DOH! I'm the one that wrote that original message about Keith, but had no idea how it got out of my RC51 forum...
Keith's funeral was Thursday & the turn out was impressive & touching to say the least. I am still at a loss for words & my direction in the world of sportbikes is not totally clear. My whole life revolves around this sport, but I have been given a graphic reminder to the inherent dangers of what we do. Many of the activities I attended with the MSSR were predicated on Keith's involvement & many times if he was not participating I didn't either.
Keith was my friend & mentor & although I still feel the desire to continue on in search of excellence & enjoyment in riding as I know he would want us to do, something is definitely missing from my drive. I hope that in time I will regain the interest & fervor that has pushed me all these years, but not at the expense of my memories of Keith. His demeanor & tutelage is a strong part of who I am today as I have always wanted to be like him in many respects. He was one of those guys that was just a natural leader & his poise instantly commanded respect. I know it sounds corny, but just standing next to him you knew you were in the presence of greatness on many different levels.
No one person will ever be able to fill his shoes, but it is my greatest hope that the collection of people that knew him will make an effort to extoll his qualities & pass them on to other sportriders.