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Mission Accomplished at XDA’s Bike Bash

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DESPITE A POOR WEATHER FORECAST, XDA racers delivered an unstoppable performance for the 3rd Annual Bike Bash at Virginia Motorsports Park.

With a tropical storm off the east coast, the daily weather forecast for the Bike Bash was on a magic carpet ride. However, XDA racers WANT TO RACE and showed up ready to rock the quarter-mile. The Millers modified the schedule, and the quarter-mile was humming all weekend. The event was forty-five minutes away from completion on Sunday when a large weather cell came through to end the party prematurely. Four classes will finish their final rounds at the Bike Brawl on September 10-12, 2021 at Virginia Motorsports Park.

With 561 entries, the Pro classes delivered with a very tight field of competitive racing, our sportsman racers kept the show rolling with the toughest bracket racing in the game; and the Team Money Cycles Sound Off and Custom Bike Show kept the dial turned up all weekend.

Orient Express Racing Pro Street
The Orient Express Racing Pro Street racers continued to improve their performance standings as Virginia delivered cooler temperatures for these 650+ horsepower machines.

Justin Shakir took the number one qualifying spot on Friday night with a 6.505 before Rodney Williford knocked Shakir down a rung on Saturday with a 6.464 pass.

During the Saturday qualifying session Darion Payne improved his personal best ET to a 6.652 and broke the 220mph barrier with a 221.42mph run. Curtis Brown also improved with a 7.011, and we expect to see his first six-second pass at the next race.

In round one of eliminations, James Waugh poked his head into the 220mph barrier running 220.33mph and improving his ET to a 6.601 while winning over Ryan Hable.

Rodney Williford had an earned bye, along with Jason Dunigan and Shakir’s broke bye runs, easily advanced to round two. Curtis Brown had starting line issues sending Jamie Lopes on to round two. Darion Payne, Greg Wallace, and Gaige Herrera also won their rounds to move on.

We saw three stout passes in the forties from round two, with Williford running 6.465 at 226.73mph, Dunigan a 6.499 at 230.45mph, and Shakir improving his personal best with a 6.476 at 228.54mph. Wallace also advanced with a 6.513 win over Lopes.

In the semi-final, Shakir would take out rival Dunigan with a 6.574 after a wheelie slowed Dunigan off the line. And Rodney Williford would reveal the quickest pass of the weekend with a 6.455 at 230.17mph to send teammate Wallace back to the pits.

This is Shakir’s first XDA final, but the rain couldn’t come soon enough as he needed the delay to change a motor for the final round. Shakir’s rain dance paid off and no doubt he will be ready to face off with an undefeated Williford during qualifying at the next event, September 10-12, back at Virginia Motorsports Park for the inaugural Bike Brawl.

DME Racing Real Street
The DME Racing Real Street class gives us a good show at every event, and with three different winners this season, you never know what you will get. Spencer Claycomb took the number one qualifying spot with 7.547 on his nitrous Hayabusa. Being on top would be short-lived when Claycomb lost in the semi-final against previous event winner Mark Hylton.

After coming off a strong performance, Ralphie Navarro struggled at this event. He lost in round one after leaving before the tree was activated, sending Trevor Schnitz to his first, second-round appearance in DME Racing Real Street. Schnitz will automatically make it to his first final in three weeks against Mark Hylton with an earned bye in the semi-final.

With David Stewart missing eliminations and Hylton going to the finals, he is now poised to take over the points lead with only two events left in the season. The drama will unfold September 10-12 at the inaugural Bike Brawl.

HTP Performance Super Stock
David Fondon continues to terrorize the HTP Performance Super Stock class as he takes another number one qualifying position with an 8.756. Super Stock was cut short, leaving David Fondon, Mike Davis, and Curtis McDougald to finish this battle at the next event. McDougald will get a bye to the final to face either Fondon or Davis. All three of these racers are running close performance numbers and will be ready to give us a show.

MaxxECU Pro Xtreme
Winner – Chris Garner-Jones / Runner-up – John Collins

MaxxECU Pro Xtreme didn’t deliver any three-second passes this past weekend as the Collins-Jones battle raged on. For the third time this season, John Collins and Chris Garner-Jones would find themselves in the final against each other AGAIN. Both racers each had a win on each other going into the bike Bash.

Collins got the jump on Garner-Jones taking the number one qualifying position with a 4.025 to Garner-Jones’ 4.124. In round one, Bobby Lovingood was broke giving Collins an easy path to the final. Garner-Jones took out Travis Davis with a 4.069 to a 4.402 to meet Collins in the final round.

Collins would have the clear ET advantage; however, he threw it all away with a -.025 red light to give Chris Garner-Jones the win and a 2 to 1 win rate over him this season.

MaxxECU Pro Xtreme is presented by Ace Mechanical, Billy Vose Racing, Dallas Flat Glass, Dunigan Racing, DME Racing, Grothus Dragbikes, Harley Haul, Rob Bush Motorsports, Robinson Industries, Schnitz Racing, Timblin Chassis, and Worldwide Bearings.

Vance & Hines 4.60
On Saturday, the Vance & Hines 4.60 index class was wild when points leader Ronald Procopio and Boo Brown did not make the thirty-two bike field. Tyler Cammock, Eran Pielert and Ron Bonitatis all ran a perfect 4.600 in qualifying. Still, it was Cammock who got the number one qualifying position based on his higher mph as the tiebreaker.

On Sunday Ronald Procopio was ready as an alternate when other qualified riders pulled out of the event due to broken parts. However, Procopio’s showing would be short-lived after going -.001 red against Ron Bonitatis in round one.

We will have to wait a couple more weeks to find out who is going to take the win in this class between Cameron Shelton, Jim Jordan, Michael Ostrowski, and Chester Lee. Don’t miss the action in a couple weeks at the inaugural Bike Brawl.

HTP Performance Grudge
After a hiatus, the Boosted Bulls turbo class returned this season to encourage new bike builds and the competitive spirit. It’s been quite the show this year with racers two-stepping competition. This past weekend the DME Racing team brought out a new Turbo GSX-R1000 bike along with Pro Street veteran Frankie Stotz on shakedown duty. While the plan was to work out the bugs of a new setup, the bike was flying. And in only six passes, DME Racing held the time ticket for the quickest pass on the property that weekend. And for those who got to lay their eyes on the time slip, well, they were all just speechless. DME Racing is back in grudge and ready for action.

APE Nitrous Bulls
Winner – Russell Dennison Jr / Jimmy Hendricks
Runner-up – Billy Vose / Power Slave

With Richard Gadson a no-show, Russell Dennison Jr took over the APE Nitrous Bulls points lead with zero obstacles. In round one, Dennison Jr had an earned bye for an immediate pass to the final round.

On the other side of the ladder, Ray Lee on ‘Lil Ugly’ struggled with monster wheelies and allowed Billy Vose on ‘Power Slave’ to rocket past him for the win. But tragedy would strike ‘Power Slave’ as his lane filled with smoke as he slowed through the finish line.

With Vose broke and unable to make the final round, ‘Jimmy Hendricks’ took a leisurely pass for a win, and the points lead.

3 Sixty 5 Monster Bulls
Winner – Mike Burkhart / Attila
Runner-up – David Page / Pickin Pockets

In 3 Sixty 5 Monster Bulls Dave Martin took a first-round loss against Michael Thyen on ‘The Prisoner’ and lost his points lead.

Jason Herron on Spencer Claycomb’s ‘Tic Tok’ just came off two wins in a row when he took out Howard Gerken on ‘Son of Sam’ in round one. Herron recovered from a starting line wheelie a little too late in round two and Mike Burkhart on ‘Attila’ snuck in for the win.

Burkhart then went on to the final to meet the 2020 class champion, David Page, on ‘Pickin Pockets.’ The change fell out of Page’s pocket and he slid around the starting line while ‘Attila’ hooked up and left on a solid straight pass for his first 3 Sixty 5 Monster Bulls win! Someone get Page a Dunlop Dragmax.

Tommie’s Motorsports DMV Bulls
Winner – Cody Lowe / Codeine
Runner-up – Desmond Spalding / Sho Nuff

In Tommie’s Motorsports DMV Bulls the first round of competition was a slaughter with winners Desmond Spalding, Augustine Herrera, Jamell Scott, Melvin Reese, and Cody Lowe gapping their opponents easily at the finish line. The show stopper of the round was between Alex Kupetz on ‘Monkey Business’ and Deshawn Jones on ‘Dr. Jekyl.’ Kupetz got off the starting line first with a lead, but Jones quickly overtook him, and just as fast, Kupetz was coming back around him as they crossed the finish line for the win.

In round two, ‘Codeine’ ridden by Lowe would send Kupetz back to the zoo as he advanced to take out Scott on ‘Cotton Mouth’ in round three, to then meet Spalding on ‘Sho Nuff’ in the final. And Sho Nuff, Lowe took his second win of the season because you need more than what Spalding had to put down the ‘Codeine.’

1 Stop Speed 5.60
The 1 Stop Speed 5.60 index racers had a competitive battle before rain dashed their chance at crowning a champion. Dustin Davis took the number one spot with the only perfect 5.600 in qualifying. Five racers were still in competition when the rain came in. The $1,800 purse was split among points leader Dustin Lee, Freddy Frazier, Kenny Morgan, Barry Pryer Sr, and Turon Davis.

Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman
Winner – Pablo Gonzalez / Runner-up – Ryan Schnitz

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Pablo Gonzalez used his free time to come to the XDA Bike Bash, and it paid off. After his Friday night Gamblers win, he took the number one qualifying position in Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman on Saturday with a 7.471.

Pablo won four rounds of competition, running consistently close to his dial round after round until he met previous NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor Ryan Schnitz in the final. Schnitz, a veteran rider traversing all classes of motorcycle drag racing, was eager to get into the winner’s circle. But his eagerness yielded him a -.020 red light and awarded Gonzalez another win along with $2,000 to add to his weekend winnings.

MPS Racing Pro ET
Over a hundred racers entered the Sunday MPS Racing Pro ET class. Four rounds were completed before the rain came in on Sunday and forced the final ten racers to split the $10,800 purse. The class points leader, Jeffrey Santin took a second-round loss leaving room for his competitors to gain ground on him before the Bike Brawl in two weeks. With only two events left in the season, this will likely hurt him.

Brock’s Performance Street ET
Brock’s Performance Street ET was another class that was caught up in the Sunday night downpour with six racers still in competition. Ronnie Reece Jr, Barry Purnell, Rafaelle Proctor, Mark Blake, Nick Hamlett, and Derrick split the $3,400.00 purse.

VooDoo Components Bracket Bash
Winner – Bill Foskey
Runner-up – Derek Crawford

On Saturday, one hundred racers entered the VooDoo Components Bracket Bash for a chance at the $4,500 class payout. With XDA serving up the toughest competition in the country, the reaction times were so tight that we saw forty-five red lights in the eight rounds of competition.

Bill Foskey of Delaware avoided the dreaded red light despite coming close three times with multiple .002, .002, and .003 reaction times on his way to the finals against Derek Crawford.

Crawford and Foskey lined up with close dial-ins of 9.41 and 9.45 for the final. This pairing looked well matched for an exciting run until the bulbs dropped, and Crawford turned on the red light sending Foskey directly to the Winner’s Circle to collect the $3,000 winner payout.

Hard Times Parts & Service Gambler’s Race
Winner – Pablo Gonzalez
Runner-up – Michael Rankin

The Friday night Hard Times Parts & Service Gambler’s race delivered fierce competition as the sportsman heavy hitters put up a C-note for a chance at a $2,400 purse. Floridian entry Pablo Gonzalez started the weekend with a Friday night win when he took out XDA regular Michael Rankin with a killer .014 reaction time and running 9.482 on his 9.47 dial for a clean package and cash to start the weekend on high.

The XDA season continues at Virginia Motorsports for the inaugural Bike Brawl on September 10-12, 2021. With only two events left in the 2021 motorcycle drag racing season, mark your calendars so you don’t miss a moment of incredible performance numbers created by our XDA racers. Come see the show for yourself!

Go to www.xdaracing.com/results for more information.

About XDA Racing
The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) is an east coast motorcycle drag racing series with 700+ motorcycle racers competing at each event. Every XDA event hosts professional classes, sportsman classes, grudge racing and a vendor midway. Lifestyle activities such as bike shows, bikini contests, DJ and live bands are also held at select events. For more information on the XDA, please visit www.xdaracing.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @xdaracing

The 27th Annual Miracle Ride for Riley Hospital

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by Chris Mahlmann, Lauren Grasham from https://valpo.life

Harley Davidson of Valparaiso takes part in the 27th annual Miracle Ride for Riley Hospital for Children.

The ride was a two day, state-wide event to raise funds for Riley. Registration began early Saturday morning before riders took off to enjoy a fabulous summer ride from across the state. Valparaiso was one of the six starting points throughout the state, with the finish line for everyone being Indianapolis. The second day of the event included The Big Ride in which all participants rode around the city.

While the Ride itself started in 1994, the event was a first for the Valparaiso location. In past years, Harley-Davidson of Calumet served as Northwest Indiana’s starting point, but since its closing its doors in 2020, Valparaiso Harley-Davidson has stepped in to host.

Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso was also deemed a Poker Start, which allowed riders to participate in a poker run. In a poker run, riders played a game of five card stud against other winners for a chance to win $500. In addition, raffles were held and included a 2020 Low Rider as the grand prize. Two UBCO electric motorcycles were also raffled for most money raised and runner-up for most money raised.

The Ride was one of many events held by the Miracle Ride Foundation, all of which benefit Riley Hospital for Children. The hospital is the only one in Indiana dedicated specifically to helping sick children. According to the foundation’s website, many services the hospital provides go beyond the allotted budget, and as a result, the hospital receives most of its funds through donations and charity events such as the Ride.

“The Harley-Davidson community comes together to help so many great organizations,” Jeff Haggerty, general manager of Harley-Davidson Valparaiso. “Giving our customers a chance to connect to and support a good cause as well as enjoy a great day of riding is what we are all about as a family here.”

According to their Facebook page, the Ride has become one of the largest motorcycle fundraising events in Indiana, and possibly even the nation. The event brings in around 4,500-7,000 riders, raising tens of thousands of dollars each year.

For more information on the Miracle Ride for Riley and the Miracle Ride Foundation,
visit its website at https://www.miracleride.net/.
Or, for more information on Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso,
visit its website at https://www.hdvalpo.com/.

Seventh Annual Riding for Warriors event supporting Veterans

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by Daniel Hamburg from https://www.abc27.com

Motorcycle riders raising money for wounded veterans make stop in Gettysburg. It’s the seventh annual Riding for Warriors event.

The group surpassed its initial goal, raising more than $73,000 to help veterans and their families.

SEE EVENT AT https://support.hopeforthewarriors.org/event/7th-annual-riding-for-warriors/e319457

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is three weeks away.

To honor those who’ve served, a group of motorcycle riders are making their way from New York City to Washington, D.C. and back.

The first stop Saturday night was at Battlefield Harley Davidson in Gettysburg.

The first 200 miles of their trip is complete, all to benefit Hope for the Warriors, specifically the Warrior’s Wish program, funding requests from wounded veterans.

“It could be as simple as specialty workout gear, bicycle. It could be something like woodworking equipment,” Michael Nehlsen, organizer of Riding for Warriors said.

It’s Nehlsen’s seventh year helping fund those wishes.

“This year, unlike other years, I’ve actually invited some of my friends, colleagues and other veterans to ride with me,” Nehlsen said.

While planning this year’s first stop, he met Sandy Sipe, whose son Lance Corporal Jamie Sipe of Camp Hill died in 2017.

“He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Gulf War era who honorably served five years from 18 until he turned 23 years old,” Nehlsen said.

His family was recognized by the organization, including seven-year-old son Austin, who was gifted a motorized bike and money for a trust account.

“We will never forget this and moving forward we will pay it forward to others and I think it’s something great for our family to feel that someone else is honoring our, my son,” Sipe said.

Honoring those who served and pledging to help veterans in need, Nehlsen says it’s everyone’s duty to give back.

“We’ve made promises to our veterans that we have a nation haven’t kept and there are companies and charities like Hope for the Warriors that fulfill those promises,” Nehlsen said.

And whether they served before or after 9/11, “It’s all about remembering what everybody has given,” Nehlsen said.

The next stop for the riders is the Flight 93 memorial in Somerset County, then they’ll head to the Pentagon memorial and back to New York City for a ceremony at ground zero next week.

Annual Cruisin’ for Kids gets community participation

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from https://www.wbir.com

Community gathers for car, truck and motorcycle show to support families in need.

The 13th Annual Cruisin’ for Kids kicked off on Saturday August 14, 2021, off Clinton Highway, benefiting the Mission of Hope’s efforts to support families in need.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Engines roared down the highway in Knoxville over the weekend as trucks, cars and motorcycles gathered for an event meant to help children in need.

It was the 13th Annual Cruisin’ for Kids event benefiting the Mission of Hope’s work to support families in need across East Tennessee. The event wasn’t just to help raise funds for the nonprofit, though. It was also a competition to see who had the best vehicles in a variety of categories.

Awards included categories like the Top 3 Rat Rods, the Top 3 Motorcycles, the Top 3 Trucks, the Top 3 imports, the Top 3 Daily Drivers, the People’s Choice Award and the Best Unfinished.

“Our money is raised through registration for cars, we have a silent auction and we sell t-shirts,” said Mary Anne Gamble, an organizer of the event.

Money raised from the event will go towards buying clothes and toys to be given to underprivileged children around Christmastime.

Mission of Hope website: https://missionofhope.org/cruisin-for-kids-2021/

Record Attendance at the WPGC Bike Fest for XDA

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The Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA) is an east coast motorcycle drag racing series.

This past weekend Maryland International Raceway hosted a record sized crowd at the 21st annual WPGC Bike Fest with over 9,000 fans in attendance! The XDA continues to deliver the largest motorcycle drag racing event in the industry. The event also featured Live music, a Freestyle Motocross show, sound competition, custom bike show, a huge vendor midway, and a hot bikini contest.

The action on the track yielded a stout 810 entries for an exciting weekend of competition. The record spectator turnout enjoyed the variety of activities going down in the pits and the non-stop on-track action. With something for everyone, it’s no surprise this event grows every year.

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Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride for 2021 this Weekend

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by Nate Bird from https://newsradio1310.com

I can’t be the only one who does this, but every time a group of motorcycles drives by me when I’m driving I will roll down the window so I can hear each of them zip past me. I don’t ride motorcycles but I love the sound they make. This weekend there will be a whole bunch of opportunities to hear bikes as they fly by when the Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride happens this Sunday in I-84 between Meridian and Mountain Home.

What Is The Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride?

The Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride is an annual motorcycle ride organized by the High Desert Harley-Davidson. The motorcycle ride raises money for the Idaho Guard and Reserve, Family Support Fund, and the Operation Warmheart. This year will be the 11th annual event after taking a break last year due to the pandemic.

When Is The 2021 Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride?

The Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride for 2021 will happen on Sunday July 25th. The event starts at 8 AM and is expected to last until 5 PM. Participants in the Ride will meet at High Desert Harley-Davidson for sign in and breakfast. The group will then be led on a police escorted ride from the Harley dealership to Carl Miller Park in Mountain Home. The ride is about 55 miles each way and runs down I-84.

For those not participating, you can expect there to be delays as the bikes travel down the highway. If you’re going to be in that area it will be a nice opportunity to roll down your windows and listen to the thunder of the bikes as they drive by.

How Do You Sign Up For The 11th Annual Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride?

Registration Website https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-idaho-patriot-thunder-ride-tickets-111370235372

Registration can be done in advance online for $25 per rider or at the event for $35. A select number of VIP tickets are being sold as well for $100 and those get you placed at the front of the pack during the ride. The event is only open to 1,200 motorcycles.

Get all the details on the event on the ticket purchase website. We may not see, or hear, much from the event in Twin Falls but if Boise travel is in your plans on Sunday morning or afternoon you can expect to see lots of motorcycles and probably some driving delays.

 

Red River Harley Davidson hosts 33rd annual Poker Run and Ride

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by Markeshia Jackson from https://www.texomashomepage.com

WICHITA FALLS — It was April Fools’ in July for those over at Red River Harley Davidson who hosted their 33rd annual April Fools’ Poker Run and Ride.

All the proceeds benefit The Friendly Door and its Meals On Wheels program. Dozens participated to support the cause.

For company service writer Bobbie Gilmore, the Red River Harley Davidson poker run ride has been something she’s been doing for as long as she can remember. At this year’s 33rd annual ride, she and others said it felt good to be out riding together again.

“Everyone that knows Red River knows this is a nostalgic ride for us,” Gilmore said. “Everyone wants to be a part of it and get in on it, and you just tie in just by being here and we’re all a family together riding.”

The event started with an 80 mile motorcycle ride, followed by lunch and raffles. The ride has only gotten cancelled three times in the past, one being last year due to the pandemic.

“COVID killed it earlier, and they just got cleared,” Gilmore said. “So they got cleared, we’re ready to go, let’s do it.”

“It really has a big turnout,” Tom Venhaus, a chairman for The Friendly Door, said. “For them to give up their time on a Sunday to do the ride and then to come here and we do lunch.”

This year, the proceeds from the poker run will go to The Friendly Door Senior Center of Iowa Park.

Gilmore said, “It benefits The Friendly Door in Iowa Park. They’re a great facility that helps the seniors and also does meals on wheels.”

Officials with The Friendly Door said they will continue to cherish their relationship with Red River Harley Davidson and that they value their support.

“And to say ‘Hi, we appreciate you coming, we appreciate you supporting the center,’” Venhaus said. “Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do for the senior citizens here.”

Venhaus said each event like this one helps the center stay open to serve those seniors in the community. “Anything that we do we try to better the conditions for the senior citizens here.”

Red River Harley Davidson said they are looking forward to next year’s April Fools’ run, and they hope it will be another year of fun on two and three wheels, all to help a great cause.

Although today’s ride was a hot one, it did not stop the community from showing up. Employees at Red River said they look forward to actually having next years April Fools’ run in April.

You can find out more information about The Friendly Door by clicking here.

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride global success this year

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by Otilia Drăgan from https://www.autoevolution.com

DGR’s Lucky Winner to Take Home the Special Edition DGR x Triumph Thruxton RS

Triumph marked another year of its long-time support for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), making this year’s event even more memorable thanks to the special edition DGR x Triumph Thruxton RS that will be awarded to the lucky winner.

DGR is a one-of-a-kind event in many ways, but mostly because it blends 2 unique features. On one hand, it gives motorcycle lovers the chance to dress up and ride in amazing classic and retro-styled outfits, and on the other hand, it’s a charitable event that raises awareness and funds for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.

This year, the DGR celebrated 10 years since it’s been inspiring like-minded people from all-over the world to take their bike out for a noble and stylish ride. The main event took place on May 23rd and the fundraiser was closed on June 6. Over $4 million were raised, plus an $113,000 contribution from Triumph Team that added almost 300 riders to the event.

An impressive number of 65,000 motorcycle riders participated at this year’s DGR, from more than 900 cities throughout the world. Whether it was because people were eager to be outside again, or because 3 separate ride formats replaced last year’s single format, what’s certain is that men and women all around the globe really came through for the event’s special anniversary.

And so did Triumph, who announced a month ago that it would be presenting a one-off Thruxton RS during the event. This special edition bike is now displayed at the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience and the lucky winner of the ride’s famous Gentlefolk competition will get to take it home. Not many details were revealed about this celebratory model, but it’s sure to combine the British brand’s elegant design with custom elements for the occasion.

And this won’t be the only treat, as Triumph is also awarding 3 other classic motorcycles to each of the 3 best fundraisers.

Patriots Motorcycle Ride throughout USA

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by Stuart Price from https://www.fourstateshomepage.com

JOPLIN, MO – Today was an ideal day to spend on a motorcycle, and that’s what a large group of riders did.

A group, that made its only official stop in the state of Missouri, in Joplin.

Hideout Harley-Davidson in Joplin was the one and only stop in the Show-Me State for the Nation of Patriots motorcycle ride.

An event that takes a single American flag on tour throughout the U.S. which starts on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.

Roger Beckley, who spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. Army had the honor of bearing the flag through his native state of Kansas.

“I retired in 2009. I’ve been to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, in today’s world, I don’t know how much respect is still out there for this flag and so when we can put it on a bike and ride it down the road and people see it coming, it makes them think what it is and what’s it stand for,” Says Beckley.

Beckley took an oath to carry the flag to honor the nation’s veterans, the enlisted, and their families.

On Saturday many of these same riders will be joined by others from Arkansas for its next destination, which will be fort smith, before eventually making its way back to Nevada.

This is the 12th year for the event and each year it starts and ends in the same state, this year it ends in Las Vegas.

But veterans aren’t the only riders who take part in the event, so do people like Ryan Mitchell, the regional commander for the Nation of Patriots, who rides with the procession through three of the four states: Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

He says it’s his chance to serve those that did serve their country.

“Raising money and helping veterans, I’m not a veteran but I do everything I can to help veterans and so this just fills my heart to see all these bikes and all these people show up and raise money to help the veterans that need it, um they’ve already gave us our freedom, it’s time for us to give them their freedom back.” Says Mitchell.

Once the flag makes it back to its state of origin, it’s retired and donated to a worthy veteran or volunteer.