Founder of Harley dealerships on West Slope killed in bike crash
By SENTINEL STAFF
With wire reports
A man who built an empire of Harley-David dealerships, including two in Grand Junction and Montrose, died Thursday after colliding with a pickup in southwestern Wyoming.
The Wyoming State Patrol said 66-year-old Bruce Rossmeyer of Florida was trying to pass a pickup pulling a trailer about 18 miles east of Farson on Thursday. Sgt. Stephen
Townsend said the truck driven by 73-year-old Robert VanValkenburg of Rock Springs was turning left onto a dirt road when the collision occurred.
Townsend said VanValkenburg had his left-turn signal on. Rossmeyer was thrown from the motorcycle and landed under the trailer. No other motorcycles were involved in the crash.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida reported Thursday that Rossmeyer was one of the nation’s largest Harley-Davidson dealers. The Grand Junction Harley-Davidson dealership’s Web site indicates the dealership on Crossroads Boulevard was formed in February 1996 by Rossmeyer and Scott Lindsay. The dealership in Montrose opened in 2007.
Lindsay couldn’t be reached for comment. A woman who answered the phone at the Grand Junction dealership Friday said she couldn’t release any information and referred calls to General Manager Tracy Tubbs, who couldn’t be reached for comment.
A friend, Grady Pfeiffer, told the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal that Rossmeyer was headed to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D. Rossmeyer planned to meet with a group of custom-bike builders called the Hamsters in Thermopolis and then ride to Sturgis, said Pfeiffer, the group’s spokesman.