View Full Version : Forum Member Argh Oh - Jim Kush death

02-18-2016, 10:28 AM
Jim Kush from Argo, AL known by most as Argh Oh on this and other motorcycling forums was found dead in his home Tuesday 2/16/16. I know he was pretty active on here and loved his Futura. He was a great guy and will be missed by many in the Birmingham riding community. He was a staple on www.bamarides.com (http://www.bamarides.com).

Funeral Services will be.

Saturday, February 20, 1-4pm at the Trussville Civic Center.

I'm told it will be informal.


Link to his facebook page.
www.facebook.com/jim.kush.3 (https://www.facebook.com/jim.kush.3)

Moderators, I couldn't find the correct location for this post. Feel free to move. Off-topic just didn't feel appropriate.

02-18-2016, 11:23 AM
Damn - speechless

02-18-2016, 12:28 PM
Terrible news!

old git
02-18-2016, 12:38 PM
sorry to hear that, condolences

02-18-2016, 12:54 PM
Life is Short. Share the best you have to offer and be thankful. RIP Jim

02-18-2016, 01:19 PM
[emoji20] rip biker!

02-18-2016, 01:50 PM
So sad. Jim and I were planning to meet, here in Wisconsin, this year. Jim's son lives here so he did visit the state every now and then. My prayers go out for Jim and his family. RIP my friend.


02-18-2016, 02:13 PM
Oh, that's a bad, bad bummer. I realy enjoyed his posts - so enthusiastic, and so happy to help others with advice. Hope he didn't suffer.

northern phil
02-18-2016, 02:27 PM
That really is shitty news.

flying fox
02-18-2016, 02:34 PM
Terrible news.He'll be sorely missed.
My condolences to his family.

02-18-2016, 02:35 PM
You will be missed greatly, Jim. Rest in Peace.

02-18-2016, 02:40 PM
oh damn. RIP sir.

02-18-2016, 03:02 PM
Very sorry to hear this. RIP Jim.

02-18-2016, 03:08 PM
I am shocked and saddened, RIP.

02-18-2016, 04:25 PM
Well shoot. My condolences to friends and family.

terry mc
02-18-2016, 06:39 PM
My condolences to Jim's family and friends, he will be missed.
I have had the pleasure of communicating with him in the past and he was a very geniune, and nice person to talk with.
I feel the loss of his passing.

02-18-2016, 10:12 PM
I added funeral details to the first post.

02-19-2016, 08:59 AM
How terrible. I also had some really nice conversations with him by email. Gonna be missed for sure.


02-19-2016, 11:51 AM
RIP met him for the first time at the Indy Moto GP last year. Was a great guy and a smile on hi face. Does anyone know what happened to him?

02-19-2016, 01:37 PM
There will also be a memorial for Jim in Chicago at a later date. I don't know any other details about it.

A friend of mine wrote the following about Jim. She posted it on www.bamarides.com (http://www.bamarides.com)

I know many of you can't make the memorial Saturday. Jim and I were planning a ride later this spring. I will continue those plans in his honor and you will have a chance to join.

Here is the eulogy I wrote for this Saturday.

A moment's breath
is come, is gone.
A gasping breath
for life to come
or life be gone.
What words can rest
on this moment's breath
that has come
and now is gone?


Wow. Jim. What can I say? Everything about him, as I knew him, was steadfast. Rock solid and unwavering. You may not like where he stood, but you knew exactly where he stood. And it was always beside you. Holding you up when you didn't think you could stand. Gently pushing you forward when you didn't think you could move. Taking a small step back to let you bask in the success he helped you accomplish. And always with that sly, dark, sarcastic humor that kept you from taking yourself too seriously.

He was intelligent, well read, articulate, hilariously funny, passionate, compassionate, gentle in spirit and in action.

He literally and figuratively saved my life more than once. He was so unassuming that he could light up a room without changing the dynamic or overpowering it. The steady flow of energy that kept the room on course.

Jim and I used to share quotes and sayings. In today's world, memes. His favorite and one he would remind me of with a glance over his glasses was an engineering flow chart that read:

Is there something you should be doing?
Yes ---> do it
No ---> don't fucking lie ---> do it

His passions ran deep. In order, starting with #2, his Italian mistress, the Futura. I'm still convinced that's where he really is. Off with her somewhere, and can't or won't answer his phone.

Number 3, his love of all other things mechanical. From the pure muscle and horse power of cars to the delicate and elegant movement of a watch. He could dance with both. I pulled him on to the dance floor at the Blues Ball a few years back. He could dance there, too. Which brings us to number 4, his appreciation and passion for music and the arts. The details that were always in the background. The right music for the mood and occasion. On the perfect sound system, of course. The perfect display of his photography and the perfect cup of coffee. If you never saw Jim make a pot of coffee you missed a mind blowing culinary process. From pot to carafe, to milk jug and back. Finally making it in to the Aprilia coffee cup reminding me how he didn't trust just anyone with that mug. That was to say, "don't drop that cup." It was always a head shaking moment for me.

And finally, his number one passion. Jeremy.

His whole body would light up when he talked about Jeremy. And I can understand. When you have kids, everything else becomes a love triangle with your kid at the top. I met Jeremy a few months ago when he visited for the holidays. Jim's love and connection with Jeremy was beautiful to watch. The father/son and friend...as we tossed bottle rockets into the new year sky, discussing technique and encouraging each other to take the necessary risks.

Thank you Jeremy for sharing your father with us. Our lives are so much richer for having known him.

02-19-2016, 03:03 PM
Thanks Mulley

Micah / AF1 Racing
02-20-2016, 06:46 AM
Damn. He has been one of my favorites around here for a long time. I guess one day folks will read of me and my mortality, I only hope that day is far and in the rest of my life I can accomplish and learn like Jim did. Sad loss to our community but my hear goes out his more direct family and community.

02-20-2016, 01:00 PM
He really was consistently good-natured and supportive here in the forum. I imagine he caused quite a positive ripple effect in the lives of those that knew him.

02-20-2016, 04:25 PM
Damn. He was good people. My heartfelt condolences to his family. We'll miss him.

02-22-2016, 09:00 PM

Clint Eastwood
02-22-2016, 09:05 PM

02-23-2016, 11:05 PM
Very sad to hear. He was always positive, clever and understated.

Best hopes for his family and friends.

02-24-2016, 12:47 AM
Based on what's posted here, I'm worse off for not having known him other than in this medium.

Rest in peace, Mr. Kush.

02-24-2016, 06:37 AM
Great tribute sent Mulley, sad to see a great bloke with a great handle ~ Argh Oh,
a close mate said that to me every time I twisted a spanner,
I'm sure he would be longing for every one of us to make the most of what he have and enjoy it instead of taking it for granted,
Ride on in the clouds where mechanicals never happen and the angels are free and family keeps you close,

03-02-2016, 04:54 PM
R.I.P. Jim.

02-08-2017, 07:40 PM
I was thinking about Jim over the Festive season and latterly figured it must be nearing the anniversary of his passing.
The search immediately came up with this thread.

I am sure not to have been alone enjoying many a kind of pen pal exchange (of the Transatlantic variety) in PMs with Argh Oh, not just about our respective Futuras, ( mine sadly got written off last spring, I still have the Mille )

Two days ago was the 20th anniversary of my first coronary of 3, and it turned out Jim had been a member of the zipper club too, with similar histories in the ticker department, also we were the same age and whilst I did have trouble giving up the nicotene completely, did so about ten year back, whilst I think Argh Oh was talking in terms of quitting and getting on a fitness regime.

Sadly I have in the interim lost some great friends in similar circumstances, some with American cars or bikes.

I never got to meet Jim/ a true regret. I also wondered if anyone heard any more of what became of his beloved and much modded Futura?

02-08-2017, 11:22 PM
Jim came out to Barber one day when I was running out there, coaching for US Desmo. It was a pleasure to meet him and go out to dinner with him.