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Karl Duffner - RIP #345380
11/27/10 5:00 pm
11/27/10 5:00 pm
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Ron - in California R.I.P. Offline OP
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Oh my..another Goldie Guy gone.. I met Karl a few times... he was a true rider.. He looked and acted a lot younger.. And yes he rode bikes other than his Goldie, but... check out this link, you tell me what bike was his favorite..

Ron

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Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345393
11/27/10 6:13 pm
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Really nice guy! First time I meet him was at the 2006 BSA rally in Massachusetts .. He certainly enjoyed life....Thats what I want people to say when I kick the bucket.


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Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345406
11/27/10 8:09 pm
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Karl Duffner was a unique individual with a life-long romance with motorcycles. His BMWs, Harley Sportster, and especially his highly modified BSA Gold Star were all meticulously maintained and ridden. Karl always supported the OVBSAOC and came to most of its events. We'll all miss following him on our rides and listening to his Goldie "sing." RIP, my friend.


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Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345437
11/28/10 1:20 am
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I hate to hear that ... I knew it was coming soon and am glad his suffering is over, although it seemed to happen to him so "young". Three-score-and-ten isn't supposed to seem "young", but it did for Karl! The man had a real zest for life and was great to talk to at rallies and shows - I saw him at almost any one I ever went to.

I wish more people could be like he was. I love that tombstone - while that's standing, he sure won't be forgotten!

Lannis


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Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345454
11/28/10 4:06 am
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Wow, the memorial stone work is very impressive. What a great marker and no drips ever! Sounds like many of the swap show visitors I see year after year always with a small bag of finds each making the smile bigger. What a tribute and compliment to BSA as well.
Left his mark it seems!
Steve


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Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345455
11/28/10 4:41 am
11/28/10 4:41 am
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Karl will be missed .As many have said,he was a regular at the OVBSAOC rallies and he and his bikes never failed to draw a crowd ,they both stood out in a crowd of characters and nice bikes.I remember the first time I saw him , he blew past me on the freeway at well over the ton,I barely got a look at his bike and made it a point to look him up.I was still sorta new to BSA and at that time I figured the goldies rep was all hype and history , his bike brought truth to a lotta the myths I had heard. I believe he would have liked this website but he struck me as the kinda guy who didn't have time for any cyber nonsense.

FWIW-BONZO


Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345468
11/28/10 9:56 am
11/28/10 9:56 am
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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Oh my this is sad news indeed

Karl made a big impression on me at BSAOC rally in Brimfield.
He was a humble guy and smiled when people enjoyed his bike.
As Bonzo said he did not use internet. After my arrival back in Sweden I wrote an article about the journey to Brimfield and Karl made the newsletter cover. See below it's almost the same as on his grave stone. I sent a newsletter copy to Karl and some BSA club regalia as thanks and he replied with an inspiring letter. Even his letter paper was inspiring had a BSA Gold Star printed on it and it read From The Desk of an Enthusiast.

Karls business card read:
" Karl Duffner Rides Them, He Doesn't Hide Them ".

R.I.P.

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Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345491
11/28/10 1:27 pm
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Sigh, another good one gone.....

Godspeed Karl....may the roads you travel be twisty so you can make that GS sing....

I also met Karl at the OVBSAOC events, he was a regular until his health had started to slip...even though he did make one final trip after he knew the prognosis. But he never complained.

Karl was a rider, he really didn't have time for people who had vintage bikes and didn't ride them.

I remember a memorable ride from Toronto, down Rt 7, up CR 56 and up the hill to the Dinor..... Karl, Tarvin, RT, and myself....we spent a fair amount of time near the ton on Rt 7 shocked grin ....

Godspeed Karl.....


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Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Rich B] #345572
11/29/10 1:03 am
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Met Karl in the late 60's at an enduro in South Jersey. Rode his show quality sportster down there in the driving rain on a dirt road. Next time I saw him was 2 weeks later and the sporty looked brand new again. Always riding and a great guy....he'll be missed


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Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345580
11/29/10 2:11 am
11/29/10 2:11 am
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Sorry to hear the news of Karl's passing. I knew Karl for many years as he was usually at the OVBSA rallys on one of his beautiful bikes which he rode a extensivly. He was also a kind and careing guy. I once had my '54 Horex Resident at the meet,and Karl,was really interested in it,enough so that he sent me a rather expensive German magazine which featured the Horex. The pictures were top quality,but of course I had a bit of trouble reading the stories. I still have the mag in my Horex folder. RIP Karl my friend. Dick

Re: Karl Duffner - RIP [Re: Ron - in California R.I.P.] #345647
11/29/10 7:21 pm
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I also remember riding with Karl. And talking with him. His GS could still be in 1st while I was going to 3rd on an A65 if he wanted. Munch Mammoth front brake. He will be missed.


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