On New Years Eve, Long Island lost a well-loved fixture of the motorcycling community with the passing of Gino Palma.
I first met Gino some time around 2003 in Port Jefferson. We had a connection over our love of Ducati Superbikes. At the time, I rode a 996 but Gino,… he had a beautiful Bostrom replica 998 – a bike that was a rare sight. Seeing a man north of 75 years old riding it – well, that just spoke volumes about the type of guy he was.
With a perpetual twinkle in his eye, Gino was always good for a smile, laugh and stories of riding. Everyone was always glad to see him come wheeling in to town. He was just a special guy. His loss will be felt by many.
Godspeed, Gino. You will be missed.