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Geoff Johnson
Friends and I were recently discussing Geoff Johnson and I seemed to remember that he passed away as a result of an illness. I have been unable to find any detail as to the cause and date of his passing. Can anyone enlighten me please.
15-07-2020, 04:40 PM
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RE: Geoff Johnson
From the limited information that I have , I believe that he died from an Embolism in 1990
15-07-2020, 09:48 PM
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Geoff died of an embolism in late January 1991.
There is an article covering Geoff's career in the current Classic racer magazine. He was my team mate for two years with Loctite Yamaha, and good friend, and a top rider.
15-07-2020, 10:25 PM
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Thanks one and all. He certainly was a top rider. R.I.P. Geoff
16-07-2020, 10:02 AM
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Indeed, seem to remember Geoff lapping at 115/116mph on a Yamaha 1000 EXUP in the big proddie race or practice, some lap on a barge of a bike on treaded tyres.
16-07-2020, 10:43 AM
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I think Geoff did a 105mph lap on a standard gpz 900r in 1984. I'm sure he went on to win  the production tt that year. Amazing rider.
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16-07-2020, 11:21 AM
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Here you go ..
[Image: 5-Geoff-Johnson-IOM-Production-TT-1984.jpg]
16-07-2020, 02:17 PM
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RE: Geoff Johnson
(16-07-2020, 10:43 AM)Alfie Noakes Wrote: Indeed, seem to remember Geoff lapping at 115/116mph on a Yamaha 1000 EXUP in the big proddie race or practice, some lap on a barge of a bike on treaded tyres.

Geoff did 116. I did 117!! He was unimpressed.
16-07-2020, 11:30 PM
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Hi Nick - prayer mat well and truly out, I didn't know that. In those days was that on stock rear shock too ? ..
17-07-2020, 12:07 AM
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Yes Alfie. In 1989 I finished 2nd to Dave Leach in the last of the old Production TTs. It was sadly the race that cost the lives of Phil Mellor and Steve Henshaw.
We had to ride on standard shocks, standard silencer, with lights still fitted. All that was removed was the side stand and the indicators and mirrors.
My bike was in the showroom at Allan Jefferies two weeks before the TT. We used one grade harder plug, one tooth smaller rear sprocket, and thicker oil in the forks.
Oh, we also replaced the fairing and seat which Loctite Yamaha supplied.
I would say that the bike was absolutely bog standard.
I set a new lap record at 117.27...........but it meant nothing considering what else happened during the race.
When the Production TT returned in 1996, you could replace the silencer (not the exhaust), and the rear shock..........something we had campaigned for in the 80s. Oh, AND you could remove the lights.
I actually loved riding Production bikes round there. I rode a standard K100RS, and a standard "jelly mould" CBR1000. Never finished lower than 8th. Great days, long gone.
17-07-2020, 09:54 AM
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Indeed Nick, seeing some of those big bikes gracefully(cough) weaving past the pits was frightening enough, those bikes weren't really fit for purpose in that trim as you say but seeing the challenge taken on and the lap speeds was remarkable to say the least. I remember you on the K100 and Dave Leach also riding the big ZX10 Kawasaki in a previous year - he looked tiny sat on it, also Steve Parrish on a FJ Yamaha. Memorable times with a great people I was prvileged to be involved with from 84 onwards.
20-07-2020, 10:40 AM
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