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By far the best story in the world of motorcycling. Thanks for sharing, you've got quite a legacy down there.

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Yeh, bro, we do Men in Sheds with Machines like you wouldn't believe!

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This looks like recent footage of the bike on the move at Manfeild....

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Looks and sounds amazing. If only he could have beat the cancer.

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Its sad that his legacy doesn't live on as it SHOULD. Whenever i see one of the few remaining bikes on display or at a race track, i can't help but feel a sense of sadness that that is IT. From what I understand (I am talking under correction), his wife "locked it all away" after his death, as there was so much fighting and disagreement amongst interested parties back then. What a shame his legacy can't live on in the shape of a motorcycle company producing these bikes and the subsequent improvements.

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Its sad that his legacy doesn't live on as it SHOULD. Whenever i see one of the few remaining bikes on display or at a race track, i can't help but feel a sense of sadness that that is IT. From what I understand (I am talking under correction), his wife "locked it all away" after his death, as there was so much fighting and disagreement amongst interested parties back then. What a shame his legacy can't live on in the shape of a motorcycle company producing these bikes and the subsequent improvements.
Sure, somebody with deep pockets could buy all the bits and bobs, parts and pieces, and try to make something out of it, but the genius behind it all would not come with it. Had he lived longer it might have gone somewhere, but not so without him. The man was utterly remarkable. May he rest in peace.

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Sure, somebody with deep pockets could buy all the bits and bobs, parts and pieces, and try to make something out of it, but the genius behind it all would not come with it. Had he lived longer it might have gone somewhere, but not so without him. The man was utterly remarkable. May he rest in peace.
I am only going by what I have heard (a few times), is that after his death, it was such a dog and pony show with the people that were already involved with him, fighting and disagreeing amongst themselves, that his wife "locked" the patents away and ended it all in terms of any future for the bike or technology.
If the right people had gotten involved I reckon it still could have gone somewhere in the spirit that he had intended, but in a sense I can't blame his wife, as I have seen the vultures turn after someone passes on.
Again, this is only what I have been told and/or overheard a few times on various occasions. I don't know if this is actually how it went down, but certainly it all seemed to have screeched to a halt after his death.

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My brother sent me a link to this documentary, at first I
thought he was talking about Burt Monroe being from
New Zealand and all.
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