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Perry Steed | Ep. 52 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Ep52 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast Perry Steed

Our guest on Episode 52 of the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast is former Army paratrooper Perry Steed. He was interviewed by Rider’s associate editor, Paul Dail, who wrote a feature about Steed titled “Riding for Light” for the October 2022 issue of Rider. On April 24, 2012, Steed’s good friend, Sgt. Kristopher Cool, took his own life. In May of last year, Steed departed North Carolina on his BMW R 1200 GS on a 48-state trip covering more than 15,000 miles to pick up Cool’s ashes and take them to Fort Bragg to spread on Sicily Drop Zone as a “rally cry for support” for the epidemic of veteran suicide. In this episode, Steed talks about how he got into motorcycles, his “Ride for Light” mission, and the nonprofit he created to support fellow veterans, Operation: Purpose. We owe a debt of gratitude to all veterans for their service, and we owe it to them to support veteran causes.

If you or someone you know is in danger because of suicidal thoughts or actions, seek help immediately by calling 911 for an emergency or 988 for the nationwide suicide hotline, which has counselors available 24/7.

LINKS: OperationPurpose.net“Riding for Light” feature about Perry Steed

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Perry Steed | Ep. 52 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Ep52 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast Perry Steed

Our guest on Episode 52 of the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast is former Army paratrooper Perry Steed. He was interviewed by Rider’s associate editor, Paul Dail, who wrote a feature about Steed titled “Riding for Light” for the October 2022 issue of Rider. On April 24, 2012, Steed’s good friend, Sgt. Kristopher Cool, took his own life. In May of last year, Steed departed North Carolina on his BMW R 1200 GS on a 48-state trip covering more than 15,000 miles to pick up Cool’s ashes and take them to Fort Bragg to spread on Sicily Drop Zone as a “rally cry for support” for the epidemic of veteran suicide. In this episode, Steed talks about how he got into motorcycles, his “Ride for Light” mission, and the nonprofit he created to support fellow veterans, Operation: Purpose. We owe a debt of gratitude to all veterans for their service, and we owe it to them to support veteran causes.

If you or someone you know is in danger because of suicidal thoughts or actions, seek help immediately by calling 911 for an emergency or 988 for the nationwide suicide hotline, which has counselors available 24/7.

LINKS: OperationPurpose.net“Riding for Light” feature about Perry Steed

You can listen to Episode 52 on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud, or via the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast webpage. Please subscribe, leave us a 5-star rating, and tell your friends! Scroll down for a list of previous episodes.

Visit the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast webpage to check out previous episodes:

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Can-Am and Road Warrior Foundation Sponsor Veterans on Cross-Country Ride

Can-Am
The 2022 Road Warrior Ride, sponsored by Can-Am, ended at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

During the week of Sept. 23-30, a group of veterans seeking adventure, camaraderie, and healing rode Can-Am Spyders from Florida to Ohio, covering over 1,000 miles. It was the 9th annual Road Warrior Ride, hosted by the Road Warrior Foundation and Can-Am. Selected from hundreds of applicants, these veterans were given a full set of gear and riding courses on the Spyders, all free of charge, to prepare them for the trip. Read more in Can-Am’s press release below.

Related Story: 2022 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited | Road Test Review


Throughout this past week, Can-Am, together with the Road Warrior Foundation, hosted a group of military veterans for an epic “Adventure Therapy” ride that covered more than 1,000 miles aboard Can-Am Spyder 3-wheel vehicles. Now in its ninth year, this annual Road Warrior Ride gives veterans the opportunity to disconnect from their day-to-day life and experience the incredible healing power of riding the open road, all completely free of charge.

The veterans were selected by RWF from a pool of hundreds of applicants, and included representatives of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps. And as is the focus of every RWF adventure, they were all young – in their 20s and 30s – with various injuries, both physical and mental. Something else they all had in common: a thirst for adventure and a desire to inject some fun in their lives. Riding is a perfect recipe for a group of likeminded strangers with so much in common.

“Can-Am has been the title sponsor of the Road Warrior Foundation since it was established, proudly enabling its mission to provide Adventure Therapy to U.S. Military veterans,” said Martin Ethier, Global Marketing Director, Can-Am 3-Wheel Vehicles and Motorcycles. “We firmly believe that the open road is open to all, and this sponsorship brings that to life with many incredibly deserving individuals.”

Prior to hitting the road, the group of riders gathered in Orlando, Fla., where they spent time getting to know each other and received a hero’s welcome from more than 250 Can-Am owners at an event put on by the riding group, U.S. Spyder Ryders. Then it was time to ride.

Can-Am
Veterans enjoying the roads and each other’s company on the Road Warrior Ride.

Several of the riders had only recently acquired their motorcycle license, and most had very little experience riding in a group, so prior to the main event, Can-Am and RWF representatives did some closed-course and classroom training on the fleet of vehicles provided by Can-Am. The brand also gave the riders a full suite of riding gear to cover the various climates they’d come across on their way from Orlando, Fla., up through some of the most iconic roads in North America, ultimately ending up at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

“The Can-Am Spyder is the only vehicle that will allow us to do what we do because it’s so easy to learn to ride,” said Stephen Berger, co-founder of the Road Warrior Foundation and U.S. Air Force veteran. “BRP provides us a fleet of vehicles that we keep all over the country, so for this ride and other smaller ones we have throughout the year, we’re able to get Veterans of all skill levels out riding fairly quickly by putting them through the Can-Am Rider Education Program. Then it’s just get on and go.”

As always, once the wheels were rolling, the excitement was undeniable from all, and throughout the ride, the veterans experienced amazing views, great food, visits to local Can-Am dealers, Can-Am Spyder group meet-ups, and lasting memories along the way. It was a ride of a lifetime, full of teambuilding and camaraderie that will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on all involved.

The Road Warrior Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that’s run by veterans, for veterans. The organization primarily utilizes powersports as Adventure Therapy to produce a challenging environment that puts wounded veterans back in the driver’s seat. The Foundation’s experiences range from quick day-trips to multi-day rides like this one, as well as off-road days and snowmobiling excursions.

To learn more, visit the Road Warrior Foundation website.

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Triumph Unveils Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

The most recent James Bond film, No Time To Die, starring Daniel Craig, featured Triumph Scrambler 1200 and Tiger 900 models in action sequences. To celebrate 60 years of Bond, Triumph has unveiled an ultra-exclusive Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition, limited to just 60 units worldwide.

The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition features a custom three-color paint scheme in Black, Granite Grey, and Storm Grey with the official “60 Years of Bond” commemorative logo on the tank sides.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

Related Story: 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR | First Look Review

All 25 James Bond movies, in their original title fonts, are present in the striking Bond Edition tank top design, including No Time To Die, which marked the beginning of Triumph’s role as official motorcycle partner of Bond. Other exclusive highlights include the iconic James Bond gun barrel design on the RR cockpit fairing, as well as gold badging and logo detailing that matches the gold Öhlins fork tubes.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

Each of the 60 units is individually numbered on the unique new handlebar clamp badge, and they include an exclusive 007 indoor bike cover featuring custom James Bond design detailing and a certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR is the British manufacturer’s top-of-the-line sportbike and is powered by a 1,160cc inline-Triple that makes a claimed 178 hp and 92 lb-ft of torque. It features state-of-the-art electronic rider aids, Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension, Brembo Stylema monoblock front calipers, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tires, and a full-color TFT display with My Triumph connectivity.

Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition

The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition is priced at $24,995 USD. For more information, visit TriumphMotorcycles.com.

No Time To Die Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE Sold at 60 Years of James Bond Charity Auction

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE
Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE used in the 25th James Bond film, “No Time to Die” (2021), starring Daniel Craig.

A Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE stunt bike used in the filming of No Time To Die sold for £138,600 GBP ($154,317 USD) to benefit the Severn Hospice in a charity auction held at Christie’s to celebrate 60 years of James Bond films.

Among the items auctioned, Triumph Motorcycles provided the Scrambler 1200 XE that was ridden by Daniel Craig as James Bond and also ridden by stunt riders Paul Edmondson and Martin Craven during production of the latest 007 film, No Time To Die. With an estimated value of £20,000-£30,000 ($22,000-$33,500 USD), the Scrambler 1200 XE was sold to an online bidder for £138,600 ($154,317 USD).

“Riding the Scrambler in No Time To Die was a privilege and certainly brought a smile to my face every time I rode it,” Paul Edmonson said.

Martin Craven agreed, calling the Scrambler “an incredible beast.”

“The Scrambler did everything we threw at it,” Craven said. “We raced it to an inch of its life.”

The proceeds raised from the auction of the Scrambler 1200 XE will go to the independent charity Severn Hospice, which gives specialist care and support free of charge to families across Shropshire, Telford annd Wrekin, and Mid Wales who are living with an incurable illness.

The live auction featured 25 lots comprising vehicles, watches, costumes, and props, many of which related to No Time To Die, with the final six lots offered representing each of the six actors who have played Bond. An online sale featuring 35 lots spanning the 25 films continues until James Bond Day on Oct. 5, 2022 – the 60th anniversary of the world premiere of the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962.

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Yamaha Awards New Outdoor Initiative Grants

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
All Kids Bike is one of six Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant recipients for 2Q 2022.

As motorcycle enthusiasts, we celebrate all things outdoors. Whether it’s riding a bicycle or a dirtbike or a streetbike, whether you’re into hiking or fishing or camping, spending time outside recharges our mental and physical batteries and makes us better people. We applaud the financial commitment Yamaha has made and continues to make to maintain access to outdoor activities for people of all ages and walks of life. Read about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative in the press release below.


Yamaha Motor Corp., USA recently announced the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant awards totaling $145,175 for the second quarter of 2022 in support of its ongoing mission to protect, improve, and expand access to public land for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter, Yamaha OAI resources were deployed to help national efforts, as well as specific projects directly impacting the future of motorized recreation. Projects being funded in the second quarter grant cycle include:

  • Developing a database of public land trades to help generate public awareness and involvement in protecting access for recreation.
  • Conducting a workshop educating land managers on sustainable trail building and maintenance to protect the safety of riders and the future of access on public lands.
  • Significant trail rehabilitation and rerouting efforts to improve off-road experiences while protecting sensitive environments.
  • Introducing kindergarteners to biking.
Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

“We continue to prioritize projects offering innovative and sustainable solutions to the problems facing access to land for motorized and outdoor recreation. This quarter’s applicants delivered in many impactful ways and we are excited to continue being involved in making real progress on the ground,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “We are additionally pleased to continue our partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee in support of their efforts to build 150 miles of legal motorized trails on the Northumberland Plateau.”

The second quarter grants for 2022 have been awarded to six applicants:

  • Colorado Wild Public Lands — Basalt, CO
  • Indian Creek Valley ATV Club – Indian Head, PA
  • Limestone Trail Hawks — Aroostook County, ME
  • National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
  • All Kids Bike
  • The Nature Conservancy – Tennessee Chapter

Related Story: Listen to our podcast interview with All Kids Bike founder Ryan McFarland

The application deadline for consideration in the third quarter of this year’s funding cycle is September 30, 2022, and riding clubs, land stewardship associations, and public land managers are encouraged to work together with Yamaha dealers to identify projects and apply for support. To aid those considering applying for a Yamaha OAI grant, visit YamahaOAI.com for submission guidelines, an application, answers to most popular questions about the program, and recaps of some typical projects.

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Since 2008, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the Powersports industry in supporting responsible access to our nation’s public lands for outdoor enthusiasts. With more than $5 million contributed to 400 projects across the country, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams, and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state, and local public land-use agencies, outdoor enthusiast associations, and land conservation groups with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding, and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible, and sustainable public use.

Updated guidelines, application form, information, and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at YamahaOAI.com. For specific questions about the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, call the dedicated hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email [email protected], or write to:

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
3065 Chastain Meadows Parkway, Bldg. 100
Marietta, GA 30066

About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.

YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida), Kracor Systems (Wisconsin) and Siren Marine, Inc. (Rhode Island), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).

Connect with Yamaha on social media via @YamahaOutdoors or search any of the following hashtags on all platforms: #Yamaha #YamahaOAI #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #AssembledInUSA

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Nowhere is Safe | A Motorcycle Journalist Rides Through Ukraine 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

This report from Ukraine is by Neale Bayly, a motojournalist and photographer with more than 20 years under his belt. He also founded the nonprofit Wellspring International Outreach in 2011 with a mission to “bring aid and attention to the abandoned and at-risk children throughout the world.” Bayly recently returned from a three-week, 6,600-km (approx. 4,100 miles) motorcycle trip across Europe and into war-torn Ukraine, which he described as a “beautiful country with incredible people standing resiliently against a brutal regime intent on their destruction.” 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

The idea for the ride came about a few days into the war back in February when my friend, Kiran Ridley, called me from Ukraine. Covering the war from Lviv in Western Ukraine, he was using a cheap Chinese motorcycle to navigate the 30-km lines of refugees fleeing Ukraine at the Polish border. The access he was getting to people and their stories with the motorcycle was a game changer, but the bike was running badly, and he was improperly dressed for the winter weather and alone in this incredibly high stress environment.  

Ukraine Neale Bayly
Kiran Ridley photo by Neale Bayly

As the phone line went dead after that first phone call, my mind went into overdrive. Images of the destruction and devastation the Russians were inflicting on the civilian population was keeping me awake at night, and after a couple more calls, a plan was set. 

Oleg Satanovsky at BMW Motorrad USA had a pair of F 850 GS Adventures lined up in Munich with hard bags and navigation. Matthew Miles provided Rev’It protective clothing, Jeff Weil at Arai sent helmets, and my long-term donors jumped in with support. With the easy part done, we went to work on securing the myriad of details that remained: international press passes, approval from the Ukrainian military, high-grade plates for bulletproof vests, fixers, hotels, and most importantly, deciding on the stories we would chase. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

Related Story: 2019 BMW F 850 GS and F 750 GS | Road Test Review

Ukraine: ‘Nowhere is safe when the Russians start shelling’ 

In total, we spent close to three weeks in Ukraine, riding from Lviv to Kyiv, Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, scenes of the worst atrocities early in the war. Then we rode to the seaport of Odessa. At times, we were based out of local hotels for a few days and chased a wide variety of stories. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

We toured a Soviet-era coal mine to learn how the energy front is being fought 1,500 feet below the surface of the earth, and we spent the day with young soldiers recovering from recent amputations at a horse therapy farm. We also visited a 16th-century monastery housing refugees. Mirroring the work of the monastery 80 years ago during the holocaust, their presence is kept secret to avoid the potential for shelling. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

We hitched a ride on an old wooden rowboat from a couple of fishermen in Vylkove, 25 miles from Snake Island, the 42-acre Ukrainian outpost in the Black Sea that garnered worldwide attention early in the war when Ukrainian soldiers refused to surrender despite calls from a Russian warship to put down their arms.

The two fishermen we met have lost their livelihoods, as they are no longer able to fish their normal waters. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

This was just one example of when we left our motorcycles and traveled in the car with our “fixer,” Andriy (last name withheld, and specific locations are not provided for safety and security reasons), when the places we were visiting were too “hot” – the local term for areas receiving active missile strikes. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly
Ukraine Neale Bayly

Mykolaiv was probably the most tense. While documenting an apartment complex where a series of strikes had just taken place, we got caught in the city as the warning sounded in advance of another air strike. All we could do was put on our vests and shelter in place in a local park, having made the decision to be as far away from the buildings as possible. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

But realistically, nowhere is safe when the Russians start shelling, a fact that was brought home a few days later while working a story about the winter crop harvest outside of Odessa.

Ukraine Neale Bayly

The air alert app went off on Andriy’s phone, and we learned of a massive series of strikes on Vinnytsia, a city that hadn’t been hit since March and was providing refuge for many Ukrainians escaping the front lines. We had planned our lunch stop on one of the historic, shady tree-lined streets at a nice restaurant earlier in the day, but that changed in an instant. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

We rode for Vinnytsia, deep in thought but with no idea what to expect. The smooth two-lane highway cut through beautiful fields of sunflowers, grain, and corn, and white clouds floated on a tranquil blue sky. It was a stark contrast to the scene we found in Vinnytsia, which was indescribable for so many reasons.

Ukraine Neale Bayly

Even as fireman fought the last fires in the charred remains of the buildings, World Central Kitchen was on-site handing out water and meals to people rendered homeless by the strikes. Cleanup crews were hard at work, and all the bodies had been removed – just not quite all the parts, which made me glad we had skipped lunch. 

The physical destruction was mind blowing, the scale of it beyond comprehension, and the stoic resolve of the emergency workers clearing the site humbling. We saw cars being lifted onto flatbed trucks by machines and war crimes inspectors documenting.

Ukraine Neale Bayly

News crews broadcast that 35 people were dead and 65 badly injured to an audience tired of the war and waiting for their next media addiction to scroll through. 

A temporary calm, the smile from a child, and the familiar darkness 

The following days were spent in a calmer region as we rode deep into the Carpathian Mountains along the Romanian border. We had connected with a Ukrainian film crew that wanted to film a couple of Brits riding BMW motorcycles through their country, and they had identified an old Soviet listening station on top of the mountains for us to photograph. Long abandoned, it remains as a testament to the Soviet occupation the Ukrainian people endured before independence. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

Traveling with our crew, smooth two-lane highway turned to heavily patched, broken tarmac and eventually to dirt. The mountains rose up, and we rode through scenery at times rivaling the Alps. Hour after hour as we rode back in time, the road deteriorated, and we had to abandon the car and rent a local Mitsubishi four-wheel drive. We fought our way up a narrow dirt trail, eventually having to park the BMWs and pile into the Mitsubishi, the bikes’ road tires just not allowing any more progress. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

Our fixer down below found a guest house and a homecooked meal for our return from the surreal photo session on the top of the mountains. Late into the night, we broke bread with our friends, dirty and tired but happy from an incredible day.

As we ate, we learned from our producer, Omel, of life under Soviet control, the democracy and freedom they had built in Ukraine, and how they were again fighting against this massive totalitarian regime hellbent on destroying them and their way of life. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

Out of the Carpathians, we had one last story waiting at a children’s hospital in Lviv. There we met an 11-year-old boy named Leo, a refugee from Severodonetsk, where the constant bombing he had endured left him unable to walk. He had also just undergone surgery to remove a tumor on his leg. He and his mother told us their story of escape, and we were left speechless.

Thanks to all the donors, we were able to leave a check for $10,000, and it felt like Leo really enjoyed hanging out with a film crew and a couple of dirty, hairy British journalists on motorcycles. 

Ukraine Neale Bayly

After the heart-warming meeting, wheeling back to the hospital, the air alert warning howled across the city in the warm afternoon air as Leo turned to wave one last goodbye. If the smile on his face was the sun that lit our day, the thought that after all he has endured, this 11-year-old boy could never be safe there, even in a children’s hospital, cast a shadow across my heart that sent me spiraling into the darkness that so often came as my mind tried to comprehend the brutality of this war.

For more information on Wellspring International Outreach or to donate, click here.

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Riders for Gary LaPlante Fundraiser

Gary LaPlante
Gary LaPlante, during a 2-day MotoVentures dirtbike training camp in 2008. Photo by Rick Moore.

In 2008, when I was a greenhorn editor during my first year at Rider, I attended the MotoVentures dirtbike school run by Gary LaPlante, along with my brother Paul and our friend Eric, to learn some off-road riding skills. Gary was patient with us. We were street riders and had never ridden off-road, and we were in our late 30s/early 40s. Teaching old dogs new tricks is never easy. He laid the foundation, and since then I’ve ridden thousands of miles off-road on dual-sports and adventure bikes.

Gary LaPlante is a motorcycle industry legend, and he needs our help. Please make a donation, and while you’re at it, buy Gary’s book How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles. (Read our review here.) The following message was sent by his son, Andre. — Greg Drevenstedt, Editor-in-Chief


Many people in the motorcycle world know Gary LaPlante — lifelong rider … trials champion … key employee at Kawasaki, Honda, and others … founder of the MotoVentures dirtbike training center … and, of course, an original member of the infamous Southern California Professional Bench Racers Association (SCPBRA).

Many of you also know that Gary’s been hit with brain cancer. Even with health insurance, his medical bills are substantial. Now you can help and get yourself a first-class piece of art directly from the legendary Hector Cademartori.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Gary: https://gofund.me/832068ac

Share this with anyone who appreciates great riding and great art:

A donation of at least $150 gets you a large full-color print, delivered to your door.

A donation of $50 gets you a black-and-white print, also delivered.

To receive your print, contact us (MotoVentures.com) after completing a donation. Let us know your mailing address and which print you prefer (options below). Hector will be happy to sign each print as you request.

Whichever one you choose, you’ll be doing a true good deed for the day, and will be able to enjoy Hector’s world-class art for a lifetime.

Go for it. Remember, the red line is the right line.

Color Prints (20 x 15”).

Message from the artist; Hector Cademartori:

I did these paintings for the February 1985 issue of Cycle World magazine. They ran four articles about four champions of the 1984 season: Eddie Lawson, 500 cc FIM World Champion (written by Ken Vreeke), Ricky Graham Camel-PRO Grand National Champion (by Dave Despain), David Bailey, Motocross Grand National Champion (by David Edwards), and Johnny O’Mara Supercross Champion (by Dale Brown).

Ricky Graham signed with Honda at the end of 1983. After 33 races of the 1984 Camel PRO Series, Ricky Graham won the title by only one point over his teammate, Bubba Shobert, in the last race of the season at Springfield.

Gary LaPlante Hector Cademartori

Johnny O’Mara lost the 125 Outdoor championship in 1984 to Kawasaki’s Jeff Ward, but he won the Supercross title by a big margin against all the top riders. He was also part of the winning teams of the Motocross des Nations that year (and in ’81, ’82 and ’86).

Gary LaPlante Hector Cademartori

American Eddie Lawson (Marlboro Team Agostini-Yamaha) in pursuit of Freddie Spencer (HRC Honda) and Randy Mamola (RM Promotions Honda) during the 1984 Austrian GP at the Salzburgring. Eddie would win the race on his way to the first of his four 500 cc FIM World Championships.

Gary LaPlante Hector Cademartori

In 1983, David Bailey won titles in every motocross series he entered: 250 Outdoor, Supercross, and the Motocross Grand National Championship (which combined points from the stadium and outdoor championships). In 1984, his first year in the Open class, he clinched the title before the last race of the season.

Gary LaPlante Hector Cademartori

B&W Prints (8.5 x 11”):

Note from Hector:

Cycle World asked me to produce black-and-white illustrations for two of their sections, Letter to the Editor and Service. Some were straight illustrations, but then I started doing funny cartoons for the sections. I’d work with Paul Dean for these — and I enjoyed working with him for over 25 years. In fact, I met him when he was Editor of Cycle Guide before going to CW. I learned a lot from Paul. Great guy.

I developed a character, Bubba, owner of Bubba’s Moor’sicles — a clueless mechanic who would come up with the most outrageous ”fixes” for his customers’ problems. The cartoons by themselves sometimes don’t make a lot of sense since they illustrate a specific letter, but it’s fun to see the details and the characters around Bubba’s shop. A lot of fun.

Gary LaPlante Hector Cademartori

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Raises $6M

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Held on Sunday, May 22, 2022, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride broke all previous fundraising records. When fundraising ended, a new global record was set. There were 93,456 riders in 802 cities, spread across 104 countries. They dressed dapper and rode their classic motorcycles. And they raised nearly $6 million to support prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.

There was an incredible participation and fundraising effort from riders in North America. In the U.S. and Canada, 14,233 riders from 183 cities raised almost $2.5 million.

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Returns to Pre-Covid Format

Compared to the last pre-Covid DGR in 2019, the 2022 ride has raised 4% more. And compared to last year’s event with solo riding and social distancing, this year’s fundraising figure is 47% higher.

Since its first edition in 2012, DGR has gathered more than 400,000 riders of vintage and classic styled motorcycles from 114 countries around the world. Together, these events have raised more than $37 million for men’s health.

Triumph Returns as DGR’s Main Supporter

Triumph has proudly supported the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for the last nine editions. And for 2022, Triumph and Gibson Guitars joined forces to provide incredible prizes. A one-off T120 Gibson edition will be assigned to the highest fundraiser. And there will also be a Triumph-customized 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue.

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Next year’s edition will mark the 10th anniversary of Triumph supporting the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride as the main partner and sponsor. For the occasion, Triumph and DGR fans will have something stunning coming their way.

Paul Stroud – Triumph Chief Commercial Officer:

“It is such an honor to be supporting the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and contribute towards this year’s incredible result, supporting prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. Next year will mark Triumph’s 10th anniversary as DGR main sponsor and we are working on something incredibly special to celebrate that milestone.”

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Mark Hawwa – DGR Founder:

“What an incredible return to group riding! There really is nothing better than seeing tens-of-thousands of gentlefolk smiling and waving their way through city streets, in support of prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. It’s something we have missed dearly over the last two years. Our community returned with vigor this year with the top 3 global fundraisers raising more than any previous year, which we have been proud to reward with the support of our global partner, Triumph Motorcycles. The next year will be one to watch, as we celebrate 10 years together with Triumph Motorcycles in spectacularly sartorial style!”

2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride
2022 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

About the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) unites hundreds of thousands of classic and vintage style motorcycle riders all over the world to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 2012 by Mark Hawwa. After inspiration from a photograph featuring classic suits and vintage motorcycles, Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of motorcyclists and connect the global motorcycling community, and to raise funds for a cause important to every rider.

DGR raises funds for its charity partner, Movember, and is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health programs. Together, DGR and Movember have funded key research and community programs to help men make better connections with mates and lead happier and healthier lives.

For more information and to join your local ride, visit GentlemansRide.com.

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All Kids Bike Delivers Sixth School Program with Yamaha Support

All Kids Bike Yamaha

In 2021, All Kids Bike, the nationwide movement on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bicycle in kindergarten PE class, received a $30,000 grant from Yamaha Motor Corp, USA’s Outdoor Access Initiative. The goal of the grant was to get the All Kids Bike program into six schools near Yamaha’s corporate offices, including four in Georgia and two in California.

Fast forward to this spring, with Yamaha volunteers and All Kids Bike ambassadors delivering the final of the six school programs to the Cara J. King Elementary School in Cypress, California, completing this past year’s grant, and setting the stage for more funding in 2022.

All Kids Bike Yamaha

“We’re grateful for Yamaha’s support of All Kids Bike, for the funding required to land the program in six schools, for the volunteer efforts Yamaha employees and partners contributed to delivering bikes to schools, and mostly for the opportunity to get more kids on bikes,” said Ryan McFarland, All Kids Bike Founder, who attended the first Yamaha-funded school delivery in Cypress last fall.

Listen to our interview with Ryan McFarland on the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Volunteers from Yamaha Motor Corp., USA’s offices in Marietta, Georgia, and Cypress, California, and from Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America in Newnan, Georgia, helped deliver the All Kids Bike programs to the schools over the past year.

All Kids Bike Yamaha

The six schools receiving the program from Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative grant include:

  • Elm Street Elementary in Newnan, Georgia
  • Western Elementary in Newnan, Georgia
  • A.L. Burruss Elementary School in Marietta, Georgia
  • Lockheed Elementary in Marietta, Georgia
  • Juliet Morris Elementary School in Cypress, California
  • Clara J. King Elementary in Cypress, California

“The Yamaha Outdoor Access initiative is an inclusive program that supports and promotes outdoor recreation, and we provided this grant to get more kids outside learning valuable skills they can build on for the rest of their lives,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “The All Kids Bike program offers the only chance some of these kids will get to develop the confidence and experience the freedom that comes from riding on two wheels.”

All Kids Bike Yamaha

All Kids Bike programs include 24 balance bikes, pedal conversion kits, helmets, and a teacher’s bike. It is a plug-and-play program for public schools that aligns with SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards and also includes an eight-lesson Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Curriculum, teacher training and certification, and a five-year support plan.

To date, nearly 550 elementary schools in all 50 states have received and implemented the All Kids Bike program with an estimated 380,000 students benefiting from this program over the next five years. 

All Kids Bike Yamaha

Bike Riding Benefits for Kids

Childhood development never stops. By continuing to expand the All Kids Bike program this year, more children across the country are learning life skills and getting much needed exercise while getting away from their computer screens and spending more time outdoors.

The Kindergarten PE Program supports critical health and safety needs, including:

  • Spatial awareness: Teaches the concept and understanding of “safe distancing” to a child.
    • Limited touch points: Specifically-designated hand placement limits cross-class touch points.
    • Fosters overall health: Core muscle development, cardio activity, and mental motivation.

Learning to ride a bike at a young age increases confidence while developing balance, mobility, safety, environmental awareness, and facilitating exercise. The bikes used in the All Kids Bike program allow children and teachers to progress through the riding process void of fear and full of encouragement. Kids develop their skills with each session, first learning to balance, then learning to pedal, all on the same bicycle. 

The All Kids Bike school funding and waiting lists are online at allkidsbike.org/give.

About the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

For more than a decade, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has led the Powersports industry in guaranteeing responsible access to our nation’s land for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands. Updated guidelines, application form, information and news about the Outdoor Access Initiative are available at YamahaOAI.com.

About All Kids Bike

ALL KIDS BIKE® is a national movement led by the Strider Education Foundation to place Kindergarten P.E. Learn-To-Ride Programs into public schools using donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. The Strider Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 2017. The Strider Education Foundation believes that learning to ride can help everyone lead a happier and healthier life. For more information, visit allkidsbike.org.

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PBTF Announces Second Annual Ride for Kids Day

Ride for Kids

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s second annual national Ride for Kids Day is scheduled for September 18, 2022. Taking place in the heart of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, national Ride for Kids Day gives motorcyclists and powersports enthusiasts across the nation an opportunity to take a stand against pediatric brain tumors – the deadliest childhood cancer. Whether participating in one of the dozens of organized rides, riding as a group, or as an individual, everyone can take part in the day.

As the nation’s longest running charitable motorcycle ride, Ride for Kids has raised tens of millions of dollars to fund research and family support programs for children battling brain tumors. In 2021, thousands of riders participated in the inaugural Ride for Kids Day. With the support of PBTF’s valued corporate partners and donors, over $1.4 million was raised last year for the cause. Mission programs like PBTF’s emergency financial assistance Butterfly Fund and Early Career Development research grants would not be possible without the support of the motorcycle community’s involvement in Ride for Kids.

“National Ride for Kids Day is an opportunity for riders across the nation to hit the road in support of kids battling brain tumors,” says Bob McNamara, PBTF’s National Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement. “Any rider anywhere can contribute to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation by simply doing what they love, riding. We’re excited to continue mobilizing the motorcycling community through National Ride for Kids Day in support of families who need us now more than ever.”

Ride for Kids Day is made possible in part through the generous support of corporate partners like American Honda, the Comoto Family of Brands, and GEICO Motorcycle, along with dozens of other local event sponsors. Throughout the 2022 riding season, PBTF will release information on ways each of these national brands will be supporting the mission to end pediatric brain tumors.

“It is an honor to be part of the Ride for Kids community,” said Ken Murphy, President and CEO of the Comoto Family of Brands and member of PBTF’s Board of Directors. “The Comoto Family of Brands is committed to helping the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation create new avenues to engage powersports enthusiasts across the country in the fight to end childhood brain cancer.”

PBTF is proud to host over 20 in-person Ride for Kids events across the nation, but motorcyclists don’t need to attend an event to participate in Ride for Kids. PBTF’s “Ride Anywhere” model allows riders to turn any ride into a fundraiser for the largest patient advocacy funder of pediatric brain tumor research. Whether it is a day trip to your favorite state park, a group ride with friends, or a cross-country journey, any trip can help children battling brain tumors and every mile gets us closer to a cure.

Registration for Ride for Kids is open, and motorcyclists are already fundraising. Registrants and fundraisers can win Honda motorcycles, along with other fundraising incentives. National and local corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit rideforkids.org to learn more and take part in this year’s Ride for Kids.

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