had the special ability to turn any conversation into an event.

I was fortunate to stop lurking on the list and actually get my butt out to ride the 950km to Baker City, Oregon for the fall ride in 2002 hosted by the Devlin's.  Needless to say I was impressed that I finally found a group of people who rode hard and long - just what i was looking for.

Jimmy, of course, rode the hardest, and except for rest(ha ha) stops I hardly ever saw him.  But, when I did see him he always had a story to tell and you could see that the gleam in his eye clearly showed that he was lovin' every minute of it!

I saw him next at the Sabmag ride in BC, Canada last may.  He always held others attention with his tales and great sense of humour.  People just loved to be around him and hear him talk about anything.  You guys remember his story about the "Ratman"  Pete Springer.  Just the way his eyes lit up and his facial expression as he told us the intricacies of raising rats.  I don't think anyone else could have rolled out that story in the same way...

My last get together with Jimmy was at his "First Annual Forks Sabmag Rally and Race" ... er I mean ride and pig roast.  Now i have to tell you that i am a city boy and have never been to a pig roast.  The neighbours in my part of town would call the cops if i ever put anything larger than an 8 ounce steak on the barbeque!  So, this was a particular "Event" for me and i was greatly impressed to see that 130lb. + pig hanging off of the tailgate of that pick-up!!

We rode some of the peninsula's great roads which I had the good fortune of riding previously, however, they seemed different at maggot pace!  Jimmy was always at the front of the pack and even entertained us with a display of "clearcutting" and proceeded to use his motorcycle to strip away some of the unsightly vegetation from the side of the road.   His bike paid the price for this, but thats the kind of guy Jimmy was - always willing to help out, always willing to teach others new things...

In closing, what I learned from Jimmy is that "Its always a race" really means, life is meant to be lived fully in everything we do - our work, our play, our love, our friendship, and yes even our motorcycling.

Thank you Jimmy for teaching me and reminding me about this greatest of life's lessons.  I will remind myself of this every time i plan another adventure and the stupid fear creeps in and makes me want to stay home.  I will choose life instead because life has to be lived to be appreciated.

My dearest condolences to all your family and friends.  I will be part of any service to show appreciation and respect for Jimmy.

Goodbye Jimmy - Peace and Love


Subject: Re: Jimmy B.
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 15:07:53 -0600
   From: John Haydt

Never met Jimmy outside of a couple of e-mails.  My SMEBob plans went down the tubes last year.  Now I won't get the chance.

My condolences to all of his friends and family.

John Haydt
Lansdale, PA

Subject: Re: Jimmy Bolin - Godspeed
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 16:48:06 -0500
   From: Mark MacKinnon

I'm like John Haydt and others - never had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy in person; can't say I even exchanged a private email with him.  But you can tell a lot about a person from reading their posts, and I certainly enjoyed reading his.  It seems like only yesterday that he first joined this list (has it been over 2 years?) but he made an immediate and positive impact.  His enthusiasm for our sport, his willingness to help his fellow riders, and above all, his contagious love of life at its fullest. These were all evident in his writing and are attributes we should all aspire to.

I offer my prayers and condolences to all his family and friends, and say that we will all truly miss him.  He really was "a breed apart".

Mark MacKinnon - Sad Biker Dude

Subject: Re: Jimmy
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 21:33:42 +1100
   From: Tim Cameron


I was saddened to read about Jimmy Bolin in my email this morning. My condolences.

I never met the man, but he was a member of my group and a rider, therefore I feel I did know him.

It's a pretty sad day over this side of the world too.

Tim Cameron
Sydney, Australia

Subject: Re: Jimmy B.
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 20:02:11 -0500
   From: Martin Gerald

This past weekend I spent the weekend with my youngest following a seizure from out of the blue.  Man, is life ever precious!

I did not meet Jimmy and for that I am sorry.  I am happy to be part of this extended family, although there is occasionally pain here.

I will send out a prayer for his family and for those of us that knew him better than me.

God Bless,

Martin Gerald

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 03:03:52 -0500
   From: G Staniforth


I only met Jimmy once, last year in Vt. He was attending SMEBob and then on his way to Boston to help move his daughter IIRC. He was certainly a character and seemed to live life to the max. He will be sorely missed.  My condolenses to family and friends.

The previous year I met Pete Leahy for the first time - another great guy. This shit's gotta stop.

            Pete Staniforth

Subject: Jimmy B
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 21:44:21 -0500
   From: Woody Woodpecker

So I slept last night, not well. I tossed and turned, hoping that the news of Jimmys death was somehow wrong, that it was a bad prank gone awry, or they had the wrong Jimmy B, or the wrong SABMAG list. I was none to happy when I awoke to not find an e-mail from him explaining it all away.

I met Jimmy at SMEBOB. Up until then, all my e-mails with him were me asking just what the *&^$%^#$ he was talking about ( I never did get the PIG thing...) and him replying in a way that made me even more confused. I often commented about how all the Jimmies on the west coast were nuts. In all honesty, I don't think I was prepared to like him all that much. Instead of a nutcase, I met a man I would like very much to be like in another 16 years.

Hard working, hard playing, and *never* without a smile. Go ahead, look at any picture of him. You will find him smiling, and if you have met him, you can feel his presence in the pictures. Damn impossible not to like the guy *instantly*.

My last contact with Jimmy was when he was packing to leave. I didn't sleep that night, for a variety of reasons, and got up at 0-dark :30 to go for a ride. He was packing at the time, intent on his job, and one look at me probably made it clear that I didn't want to socialize, but a simple big ole shit eatin grin from him changed the day from dreary to bright. It went from me concentrating on my problems to concetrating on my joys that day, which it seemed Jimmy managed to do every day.

I have his card someplace, and most certainly planned on going to Wash one day.

Just to see Jimmy.

Everyone picks up a little of everyone else they meet. I want to thanks Jimmys family and friends for being such incredible people that the sum of being around them formed a man who convinced me a ride to Forks, Washington to just say hi one day. I may still do it Jimmy, just to say hi. If not, I sincerly look forward to seeing you again, somewhere, sometime, somehow. I hope your smile is as bright then as it was at 4 am in the quiet hills of Bristol, VT.

"I have fought the good fight, I have stayed my course, I have kept the faith"

Godspeed my friend, you have touched many a life, and all for the better.

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 19:43:12 -0800
   From: Mike Prestwich

Today was hard.  Things kept blurring up.

Then I'd remember something Jimmy used to say ("I never like that bike anyway.").

Or the Great Sabre Race on the way to Creston.  I was laughing so hard, I don't know how I managed to keep up with them (sort of).  I'm pretty sure that the phrase "it's always a race" came from that trip.  I remember Jimmy talking about how in ordinary traffic, when someone tries to pass, it's just a natural instinct to prevent that occurance.  Hence, it's always a race.

On the 2001 Ride to Port Hardy, I scored the "Scariest Rider" award.  How I managed to score that on any ride at which Jimmy was involved in is a mystery to me.  Maybe it's because Lynn was with him on that trip, and as a result I was usually able to keep them in the rear-view mirror (when I wasn't trying to squeeze 180 kms out of a VF750C tank).

I remember Jimmy walking into the Black Swan when most of us had already arrived and started in on the food and drink.  "JIMMY!" was my sponaneous response when I saw him.  He gave me a hug and called me a big burly beast.

At the pig roast, my front tire mysteriously lost all of its over night. Jimmy left the group and went back to the house with me so we could track down the problem.  After we sorted things out, we went back to the restaurant for breakfast.  Everyone else had finished, but Jimmy sat down with me and made sure I had a good meal to set me off on my 600 mile return journey.  He gave me another hug, called me a big burly beast again, and I set out - with no idea that that would be the last time I would see him.

Jimmy, ride on, brother.  Ride on.

Mike Prestwich
My eyes are sore.

Subject: Jimmy
   Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 20:33:54 -0800
   From: David Farris

I first got to know Jimmy through his posts and I've got to admit I initially thought he was certifiable. Then I got to know him personally. It is hard to imagine a more generous, genuine, laid back while living life to the fullest guy. If that doesn't make sense neither does this news.

This one hurts.