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Craig Haymaker posted this on the BHRA site yesterday. I see that he is a member of this site, but he has been having computer problems, so I just wanted our whole family of readers to be aware of this and to support him in any way possible.

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Hi fellow Boss Hoss members,my name is Craig Haymaker and we own a 2002 ZZ4 BH. I have been unable to get onto this site for over a month due to problems through my companies server.
To keep this short and simple for now,on Labor Day 04 my bride of 37 years and I were coming home from a three day trip on our BH when I lost control due to what appears to have been over braking on clean dry asphalt at about 50-55 mph while pulling off the road. The Boss's rear wheel locked up,bike slid then high sided. My wife Carol Ann Haymaker died at the scene from a broken neck and head injuries. I walked away with a couple cracked ribs and soft tissue damage to my left arm, we were wearing DOT half helmets. It appears to be NO FAULT of the factory or dealer WHAT SO EVER.
Losing my wife has been the very worst thing that I have ever experienced. It has been extreemly sorrowing and lonely for me and our two adult daughters.
My dealer,Wildrose Boss Hoss in Warren OR is absolutly super to work with and is repairing the bike and I plan to continue to ride it,or go a big block,pending finances!
In closure, Carol and I met 39 years ago when she asked me for a ride on my 305 Honda scrambler,and we had been riding together ever since. Carol left us doing what she loved doing most,being on the back of our Boss Hoss. She was so proud of this bike. She always carried her Bible with her and wore her gardian angle pin,Bless her loving heart,she is now in a better place. It is through teary eyes that I must post this news, Love,brother Craig
 

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That's the worst news I can imagine. My sincerest condolences to Craig. Too sad to try and express in words.

In spite of Craig apparently taking blame and shouldering it, I personally think the Boss bikes are dangerous inherently. Relatively high center of gravity combined with tremendous weight is a recipe for disaster. I won't bother to express my thoughts on this on this board and especially this thread. I should only convey what a tragedy this indeed is.

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Man I hate to hear that. :( Let us know if there is anything we can do to help, even if he just needs someone to talk to. 423-422-7883
 

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That really makes us think of our own mortality, sometimes I forget how easy it is to lose a loved one.
Our prayers are with you and your family Craig.
 

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I told the members on the Yahoo site of this tragedy and here are some of their responses:

This guy posts on Lamonts site and is a good guy.

You guys be careful out there.
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Hi fellow Boss Hoss members,my name is Craig Haymaker . . . . . .

I cannot tell you how much this distresses me, as I am sure it does
the rest of you. No helmet is 100% guaranteed to save your life.
My wife and I had a similar accident in which she broke her pelvis.
Her full face helmet saved her life that day.

Our best wishes to Craig and his family during this crisis.

Rich (Hossman) Lickfield
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Craig...my heart goes out to you. We all live our lives in our own
way and we take risks that put ourselves and loved ones in harm's
way at times. My wife of 39 years also rides with me and wouldn't
have it any other way nor would I. I pray for you in your time of
sorrow and hope you will find peace...Joe
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Greetings Craig,

I am sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace and calmness in
the days ahead. Loss is difficult. Your wife was able to enjoy your
love, kindness, care and compassion for 39 years. This in itself is
remarkable and will be rewarded accordingly.

You are a great man for having faith and hanging in there!

Peace,

Brad I
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Craig....I am not sure if you posted the bad news or
Hoss but if you can read this : my heart goes out to
you and yours....my deepest sympathy

Barry


We are so sorry to hear of this Craig. It is the worst case scenario. I have been in an accident with my wife, and now, I have bought her her own motorcycle.

God Bless you and your daughters.
 

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Craig

Neither Cozaey or I could get through the story of your loss with out braking down. Cozaey remembers Carol as her gambling buddy at the Reno Street Vibrations and how proud of the Boss Hoss she was. Your loss is a very sad thing and I don't know if I could make it as well as you have. I was talking to Ron about it and it just took Cozaey and my breaths away from both of us. Good luck and think God you believe in a higher power.

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Very sorry to read of you loss. I wish I had words that would make it easier but I can't seem to find any. It's obvious that you have an inner strength that I am not sure I posses. I wish you and you family all the very best and the strength to get through this tradgedy.
 

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You are in my thoughts and prayers.

I wish I could do or say something to make your loss easier but the best I can do is pray for you to find your own inner peace.



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