RIP WES COOLEY

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  1. jimroid

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    wpbarlow Long timer Supporter

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    Damn, 65 is too young.

    Hell of a racer; and from what I've read, a good man.
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  4. mminob

    mminob MotoHolic

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    RIP , he was one of the inspirational racers that led me to buy a Suzuki GS 4 cylinder, and blast around the canyon roads in the 80's... With a Yosh pipe of course !
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    Never like hearing news like this.

    First saw him racing his white Suzi with large blue "VETTER" lettering on the tank at Ontario Motor Speedway around 1980. It was an endurance race. Seeing him power wheelie leaving the pits was impressive.
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  6. Ray916MN

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    Instrumental in the birth of Superbike racing (AMA 1979 and 1980 Superbike champion) , Wes raced before it paid enough to live on for the joy of racing. His contemporaries (eg. Eddie Lawson) went on to fame and riches while he retired from racing to become a male nurse. He resurfaced in the motorcycle community after a long absence on the Suzuki GS forum in 2016 where he was surprised anyone remembered him. Through the forum he was reconnected and brought back to the mainstream of the community serving as the Grand Marshall for AMA Vintage Days and the Barber Vintage Festival in 2017. A humble class act, he will be missed... RIP Wes.
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    Def an inspiration for my dabbling in superbike and F4 WERA in the early 80's. I did my pitiful best in my Wes Cooley Arai helmet. Regret not having kept it on the shelf :-(
    Godspeed Wes...

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    RiderGary Been here awhile

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    RIP Wes.
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    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    A fan and loved the old superbikes. Hard to realize he was actually younger than me. Godspeed...
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  10. BaddAndy

    BaddAndy Been here awhile

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    RIP

    One of my permanent reminders of those times.

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  11. jimroid

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    RIP Wes. Motivation to finish restoring my 1979 GS1000E. I know what livery it will have.
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    Ride on fella.


    First winner of Suzuka 8 Hour. On this bike.

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  14. bearorso

    bearorso All Bikes are ADVs

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    RIP Wes.

    One of The Greats of the formative years of Superbike racing.

    Who then went into THE Most Honourable, and Important of professions on this Earth - that of Nursing. I'm sure he was as good at that calling, as he was a racer.

    Same age as I am, and his passing really reinforces that I need to address my own diabetic, and other, health issues.
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    DeSelbyofDalkey Been here awhile

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    Rider Magazine puts it well: "Cooley will always be remembered for changing the face of AMA Superbike racing in its formative years, but he was also a fan favorite throughout his racing career, a guy who always took the time to connect with fans."

    Godspeed Wes.
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  16. SCPancho

    SCPancho Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    A good guy. Spent some time with him in the pits at Pocono in 82. Actually he was friendlier to my wife, but talked to us a long time. Great racer.
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    Makes me sad
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    I liked his racing determination and nice SUZY

    GS
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    Wow I just found this out about Wes, mortality, sad to hear,but lets celebrate his life! Still have a 1978 GS 1000, with a Yoshimura engine, and yosh hand bent pipe, lester wheels, time to get it out of the back of the garage...RIP
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    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    The classic shot, something good to remember about Wes Cooley

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  20. Foot dragger

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    I was at Laguna Seca from 1976 on thru the stages of the Superbike years. Wes always on the edge always pinned.
    Very sorry to hear of his passing.
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