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I knew about Verle, only through a mutual friend, Billy Aller. I understand that Verle owned 4 Stroms before his passing.


DELTA COUNTY - A motorcycle crash Saturday claimed the life of Cedaredge resident Verle L. Nelson, 72.

Nelson was northbound on Trap Club Road on his 2010 Yamaha, when he attempted to pass another motorcycle while coming around a curve at a high rate of speed, the Colorado State Patrol reports.

Nelson lost control, went off the road, and his bike twice launched into the air, 20 feet the first time, and, after touching down on its wheels, again for 40 feet, after which it rolled and threw Nelson off.

He was rushed to Delta County Memorial Hospital, but could not be saved, and was there pronounced dead.


Verle documented his rides and explorations in outstanding fashion. I felt it very appropriate to honor Verle in this Regional Thread, as most of his rides are in the Colorado and Utah areas. You must check out his website.....

verlenelson.com
 

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Oh no. I loved reading his website. I remember when he got his first DL650 and took it on a 500 mile ride over 11 passes, many of them gravel. He pronounced the bike OK; I has just bought mine at the same time and knew I had made the right choice when I read his report.

Verle bought a new bike every year. His DL650 page is here:

http://verlenelson.com/Motorcycles/vstrom/index.html

Godspeed Verle. Adios.
 

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And his list of motorcycles - pretty impressive:

Motorcycling Western Colorado & Eastern Utah

47. 2010 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer
new 4000+?
Previously owned
46. 2009 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
(like new, only 332 miles) 9350
45. 2009 Kawasaki KLR650 new 19,000
44. 2008 Kawasaki KLE650 new 11,000
43. 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 new 12,000
42. 2007 KTM 690SM new 9,000
41. 2007 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom new 6,200
40. 2006 Honda CB600F (599/Hornet) new 3,600
39. 2006 Suzuki DR650 new 10,400
38. 2006 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom new 8,200
37. 2006 Kawasaki KLR650 new 6,200
36. 2003 Kawasaki KLR650 2 yrs 2,000
35. 2003 Kawasaki Concours 2 yrs 5,000
34. 2003 Kawasaki Mean Streak (revisited--see #27) 2 yrs 3,000
33. 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom new 17,000
32. 2004 Kawasaki ZZR1200 new 3,800
31. 2000 BMW R1100RT 4 yrs 1,000
30. 2005 Kawasaki KLR650 new 5,000
29. 2000 Honda VFR800 4 yrs 3,500
28. 2004 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom new 15,000
27. 2003 Kawasaki 1500 Mean Streak new 3,500
26. 2000 Kawasaki ZX9R new 3,500
25. 2002 Kawasaki KLR650 new 19,000
24. 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone new 10,500
23. 1969 Rickman Triumph 650 33 500
22. 1992 Honda CBR600F2 9 yrs 3,500
21. 2001 BMW R1150GS new 15,000
20. 2000 Triumph 955i Sprint ST new 6,000
19. 1999 Suzuki DR650 new 3,500
18. 1999 Honda VTR1000 Super Hawk new 6,000
17. 1997 BMW R1100R 2 yrs 4,500
16. 1999 Kawasaki KLR650 new 9,500
miles after age 60:
239,250+?
Motorcycles owned from age 28 in 1967 to age 43 in 1982
in reverse order of purchase, all long gone.
15. 1981 Yamaha XT500 new 90,000
14. 1977 Yamaha 650 twin new
13. 1975 Bultaco Alpina 350 new
12. 1972 Bultaco 175 Lobito 3 yrs
11. 1974 Norton 850 Interstate new
10. 1972 BSA 650 new
9. 1952 BSA 500 Goldstar 20 yrs
8. 1970 Triumph 650 TR6C demo
7. 1971 Bultaco Matador 250 new
6. 1968 Triumph 650 TR6R 1 yr
5. 1968 Zundapp 100/125 ISDT Replica new
4. 1968 Husqvarna 250 Enduro new
3. 1968 Yamaha 100 Trail Master new
2. 1967 Yamaha 305 Big Bear new
1. 1964 Yamaha 80 3 yrs
90,000 miles from age 28-43, overall total:
329,250+?

Unfortunately it looks as though that Yamaha cruiser was the one that got him.
 

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Verle's website really got me excited about the V-Strom and helped me decide on buying my '09. His website is full of good information for noobs who are just getting into the V-Strom.

Sad to hear he's gone.

GC
 

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Damm, I've meet and talked to him several times........... I'm stunned....
 

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I never met Verle, but truly wish I had. I would loved to have ridden with him in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado. His website is a wealth of information on the V-Strom and other bikes from a guy who truly loved the sport and obviously wanted to share the best of it with others. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
 
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