Lost another rider and a source of knowledge

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by harrythefinn, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. On Thursday "Hiko" ( Bengt Hiko Haikola)  passed away in Pattaya.

    He will be remembered for his encylopediac knowledge of obscure brands and also of Honda.

    He took a CB750 around the globe when they first came out, he was at one stage a huge importer of motorcycles into Scandinavia and knew a lot of top people in Europe and Japan. Done a lot of touring early days in Cambodia.

    His cremation is on Wednesday, 23rd September at Wat Bun Samphan (Not sure of the correct translation) on soi Boon Sampan on the dark side at 1500 hrs.
     
  2. Oh shit! a Very sad day.

    Hiko was a wonderful guy, a gentleman for all bikers, a mine of info & a fantastic GTR contributor.

    And yes I think he was the # 1 BMW / Honda Dealer in Scandinavia at one stage.

    His Honda CB750 history thread on GTR was an absolute beauty

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/honda-cb750-sohc

    as was his Honda Cub Thread

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/honda-cub

    plus the early Japanese motorcyles

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/early-japanese-motorcycles-19

    Then there was one on Indian Motorcycles

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/indian-motorcycles

    He knew the history of Husqvarna from the inside

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/husqvarna-sold-again

    He was a pioneer for motorcycle touring in the region & his failed Vietnam Scooter trip was an epic

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/under-175-cc-to-vietnam-forget-it

    In the early days he was a full bottle on the grey market motorcycle import & their registration

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/importing-bikes

    He knew about gasohol & the value of its introduction into Thailand

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/gasohol-99

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/what-is-octane

    He was in Aleppo Syria by motorcycle in 1974

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/aleppo-syria

    and I think he rode a Honda CB750 from Europe to Japan in the late 70S/ early 80s?, with the bike in a Honda Museum in Japan; please correct me if I am wrong.

    Hiko knew motorcycle touring & the business inside out.

    He was also fearless & took on Barcelona BMW in Bangkok

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/beware-of-barcelona-motors-bangkok

    Thank you Hiko. It was a pleasure knowing you - the few times I was lucky enough to meet.

    All you did for expat motorcycling in Thailand will be remembered.

    RIP you were a bright shining star showing the way for many of us.
     
  3. Hiko

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    on the road on the epic failed Vietnam Scooter trip

    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/under-175-cc-to-vietnam-forget-it

    if anyone else has some good  photos of Hiko, please post them.
     

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  4. Sorry to hear that. Hiko was a Nice Guy and he quite often emailed Me about different things. Meet Him a few Times the last time at the International Motorshow. He was having a few Health Issues so He is finally released of the Suffering and may He find the Peace He well deserves! As David said Hiko possessed an Incredible Wealth of Knowledge and a Sharp Mind! R.I.P Sir!
     
  5. Hiko's facebook profile image - a Honda CB750

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    I also understand that at one stage he had a collection of Africa Twins in Pattaya - 15  bikes?
     

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  6. R.I.P Hiko..a couple of funeral photos

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    if anyone else has any photos please post them or send to me for uploading.

    Thank you Lasse for forwarding these photos - much appreciated.
     

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  7. A few more images of Hiko

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    evidence of his RTW CB750 Pioneer days

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    when an adventure bike was whatever you rode.

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    Thank you Severi Virolainen for the images.
     

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