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posted March 12, 2005 01:32 AM        Edited By: Editor on 12 Mar 2005 09:36
Doug Meyer Resigns from Muzzys Performance Products, Switches Industries

Doug Meyer has been a fixture in the Motorcycling Industry for decades. It would be safe to say that scores of enthusiasts owe their start and their participation in the Industry to Doug Meyer in some way. This is why it may come as a shock to many that Doug Meyer has not only resigned from Muzzy's Performance Products after a 10 year stint as Rob Muzzy's right hand man, but he is leaving the Motorcycling Industry as well.

Doug had this to say to Bikeland

"I seem to have developed a "life habit" of changing careers or at least jobs every 10 years or so. Lately I've been getting that itch again and it seemed that since January 1st 2005 made it 10 years with Rob it might be an appropriate time to do such a thing. One would think that it would be really stupid to give up what could very well be described as "The Perfect Job", but the truth is, I've been so very lucky having had a series of "perfect jobs", never working so much as just getting paid to do what I love to do anyway.

Muzzys was all of that of course, and I enjoyed my work immensely, but I was feeling that I was a bit limited and sort of "topped out", not really moving forward. Therefore, I resigned about the middle of January, to be effective February 22nd at the close of the Indy trade show. I plan for that show all year and didn't want to leave Rob hanging with no one knowing what to do. Rob appreciated the notice, understood my feelings and wished me luck. Since we are friends and neighbors, we'll remain in touch and I may do some work and test riding "on the side" for him."

Most surprising of all is one of the "real" underlying reasons for Doug's resignation. A man with the "perfect job" in an industry people dream of working in still has a secret passion... in a classic "the grass is always greener" scenario, even people with "perfect jobs" have dreams... and Doug Meyer's is his hobby... flying...

"Most of my friends at Bikeland don't know that I've been a pilot for 37 years, (almost as long as a bike rider) and have been a flight instructor for about 25 years. Last summer I became a factory certified instructor for Lancair, with the ability to train new owners in their aircraft, and they indicated that there would be some part time work for me. The Lancair 400 is just about the most advanced single engine aircraft in the world, all composite, state of the art avionics (and it's the fastest, of course) etc. I heard "through the grapevine" that they were ramping up their marketing department due to a large increase in orders and production. I figured at that point that I ought to send over a resume, that it would be dumb not to. I was pleasantly surprised when they called almost immediately offering me a position in their marketing department. I will be running their "special events" marketing, primarily having a truck (like your average large Nascar race truck) at all the major airshows throughout the US, including the big one at Oshkosh in July and the Reno Air Races in September. I'll be working with customers, potential customers, doing some flight demos, instructing, moving of aircraft coordinating all the off-site marketing. Essentially, my job is the same as it was with Muzzys, except with airplanes instead of motorcycles. "

So, with only a bit of jealousy, we wish Doug Meyer success, enjoying himself flying airplanes for fun everyday. I remember asking Doug a few years back "how I could get his job?"... he told me that "you'd have to kill me". Oh well... if motorcyclist's have luck on their side, Doug will decide that flying is no fun at all as a 9 to 5'er and he'll be back sooner than later... until then....

"It's hard to say which I like more, and it really doesn't matter because I am really just swapping job for hobby and hobby for job. I'm really very excited and can't wait to get into it. I'm headed for Featherlite on Monday to work on the design for the truck. As usual I'm getting paid to do what I love and I'm incredibly lucky to be doing that. The fact is, I'll probably do MORE riding and enjoy my bikes more now that they are a hobby and not a job. I will continue to participate on Bikeland, and you may find that I'll be a bit MORE outspoken. I certainly won't suddenly turn stupid just because I don't work at Muzzys!"

Source: Bikeland.org

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matt sterbator

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posted March 12, 2005 01:52 AM        
Well fuckin'a Doug !!!

Funny this comes up now. I've been working on obtaining my private pilot ticket for about the past 4 weeks, and yesterday I solo'd for the first time.

Good luck in your new venture Doug !

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posted March 12, 2005 02:09 AM        
Good luck with your new job Doug.

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posted March 12, 2005 02:36 AM        
good luck doug!!!!!!

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k bryant

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posted March 12, 2005 03:02 AM        Edited By: k bryant on 12 Mar 2005 11:02
Kinda ironic with the timing for both of us.... Other than Scuba, I'm living my hobby.
Stay in touch my friend.

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posted March 12, 2005 03:57 AM        
Cool deal Doug.

I always heard the pilot coming through in your stories, I'm glad you can do some more stuff you will enjoy.

Have fun,

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posted March 12, 2005 04:52 AM        
Congrats, Doug. Best of luck!
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posted March 12, 2005 05:43 AM        
well colour me surprised! sorry to hear the motorcycling industry has lost a great team member, but glad to hear u havent abandoned motorcycling entirely. all the best in your new career! and if u ever fly north with a set of pontoons on a plane, u gotta stop by for a visit.
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posted March 12, 2005 07:08 AM        
Sorry to see ya go man!!
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posted March 12, 2005 07:14 AM        
Good luck Doug. Maybe I'll ride my ZXP-40R down for the Oshkosh show if work permits. Lived here 18 yrs and never been. Best wishes and dont be a stranger.
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posted March 12, 2005 08:02 AM        
Best of luck Doug, and thanks for your help. I'm sure you will enjoy the bikes even more when they aren't in your face every day!
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posted March 12, 2005 08:40 AM        
Wow. Enjoy the new gig!

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posted March 12, 2005 10:06 AM        
Prosperity and good luck.How long before you start thinking about tweaking the motor alittle or maybe just a few more rpm's would be nice on the Lancair?
I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

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posted March 12, 2005 11:25 AM        
...good luck, Doug...happy flyin' and thank you for all of your valuable input here at bikeland...until next time...hmmmm....'more outspoken', huh?...well, you're more qualified than most to just tell it like it is, guru-miester!...I look forward to your continued participation!
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posted March 12, 2005 12:41 PM        

You have been an invaluable asset to all of us on this board. Your help and expertise has been greatly appreciated. I'm sure you will be just as successful with your new adventure as you have been here with us. We will miss you! Congratulations and Best Wishes!

Take Care,


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posted March 12, 2005 01:12 PM        
Congratulations, Mr. Meyer.... I mean, Doug.
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posted March 12, 2005 01:22 PM        
Congrats, Doug. Those Lancairs are pimp!!! I've been dreaming about one ever since I got my PPSEL. Good luck with your new venture. Lancair is very lucky to have you.

Thank you very much for all of the information you have shared with us over the years. I hope to bump into you at Oshkosh sometime in the next ten years.

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posted March 12, 2005 01:53 PM        
best of luck in your new career Doug and thanks for all the help and info you provided
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posted March 12, 2005 01:56 PM        
Mat flying...???... I am considering doing that too since i retire soon... Imagine that...
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posted March 12, 2005 03:23 PM        
soooooooooo doug why were the 2000 zx12r's delayed. every body thinks kawi was changing something..all the best to you and your new gig..go for it man....
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posted March 12, 2005 07:20 PM        
I hope you are wearing my shirt when you are up there.
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posted March 12, 2005 09:43 PM        
Good luck...
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posted March 12, 2005 11:01 PM        
soooooooooo doug why were the 2000 zx12r's delayed.

Doug, Man thank you for all of the knowledge and support you have given me over the last 5 years! you are a great guy! I wish you the best of luck, with your new job! and if you every run though Des Moines, call us!
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posted March 13, 2005 01:18 AM        
Good Luck Doug!!!Doug was always an exclamation point on our posts,I hope this isn't the last we hear from you.
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posted March 13, 2005 02:09 AM        
Way to go there Doug and many thanks for all your advise and info over the past on this site & Good Luck!

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