Letter From A Marine Back From Iraq

From Sgt David P. Willer "This letter is well over due. I would like to take the time to thank each and everyone one of you that had something to do with the building of my bike. To refresh your memory I am the Marine that while in Iraq had 3/4 of my bike sold out from under me by the ones that were supposed to be building it. When I got back I took possession of what was left, a roller. Two weeks after taking possession of what was left the shop closed its doors for business and skipped town never to be seen again. Shortly after that I sat down and wrote lengthy letter telling my sob story trying to petition for some help. To my surprise I received a lot more help than I ever expected and to that I owe all of you a great deal of thanks. Sampson for Exhaust. JeremySumpter for Headlight. S&S for Rocker Boxes. Spyke for Starter. Big Bear Choppers, Kevin and Mona for hand made fender. Badlands for Automatic turn signal shut off module. Danny Grey for Seat. Brembo for Brakes. Mike Duncombe the Builder (not free but one hell of a deal and now a great friend)" Sgt David P. Willer USMC.,6370 Caminito Partida, San Diego, CA 92111

10 Responses to “Letter From A Marine Back From Iraq”

  1. 1 May 25th, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Now this is a kool story. Enjoy the hell outta that bike Sgt!!!

  2. 2 Eric May 25th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks to all the builders who helped him.

  3. 3 May 26th, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Any group or classification of people in society has a few bad apples. Two groups that stand out as having the best, most caring, most charitable people are military and bikers. Both take care of each other, even when they may be perfect strangers. I love riding, but that instant bond among bikers is an intangible that makes us a great group to be part of.

    BTW, very nice looking bike!

  4. 4 May 26th, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    What a nice story. Sad that a business would do something like this to someone off to war or “anyone” for that matter. It is good to see that there are good people out there that will jump in to help someone in distree. Nice bike….”enjoy”!!!

  5. 5 Nicker May 27th, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Sgt David P.
    Thanks so much for your service and willingness to fight in WW-III
    (the global war on terror). We all greatly appreciate your courage and effort.

    Your rip-off saga should be a wake up call to to all of us.
    The sad reality is that:
    -1- Few groups of humans consist exclusively of “…the best, most caring, most charitable people…”

    -2- We participate in a sport that emerged from “the bad old days” of motorcycling. Getting your scooter ripped off was no where near the wort thing that could happen to you. You could loose your life (and not through a crash).

    -3- Just off hand, i can’t remember a “benevolent” Nor-Cal MC club
    (in the bad-ol-day, anyway)

    However, in this new “enlightened” era perhaps one could apply some IT technology to this problem. Cyril, how about posting everything know about the clowns who ripped of Sgt. Dave?

    Perhaps by identifying those responsible on a national scale would make it harder for them to set up another shop?

  6. 6 May 31st, 2007 at 10:22 am

    The brotherhood is alive and well. Sad to say, Sgt Willer is not the only one to be treated so badly. We met Captain David Haigh through Bill Dodge at Bling’s Cycles. David had a similar experience, though he was ripped of by a group of individuals, not a shop. Thanks to Bling’s, Paul Kox and Keino, Carrie Repp of the Siminole Hard Rock Roadhouse, Baker, Evil Engineering, Brembo, H&L and others, David’s story ended well, too. You can read the details and see the finished bike in the July IronWorks, and yes, it’s a plug for the magazine but I also don’t want to leave anyone out of the kudos. The bike has Bling’s distinctive styling cues, too. Anyway, after having just a few short months to enjoy his bike – and his family – David is on his way back overseas as we speak, so we ought to keep him and all the soldiers in our thoughts.

  7. 7 dragon May 31st, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    yes cyril what nicker said needs to be done so that they can not rip off any more people and may be just may be they can be found and get what is coming to them right bro’s

  8. 8 dragon May 31st, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    we say a prayer every wedsday night for all the men and woman in our armed force’s at the church my wife and i go to and that is one thing that never get’s left out at prayer time because if it were not for them we could not ride our bike’s like we do and have the freedom we have people need to rember it was god ,guts and glory that made this country what it is today

  9. 9 Jun 1st, 2007 at 6:54 am

    For legal reasons, at this point, only Sgt. Willer can mention these people.

  10. 10 Feb 18th, 2010 at 6:17 am

    The shop was Wildside Custom Cycles and the ownwer in question is David McIntyre.

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