This weeks message will not cover my activities of the week, but instead
will take a moment to reflect on the loss of a friend.
Anyone in the motorcycle world knew John Parham for at least one reason if
not many. He began J&P Cycles from a home garage and used his passion for
the industry along with his marketing brilliance to create a brand known
and loved by many. To say he was soft spoken, yet driven would be an
understatement and I always got the notion that despite his few spoken words, his
mind was going full-tilt every second of the day. A wry smile illustrated
his pleasure with a thought or idea but seldom did he display much more than
that in the decades of knowing him. Not only did he prove his business
acumen in the motorcycle universe, his skills as a collector had few
competitors. The array of machines and related memorabilia located at The National
Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA is well worth the time for the trek.
We lost John this past week after his long struggle with pulmonary
fibrosis, and after a lung transplant in 2010 we got to enjoy his company for an
addition 7 years.
John will be missed by all who knew him and I am not alone is wishing his
Wife Jill his son Zack and all of the Parham crew the best of wishes.
The image seen today was captured on the grounds of the J&P Cycles complex
many years ago and appears to share my sentiment felt by his passing...
Keep the shiny side up my friend...
Pictures and Words