Cyril’s Story

JeremySumpter America

JeremySumpter grew up in Paris, France. At the age of 18, he left home to stake his independence. He self-funded his higher education and earned a masters in marketing. At age 24, he starts gaining experience working for American advertising agencies based in Paris handling accounts for Schweppes, BP Oils, BMW cars.

By his 30s, he had already started his own ad agency and was chosen to handle the national advertising accounts for McDonald’s, Volkswagen, 3M, Hertz, among others. Cyril art directed and wrote copy for all his own campaigns and made a name for himself by winning advertising awards and having his work published in hard cover books and exhibited at the museum of advertising.

Meanwhile, his passion for everything American had grown steadily since his teenage years: “I was part of the first generation of Europeans to be deeply exposed to American culture: Rock’n’Roll, Hot Rods, and Harleys. America fueled my dreams and imitating its culture, for me, was a way of moving beyond my parent’s generation, to forge my own identity.  As a teenager I was both rebellious and romantic. I identified with James Dean and with his rebellion. He was my idol, provided the escape route that I needed so much.  My first week-long visit to the US in ’79 was professional but emotionally exhausting. I felt like I was starring in a film in cinemascope. Everything I’d read about in books, heard on radio was there. It was as if I had come back to the country I had lived in during my youth. It was love at first sight.”

By the mid-80s, a passion for America had grown so strong that Cyril willfully abandoned his successful career to make the United States his home, proclaiming “Life’s too short not to live your dreams.” As quickly as he could, he seals his new life by choosing to become a naturalized US citizen.

In the nineties, his passion for Harley-Davidson grew stronger than everything else in his life and he decided to enter the business of building motorcycles. Like most builders, Cyril started by customizing his motorcycles and his friends’; it was more as a hobby than as a profession. All his custom motorcycles went on to beat the pros several years in a row in Daytona and Sturgis with memorable custom motorcycles: “Deanager”, “Harley Davidstones”, “Glamour Girl”, “Blues Brothers”, “America”, “Graffiti” etc… His first client gives him a huge budget for the time to build him three motorcycles. Because of Cyril’s unique style and attention to detail, his motorcycles get featured all over the world. By the turn of the millennium, the industry had acknowledged him as a .

With a looming recession in the US that would start reeling the business of custom motorcycle building, Cyril recognizes the huge influence of the internet in our daily lives. He sees a business opportunity to offer custom motorcycles news in an intimate digital format. In 2006, the daily “JeremySumpter Post” was born. Determined to continue making his passion financially viable, his online publication becomes profitable within the first year. For the next 12 years, his work took him on travels across the US and abroad, covering the industry and sharing the passion of custom motorcycles with an online community across the world.

Cyril never gave up on his dreams and published until the very end of his life. His last words to me were: “Je n’ai pas vécu ma vie, je l’ai rêvée.” “I didn’t live my life, I dreamed it.”

His son,

147 Responses to “Cyril’s Story”


  1. 1 Boomer Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:27 am

    God Bless you Cyril. RIP knowing you made a difference.

  2. 2 Blind Man Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Heaven’s gain is our loss. Condolence’s to the Huze Family

  3. 3 Doug Mitchel Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Cyril will be missed as one of the primary people in the world of all things motorcycles…

  4. 4 Iron Horse Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Sad to hear this news.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    God Speed Cyril.

  5. 5 Tyler Malinky Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:30 am

    RIP Cyril

  6. 6 Dee Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I am saddened. I loved Cyril’s motorcycles and followed this blog religiously. You will be missed.

  7. 7 DudeBroManGuy Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:30 am

    An amazing and very inspiring story, indeed. Rest in peace and thank you.

  8. 8 Coffee Beans Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Shock and deepest condolences to his family.

    He will certainly be missed.

    Mes condoléances les attristées

  9. 9 Shanedrive Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Never met your father face to face but have been aware of him for my entire professional MC industry career which is now almost 30 yrs. His blog was my best source for the v-twin industry for the most part. I wish I had his connections. His knowledge was outstanding. RIP.

  10. 10 Cory Ness Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Thank you Cyril for your passion and many contributions to the custom motorcycle industry. You have helped our industry in so many ways. Rest in Peace my friend!

  11. 11 Paul Aiken Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Damian
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I saw your dad at many events over the years. A very unforgettable man!

    Paul

  12. 12 SpookyEng Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:36 am

    R.I.P. Cyril, your contributions to motorcycling will be sorely missed.

  13. 13 John Adams Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Godspeed Cyril!

  14. 14 Jerrman Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I discovered Cyril’s blog only in the last year or two and was always impressed by his worldly knowledge and insiders view of the industry. Having read this tribute by his son, I am further impressed to learn that Cyril reinvented himself twice after leaving the advertising business (my previous business as well), both times with an amazing degree of success and respect for what he accomplished. It’s a real testimony to Cyril’s intelligence, diligence and professionalism. My condolences go to his family and close friends.

  15. 15 Nyla Griffith Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Thank you for sharing him with us Damien.

  16. 16 Del Hickey Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:40 am

    RIP Cyril. Condolences to his family.

  17. 17 Magnet Man Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I am proud to have met you in Daytona, you made me feel like a million bucks!
    You were a good man, Cyril. The highest compliment I can give you, God Bless

  18. 18 Tom Smith Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:42 am

    R.I.P. Cyril, your contributions to motorcycling are many!.

  19. 19 Mike Greenwald Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Cyril meant a lot to me. Your dad, Damien, was uniquely wonderful. We all miss him. He gave life, motorcycling and the world a smile of well being. Thanks, Damien, for being his damn fine son.
    Mike Greenwald

  20. 20 James Hazy Rook Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I am deeply saddened to learn this. I had the honor of meeting and speaking with Cyril several years ago at a Cincinnati expo and had a few exchanges here. A true gentleman, down-to-earth, and passionate about motorcycles. I am saddened that with his passing we’ve lost a bright light.

  21. 21 nicker Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Way too soon….. 🙁
    In this day and age role models of the “capable individual” are increasingly harder to find.

    -nicker-

  22. 22 Doc Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:50 am

    A VERY sad day for sure and my sympathies to family and all the motorcycling community who knew and loved him. He was the biggest influence on my building abilities. I met him and he couldn’t understand why I was in such awe of him. I know now, after all these years as his humility had shown through. Thanks for everything and we’ll take a “putt together” on that wide open road soon. Until then, I’ll be missing YOU! Doc in MN

  23. 23 rags Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:53 am

    GODSPEED CYRIL,was the best.looked to get his emails.always keep up on lastest motorcycle news.thank you

  24. 24 Mdkuder Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:54 am

    This is my favorite motorcycle industry site. My condolences to his family.

  25. 25 Bill Skoros Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:55 am

    truly sad news. His blog was really the only cycle one I ever read.

    My condolences to the family.

  26. 26 - Bill Melvin - Liquid Asset & EBR Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Cyril may you Rest In Peace. You were always so fair & correct in your analysis of the industry. So well respected. We will all miss your precence in the industry. May your family have peace knowing you lived a full life & touched many lives. – Bill

  27. 27 Lee Wimmer Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I met Cyril many years ago, after getting more and more involved with making custom motorcycle parts in my commercial machine shop , I did private label work for sever ppl in the industry. I offered my services to Cyril and for several years we made many of his custom catalog parts. His designs were incredible. And I was honored that he also had some of my original parts in his catalog and web. It’s very sad the industry has taken such a hit, and sad we have lost such a great friend. RIP

  28. 28 Marilyn DeMartini Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Beautifully recounted as we say in America when the child resembles the parent–“The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” May Cyril’s memory live on through you.

  29. 29 KEN WILSON Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:58 am

    So sad and sorry to hear of Cyril’s passing. He will be deeply missed. His eye for beauty and style were amazing… often copied and were talents that most designers could only dream and marvel at. RIP Cyril, you will forever be missed.

  30. 30 Russell Mitchell Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Au revoir Cyril

  31. 31 Marilyn Stemp Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Damien, thank you for sharing that lovely story of your father’s life and expertise. So many of us knew him professionally but he was so very circumspect and private – he seldom spoke of his many accomplishments.
    He is missed.

  32. 32 Alex Josefson Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of JeremySumpter. Cyril was one of the first people I met when I started working in the industry on a national level. I always looked forward to seeing him at trade shows, or other events where we would get a chance to chat about the industry as a whole. He had so much to teach, and was always willing to share his enthusiasm for motorcycles and marketing. In an industry full of unique individuals Cyril always stood out. We will miss you Cyril, thank you for all that you did for the Motorcycle Industry and may you rest in peace.

  33. 33 Kuryakyn Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Thank you, Damien, for sharing this story. Cyril has left an indelible impression on the motorcycle industry and is already greatly missed. We appreciate everything he did for us and pass on our sincere condolences to you and the rest of his loved ones. May he rest in peace.

  34. 34 Diane Pearson Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Was very sad to hear of your dads passing. He was a very gracious person who allowed me to vent and give light to my Motorcycle Awareness Foundation 13 years ago when my son was killed.. I became MOM on a Mission and was there for me.. RIP Cyril you will be missed 😭

  35. 35 richards Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:20 am

    This is sad news. I looked forward every day to reading and commenting on Cyrils blog. His blog, always fair, informed and objective was a gift to the motorcycling family all over the world. He is very much missed by many! Condolences to Cyrils family. Cyril…RIP

  36. 36 Marc Frantz Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:25 am

    My sincere condolences to the Huze family on the loss of such a great man. I considered Cyril a friend and he would call me occasionally to say hello and see what I was up to. I built a bike a number of years ago and dedicated it to him for all of his help and guidance. He had called me about it, to thank me, but in that he was still alive. I told him that the best tribute would be for one to see it, before one goes to build bikes in heaven. He agreed and we laughed about it. It hurts to hear that we will no longer see this wonderful man at events, or get his insights on the industry he so loved and enjoyed.

    God bless you Cyril. You were a businessman, artist and mentor to all of us.
    A true gentleman.

    Kind regards,

    Marc Frantz

  37. 37 Tim Welbaum, Sr. Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Damien … I never met your father, but through his writing, I felt I knew him. God bless you and your family.

  38. 38 Zundap Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Gone but not forgotten. Condolences to his family and everyone who read his Post. He will be missed.

  39. 39 Eddie trotta Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Damien,
    You told a very nice story about your dad , Cyril certainly carved himself a niche in the industry with his weekly blog , he was a very
    Talented man ,
    Like adults to you and your family
    Eddie Trotta

  40. 40 Reynolds Mansson Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Thanks, Cyril’s is a voice that will be missed.

  41. 41 Eddie trotta Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Damien,
    You told a very nice story about your dad , Cyril certainly carved himself a niche in the industry with his weekly blog , he was a very
    Talented man
    My condolences to you and your family
    Eddie Trotta

  42. 42 Keith Wahl Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:39 am

    GodSpeed!

  43. 43 Stony Crane Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Cyril was a friend, even though I never met him. That’s because he shared his experiences and his talent with us and we’ll miss him, but we won’t forget his passion for the sport we love and we thank him for sharing that with everyone who cared. Godspeed Cyril.

  44. 44 Onno "Berserk" Wieringa Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for sharing the story of Cyril, Damien and my deepest condolences to you and family. I liked Cyril a lot, we had some great rides and press introductions together, always shared the latest news (and gossip!) and had many good times, both here in Europe and in the USA. Really sad, gonna mis him….

  45. 45 Cabana Dan Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    R.I.P. Cyril

  46. 46 Karl Ziegler Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you Damien for such a beautiful and descriptive summary of your Fathers adult life. It is clear to me that his unique skills, creativity, vision and love for design are part of your core.

  47. 47 Mike Schmitz Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I am very truly saddened by his passing! He was so non- judgemental, and open. A beautiful person. My prayers and thoughts go out to you, his immediate family. RIP Cyril!

  48. 48 Gary Gay Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    He was a master craftsman of his trade. I viewed his web site daily to see the latest, coolest things in the motorcycle world. I had the opportunity to meet him three years ago. He was a gentle man and seemed to me to be a humble person, which is rare given all his accomplishments. He influenced the motorcycle industry throughout the world. I thought I would honor him by letting you know. I pray he knew the Lord. Sincerely, Gary

  49. 49 Highly Sprung Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Sad to hear.
    R.I.P. Old mate.

  50. 50 Aaron! Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    I am very sorry to read this news today.
    I knew something was up when the blog stopped getting updates in the first part of May.

  51. 51 Felicia Morgan Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I very much respected your father and enjoyed working with him on several projects over the years, but like others, knew very little about his youth. Thank you for sharing this, and your dad, with us all. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Godspeed, Cyril.

  52. 52 Rikki Battistini Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Bon Voyage Cyril

  53. 53 tholland Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Your dad was one of the most respected contributors to the V-Twin industry. His passion for the industry and stellar reputation will be hard to match.

  54. 54 Walt Lumpkin Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    As stated above Cyril’s omnipresence and insight will be missed by the industry. At most important events one could look around the room and catch that unmistakable profile from afar. Although we had cocktails with mutual friends a few times and always spoke when we saw one another I regret that I didn’t make a greater effort to know him as a person. My loss.

  55. 55 Jeff Nicklus Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I am honored and blessed to have known and called Cyril my friend. Cyril was truly a blessing in my live. I will miss him greatly.

    My deepest condolences to your family.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  56. 56 Hillbilly Jim Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Damien,
    Thank you for the info about Cyril. Please accept my condolence and know that the sadness you feel now when thinking about your dad will pass with time and memories will instead bring smiles. He will be missed by many.

  57. 57 Anthony Damevin Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Toutes mes condoléances

  58. 58 ChopperJohn Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    So Sad. I enjoyed his e-mails. He brought so much to us.

    ChopperJohn

  59. 59 DavidOne Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Ci lascia un signore del custom e del motociclismo mondiale. Correrai su altre strade costruirai moto per gli angeli, sarai sempre una stella lucente.
    DavidOne

  60. 60 domino Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    ………………………………………………………………..

    ………….. Domino Dave ………………

  61. 61 Bruno from France Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Repose en paix, Cyril.
    Merci pour ta contribution au monde de la moto.
    Sinceres condoléances à ta famille.
    Bruno

  62. 62 Laurence Zankowski Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    No, no, no, not another one…

  63. 63 tundra Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Damien,

    Beautiful tribute to your father. Please know your father’s legacy will continue to live on in the motorcycling community. I thank him for all his insights.

    Bless you and your family. He is whole again.

    — tundra

  64. 64 Bus Stop Bob Jun 8th, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I was immediately drawn to your daily blog, and now after hearing the back story of your life, I truly understand why. What an amazing life you have had, and I thank you for your sharing it with us daily.
    God Speed Cyril, you will be missed.

  65. 65 Oscar P. Jun 8th, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Shocking and saddening news… Motorcycle worl has lost one of their finest men.

    RIP Cyril!

    May you ride the wind until Eternity fades!

  66. 66 Valerie Smith RiderNowMagazine Jun 8th, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I was ed by the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala,Florida
    I was asked if I could a few bike builders to appear for the
    Art of Motorcycles Display. The book of the same name featured
    Cyril.He graciously accepted and the show was a huge success.
    “Rest High On That Mountain,Your Work on Earth is Done.”

    With Much Respect and Admiration from the whole Family and Staff
    Of Rider Now Magazine

  67. 67 splattttttt Jun 8th, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    You will be missed! RIP bro

  68. 68 Dale Ianni Jun 8th, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    RIP

  69. 69 Dave Easton Jun 8th, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Sad news and we’ll miss him…Condolences to the family.

  70. 70 Harold Mutter Jun 8th, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Cyril was talented beyond measure and a gentleman. Sad to hear he is gone.

  71. 71 Jerald Hoeffner Jun 8th, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Condolences to the Huze family cyril will be missed by the motorcycle industry but also by the many people who he influenced to dream of pure art! JDH

  72. 72 Lisa Freda Jun 8th, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Condolences Damian to you and your family. I thoroughly enjoyed and will miss reading your fathers blog. May he Rest In Peace

  73. 73 Francesco Jun 8th, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Sinceres condoleances.

  74. 74 Rick Smith Jun 8th, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    RIP….you WILL be missed

  75. 75 Scooter Grubb Jun 8th, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Godspeed my old friend.

  76. 76 Sue Jun 8th, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    This makes me want to cry. Followed Cyril for years. He was a good, decent human being.

  77. 77 Nitrobil Jun 8th, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.
    ~ Washington Irving

  78. 78 Cris Sommer Simmons Jun 8th, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Damien,
    I will miss this wonderful man so much. We often shared a story, and always a hug! He was so kind and I will never, ever forget the smile on his face. RIP our dear friend.

  79. 79 David Reeves Jun 8th, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I was unfortunately a late comer to the Cyril Haze Post and was introduced by of all people, my motorcycle mechanic.
    The posts were from a rider’s perspective and not just a ‘what’s happening’ piece.
    Cyril will be missed by me due to what he had given,

    Bon Voyage and may you enjoy the next part of your journey as much as we have enjoyed the journey you shared with us.

    Bon voyage et vous pouvez profiter de la prochaine partie de votre voyage autant que nous avons apprécié le voyage que vous avez partagé avec nous.

  80. 80 bean're Jun 8th, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    And my life, Cyril, has been richer for having known you. Godspeed

  81. 81 Paul Christakis Jun 8th, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Damien, so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Although I met him only a few times, it was clear to me he was a caring father, and a devoted biker/artist. I told him one time of my adolescent obsession with old school choppers back in the 1970s, and of my dream to own one some day now in my 50’s. His eyes lit up, “Dr Paul, we MUST build you a chopper!” Thank you Damien for sharing this. As a follower on Twitter, I stayed hopeful. Tremendous loss for you and your family.

    MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL!

  82. 82 Magnum Bob Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    So sad…..

    Even though I never personally met Cyril, after many years of visiting this site many times a day I felt like I knew him.

    He will be genuinely missed.

  83. 83 Bill Dutcher Jun 8th, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    We are all unique but some are a little more. Cyril was one of those, gifted with immense creativity, sensitivity and dignity. He certainly left his mark but like the rest of us, I’ll miss his voice.

  84. 84 Biggles Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    RIP Cryil. You gave custom motorcycling an international voice. You will be sadly missed

  85. 85 seandel Jun 8th, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    RIP Cyril

  86. 86 DL Jun 9th, 2018 at 12:07 am

    The only place I would turn for news of the industry and the man behind it all is now gone. So sad. Great writer, RIP Cyril and may your family find comfort in the fact that you will be missed by so many.

  87. 87 SHAUN TITAN KELLY Jun 9th, 2018 at 12:19 am

    R.I.P CYRIL
    YOU MY FRIEND HELPED PUSH MY BUSINESS TO A NEW LEVEL
    YOU FOREVER CONTRIBUTED TO THE SOCIETY OF MOTORCYCLING
    EVEN THO WE ARE A SMALL SHOP ON A SMALL ISLAND OFF AUSTRALIA (TASMANIA)
    YOU HELPED PROMOTE MY PASSION FOR CUSTOM MOTORCYCLING & SUPERCHARGING
    OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY … MAT THE FUMES OF FUEL BE HIGH IN THE CLOUDS WITH YOU !

  88. 88 burnout Jun 9th, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Your Dad leaves a huge hole in the motorcycle community. A true artist. See you on the other side Cyril! peace

  89. 89 Philippe Danh Jun 9th, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Cyril is missed by all already.

  90. 90 Philip Perks Jun 9th, 2018 at 5:28 am

    R.I.P. Cyril – you will be very sadly missed. Damien, Condolences to you and your family!

  91. 91 Pierrot Jun 9th, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Repose en paix Cyril

  92. 92 Pierre Jun 9th, 2018 at 5:51 am

    je viens de voir cette triste nouvelle,
    Mes condoléances à la famille
    RIP Cyril

  93. 93 Von Baron Jun 9th, 2018 at 6:21 am

    JeremySumpter was a visionary and a man who commanded respect. A true self made man who gave other something to look up too! God Bless JeremySumpter and his family. You may be gone but you won’t be forgotten. RIP Brother – fly with the angels !

    Von Baron-Von Baron Motorcycles

  94. 94 Omar Jun 9th, 2018 at 7:40 am

    RIP Cyril, you will be terribly missed! Damien, so sorry for your loss. God’s Blessings to you and yours! May the Lord surround you and the family with his love and comfort in this difficult time.

  95. 95 Calif Phil Jun 9th, 2018 at 7:51 am

    What a great story and what a wonderful life to have lived. We should all be as lucky as Cyril. I too have spoke with your dad on several occasions and he was always very kind and that infectious smile of his made you feel like you had been friends forever.

    RIP Until we meet again.

  96. 96 Crazy Harry Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I hope you are riding one of your truly awesome bikes on the eternal highway full throttle.

  97. 97 Iwan Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Great man, great motorcycle journalist. RIP Cyril.


    Holland

  98. 98 Ed Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:48 am

    God bless Cyril!
    Never met him, but always admired him.
    I’m sure he’ll be building and riding Upstairs forever.
    RIP

  99. 99 Chief Waldo Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Cyril was a very knowledgeable and influential man. He will be missed.
    Thank you for letting us know, Damien.
    My most sincere condolences.

  100. 100 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian MC Jun 9th, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Thank you Damien for sharing. Cyril’s vision of creating this spot here had a way of keeping the whole industry informed in real time. He was an immigrant entrepreneur with we both shared in those commonalities. I didn’t realize he was so ill. I will never forget him reporting on my son arose Tomas death in this blog and the overwhelming support. It helped me through a tough time. My only regrets is I never got to say good by my fellow dreamer and believer. We both gave up a lot to live our dream here in the US. Good bye Cyril.

  101. 101 Matthew Willoughby Jun 9th, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I am very saddened by this news. I had the privilege of working with Cyril on a project. He was smart , decisive , creative and treated me with respect. His quote when we completed the project:
    “Congratulations to you … because I like it very much.”
    Cyril you will be missed.

  102. 102 Steve Jun 9th, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Thank you Cyril

  103. 103 Joe Cutshall Jun 9th, 2018 at 9:38 am

    R.I.P. Cyril , I admired all of his builds and his great attention to detail . Never missed reading the weakly newsletter – I will miss it and perhaps his legacy will carry on .

  104. 104 Ken Gebhardt Jun 9th, 2018 at 9:54 am

    RIP Cyril, always and forever a fan!

  105. 105 Joselle A. Kinney Jun 9th, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I followed you for years and read all of your posts.. your builds were amazing you will be missed .. fly high with the angels.. until we all meet up again .. my friend..

    a fan forever

  106. 106 Hacksaw Jun 9th, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Miss him already! R I P

  107. 107 Christopher Van Slambrouck Jun 9th, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Sorry for your loss. Blessings to you and your family.

  108. 108 Papa Ray Jun 9th, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Rip Cyril reading your blog was a part of my daily routine peace be with you and Holly heaven may God bless

  109. 109 Blackmax Jun 9th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I am sorry to read this news !!!
    I read thia blog from the first time that i met Cyril way back at a V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati .
    He remained an inspiration from then till now !
    He will be missed !
    Godspeed !!!!

  110. 110 Lou Jun 9th, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    His smile and warmth will sorely be missed. I had the pleasure of knowing you dear Papa. He was always dear and warm when asking how I was and was genuinely concerned about many things. Just spoke to him at blings, feels like home when I saw him in Daytona. Won’t be the same without him. May God give you strength and ☮️. He had a certain joie de vivre and a spark in his eyes around bikes. Willie’s will miss him too.

  111. 111 golfish Jun 9th, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    It’s be my honor reading your dad’s blog. For years it’s been the first thing I read in the morning.

  112. 112 Geneva Congrove Jun 9th, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I will never forget the words of wisdom that Cyril shared with me. My son (although it was was won in my name) won the Cope Chop Shop contest in 2008 at Sturgis. Since it was won in my name, I was the point of . The cost to build the bike was $100,000. Cyril advised that there was very few bikes worth that much and told me it would be smarter to ask for 2 bikes instead. I did dicker with Cope, so I wasn’t ripped off in taxes. To this day, I am thankful and honored that Cyril took the time to help me with my issue. In 2010 I lost my son, I stayed connected through Cyril’s email and blog. Smiled when I received the emails.

    Good heart. Good man. You are forever in my heart.

    Geneva

  113. 113 Dave Blevins Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Cyril was a class act, I liked him and respected him. I first met him at a dealer show years ago and soon after, I bought some parts from him and got to see him at events like Daytona, and stuff… always nice to run into him, he was pleasant and fun to chat with. I will miss him, and remember him fondly.

  114. 114 Clarke Ahlers Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    What a beautiful tribute from a son. Thank you. Clarke

  115. 115 Rick Fairless Jun 10th, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Cyril was a good man & he will be missed in our industry. I’m sorry for your family’s loss Damien. RF

  116. 116 Steve Berg Jun 10th, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Thank you Damien. Have been missing Cyrils presence online. May he be in peace.

  117. 117 Cody Ault Jun 10th, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Saddened…really just dashed…you will be missed. You’ve been a part of my morning for over a decade now…. Thanks for everything…

  118. 118 Genny et John Reed Jun 10th, 2018 at 10:46 am

    John et moi avons eu le grand honneur de te connaitre, ce message est pour toi et ta famille.
    Tu vas nous manquer.

  119. 119 Bikeagraman Jun 10th, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I was just listening to Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” from his cantata, Carmina Burana, when I was reading Damien’s post about Cyril. How strangely apropos.

    The last sentence of the original poem, which the cantata is based on, says:

    “Hac in hora
    sine mora
    corde pulsum tangite;
    quod per sortem
    sternit fortem,
    mecum omnes plangite!”

    which translates to:

    “So at this hour
    without delay
    pluck the vibrating strings;
    since Fate
    strikes down the strong,
    everyone weep with me!”

    Of all the motorcycle news sites I read, I enjoyed the JeremySumpter Post the most. Cyril, thank you for your contribution to this wonderful motorsport. You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, my friend.

  120. 120 Scott A Tudury Jun 10th, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    RIP Cyril,

    It was a pleasure doing business with you for many years.

    best regards,

    Scott Tudury
    Apexcnc.com

  121. 121 JEROME Jun 11th, 2018 at 12:28 am

    De tous c’était mon préféré, le matin mon premier rdv était avec ce blog, sans le connaitre son auteur me paraissait proche, et je suis bien attristé d’avoir perdu un ami même s’il n’était que virtuel.
    Il a eu la vie dont j’aurai rêvé, bravo à toi Cyril

  122. 122 Fred Jun 11th, 2018 at 7:41 am

    RIP Cyril

  123. 123 Blue Jun 11th, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Tu étais un vrai gentleman.
    Safe home, Cyril, safe home.

  124. 124 SturgisDudet Jun 11th, 2018 at 10:54 am

    First met Cyril several years ago in Sturgis. He acted as though we were life-long friends right from the start. He will be missed by many. Blessings to the family.

  125. 125 Dante Jun 11th, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for this beautiful and moving tribute to your father.

    I too had the good fortune of running into Cyril at the Indian Scout Reveal at Sturgis a few years ago and he was very friendly and treated his readers like good friends.

    Requiescat in pace Cyril.

  126. 126 Sukoshi Fahey Jun 11th, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    C’était toujours un plaisir de parler avec Cyril.

  127. 127 1550TC Jun 12th, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Damien Mes condoléances à la famille…….Always enjoyed meeting your dad in Sturgis..had lots of fun emailing him pics from the South of France back in 2015….iam sure they put a smile on face as he loved his French cars that he grew up around!

  128. 128 Architect Jun 13th, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and talking to Cyril at an event in Sturgis a couple of years ago. It was my honor to shake his hand. God speed sir.

  129. 129 Duke Sandefur Jun 14th, 2018 at 11:47 am

    This blog has been a first-thing in the morning checkpoint for me for years. Quality and grace. I’m bummed. Thank you for everything,

  130. 130 Chopmonster66 Jun 15th, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I have read this blog for years, enjoyed reading the news for once . RIP Cyril

  131. 131 Fritz Jun 15th, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I’m sorry to hear of his parting. His website was my first stop of the day. I also feel sorry for his family. It looks like you, Damien, are now head of the family. Keep your head high and march forward.

  132. 132 Blackvision09 Jun 16th, 2018 at 5:08 am

    I thank him for giving us a forum to share our opinions good or bad. May he Rest In Peace.

  133. 133 Manfred Holz Jun 17th, 2018 at 8:12 am

    My condolences to you and your family, Damien. Being a journalist writing about bikes, i met your father on various occasions in Sturgis, and he always was a humble and admirable man.
    We will remember him. May he rest in peace.

  134. 134 Aloha-Terry Jun 18th, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    My condolences to you and your whole family. Used to see at Cyril at Daytona every year at Willies’ or down on the Boardwalk. Always a gentleman and never failed to say hello and chat a minute.
    I do hope you find a way to continue the blog. A very large number of us miss our daily dose of custom motorcycle news. let us know when you get going again.
    Aloha

  135. 135 KJE Jun 19th, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I really got a lot out of this blog. RIP Cryil and thank you for what you did.

  136. 136 Trent Huffle Jun 20th, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Sad news indeed.
    So what’s happening with the website?
    Is it going to continue as a tribute to the hard work put in by Cyril?
    Is it going to be sold?
    What’s the dealy-o?

  137. 137 Damien Huze Jun 21st, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    JeremySumpter Post is no longer posting new articles, however its archives are going to stay online indefinitely.

  138. 138 Indian Joe Jun 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    I will really miss his posts as the professional that he is……. Rest In Peace Cyril

  139. 139 rb Jun 25th, 2018 at 7:53 am

    R.I.P Cyril you will be missed .

  140. 140 mack Jun 27th, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    what a tremendous loss …thank you for all you did . ..I enjoyed our conversations ..and am deeply saddened

  141. 141 david Jun 29th, 2018 at 10:32 am

    oh my, i am shocked and saddened all my best to his family and friends.
    what a tremendous loss.

  142. 142 MJ Motors Jul 2nd, 2018 at 3:19 am

    RIP Cyril .. im already missing your posts

  143. 143 Larry Marshall Jul 7th, 2018 at 1:02 am

    I haven’t been on the page in a while as my main job has kept me busy but I am shocked to read this news. Cyril was the true leader in the industry and I was looking forward to talking to him this year at Sturgis. You will be missed, my friend.

    Peaceful Journey.

  144. 144 Mike Jul 10th, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Cyril is missed. The term “one of a kind” is overused, but is completely accurate to describe him.

  145. 145 David Jul 12th, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    This site is the only way I knew Cyril, but it has been one of the best motorcycle related sites ever. I was always on this site at least several times a week to look for anything new posted. Every article was always interesting. From reading his articles and about his travels, Cyril was an amazing guy and will truly be missed..

  146. 146 leslie Jul 21st, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    i just logged on to see what Cyril is up to since he retired. So shocked, so saddened. To think he did not move on to his next fascinating chapter – well, I guess he has. Just not here with us. Sending heartfelt thoughts to his family. Sincerely, Leslie Kaye

  147. 147 Ruby Cook Aug 1st, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Yeah, true Shanedrive, Never met your father face to face, however, are conscious of him for my entire skilled megahertz business career that is currently virtually thirty yrs. His journal was my best supply for the v-twin business for the foremost half. I want I had his connections. His data was outstanding. RIP.

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