Motorcycle USA Loses Friend Eric Beaman
Saturday, June 5, 2010
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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