The industry bids farewell to longtime veterans Max Bubeck and Wayne Greene, both of whom passed away in the last month.
Services will be held this weekend in Long Beach, Calif., for Greene, who died in mid-March. "I met Wayne when I went to work at U.S. Suzuki," recalls Don Graves. "He was the sales admin manager. He was well-liked by the dealers. When I went to Kawasaki Motors Corp as national sales manager, I hired him as sales admin.
"He was the type of employee whom you could ask to do anything and it would get done -- collect money, go to shows in Europe, etc.," Graves said. Graves is officiating this weekend at a private memorial service for Greene in Long Beach.
Greene also worked for Can Am in Canada and several watercraft companies. Recently he had been representing Spyke and toured with the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows in the Marketplace exhibit.
Bubeck died in early April in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 93. He was a Greenhorn Enduro Winner and a land-speed record-holder; he competed in 32 Greenhorn Enduros from 1937 to 1979 and finished 24 of the races.
"For years, Bubeck hopped up Indianas and during the 1970s became a distributor for Hodaka motorcycles," according to Bubeck's bio on the AMA website. "After retiring in the early 1980s, Bubeck continued his love affair with Indians, restoring old bikes and making cross-country trips on the classic American machines."
He was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 1999.