No Pork Motorsports does free rebuild for ailing veteran

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No Pork Motorsports employees and other volunteers have done a free makeover on a veteran’s motorcycle to get him back on the road.

The Norco, Calif., shop took on the project for Simi Valley resident Vance Scott, doing an overhaul on his 2000 Yamaha Road Star that shop owner Brian Erman estimated would have cost $2,900. A struggle with cancer prevented Scott, 77, from fixing his own bike.

The shop learned of Scott’s plight after his cousin, Allen Dunnigan of Greenville, S.C., sought help on an online board for Yamaha Road Star enthusiasts.

"Those guys are just out of this world," Dunnegan told the Riverside Press-Enterprise. "I was just hoping to get it to the point where he (Scott) could start it ... and putt around the block. Our whole family is beside ourselves."

Employees opened the shop on a Sunday expecting to do minor mechanical work on Scott's 1600cc bike with 100,000 miles on it.

"As soon as I saw it, I knew that a valve adjustment or a carburetor clean was just the surface of what needed to be done," said Jim Travis, No Pork's senior mechanic. The volunteers tore the bike down to its frame and formed an assembly line to clean and polish the parts. They spent about 75 hours over several days making repairs and painting the bike. Metzeler Tire Co. donated tires through Parts Unlimited in Fontana.

"To me they don't get enough appreciation," Erman, an Army veteran with relatives on active duty, told the newspaper. "It's my way of saying thank you."

Posted by Holly Wagner