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I just heard that Bob Myers, founder and longtime owner of Free State Cycles, in Bladensburg, MD, has passed away. Bob played a key role in the history of Triumph motorcycles, both through his sponsorship of many great racers, and as the representative of US Triumph dealers in the negotiations between Triumph factory management and workers in the mid-'70s. Motorcycling has lost one of its finest men. Godspeed, Bob.

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Free State Cycle started out in Wheaton, Maryland, where I had many fantasies 'riding' the showroom models.

In September 1965, after the shop had moved to Bladensburg, Bob sold me my first NEW Triumph - a 1966 Bonneville. The sticker price was $1,165 and he gave me $200 trade-in for my old '53 6T.

I remember Bob as a really great guy who took the time to explain some of the finer points of maintaining that magnificent motorcycle to me, a green 18-year-old. You couldn't find anyone more enthusiastic about motorcycling and motorcycle racing.

Ride on, Bob, ride on.





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Did not know the man but the old masters are moving on.


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Rest In Peace , Bob Myers. A true Triumph man. I'm glad John H had his story of how he helped save Meriden told in Vintage Bike magazine a few years back. I'm sorry I never had the privilege of meeting this fine gent.


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It is often strange how things that seem so unrelated work out in the end.

If it wasn't for Bob you wouldn't see John Bloor's Triumph on the road today.

When Gary Nixon was still "wet behind his ears" Bob took him into his home and gave him a job so he could race motorcycles.

When the Big 4 dealers needed someone to head the national dealers group to negotiate with the Fed's and the manufacturers, Bob volunteered to do the job (Bob was also a Honda dealer).

It was Bob who organized and presented the proof to Sir Christopher Chataway that he did the wrong thing when when he gave BSA to Dennis Poore knowing that Poore's intention was to stop production of the Bonneville and close Meriden.

Bob was a friend to many and generous with his time whether it be an 18 year old or an 80 year old. He was an avid runner. Some of you might remember Chataway as the rabbit in the race where Roger Banister broke the sub 4 minute mile barrier. It was on early morning runs around London that Bob and Chris did their serious negotiations over the future of Meriden.

Bob will be missed by his family and the many who called him a friend...

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I was pleased to see Mick Duckworth gave a mention to Bob in his recent CB article. I hope Bob saw that and appreciated that what he did in respect of Meriden was still remembered.


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