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I unfortunately have to report the passing of a true legend in the world of Goldwings and motorcycles in general, Stu Oltman.

Many will recognize him as the technical editor of GWRRA's Wing World magazine, where he would answer technical questions from readers about their bikes in his "Workbench" column. He also wrote articles extensively covering the care and feeding of Goldwings.

He did the same for other bikes as well: he was also the technical advice columnist ("Downtime Files") and frequent article contributor at the wonderful (and now defunct) Motorcycle Consumer News, dishing out advice on all makes and models of motorcycles. He wrote books, produced DVD maintenance series, and wrote prodigiously for many different motorcycle periodicals.

His depth of knowledge about Goldwings was, and still is, unequalled. He had incredible, experiential knowledge on fixing and maintaining all model years of Goldwings, he knew what worked and what didn't.

He was also opinionated, and sometimes appeared crusty and obstinate as a result. He knew the right way (HIS way :lol: ) to do things and woe to he who challenged him and offered their own opinion! A US Army Vietnam veteran, he brought his no-nonsense attitude and applied it with elegance and grace to everything he did.

I spent many hours over the years talking at length with Stu, and when he finally retired (the LAST time) from wrenching, he shipped CRATES of manuals, videos, notes - everything he had - on the Goldwing, to me. I have a massive, unparalleled treasure of Goldwing technical information here as a result.

I counted him as a friend, and I like to think he considered the same of me. The world is a poorer place without him.

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That is sad news indeed. Stu and I exchanged a couple off topic emails reminescing (sp?) about our experiences with Kawasaki 2 stroke triples. It also seems he lived in central PA at one time, which is where I was stationed in the service and bought my first one in '69.

RIP Stu.

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Very sad news indeed. His life was cut way short. Rest in peace my friend.
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Definitely a true legend.
I loved his articles.
Scott, he gave you an immeasurable treasure trove of knowledge.
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A great loss indeed.
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Ride In Peace Stu! :cry:
We all need to carry on with knowledge & experience with our bikes, whether Gold Wing or other models(I still own my '79 CBX bought new in '83), and pass it on to others. Am glad to hear Stu passed the torch while he was still here as far as all his Wing info and literature, so we'll always have most, if not all, of the knowledge! WingAdmin, carry that torch proudly! Your own efforts will help many others in the future.
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Rest in Peace. Sending prayers for the family.
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R.I.P. Stu. The GWRRA magazine was never the same without you. :( :( :(
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RIP Mr Oltman
We never met face to face but the knowledge of all things motorcycle related that you shared with us commoners with problems, from a couple bits of obscure information was a treasure that will be missed.
Thank you for your military service and your service to the motorcycle community.
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Thanks for sharing.






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