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Old 02-14-2020, 08:05 PM   #41
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I spent many days working out of his little lock-up garage in Bristol, a swarf-strewn, oily rag filled place, with old carpets on the floor and boxes of bits on every surface. Those bits included all the genius ideas he had for improving or just blinging up the mighty Thou.
"swarf-strewn" I love this description!
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Old 02-15-2020, 01:25 AM   #42
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"swarf-strewn" I love this description!
Fitty, you should have seen it. It was like a bomb had gone off in there! Incredible that such a messy workplace should be the birthplace of such beautifully finished bikes.

I'll never forget some of Luke's paint schemes, like his early pale blue 'Indian Chief Headress' FZ1 or the red/black/silver chequered version that looked like he'd ridden the bike straight through a clothes line with 80's period bedding covers hanging on it. However, his red pearl/silver flake FZ1 Gen 1 with the VFR swingarm was just pure class. It took a few years for his colour palette to mature, you might say.

The ideas he came up with were never-ending. To quote Butch Cassidy:

"I have vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals."

What a guy.
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:32 AM   #43
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I remember seeing pictures of all those bikes. Thanks again!
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:52 AM   #44
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I first met Luke back in 2003 when he brought his Fazer Thou to me to have Ivan's slip-on kit fitted. His was probably the third or fourth installation I did. Back then he was a big guy, if you get my drift. Suffice to say that the stock rear shock wasn't up to Luke's specifications.

He lived just the other side of town from me and the next time I saw him, he'd installed a nitrous kit on the bike and had it over-bored to 1060cc. Figure 170bhp at the rear wheel when he hit the gas button. Still on stock suspension. Fair to say that Luke wasn't too fussed about dragging pegs but liked straightline 'go'.

We saw each other on and off numerous times in the following years, even though I'd moved to Spain in 2004. Every Gen 1 he bought - and there were many - he got me to 'Ivanize' for him, even though his spannering skills were superior to mine. I spent many days working out of his little lock-up garage in Bristol, a swarf-strewn, oily rag filled place, with old carpets on the floor and boxes of bits on every surface. Those bits included all the genius ideas he had for improving or just blinging up the mighty Thou.

Dogged with health issues for all the time I knew him, I never once heard him complain. He just took what life threw at him and looked to make it better, for himself and for his family. His love for Sue and his kids was clear to see, as strong as his love for life.

There was no such thing as 'can't be done' in Luke's mindset. Got a health problem? Deal with it. Want a holiday in the USA? Make it happen. Feel like fitting a single-side swingarm to Fazer Thou? Get 'er done! We've all seen the amazing things he did with his bikes, and not just the Fazers. He just loved taking something and making it better. Better looking, better performing, better to own. He was proud of his creations but very modest about his achievements.

His local motorcycle main dealership almost banned him from their sales floor because he was forever there measuring up suspension units and trying to figure out which shock or whatever could be grafted on to his latest project. The R6 shock mod which hundreds of us now enjoy came about from Luke scrabbling around underneath pretty much every mark of sportsbike that Fowlers had in stock.

I could go on recalling the feats of this great guy and those who were lucky enough to know him will have similar stories to tell. Our lives are richer for having known him. There's a permanent parking place in my memory for Luke and his machines.

Speed on the straights, mate, easy on the curves. Smooth tarmac and warm rides from here on in.

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I did not know Luke or any of his antics that you described in a very detailed way thanks for that.

I often wondered who was the one who thought of the R6 shock mod that I have done to both of my FZ 1's.

He sounds like a really cool guy full of life who never complained reminds me a lot of my best friend who I recently lost Don...

My condolences go to Luke's family and friends...
The Good die Young....
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:51 PM   #45
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Another bummer. Too sad and too soon.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:19 PM   #46
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Well carp, just read this. Sad to hear, and am grateful to have met Luke at the '13 rally. Excellent conversation and no doubt, the things he could do with bikes and such. I have one of the Yama logo sprocket covers he made. Good stuff.

RIP Luke!
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Old 02-16-2020, 08:41 PM   #47
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The Good ones go away too soon. RIP. And so many of them to cancer over the years ... Fvck Cancer!

He is on my FB and saw a recent post celebrating his 60th B'Day from the hospital with all of his family. Breaks my heart!
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Very sorry to read this news. Rest in Peace, Luke.
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Old 02-17-2020, 11:04 AM   #49
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Sad news indeed. I was at rallies with him. Too young.

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So sorry to read this. I think of him every time I see the custom frame plugs on my bike. RIP Devilsyam.
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:01 PM   #51
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Always tough to lose one of our fellow riders. RIP.
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Old 02-18-2020, 03:46 PM   #52
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Godspeed Luke.
I never met him, did enjoy talking with him here and bought a load of his
quality machined bling for the old war horse (FZ1). Thought I'd pay him and
the FZ1OA a visit, though I only ride bicycles now for old guy health reasons.
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