Honda Team Member *** Barry Chinen ***
Posted 28 April 2011 - 06:45 PM
Barry Chinen worked at the Honda factory in Torrance Ca, after having worked at House of Motorcycles in San Diego CA. At Honda he had the dream job working with dirt and street teams and pros. Travelled globally and generally was blessed. I met him here on TT about 7-8 years ago I guess, and we enjoyed many rides, meals and laughs together. Barry was the nicest guy you could ever have the pleasure of knowing. He went by the TT member name "fuct".
Barry would always hook you up with nice stuff and give the shirt off his back if you needed it. He loved to eat good food and live life. He was a great dirt and track (sportbike) rider, and an incredible surfer. Being a japanese hawiian made him mellow, loyal and kind. I dont know where he got his crazy sense of humor and wackiness, but it was always on display.
Barry became ill in february after feeling bloated and having trouble eating for a few days. He didnt understand it because he was very healthy, and happy in life...things were going great. They kept him in the hospital for 10 days and that worried me, they couldnt figure out what was wrong. Finally they concluded he had a very rare form of cancer and was dying, had just a few months to live maybe. I remember him telling me on the cellphone driving home and I almost went off the road. Well over the course of the next few months he lost over 100lbs and suffered greatly, but never once complained. He smiled even when it hurt and kept fighting to the very end. Honda, his family, his friends and even the world really is at a loss today.
Barry will truly be missed by many, and never forgotten. He was my best friend and I am greatful for the time we had as brothers. I just cant believe your gone man. But I know we will meet again. I could never repay the kindness and honor you showed me, and I am forever touched by who you were in my life brother.
*ps* heres a link to his facebook incase you knew him
Posted 29 April 2011 - 10:25 AM
Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:31 PM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:02 PM
I just saw this on here. I worked with Barry at the Big H and like anybody that ever met him have a million stories to tell about him! He was in my group and I spent basically every day with him....which I don't know is good or bad!!!! Just kidding!
I wanted to post a collage that one of the designers put together for his service in Hawaii. It's the way I remember BC, with a smile on his face and food in his hand!!
If you (or anybody for that matter) come out to the ride day, please stop by and introduce yourself. I'll be in the painted Honda Sprinter.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:10 PM
Video of "Moment of Thunder" and low speed memorial lap of track. This shows how many fellow riders showed up to pay respect with just a 1 week notice.
See ya on the other side my brother.... Jimmy
Posted 03 June 2011 - 08:47 AM
Don't know if you saw this or not, but here's a nice writeup that CD put up at Dirt Rider.
Also, hope the MotoGate didn't let you down on the way home!!
Posted 04 June 2011 - 06:27 PM
Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:44 AM
Below is a link to a video from the BC Memorial Ride at Racetown. It was awesome to see the love and support for Barry from his friends in the motorcycle industry.
Posted 03 May 2013 - 02:05 PM
It was nice talking to you today. I have missed you guys. R.i.p brotha.
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