Our family first met Duane in Fort Bidwell where we were herding sheep.ï¿½ We had recently left Mexico in the hunt for a better life.ï¿½ Our daughter Aurora was 6 weeks old when Duane ran into us.ï¿½ He started our familyï¿½s social life.ï¿½ Before we knew it, we were invited to the Sunday BBQ gatherings of the local community.
We have kept in touch with Duane for over 30+ years and have always remained very good friends. We have visited each other many times.ï¿½ This summer, Duane is visiting us with a 12-year old student from the Czech Republic.
Duane has always been very encouraging of our family membersï¿½ successes; our 3ï¿½children have Master’s Degrees.
Hello, my name is Irina Walker, Iï¿½m from Russia and I moved to the US for a job decades ago.ï¿½ Duane has shown his generous personality and true friendship through a variety of ways and ultimately, has changed my life as it relates to motorcycles.
I am a very adventurous and independent woman and started riding motorcycles and going to different rallies upon arriving to the US.ï¿½ I met Duane at the 49er’s Rally more than 10 years ago and we instantly became friends.ï¿½ Duane had a BMW motorcycle dealership in Marin and he and his then-wife, Linda, traveled extensively in Russia, so we had a lot in common.ï¿½ We enjoyed talking about motorcycles and Russia.ï¿½ Duane and Linda invited me to their home and gave me a tour. This is where I first saw a motorcycle in the living room — and I loved it!ï¿½ Also at their house I met a wonderful student from the Czech Republic, Veronika.ï¿½ She was delighted to have this wonderful experience of living and studying in the US.
Duane also helped my then-boyfriend, Ricardo, who had a small business.ï¿½ His business was famous for the ergonomic design of the handlebars for BMW motorcycles.ï¿½ Duane shared his tips with Ricardo to optimize Google search to bring his company first and changed the outlook of his business, essentially changing his life, too!
A decade later Duane continues to help me.ï¿½ I know that if I need any advise on anything about motorcycles, Duane is the go-to person!ï¿½ He always helps me to get the best expert advice.ï¿½ Recently, I decided to buy a new motorcycle.ï¿½ Duane introduced me to his long-time friend, Rod, and we all three researched and found just the right motorcycle for me.ï¿½ Thank you, Duane!!