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Offline Studley

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Saw a Legend on the Street Yesterday
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:53:31 pm »
It was a great moment to see Phil out and about in downtown Vancouver yesterday. He is on top of it all. At red lights he is all over his mirrors checking for people who may not be stopping. Alert and on the move. Just a great site to see a min in his 80’s doing what he loves. His is current as ever having recently upgraded to LED's out front and Rear LED brake light.

Truly a life well lived. Read the .pdf  Makes Ewan and Charlie look like pussies. http://wkms.org/post/its-podcycle-canadian-motorcycle-hall-famer-phillip-funnell-visits-murray#stream/0

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Re: Saw a Legend on the Street Yesterday
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2016, 01:57:53 am »
That's pretty cool, great read. When I first saw your title, I thought you were talking about the Triumph Legend TT made from 1998 to 2001.

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Re: Saw a Legend on the Street Yesterday
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2016, 04:12:18 am »
Thanks for the acknowledgement Zebraranger. He is a great man who can regale you for hours with his tales. For those who don't or, can't be bothered to open an attachment. [an excerpt]

Phil was a distributor for the Soviet Dnepr sidecar motorcycles. To prove their ability to handle the cold Phil rode one from Vancouver to Halifax in January. This it turns out was one of many cross Canada rides for Phil. In 1968 he rode a Harley Davidson belt drive from Vancouver to Halifax experiencing -40 degree temperatures and proving that the belt drive could handle it.

In 1979, Phil did another motorcycle first by riding a BMW 800 to Cape Horn and back to Vancouver via Miami, from Vancouver he then rode to Tuktoyaktuk in March across the ice highway. The total ride was 47,700 km in eleven weeks three days, through 23 border crossings, 17 money
changes, and 19 flat tires. He set records for traveling 1550 miles in 24 hours, had five 1000 mile days and twice did 2,300 miles in 36 hours.

Phil’s first crossing from Herat to Kabul in 1960, he has twice traveled around Australia and New Zealand, rode through every state in the US and
every province and territory in Canada except Newfoundland and Labrador. Phil has been to the Isle of Man six times, rode to Panama six times and
through 74 countries.


All these things decades before the IBA came into existence.

This guys is truly Studly

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Re: Saw a Legend on the Street Yesterday
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 08:21:30 am »
Good read,  Studley,  thanks for sharing..... :460:
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Re: Saw a Legend on the Street Yesterday
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 11:28:15 am »
*Originally Posted by Studley [+]
Thanks for the acknowledgement Zebraranger. He is a great man who can regale you for hours with his tales. For those who don't or, can't be bothered to open an attachment. [an excerpt]

I looked at the pictures but missed the explanatory attachment until you pointed it out - I had googled him, though.  He sounds like an amazing guy.   :002:
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