I just stumbled across this awesome video made by the Powersports Channel explaining the reason why riders participate in runs and rallies for specific causes. Many people see a large group of motorcycles and wonder “what is going on?”, “what is their purpose?”. This video clip does an amazing job describing the importance of riding for a cause and what it means for us bikers. Please feel free to share this post with friends and family who often wonder why you ride. The video has some great footage from Rolling Thunder, Teddy Bear run, and several other poker runs.
Early on a weekend morning you’re stuck at a traffic light while a stream of motorcycles roar by, escorted by local law enforcement. And you wonder “what’s up?”. Life near a hospital can be disrupted by screeching sirens, but then you hear an unfamiliar rumble in the distance. And you wonder “what’s up?”. Touring DC on Memorial Day weekend, you have to stand and wait for thousands upon thousands of motorcycles to pass by. And you wonder “what’s up?”. You see motorcycles decked out in flags. You see long, grayed haired, bearded and tattooed folks. The thoughts going through your head may not be the most flattering. And you wonder “what’s up?”. Let us offer up a quick apology, but here’s what’s up…
Many of the motorcycle clubs that you see rolling down the road are former military or military supporting folks or members of the local police and fire departments. Male and female alike ride to support our military, our brothers and sister with badges and our communities.
Rolling Thunder is a peaceful protest to make sure that all of our missing in action are accounted for. Did you know that there are over 60,000 missing in action from WWI to present day? Weekend runs and rallies to honor the memory of our fallen comrades in uniform. We raise funds for scholarships for the children for our fallen comrades. Teddy Bear Runs to bring teddy bears to our children in the hospital. Some of these children have never seen a motorcycle, let alone one that brings those toys during their confinement. Christmas in July collects toys for children in the hospital. Special Olympics and Autism Awareness and Save the TaTas Poker Runs to raise money. Guaranteed any money prizes awarded to the motorcycle clubs are re-donated to the cause.
So when you see us, please be patient, please be understanding. We might just be trying to raise money for a cause near and dear to you. When you see us, we ride for those that cannot.”
Watch the ‘When You See Us’ video below. Do you ride for a cause? Let us know in the comments.
Video Credit: The Powersports Channel