Victor Neil Richardson IV, known as "Buckshot" to his motorcycle friends, died doing what he loved.
Richardson, 26, died Saturday when his motorcycle crashed a few houses away from his east Orange County home. A third-generation motorcycle enthusiast, Richardson started out riding a mini bike at age 4 or 5 and was medaling in bike agility competitions by the time he was a teenager.
"He did things on motorcycles you would see on the X Games," said Richardson's father, Victor Neil Richardson III, known as "The Breeze." One of Richardson's moves was the Superman seat grab, which involved holding his motorcycle by the fender as it flew through the air and clicking his heels together behind the bike.
But Richardson didn't just ride motorcycles. He built and repaired them.
And after completing a course of study at Orlando's Motorcycle Mechanics Institute at the top of his class, he began building a business — Buckshot's Busted Knuckle Garage — to do repairs.
"He helped a lot of people with their bikes — a lot of people twice his age," said the Rev. Al Paquette, who ministers to bikers and has known Richardson since he was a child.
Richardson had a spiritual side and was readjusting his life to focus on his family, Paquette said.
He had a daughter, Harleigh Grace, 4, who was named after the motorcycle brand.
Family members said Harleigh told her aunt that her father had come to her to say he was in heaven with his grandfather. Richardson's grandmother, Donna Richardson, said Harleigh had her own toolbox that she played with when her father was working on bikes in his garage.
Richardson's grandfather, Victor Neil Richardson Jr., was a leader in the Orlando chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. As a youngster, Buckshot was the first teenager to earn the organization's back patch, his family said. In more recent years, he was involved in an Orange County chapter of the Harley Owners Group and the Lake County motorcycle-enthusiasts group ABATE.
"He died doing what he wanted to do," Richardson's father said. "I can handle that. There's nothing that sets you free like riding a motorcycle." He has some of his own father's ashes in one of his motorcycle handlebars, and he plans to put some of his son's ashes in the other handlebar, "so he'll always be riding with me."
A funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday with a motorcycle procession from A Community Funeral Home on West Michigan Street in Orlando to Center Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene on Curry Ford Road.
Richardson's father said he expects a bikers' salute of more than 50 revving throttles for his son.
In addition to his father, daughter and grandmother, Richardson is survived by his mother, Kerri Dawson; fiancée, Lauren Weaver; two other grandparents; two sisters; and an aunt.
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