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Motorcycle USA Loses Friend Eric Beaman

Saturday, June 5, 2010



Motorcycle USA lost a friend when Eric Beaman of Southern California Ducati passed away last week.
Motorcycle USA suffered a loss last week when our friend Eric Beaman of Southern California Ducati passed away. For those of you who didn’t know Eric was SoCal’s lead mechanic and the man responsible for prepping and maintaining all of the Ducati test bikes we’ve used for comparisons and reviews in the past few years.
 
Eric loved Ducatis. And when I say loved, I mean the guy literally bled for Ducati. He was so passionate about the brand he owned not just one bike but two. While he would often commute on his Ducati 999 Superbike, his real baby was an air-cooled Sport Classic Paul Smart edition. He was also a certified Ducati encyclopedia. He knew everything about how to care for and maintain these Italian bikes and was the man to see if you had a problem with yours.

But above all, Eric was just a good dude. You know the kind that remembers your name immediately after the first time he meets you. The guy who always greets you with a smile and a firm handshake each and every time you see them. And that guy who could always make you laugh with a tale of motorcycling hi-jinks.

Every time I dropped by to pickup or drop off a bike the guy was always working—usually wrenching on high-end models like the 848/1098/1198 Superbikes or the Desmosedici D16RR. Being a fellow motor head, I was always curious about what he was attempting to repair. Sometimes I would just examine a part of the bike and wonder why it was engineered that way. And even though he was guts deep inside the engine he always happy to take the time to chit chat.

I remember drooling over his 999, a motorcycle that you just don’t see many of these days, and we’d laugh that the reason why it wasn’t more popular was that its styling was just too ahead of its time. I appreciated that he was one of those die hard enthusiasts who kept on riding it even though it was deemed obsolete and replaced by a newer version.

Considering the nature of our job and that we’re constantly riding bikes quite often at break neck speeds, I sometimes wonder if the person that worked on the bike had torqued important components like the axles and brake calipers. But if it was a Ducati that meant Eric had prepped it and that it was 100% guaranteed to perform perfectly which of course they always did.
 
In celebration of Eric’s life Southern California Ducati will be hosting a memorial service at its Brea, California headquarters on Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Donations can be made to his family c/o Katheline Beaman at the address below. Rest in peace Eric we miss you brother.

Memorial Service Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Southern California Ducati
515-535 West Lambert Road
Brea, California 92821
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Steve Atlas - Exec Ed - MotoUSA -Eric Beaman June 7, 2010 01:59 PM
As Adam so well put it, Eric was not only a great mechanic but was an even better friend. One who would bend over backwards for a total stranger just as he would for a close friend. Whether working with him countless times on Ducati-related projects for the magazine or just quickly picking up the occasional test bike, it was always a pleasure when Eric was involved. He was one of 'The Good Ones' as they say, and I will miss our friendship and working relationship greatly.

Good Speed Eric!

-Steve Atlas
Executive Editor
Motorcycle-USA

Lourdes -Amigo June 5, 2010 06:36 PM
It is very hard to meet someone that leaves such a strong impression in our life, and when we do is very hard to accept that it was their turn to part, Eric will always make you laugh with his honest words and part of him will always be around...thank you for the good times little one...we will miss you!!!! and never forget it BE-A-MAN!!!
tommy tear -thoughs cut short June 5, 2010 06:13 PM
well written my friend -& to you my friend eric - it was a pleasure sharing time with you & the people you brought into our equation.from the funny roommate stints,watching my kid grow up,sharing joe strummer /lee ving to hawaiian slide sling & yes passing out together enjoying painting your face while being passed out,you made & created a never forgetful chapter in my life.here is a toast & a squeeky smile to you & your new crew - enjoy & thank you - you will be missed brother
Dennis -Friend June 5, 2010 12:25 PM
Beaman was my friend . You always knew were you stood with him . Kind heart and just a all around nice guy even after I bought a Metric bike ! You'll be missed . PS , say hello to Elvis for me Dude .
Cyndy Knauss -VP Finance, So Cal Ducati June 5, 2010 12:19 PM
Thank you Adam for the wonderful article. Eric was loved and we miss him so much. Our family at So Cal will never be the same.
Tony Lam -Parts Department, SoCal Ducati June 5, 2010 12:05 PM
Thank you Adam. We can't express how much we appreciate your kind words. He truly was the best at his craft.
TJ Jackson -Service Manager So Cal Ducati June 5, 2010 11:43 AM
Adam,

Well written you nailed it, we will miss him.
Trevor Dyck -Service Writer, SoCal Ducati June 5, 2010 11:39 AM
Great article Adam, thank you.