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Larry Perkins
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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  6:46:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sadly just found out that on July 18th John Durrill passed away. John was a lifelong motorcycling enthusiast and was a brilliant engineer. He did many matching projects over the years like mating a Sachs bottom end to a KTM175 topend and vice versa. When I was restoring my Astrodome bike he built a Carl Cranke spec pipe for it like it originally had. At the time of his death he was working on a Sachs 175 bottom with a KTM175 top. He will be missed. RIP my friend!

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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  10:58:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So sorry to hear this. John was a great contributor to the POG.


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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  11:23:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sad. He also worked restoring Electric Service after Hurricanes. I helped hims several times with some of his special projects. Wonderful Friend.

Ron Carbaugh
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Posted - 08/01/2020 :  06:57:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great guy and sorry to read of Johnís passing. It was nice getting to know John and riding with him on an all Penton row during the 2007 ISDT Reunion Ride in New Blaine, AR. I remember taking a good look at the bike John rode that weekend which Larry described above. It was a CMF framed Penton with a blue toaster tank which had a Sachs bottom end mated to KTM 175 top end. Very nicely built machine that performed flawlessly all weekend. RIP John.
Dave McCullough
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Posted - 08/01/2020 :  12:42:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very sad, indeed, but from conversations I had with him, he said he was a believer In Jesus, so he's in a better place by having faith in Him. We traded parts and Christmas cards over the years and he was a huge help on many occasions.
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Posted - 08/01/2020 :  8:43:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sad,he was a great friend.

Thomas Thigpen
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