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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 2008, 11:51 pm Thread Starter
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Tim Johnson, San Jose BMW

Tim Johnson, the Sales Manager at San Jose BMW, was killed in an accident in Nevada over the weekend. He was riding to Bonneville to support Chris and the crew on their speed runs. While on a 2 lane highway somewhere in the state a woman in an oncoming car lost control of her vehicle and swerved into his lane, hitting him head-on.

Tim was a long time rider and had been involved in motorsports for a long time. He had ridden over 700,000 miles since the late 60's, and held a 300,000 mile award from BMW he accumulated over the past couple of decades. I had bought 3 bikes from him and sent a number of other folks his way for sales because he was a very fair and honest guy and easy to deal with. More importantly, he was a great guy who was easy and fun to talk with, knew a lot about bikes, and truly embodied the passionate rider. I am proud and honored to have known him and call him a friend.

There will be a memorial service for Tim in the Willow Glen neighborhod in San Jose this Saturday morning. You can contact San Jose BMW for more information on time and location. I don't know how many folks here frequent the shop or knew Tim, but he was definitely one of the good guys so I wanted to get the word out in case folks want to come pay their respects.

Here's a link to Tim's website - http://www.tjadventour.com/

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Very sad.

Wonderful site.

Hope to live a life as full as his.

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I got the information on the memorial service for anyone who may want to attend. Details are below -


Anyone interested in riding from San Jose BMW to the service should show up at the the shop before 9:30am. Thanks


Pete Hunter
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San Jose BMW/ Vespa
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408-295-0205 x19


Hello Everyone,

This Saturday, September 6th, there will be a memorial service for Tim Johnson in Willow Glenn. Please invite anyone that knew Tim, as we do not have everyone's contact info. We hope that everyone that knew him will come and celebrate his life.

The memorial will be held at the Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel

710 Willow St.
San Jose, CA 95125
Phone: 408-295-5160

We expect the memorial to be at 10am.... When we have a finalized time we will notify everyone.

Tim built a website about his life the last few years. http://www.tjadventour.com/. He wanted to share all of his adventures and stories with his friends. Please take a look and see what made Tim so special to all of us.


The Johnson Family,

Debbie Johnson
Casey Johnson
Andy Johnson -

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I don't know Tim but thats a serious bummer when things are out of your control even when your in control, considering his extensive riding experience.

Sending best wishes to his family and friends from the southwest sector...geo
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What a tragedy. Our prayers are with Tim's family and friends.

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My heartfelt condolences.

This hits close to home, as I'm riding back to Minden on Saturday, likely on some of the same roads.

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What I read was Tim was heading east on 50 when a lady in a Subaru "lost control" and crossed the DYL and hit him head on.

Tim sold my bike to me and I saw him every time I go to SJBMW. He was always friendly and helpful.

My sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends for this tragic loss. RIP Tim.

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Indeed a tragedy.

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My condolences and best wishes to his family.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 2008, 1:48 am
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Tim sold me my bike also. No matter what he was doing or how many customers he had, he would always stop and ask me how the bike was when I would come in. What a terrible loss. I think that he was also the webmaster for the SJ race team.

My very deepest sympathy to his family and close friends. I'll think of him often as I rock the GT that he put me on.

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