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I am very sorry to inform all of Richard Elarde (Mr. Zoom)'s BMWST friends that he passed away.  Rich collapsed while working out at his gym this morning and could not be revived.

 

Rich and I joined the BMWST board within 6 months of each other in 2002.  He and his wife Ady lived near Chicago at that time where he was an independent Snap-on tool salesman.  Rich retired, and they moved a couple of years ago to Tulsa, OK.

 

Rich was an extremely friendly guy that enjoyed riding and sharing a meal and conversation with everyone!  He and I first met at one of the El Paseo BMWST events and often rode together at many BMWST events over the past 16 years.  I, like many others, will truly miss him!

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marcopolo

Like Bob, I was saddened to learn of Rich's death today.  While I didn't know him well, I had ridden with him several times, most recently at last summer's UnRally in South Dakota.  Rich was a quiet, modest guy.  He certainly enjoyed participating in the Board's riding events, and I understand that his wife said today that he was very much looking forward to going to this year's START.  Rest In Peace, Rich.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet you.  We will certainly have a toast to your memory in Sparta two weeks from now.

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Kinsley

I will miss Rich's smile and joyful attitude when he came to our gatherings and he was humble and always a pleasure to have a conversation with.

When we last saw each other I told him I almost didn't recognize him because he looked so good. He said he had been working out and felt great.

He will be missed.

If anyone has a photo please post it.

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Indy Dave

Ken Martin sent along these two photos of Rich from the Rubber Chicken Rally in 2011.

 

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TEWKS

Very sorry to hear this terrible news. I never actually met Richard but, we were online friends for sure. :(

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Indy Dave

I first met Rich at an ART - Bernie introduced me to 'Mr. Zoom' and we shared a meal together in a larger group. While I didn't know Rich well, we did have several interactions through the board. I think our off board communication began with audio systems and at the time, I was painting my garage. That peaked Rich's interest and he sent photos of his very nice garage he'd recently finished! Rich was always warm, conversational and quite friendly. Rich had varied interests, and that let to many off-line interactions that were always marked by his trademark enthusiasm, helpful and encouraging words.
 

At the UN last year, I was up early on my first day, tweaking my bike. It was dawn and I didn't expect to see anyone out and about. Rich was up as well and spotted me in the parking lot and came over. We had a nice 30 minute chat before the rest of the world came alive. We communicated again once we got home and we both confessed that we had a hard time putting some names with faces at the UN, only to remember later who someone was.
 

Shortly after I bought my camhead, Rich reached out and spent quite a lot of time giving me tips and pointers on the bike. That was his way and I know I'm just one of many who benefited from Rich's active participation on our community.

 

My last correspondence with Rich was a little more than a week ago. He'd downloaded the routes for START and was very excited to hit the road for Sparta. He'd just completed some work on his bike and was going to take it on a quick shakedown ride. Rich shared that he and Marcopolo had ridden at the UN and that Mark had gone over some GPS pointers and he was excited to put those pointers to work on his way to Sparta.

 

Apart from Rich's warmth, when I think of Rich, I think of how he lived up to his board name 'mrzoom'. Now that he lived in Tulsa, Rich had some serious distance to travel to get the the ART's. And true to his name, I was always amazed at how quickly he would make the trip back home! Rich was going to make the 1000 mile trip to Sparta without a second thought, and no doubt he would have done it in record time.


 

Godspeed, my friend.

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TEWKS

An email Richard sent me after one of my many posts regarding my fascination with cafe faired bikes. I think he may have shared some of the pics here but don't recall reading the back story. Wish I got to know him better.

 

Hi Pat,
 
I was able to find some old slides of the old Kaws.
Wow brings back great memories. I guess I've never left any of my rides alone.
Always modifying and trying something new. How I did all of this and worked is beyond me.
Wish I had that energy now!!
Before internet it was a lot harder to build stuff. Magazines, a friend of  a friend that knew a guy that might have done such and such to a bike and so on.
 
You will see the progression of my 73 900 from mild to race bike.
 
First picture.
After a weekend of work my friend, who owned the Kaw shop, and I built our
900's to look like this.
Notice the dual disc brakes, stock was a single one. Relocated calipers
to the rear by swapping lower slides and building custom lines.
Kaw offered a kit which included a bigger master to accommodate the 2d caliper.
Fairing was from England as were the clip ons. British cafe racers were the thing
over there then. Rear sets were modified from somewhere. Notice we still have the
rear drum brake and lost the chrome fenders. Koni rear shocks.
 
Progression to WOW show bike. Big 7 gal tank and worlds most uncomfortable seat.
Probly a BMW prototype!!! Wheels are Morris mags with Plasma aluminum rotors.Gussed
frame to try to improve the handling.
Rear disc brake now. Warmed up the motor with a Yosh 1015 cc kit with slipper 
pistons, 10.5 to 1. Yosh 4 into one and a set of 29mm smooth bore carbs. Andrews stage
2 degreed cams .I took the head to a shop in Detroit for a 4 angle valve job with a little clean up of the ports.
Later mods included electronic ignition, exell coils and total later total loss ignition  with shaved and cut alternator cover.
This thing was fast. Too bad I didn't really know to ride it fast. A fun 4 years of racing
until the big get off at Indianapolis raceway park turn one. Really messed my shoulder
up on that one.
 
During that time I always had 5 to 10 Kaw 900's/ 1000's in my garage for spares and fix ups to sell to support the habit. I also was a tuner for a good friend that was a great rider. We ran a warmed over "stock" 900 in endurance races too.
Too bad I ran 1 to 3 seconds slower that the rest of the team so I didn't get much seat time.
Did I mention I had a lot of energy then???
 
Sold all race stuff in 77 and rode  1000Z shaft for touring. With a  Vetter fairing of course.
 
Then the Big Boy KZ1300's. Had 3 of them. Picture is of a 1979 or 80 ?? A 1982 black with this fairing and Samsonite bags was 800 lbs of touring pleasure that I rode till 2001 wen I bought a R1100 RT.
 
The 73 Dodge was the track truck. Tricked out with all the right stuff of the day. Note CB...
 
So that's it ,a little trip down memory lane.
 
Oh the 67 Sport Satellite?? The car after all the drag race cars I had.
Another story for another time.
 
Rich
 
So that's it.
 
 
 

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Chris K

Godspeed Rich! I will miss your smiling face and great conversation. Like Bob I first met Rich at an El Paseo many years ago. 

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John Ranalletta

Great guy.  Didn't know him well, but a loss to all.

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DaveCinNO

I guess I've known Rich for at least 10 years meeting at various events over the years.  He rode with Endo and I at the 2016 Un from Salida almost to Wyoming before heading off to visit friends/family.  He rode his ride, never getting pulled into riding over his head.  I was always amazed at how well he handled an RT being even more inseam challenged than I am.  He was a fun guy, always in a pleasant mood and never had anything bad to say about anyone.  Gonna miss you, Rich.

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Calvin  (no socks)

I met him at one of the early  El Paseo gatherings in Cherokee.  He had a Snap-On franchise in Chi town. On one ride I was ahead of him for  a short while on Happy Valley Rd. I was slowing the group. At the bottom he kindly commented, "nice lines".  I will miss him. 

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TyTass

Agreed with all ... he was a super nice guy ... a very good representative of this community, often driving long distances to meet up and ride with new and old friends alike. I will miss him for certain. 

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Indy Dave
On 1/8/2019 at 10:41 AM, mrzoom said:

Back in the day there were 2 Tops "Big Boys Drive Inn's in two towns about 15 miles apart. Every weekend the gang I hung with would cruse our street race cars back and forth between them. Eat, hey we were kids, check out the other town's girls do a little racing and so forth.

Ah the cars. 55-57 Chevy's, 427 Fords, 421 Pontiac's, 409's and me in my built to the hilt Mopar , home built rods and more. :thumbsup:

How we all survived doing stupid street racing stuff amazes me.

Sure liked the Big Boy burgers :clap: You had to order food or the cop would tell you to move along.

 

Pat - thanks for sharing the email. Rich also posted this form the Sparta START thread in a brief discussion of Big Boys. Rich certainly had a skill and passion for modifying machines - he was very talented!

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Endobobdds

I spoke again with Ady, Rich's wife, who is doing amazingly well under the circumstances.  She told me that Rich viewed the BMWST community as his "family" and that he was looking forward to attending both START and UnRally this year.  

 

Ady told me that Rich and she had arranged to have their bodies donated for medical purposes and she will not likely get Rich's ashes back for about 6 months.  No funeral services are planned.  However, Ady and her son have requested that once they have his ashes they would like to come to one of our BMWST events to meet with some of his friends and distribute the ashes.

I told Ady to contact me once she has Riches ashes and I would take the lead on finding the best event or venue where a gathering of Rich's friends might meet Aby and their son and participate in the distribution of his ashes.

 

 

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Bill_Walker

I met him when he came out to San Diego in 2007.  A very nice guy.  This is me, Rich, and Russell in Borrego Springs, while Russell was trying to solve an electrical problem on his Tuono:

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He contacted me when he was out here in 2017, but I wasn't able to get together.  I'm very sorry to hear he's gone.

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MikeB60

Damn, cant say I knew Rich very well but we did shoot the bull at a few events.  Dyanne and I ate lunch with Rich at Telico Plains at last year's FART, really a nice guy.  Hate to hear of his passing.

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Marty Hill

Met Rich many years ago at Chicago BMW.  He would ride south with me for a few miles and have lunch, then ride back to chitown as I continued south.

Was looking fwd to seeing him in NC next week.

 

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