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GetYonder EDITOR IN CHIEF Stephanie Hampton ADVERTISING/MARKETING Reginald Hampton CONTENT COORDINATOR Shareef AsSadiq CONTENT WRITERS Stephanie Hampton Shannon Lewis SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Yolanda Darnell GRAPHICS/DESIGN Shannon Pridemore Stephanie Hampton GY LIASONS Tysaun Cook Kathy Demerle Todd Lucas Yvette Cruz Dawn Phillips Anthony Simpson Tiffany Nichols Nate Pridemore

CONTENT

2017 Calendar Of Events............................. 08 Check Out What's Happening in 2017

Featured Rider............................................... 10 Meet Rayetta "RayRay" Taylor

Motorcycle Safety Awareness...................... 14 What Can I Do?

Featured Motorcycle Club........................... 18 Regulators MC

Guinness World Record Holder ............... 24 Carl Reese and His New World Record

Tour of Honor................................................ 30 Riding For A Cause

Who's On The Ground................................. 32 See Who's Getting Yonder

A Biker's Will To Ride.................................. 36 Riding Again After An Accident

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MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS SAFETY MONTH

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STAY SAFE?


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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER

READ ABOUT CARL REESE & THE CHARITY HE SUPPORTS

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RAYETTA "RAYRAY" TAYLOR

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REGULATORS MC

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TOUR OF HONOR

NOTHING BETTER THAN RIDING FOR A CAUSE

A BIKER'S WILL TO RIDE

WHAT'S THEIR MOTIVATION TO RIDE AGAIN

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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

Don’t just ride for the miles, be sure to capture the memories!

Wow! Is it May already? As we ride into our 6th issue, we celebrate Memorial Day, in honor of our fallen soldiers, that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our FREEDOM. In doing so, this issue features a ride known as, Tour of Honor, which celebrates and recognize the heroes that have selflesslyserved on our behalf. In addition, May is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. We feature an article on things you can do as a rider to stay safe on the roads and tips to decrease your chances of injury. We also feature an article, A Biker's Will To Ride, highlighting motivational stories of bikers that was once injured due to an accident, and their will to ride again. As an added treat, we feature Guinness World Record Holder, Carl Reese, as he shares what prompted his interest in competing for world records. We have the oldest sportbike club in Atlanta, Ga, Regulator's MC, our featured motorcycle club, and a host of photos of biker's riding in our Who's On The Ground layout. As always, we appreciate your continued support! Hope you enjoy! Ride safe! Get Yonder!

Stephanie Hampton Editor-In-Chief Get Yonder Magazine shampton@getyonder.com

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50 states. 500 memorials. You, your motorcycle, And a good reason to ride.

A self-directed ride 1APR17 - 31OCT17. Visit seven memorials in any state to achieve Finisher status. Or travel cross-country. It’s up to you. Sign up at www.tourofhonor.com Benefiting:

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2 017 MO T O RC CALENDAR

MAY 3 The Panama City

MAY 25 Myrtle Beach BikeBeach Spring Motorcycle Rally fest will be held Memorial Day will be held May 3rd to May 7th weekend from May 25th to May 2017 in Panama City Beach, 29th 2017 in MyrtleBeach, SC. Florida.

JUN 21 The 4th Annual

MAY 7 Kingdom Knights MM

will host their 9th Annual Biker Blessing May 7th 2017 in Capital JUN 2 The men of Pound 4 Heights, Maryland. Pound MC will host their annual anniversary from June 2nd to MAY 18 Hypnotiq MC 16th June 4th 2017 in Memphis, TN. Annual Cabaret will be held May 18th-May 21st 2017 in Lexing- JUN 3 The men of Ironbred MC will host their 10th Annual ton, Kentucky. Anniversary in Atlanta, GA.

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2017 at International Beach Park, Jonesboro, GA. Hosted by Thunder Tower West HarleyDavidson.

JUN 10 Laconia will host

their 94th Motorcycle Week June 10th to June 18th 2017 in Laconia, NH.

Bessie Stringfield All Female Ride will be held from June 21st-25th 2007 in Killeen, Texas.

JUN 21 Rarebreed MC will

host their annual anniversary in Los Angeles, CA from June 21st to 25th 2017.

JUL 3 Black Girls Ride will

host their 3rd Annual Coast To Coast Ride from Los Angeles, Cali to Brooklyn, NY.

JUL 12 Kingz of The South

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AUG 25 Diamond Clusters

MC will host their 10th Annual Anniversary August 25th-26th in Atlanta, GA.

AUG 30 The men of Atlanta

Chapter Rarebeed MC will host their 10th Annual Anniversary starting August 30th-Sept 3rd 2017 in Atlanta, GA.

AUG 4 The 77th Sturgis Mo-

torcycle Rally will be held August 4th-13th 2017 in Sturgis, SD.

JUL 28 The annual North

Carolina All Female Ride-2017 will be held in Durham, NC at Raging Bull Harley-Davidson.

AUG 10 Next Level MC will host their Annual Anniversary weekend August 10-13th in Chicago, IL.

SEP 16 The ladies of Klutch

& Khrome MC Detroit will host their 1st Annual Anniversary September 16th 2017.

AUG 2 The 40th National

Bikers Roundup will be held August 2nd-6th 2017 in Kansas City, MO.

AUG 18 Hurricane Biker

Girls 15th Annual Anniversary will be August 18-20th in San Diego, CA.

OCT 7 The Have Iron/Will

Travel Ride To Eat will be held on October 7th 2017 in Kansas City, MO.

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NAME: Rayetta “RayRay” Taylor CLUB: Black Sabbath MC HOMETOWN: San Diego, CA RIDING EXPERIENCE: 11 years MOTORCYCLE: Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

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nown to be a rider that can hold her own, Rayetta “RayRay” Taylor started off as an auxiliary member of Black Sabbath MC in 1986. After many years of supporting and hanging around the club, she decided to learn how to ride a motorcycle. In 2006, Rayetta purchased her first motorcycle, a 1980 Yamaha Midnight Special 850. Her passion for riding has earned her the respect of many, as she’s known for always being on iron. In fact, for over 7 years, her sole mode of transportation was via motorcycle. She has owned four since she started riding.


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Rayetta is not known for any glorified cross-country traveling, however, respect is given for her love of motorcycling, willingness to ride in all types of weather and her ability to ride with the best of any male rider. She shared, two of her most memorable trips, one being a trip from Oakland, CA to San Diego, CA and the other, a trip to Tuscan, AZ.

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The trip from Oakland to San Diego was the most exhilarating trip for her, due to her riding in the back of a pack of about 60 other members from Chosen Few MC. The rate of speed and the discipline shown by the riding formation was an amazing experience for her. She was able to maintain their speed and stay with the pack, which was impressive, to say the least. The second trip to Arizona was shared because she learned that not all trips go according to plan. After being late for the meet up, she was determined to catch up with her motorcycle club. Needless to say, she ended up catching up with them, but only after running into a police officer on a motorcycle. If that didn’t damper her trip, the money she had stashed in her vest started blowing away in the wind. Unaware of what was going on, the trail car following the group pulled up to let her know what was happening. They stopped, however, was unable to recover the money, but the fact that her brothers and sisters stepped in and took care of her for the remainder of the trip made it one of the most memorable for her.

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What Can I Do?

Have you ever had a close call on your motorcycle? Have you had one of those pucker moments where you have to pull over and collect yourself before you ride any further? I know I have. Frankly, I think we all know that motorcycles can be dangerous. According to the National Motorcycle Institute, “driving a motorcycle is approximately 27 times more dangerous than driving a car, mile for mile.” Yet, here we all are, accepting the risk. No matter what machine you ride, we all know the rush and freedom of twisting that throttle and feeling the wind and road rush by. But how can we make ourselves safer, and increase our chances of staying alive on the highway? Turns out, there’s a lot we can do as riders to keep ourselves out of harm’s way. From gear and helmets, to riding habits, here are a few tips and tricks to extend your riding career:

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WEAR THE APPROPRIATE RIDING GEAR

Now, I know we’re all adults and we make our own decisions regarding style and comfort. However, motorcycle specific gear is designed with the rider in mind. Flannels, vests, and skate shoes may look stylish, but they simply do not offer the same level of protection as a motorcycle specific setup. Good riding gear is designed with vents and liners for temperature control, as well as armor plates to decrease impact severity and abrasion. Whether it’s leather or Kevlar, gear always holds up better against pavement than your naked skin. There’s a plethora of colors and styles available, from super sporty and aggressive jackets to touring suits with all the pockets you can imagine. According to the Journal for Accident Analysis and Prevention, riders wearing body armor were 73% less likely to suffer open wound injuries during a crash situation. Boots and gloves also often get overlooked as unnecessary pieces of equipment, but the truth is they reduce injury and fatigue as well. A good over-the-ankle boot reduces injury to those sensitive knobby bones. According to Accident Analysis and Prevention, riders wearing boots and gloves were 53% less likely to suffer foot/ankle injuries, with similar statistics for fingers. That literally means that simply choosing hiking boots over Chuck Taylors and wearing some sort of glove cuts your risk of injury in HALF. Choose gear that suits your riding habits, and wear it all the time. A good mantra here is “Dress for the slide, not the ride.”

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WEAR AN APPROVED HELMET This seems simple, but there are still many riders who disregard the safety a helmet offers because they “want the freedom of the wind.” Crash studies like the one conducted by Dietmar Otte have consistently proven the safety benefits of helmets, specifically the full face. A whopping 34.6% of ALL impact damage sustained to a helmet takes place on the chin bar section. Do you like your teeth? Beyond that, there’s the comfort gained from reduced wind noise (persistent wind can result in hearing loss) as well as reduced exposure to wind and elements, which can dehydrate and injure your skin. Even in triple digit heat, a proper full face helmet will keep you comfortably riding longer with vents for airflow and a polarized lens. Sure, you won’t feel the wind in your hair, but you’ll still have hair after a crash because the pavement didn’t grind it all off. Morbid, but true. Most helmets weigh an average of only 3 pounds, so they won’t negatively affect your neck muscles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in crashes while not wearing a helmet, 37 could have been saved had they worn helmets. So, when you mount up, take a moment to consider those that love you, and grab your brain bucket.


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As with anything in life, if you are passionate about riding you’ll study the craft. Riding skills require constant tuning and honing to stay sharp. Everything we do on a bike is a perishable skill, from shifting to braking to turning, and if we don’t practice our precision fades. There are literally hundreds of schools that offer classes to improve your riding skills, located all over the country. Schools like Total Control Training or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offer tons of classes at varying skill levels. For example, Total Control Training offers a basic level course, an intermediate course with emphasis on obstacle avoidance type maneuvers, 2 levels of advanced courses focusing on body positioning and proper cornering, and a track clinic specifically designed to bring it all together in a controlled environment. They offer these courses across the United States, so location is no excuse to slack off on furthering your riding skill. Thinking “I’ve been riding X amount of time, I know my stuff” is exactly the kind of overconfidence that gets riders killed. As riders we can become complacent, comfortable, even lazy as we ride. We often believe that experience and anecdotal evidence trumps the need for education. However, statistics prove that when we forget to keep our heads on a swivel, bad things happen. It may take 15 years of riding without a single incident before you finally become one of the been-downs instead of the gonnago-downs. But, when you take even a single course specific to motorcycling, your mind will be blown at the things you didn’t know. Remaining teachable and open to trying new things to improve your skills is key. So, if you’ve had a close call or have simply hit a plateau where you feel you aren’t improving, take a class.

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STAY FED AND HYDRATED The dangers of dehydration and low blood sugar are myriad, and only get worse when you’re in the saddle. Per the Iron Butt Association, fatigue can manifest itself in a variety of ways, from lane discipline to sleepiness to speed fluctuations. Dehydration symptoms include thirst, less frequent urination, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, increased heartrate, fever, and irritability. The solution to this, staying hydrated, seems simple but can be difficult while riding long distances. Therefore, many endurance riders wear modular helmets and use cup holders, to keep beverages close to hand. Drinking fluids even when you don’t necessarily feel thirsty, such as when it’s cold or rainy, can keep those symptoms at bay. Low blood sugar has a long list of symptoms itself, which include blurred vision, mood changes, headache, hunger pangs, shaking, sweating, skin tingling, trouble concentrating, loss of consciousness, seizure, and even coma. Ask any diabetic about their routine and you’ll begin to understand how important blood sugar levels can be. The answer here is just as simple, have some sort of snack either before you mount up or on hand for longer rides. Plan food breaks into your longer rides, whether you’re going up and down the same canyon 10 times or traveling across state lines. Something as simple as granola bars or hard candies stuffed into a jacket pocket can keep your blood sugar on an even keel, which will keep you comfortable and riding longer. Staying fed and hydrated will keep you physically and mentally sharp, which will allow you to focus on your riding.

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READ THE AVAILABLE LITERATURE Read the available literature. This is another part of rider education that often gets overlooked. Something as simple as cracking open your Motorcycle Operator’s Manual can illuminate things that will make you much more intimate with your specific make and model. Go a step further and pick up the maintenance book for your bike, and you’ll begin to know your bike’s inner workings. Wrenching on your bike can also give insight into aspects of your own character, helping you understand your own capacity for patience, reaction under pressure, and willingness to learn. Beyond that, there are hundreds of books out there written by highly skilled and experienced riders, designed to help you improve your awareness and mastery of the machine you love. Books like Twist of the Wrist or Total Control emphasize various aspects of riding. Twist of the Wrist, for example, has 2 different volumes dedicated to road racing technique, and goes into serious detail about body positioning and mechanics. Total Control is a more circumspect novel, dedicated to all aspects of riding, and covers everything from mental strategies to keep clearheaded and focused to specifics about physics such as tire profile and suspension tuning. Just as a doctor has shelves of books on anatomy and biology, so should we fill our shelves with books about our favored craft. Regardless of your interests related to motorcycles, there is a book out there tailored to you.

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As riders, we can be quick to blame “cagers” for our problems on the road. We rage at the idiots who don’t see us, or cut us off, or inject their vehicles into our carefully organized runs. Too often, we forget that our safety on the road comes down to our own ability to interpret the signs around us and be alert for danger. The things I’ve listed above are a good start to keeping yourself safer, but that’s just the beginning. No matter what kind of riding you do, whether it’s track, mountain cruises, or long distance touring, YOU determine your level of safety on the road. My hope is that you’ll take the tools I’ve offered up, and add them to your toolbox. Keep your knees in the breeze, stay out of trouble, and catch me on the road!


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Over the years, the motorcycle club has transitioned from an all sportbike club to a combination of Harley Davidsons and other popular motorcycle brands. Their National President, Meat, attributes the change to “age and wisdom” indicating that some members prefer the comfort of being on a Harley Davidson, versus a sports bike when getting yonder. He also added that his members have been getting yonder before it became so popular. He stated that they may not have traveled coast to coast on many occasions, but they have always been known to hit a few states at any given time. When asked how he keeps his members motivated to ride, he stated it was simple, “we breed motorcycle enthusiasts.” “We have an actual


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probating period; not all clubs have that anymore. We want to know who we bring into our organization, and they earn the right to be a member!� The national president went on to say that if you recruit quality members, you don’t have to keep them motivated. He added that some consider it a hobby, but there are some that consider it a lifestyle.

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The motorcycle club is also known for their community involvement. When they aren’t on iron, or crossing state lines, they are working to give back to their community through different initiatives, such as feeding the homeless, clothing drives, and working with the Boys and Girls club.

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Carl Reese THE GREATEST DISTANCE IN 24 HOURS ON A MOTORCYCLE Interviewed By: Shareef AsSadiq Written By: Stephanie Hampton As a kid, around 11 years of age, Carl Reese remembers looking through the Guinness Book of World Records and thinking, he would be in there some day. It wasn’t until him losing two of his good friends, that he decided it was time to start living. He was a self-proclaimed workaholic, and as a result, he started having issues with his health. He decided it was time for him to slow down and take the time to enjoy life. He thought of a promise that he had made to a childhood friend. He would ride his motorcycle coast to coast. After researching the trip, he found that more men had walked on the moon, than had attempted the fastest time from New York to Los Angeles. He made up his mind that he would break this record, and after 18 months of planning, Carl rode from LA to New York, in the record time of 38 hours and 49 minutes. The trip was strategically planned, including the smallest of details, such as leaving on the night of a full moon.

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The record breaking trip would be the most notable for him, however, in less than a two-year period, he [and team] would break 8 more records, totaling nine world records, prior to breaking the Greatest Distance in 24 hours on a Motorcycle (individual). This was his most recent feat, which required months of strategic planning and preparation. On February 25th 2017, riding a BMW K1600 (160 horse power) and dressed in a prototype from First Gear-USA, Carl Reese set out to break the world record. The place would be at Continental Tire Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas, which was a closed track roughly 80 miles west of San Antonio, TX. The track was an 8½ mile track. His starting mileage read 24,649. His starting time was 4:27am CST. With an hour and 18 minutes of time remaining, Carl was stopped by head mechanic, Jay Carson, after inspecting his tires, and confirming that they had exhausted them all. Carl rode 2,119 miles, beating the previous record of 2,023.5 miles. His official recorded time was 22 hours and 52 minutes, reaching top speeds of over 140 miles per hour. The success of this monumental ride would not have been possible without the help of the following volunteers: Deena Mastracci (fiancé), Glen Stasky, Ryan Sorenson, Jay Carson, Darlene Stasky, Dan Clark, William Rugemick, Hank Arriazola and Steven Brown. In addition to his team, the following companies provided support via related products: Brock’s Performance, EarthX Battery, AltRider, Clearwater Lights, Z Technik, and First Gear-USA. This would be his 10th World Record, and though the notoriety was rewarding, Carl Reese’s gratification comes from providing recognition to a veteran charity that he supports, the Motorcycle Relief Project. What better way to live, than to do what you love and support a worthy cause!

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The Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP), founded by Tom Larson, is a 501c3, non-profit organization that provides “relief rides” from veterans that suffer from PTSD and other injuries. The ride is a five-day, controlled event that provides on and off road riding tours to qualifying veterans. Through the use of donated motorcycles, the veterans ride through scenic roads and beautiful forests. The ride is meant to build camaraderie among the participants and act as a “relief” from any issues in which they face. The participants learn relaxation techniques in dealing with stress and participate in evening workshops. All food and accommodations are provided by MRP. The participants are required to have a minimum of one year riding experience to qualify for acceptance into the program. The program is fully funded by generous donors and corporate sponsors. To donate or for more information, visit www.motorelief.org.

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Introducing SpotWalla: Data Location Manager

SpotWalla is a tracking mechanism, that supports several satellite-based tracking devices. It provides users the flexibility to control their location data.

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ason Jonas, founder of SpotWalla, has been riding motorcycles for over 20 years. In 2000, he decided on taking some time off to travel and ride his motorcycle across country. During this time, GPS technology or tracking mechanisms, weren’t as prevalent as they are today. As a result, he got lost on the road, and was unable to keep his family updated on where he was. In 2008, as a promise to his sister, he created SpotWalla. It was initially introduced to his friends within the motorcycle community, however, over the years as its technology progressed, it is used by a number of communities.

What is SpotWalla?

SpotWalla is a tracking mechanism, that supports several satellite-based tracking devices. It provides users the flexibility to control their location data. The SpotWalla allows complete control of the information being exposed, all in a secured and private environment.

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What are some of its benefits?

With SpotWalla, you’re able to share your travels and rides with your family and friends by creating “trips.” This will allow them to follow your travels, as the app updates with location data. In addition, once a “trip” is created, it will allow you to send text messaged updates, delivering up to date information. It allows you to track stops, such as restaurants, gas stations, and hotels. It saves the data from your entire trip for you to retrieve and review at any time. The user can limit the location data as needed, and provide an external link for tracking.

What devices does it support?

SpotWalla supports the following devices: • APRS Device • GibbyTrip for iOS • Bubbler GPS for Android • INMARSAT Communications Device • DeLorme inReach • SPOT Personal Tracker • Email • SWConnect for iOS • Generic Device with GPX Support • The Wirie pro Device

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S avid motorcycle enthusiasts, the open road is what most live for. The wind…….the smells…… the beauty…..all experienced from the love of riding. The one thing better than doing what you love, is doing what you love for a great cause! To honor those that have sacrificed through self-less service, by way of tribute, yet still being able to enjoy the facets of motorcycling, is the ultimate high. Tour of Honor (TOH), founded by brothers Steve and Dave Brooks, was establish to honor our national heroes. Whether it be fallen or wounded soldiers, police officers and fire fighters, or affected family members, the self-directed ride seeks to pay tribute by supporting organizations

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through monetary donations and public recognition. The charities that TOH support are: Fisher House Foundation, Operation Comfort Warriors, and Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes. The seasonal ride is held from April 1st to October 31st of each year. The registered participants ride to state designated memorials, once the “official� list is released for the year. Riders are provided a numbered flag, which is used for the duration of that year. As each memorial site is visited, the rider must take a photo in front of the monument, that includes their flag and motorcycle as proof of the monument being visited. The ultimate goal of TOH is to recognize and pay tribute to those the monuments are dedicated to, while raising funds to support the charities involved. As an added incentive, the person visiting the most memorial sites will be awarded the Jack Shoalmire Achievement Award. In addition, a trophy is awarded to the first three riders that visit all designated monuments in a state or region. Any rider that visits seven monuments, will also be awarded a finishers certificate. For more information on Tour of Honor, visit their website at www.tourofhonor.com. page 31


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here are risks associated with most things in life, and frankly.......riding a motorcycle is no different! Some would say that it’s not safe, or may even call you crazy, but should you live life being afraid of what might happen? As each new day brings an unpredictable experience, we learn that some risks are worth the exchange of being able to say, you did something you absolutely loved! The men and women featured here, all share a few things in common. They all have a love of riding motorcycles. They’ve all been involved in accidents. They’ve all suffered multiple injuries, but.....the most important thing shared among these bikers is, their will to ride.....again! As they briefly share their stories, we highlight their strengths and the things that inspired them to overcome injury and ride again.

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Bryan “2 Much” Houston Accident Date: June 12, 2015 Injuries: Traumatic Brain Injury, Broken pelvis, Torn ACL, MCL, LCL, Facial lacerations, Leg fractured in multiple places. Motorcycle: Kawasaki ZX10R Years Riding Motorcycles: 11Years

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fter being hit by a car, Bryan “2 Much” Houston, suffered multiple injuries and was in a coma for over a 3 week period. After several surgeries and a total hospital stay of over 3 months, he was released and able to start physical therapy.

When asked what his motivation was to ride again, he stated that he enjoyed the camaraderie, the bonds and relationships built among his brothers and sisters, fellowshipping, and networking. He also added that his love of community service and participating in charitable events, hosted within the bike community kept him motivated. When asked how has the experience changed him, he stated that the accident brought a humbling realization of how much we take things such as life, friends and family for granted. “So many things in life is taken for granted.....things you’d never given a second thought....until a life altering situation forces you to take a hard look at your life, your actions, decisions and the directions you take. At the end of the day, I am happy and thankful with God and who he created and the man my grandmother raised me to be.”

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Accident Date: July 20, 2013 Injuries: Broken Ankle, Crushed Foot, Broken Toes, Road Rash Motorcycle: 2012 Yamaha V Star 1100 Years Riding Motorcycles: 8 Years

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amica “Piper” Wade was out of town attending a motorcycle event in Rockingham, NC. After trying to avoid hitting a car that slammed on brakes in front of her, she quickly steered to the side of the road, causing her and her motorcycle to roll several times. There was no shoulder on the road, just gravel and rocks. As a result, she suffered a broken ankle, broken toes, road rash, and a crushed foot. After being checked out at the emergency room, she was advised that she would need surgery, however, she declined due to being away from home and wanting to have the surgery near family. They place a temporary cast on her foot, wrapped it in bandages and she was released. After not being able to find a towing service to transport her motorcycle back to Pennsylvania, she decided that she would ride it back, not wanting to leave it there. She wrapped the cast and bandages with a plastic bag, securing the plastic with rubber bands. She placed her crutches on the back of the motorcycle, and rode back to Pittsburgh, PA. She was later scheduled for surgery and ended up being bed ridden for about 6 months. Her motivation to ride after her experience was due to her love of motorcycles. It’s evident in her actions of riding for 14 hours with a crushed foot and broken ankle. After completing physical therapy, her first ride would be a trip across country from Pennsylvania to California.

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Richard “Riccochet” Evans Accident Date: July 8, 2012 Injuries: Broken neck (3 places), Broken ribs, Broke both feet, Lost left arm, Broken right wrist Motorcycle: 1995 Honda CBR 1000 Years Riding Motorcycles: 11Years

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ith no memory of his accident, Richard “Riccochet” Evans, stated that his life has gone from “playing checkers to playing chess!” After being in the hospital for 2 months, and a coma for 8 days, he now understands the importance of the simpler things in life. On July 8th of 2012, riding a 1995 Honda CBR 1000, Riccochet went down on his motorcycle. As a result, he suffered from his feet being broken, ribs broken, a broken wrist, a broken neck, and the loss of his right arm. With such a traumatic accident, I asked him what was his motivation to ride again? He stated that he was a rider, and he enjoys it. He attributes his lack of memory of his accident to not being fearful of riding. He added that being injured has been a humbling experience that has opened his eyes to so many things. A little less than 3 years after his accident, he purchased a 1500 Goldwing, added a Trike kit and a few other modifications. It took Riccochet about a month to get comfortable on his new motorcycle, however, he’s happy to be riding again.

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Toni “Toni2Fine” White Accident Date: September 10, 2010 Injuries: Crushed Tubular and Fibula bones Motorcycle: 2009 Harley-Davidson Road King Years Riding Motorcycles: Unknown

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oni “Toni2Fine” White rode her 2009 Harley-Davidson Road King to work daily. On September 10, 2010, while riding in the right lane, she was injured, when a car decided at the last minute that they would stay on the freeway, instead of exiting like they had initiated. The car struck Toni, and she immediately remembered what she learned previously in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) rider’s course, by safely ejecting herself from the motorcycle. While laying on the freeway and accessing her injured elbow, a cement carrier truck, weighing over a ton, came to a halt, crushing her left leg and breaking her tubular and fibula bones. After 44 days of being hospitalized, 7 surgeries, and months of rehab, Toni was released. Her doctors weren’t sure how she’d be effected initially, however she was able to do the same things she did prior to the accident, to include riding her motorcycle. When asked what motivated her to ride again, she stated that riding was her sport. The excitement increases her heart rate, and it’s something that she can do alone, or with her friends. Toni added that “there are two kinds of riders......the ones that have gone down and the ones that will go down.” She stated, should it happen again, she will pick herself up, dust herself off and ride again. She stated that we only have the rest of our lives together, so “Let’s Ride!”

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Accident Date: September 2005 & June 2012 Injuries: Broken Ribs, Punctured lung, Broken finger, Broken collar bone, Eye injured Motorcycle: Boulevard M109 & Suzuki Hayabusa Years Riding Motorcycles: Since 7 years old

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ick “Storm” Williams has been in two motorcycle accidents, and yet he still rides. One accident was involved while riding his Suzuki Hayabusa, the other involved his Boulevard M109.

After being hit by a driver texting on their cell phone, he suffered multiple injuries, to include broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken thumb and finger and a broken collar bone. Because of his accidents, he states that he is now more aware of his surroundings. “I tend to watch out for cars a little more than I did before.” When asked what keeps him motivated to ride again, he stated that he’s been riding since the age of seven, so it’’s just a part of him. He shared that it’s something he loves doing and something that he planned to continue to do, for as long as he’s able to.

Chris “Cold-Blooded” Stewart Accident Date: December 20, 2013 Injuries: Brain swelling, Neck & Spine injury, Road Rash Motorcycle: Suzuki 750 Years Riding Motorcycles: Since 16 years old

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hris “Cold-blooded” Stewart rode a Suzuki 750. On December 20th, 2013, he was hit by an intoxicated driver. His motorcycle was pinned under the Dodge Ram truck as he was dragged for a substantial distance, causing injuries that included swelling on the brain, neck and spine injury, a dislocated knee, and road rash. After completing physical therapy and learning to walk and use his hands again, Cold-Blood was ready to ride again. When asked what was his inspiration to ride, he simply stated that it was his love of the sport. He shared a story of his youngest daughter giving him permission to ride, as long as it wasn’t on a fast motorcycle, so she picked him out a Harley-Davidson, “so that he could be safe.”

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