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Old 06-01-2018, 12:40 PM   #1
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X - AFM Racer Mike "The Kauz" Kauzlarich has passed away.

I got a note from one of his buddies asking me to post this because he knew some of Mike's friends from those AFM days of the 70's and early 80's would know Mike.

Mike raced at Sears Point aboard a Kawasaki H2 in the late '70s (including a 7th place at the '78 AMA Superbike event), and Suzuki GS1100s in the early '80s. Kauz also worked at Golden Gate Cycles in SF for many years, and inspired many a new rider!

Godspeed Mike

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Old 06-01-2018, 12:56 PM   #2
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Did Mike race open modified production on the GS?
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:49 PM   #3
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Did Mike race open modified production on the GS?
Yep; I rode w/him on the street a few times, & in AFM events a lot.

Here's a pic of him prior to green flag, him (818) in center & me (491) on far right front row. Was always just a hair faster than me...

Godspeed Mike...
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:19 PM   #4
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His bud passed these pics to me.
The first couple by legend Mush Emmons.

The last showing the boys from the “Dimond Dynafloes"

Time capsule stuff.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:14 PM   #5
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God, I loved the ‘82 GS1100. Lift the front at 60 with ease.

Rest easy, Mike.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:19 PM   #6
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Super cool old pics and a touching way to honor him. Looks like a nice guy that lived a fun life with good friends. Can't ask for much more. Best wishes to his friends and family.
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:04 AM   #7
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aww, darn it......

Mike was a super guy,
a dedicated Kawi man (would YOU race a 750-3?)

he was emblematic of a local AFMer
who quietly maintained his connections with pals

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Old 06-04-2018, 09:27 PM   #8
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Thank you for letting us know, Budman. This news saddens me
We hadn't seen him in 20 years before running into him at JoMo's memorial ride. We saw him 3 or 4 more times shortly afterwards, probably the last time was at a party at Uptown in...2013, maybe? Too long ago, no matter the date...

Sincere condolences to his family and large circle of friends.




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Old 06-04-2018, 09:45 PM   #9
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The guy on the far right is Carl Ruess. He worked at Marshall's Chevron on Park Blvd and Everett in Oakland in the early `80's.



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Old 06-05-2018, 11:29 AM   #10
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Sad to hear about about this. Mike was a great guy and a very tough and fast racer. I was fortunate enough to witness some very hard fought races when he was on his H2 and Billy Addington was on a Z1. After all these years, it still gets my adrenaline flowing just thinking about those battles.

thinking of you my friend.

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Old 06-05-2018, 10:07 PM   #11
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any news on a funeral or memorial service?
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:28 PM   #12
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I raced against him in the late 70's at Sears. Very fast guy. anybody know what happened to him?
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:56 AM   #13
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any news on a funeral or memorial service?
No memorial is set yet.

I will reach out to his brother and see if we can stay tuned in.

I did get this "We are hoping to bring his #818 Kaw H2 to the Sears Point M/A event in August, and display it with other vintage superbikes. This is the fortieth anniversary of his racing it in AMA Superbike, after all".
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:06 PM   #15
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Godspeed Mike! I love you brother. Only learned about this through Bob Ocano on 7-2. E-mailed you on 7-1. I was hoping to coax you out of your man cave for some moral support for my first race in 32 years on 7-7. I was devastated by the news.

The night before my first race I prayed that god would keep me safe and allow me to do something to honor you. I rode with your old number on my tank. I was originally listed as "race winner." only because the Keigwins coach "Teddy," was mistakenly listed as expert. Hope you enjoyed the ride. I know you were with me in spirit.



I contacted Mike's brother on 7/2. The family is still overwhelmed by their loss. Services in August tentatively.
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