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Started by GDUBMX, December 03, 2015, 08:47:52 am

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Last of the true "works" bikes... Doug Henrys YZM400 !!

Doug Henry's 1997 YZM400F by Tony Blazier, on Flickr

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Quote from: mxcobra on December 18, 2015, 07:43:58 pm
Last of the true "works" bikes... Doug Henrys YZM400 !!

Doug Henry's 1997 YZM400F by Tony Blazier, on Flickr




That bike was the entire reason I wanted anything to do with motocross as a young man... I remember when they were brand new, and all the hilarious commentary during the supercross season when it made its debut. Calling it a tractor, and talking about how funny it sounded. Boy did the laughing stop right about mid season too! Haha, those memories will be with me all my life.

In early 2012 I had high hopes of acquiring one and doing some offroad riding with my dad (he was on the hunt for a DT400, his dream dirt machine from when he was a young man) and we pined over the ads on craigslist, spent many a morning sipping coffee and talking about all the trail systems and places we would go and ride our "tuning fork, four hundreds". By late August of 2012 I had found "the one", a used, but not very abused '99 YZ400F, and I had the means to acquire it, the deal was made, and I was going to make full payment and take possession of it by October (a good friend came into it on a trade and didn't like it, was willing to hold on to it for me for a bit so I could work out space to store it and get my trailer from another friends house).

By the end of September everything had changed, I tragically lost my dad to an errant driver crossing the center line attempting to turn into a driveway, my dad was beyond the threshold to be able to slow down on his motorcycle and the impact took his life. I remember the phone call, I remember the day, and I remember thinking to myself, "What in the holy hell am I going to do when I have to pick up this YZ400F?? Where am I going to ride it? Who am I going to ride with?"... my world was devastated, I was reeling with heart ache, and I knew that stupid Yamaha would be the last conversation my dad and I had about motorcycles. So I picked it up and cried on the way home knowing it would never be joined by a '70's DT400, and, I've had it since October of 2012, and I've put at most, 5 hours in the saddle. Not that I don't want to ride it, but I want every ride I take to be worth it, to give back that little bit of time I spent with the old man talking bikes over coffee or beer, and to give me those moments that we would have had together. Even if it's just me, a long winding trail, and tree's passing the bark busters at 50mph on the rear wheel in south Wisconsin sand, I know he is there, tagging along behind watching me set the pace.  :)









Watching McGrath absolutely thrash on a Honda CR250 probably had a ton to do with my love of motocross bikes as well.  ;D

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Wow Grimm, a very moving story. The relationship with my father is exactly  the same.  It's motocross and bikes in general that keep us talking haha.
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March 27, 2016, 02:32:42 pm #22 Last Edit: March 27, 2016, 04:27:30 pm by StoneRider


grimm your story broke my heart.. i called my father just after i read it and just realised how lucky i am. We have a big project on a 125gn to make it a street tracker ^^. it's not MX but... it's love of motorcycle. And it surely saved our relationship at some points. Got to keep it strong. the passion. i'm going to ride with him this week end. It didn't happened since years... ^^ thanks grimm

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Quote from: gdubmx on March 12, 2016, 10:46:33 pm
Wow Grimm, a very moving story. The relationship with my father is exactly  the same.  It's motocross and bikes in general that keep us talking haha.


Quote from: StoneRider on March 27, 2016, 02:32:42 pm
grimm your story broke my heart.. i called my father just after i read it and just realised how lucky i am. We have a big project on a 125gn to make it a street tracker ^^. it's not MX but... it's love of motorcycle. And it surely saved our relationship at some points. Got to keep it strong. the passion. i'm going to ride with him this week end. It didn't happened since years... ^^ thanks grimm



Dunno why I even shared that, but, it seems whenever I do tell anyone about that story they feel the gravity of life itself and the compelling urge to maintain whatever relationship they can with their father. For 15 years (he was my adoptive father) Brian and I didn't get along so well, and through all the trying times and the rough points, the one thing we both cherished in this world more than almost anything else, was two wheels. I came from a "true street" freestyle BMX background, and he was a farm boy with an old Yamaha Enduro through the same era of his life, so we both knew what two wheels being everything in life was all about. After all the BS'ing of him not having a clue how to raise a teenage boy, and me wanting nothing more than to be like the outlaw bikers I had grown up around until meeting Brian, the knee dragging, dirt riding, hooligan that he was, I had no prior knowledge of the world of motorcycles the way he showed it to me. As my teenage years came to a close we had found common ground through a few old Honda twins, and a XS650 basket case.

All through my 20's we traded riding stories and became rather fond of one another both as people, and as riders. The six months leading up to his death, we spent alot of time together both riding and just hanging out. The 3 months before his death I moved back to my parents place for alot of reasons, and brought my first "clean" build along with me, a '93 (893cc) CBR900RR streetfighter, and him and I became very close, talked about alot of things I never thought we would ever discuss and learned alot about each other that really brought to light why we butted heads like a couple of rams on a hillside for so many years. We got to close out his life, see it right through to the end, with no loose ends, nothing unsaid, a few things we didn't get to do, but thus is life, there is never enough time to accomplish it all, so we shoot for the stars and hope we land somewhere closer to there than to where we began.

2 weeks before, I had just gotten home from a ride to take some pictures of the Fireblade, closed the shop door, and Brian was working on his BMW (the one he was riding the day he passed) and I had said something to the effect of how overpowered and hilariously wheelie prone a naked 900RR is, and somewhere in the exchange about bikes I was about to pull my helmet off and he laughed a hearty, truly great laugh, and I happened to have the GoPro running. For some reason the still frame got uploaded and I lost the footage in a HD crash, but at least I have this memory frozen in time, one of the last times I made the old man throw his head back and howl with laughter at something goofy I had said.






On topic, firing up the YZ after some winter slumber, digging out the 900RR too after the swingarm/wheel swap was done.

Quote from: PiBoSo on March 13, 2017, 12:03:51 am

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