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In Memory

James Hausler - Class of 1968

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05/26/12 05:23 PM #1    

Henry Randolph Hensel (1963)

HAUSLER - James W. of Hewitt formerly of Paramus on August 14, 2005, Mr. Hausler won seven World Racing Championships for Harley-Davidson. Beloved husband of Laura (nee Paul) of Hewitt. Devoted father of Desiree, Deana and Jamie Hausler of Hewitt. Loving son of Armanda (nee Turchi) Hausler and the late Charles Hausler. Dear brother of Charles Hausler and his wife Mary of Paramus.

Jim Hausler, First H-D Rider In The 8’s Passes

It’s with a very heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of H-D pioneer Jim Hausler in a street MC accident on today. Hausler along with his dad, the late Chuck “Pops” Hausler and brother/crew chief Chuck became the first gas powered H-D motorcycle to clock a sub-nine second at Atco Dragway.

The Hausler’s competed in various sanctions from the early 1970’s until 1998 setting numerous records and winning a number of National Number One plates during this time.

Motorcycle fatality in Chester

Mid-Hudson News, NY - Town of Chester Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred at the intersection of Bellvale Road and County Route 13A (the Bypass), on last Sunday afternoon, August 14. The operator, James Hausler, 54, of Hewitt, New Jersey was operating a 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on County Route 13A and did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Bellvale Road, police said last night. He crossed Bellvale Road, left the roadway and struck a tree. Hausler was transported from the scene by Chester Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern where he later died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined and is still under investigation. The accident was witnessed by two other motorcyclists who were riding with Hausler. The Town of Chester Police were assisted at the scene by the Chester Fire Department, Mobile Life Support Services and the New York State Police.


03/10/13 11:02 AM #2    

Fred Stedtler (1969)

I have to admit being very shocked and saddened hearing of Jim's untimely passing.Having gone on a motorcycle trip with him to Canada in 1969, I can attest to his love of motorcycling and his skill at bike handeling.

One of my endearing memories was a weekend trip we set out on with Jim's  Father. His Brother was in the Air Force.He was stationed in Fargo,North Dakota and he was getting out. Problem was that he had assembled a dune buggy while stationed there and needed to get it home to Paramus.

That's how the crazy road trip began - I was 17 at the time ,so that would have made it 1968. Jim' Dad,Jim and I piled into his Dad's Pontiac and headed out West on Friday afternoon.I drove for about 1/2 an hour total and Jim maybe an hour. Jim's Dad was so nervous with young,inexperienced drivers,that he drove virtually all the time. An 1800 mile one way trip- load the dune buggy on a trailer and return to NJ - 3600 miles and we were back by Sunday night. What a burn out,but also a memorable time with great people.

Rest in peace Jim,we all miss you!    Fred Stedtler (class of 69)

05/31/15 05:29 PM #3    

William Weiss, III (1968)

Jim was an intense, focused and adventurous guy I knew mostly in elementary school at Spring Valley.  His neighborhood on Edstan Way teemed with interesting people (my classmates and their older brothers) who all had a creative bent extending deep into a realm of "interesting".  His dad had a garage - shop where loud swearing and motor noises blatted through the walls as he successfully bench tested racing engines and perfected racing carts.  It was always a place of congregation - a fantastical watering hole for pubescent boys...

Jim was a generous and friendly guy who shared his passion - as long as you got out of the way....  Another one of those souls who come into your life at the right time and place and put a groove in your memory.

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