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Discussion in 'Racing' started by jimroid, Oct 21, 2021.
Wes always seemed to have a smile on his face. Obviously loved racing!
Those Yosh Suzuki's of the day were just radical sounding and looking. Was always neat at Laguna to see who came out first after the fog lifted.
More often than not it would be a Yoshimura bike often with Wes on it.
Laguna was about my first road trip sans parents right after High School. Big parties,crazy trips.
Wes was not my favorite rider. Yes he was an excellent rider , yes he was fast . It's just that I rode a Kawasaki and here he was beating them on those upstart Suzuki.
R.I.P. great rider and human being.
I had the first year GS750 Suzuki,and rode it to Laguna once or twice. I ended up not having a nearby house to sleep at,and ended up camping with a group of partying Suzuki riders at the the track. Wet and foggy and sleeping wrapped up in some plastic I found.
The Salad days.
(The Kawasaki's were the "smoking junk" going around as I remember) Except for Eddie Lawson's.
Wes Cooley... one of the most iconic names and faces of American Superbike racing of the 70's and 80's...
He will be remembered by his fans and competitors alike for his fantastic career - both on and off the bikes.
RIP, ride on Wes...
Always loved him and his Yosh Suzkukis. I bought a new GS1000C when it came out in '78 at age 20 ($2,749), and later restored a Wes Cooley edition '80 GS1000S. Great bikes and greater racer. RIP Wes.