Man on a Mission

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New England Warrior Benefit to Auction 5 Custom Dirico Motorcycles

In honor of our wounded and fallen Special Operations troops, and in response to the grave need to help their families, The New England Warrior Benefit is excited to auction off five one-of-a-kind Dirico bikes, commissioned to reflect each branch of the U.S. Special Forces. Proceeds will benefit five prominent charitable organizations that directly support these families. Inspired by Dirico co-owner Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and designed by Founder Mark Dirico, these impressive road warriors are built for seamless function – demonstrating impeccable craftsmanship, style, detail and innovation. Here, modern components meet old-world skill, connecting rider and bike through pure performance.

To assist in the fundraising efforts of the New England Warrior Benefit, Dirico has hand-crafted five custom motorcycles, each themed for a different military branch: Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and the No Greater Sacrifice foundation, which pays homage to all fallen and wounded service members. Each bike features unique and inspiring artwork and is powered by a classic heartbeat Harley-Davidson engine. Designed for the more experienced rider, these beautiful Dirico motorcycles will deliver a smooth, sleek and stylish ride that honors and supports America’s elite troops.

The New England Warrior Benefit motorcycle auction will culminate at the benefit on July 3, 2012. Online bidding is available for those who cannot attend the event. Click here to see the website.

The Heros Project

So what happens if you’re out on the road and a truck hits you? Is your life over? Maybe, or maybe you come back stronger with more purpose. Maybe you become an ambassador for God and decide to reach new heights and touch more lives. I know a Safety Officer from a nearby HOG Chapter who was hit by a truck. He lost his leg. In the hospital after the accident he still had his sense of humor and was thankful to be alive. We can’t control what happens to us (no matter how hard I try) we can only control how we handle the situations we find ourselves in.

On September 10, 2001 Tim Medvetz was racing his motorcycle through the San Fernando Valley when he was hit by a truck in a catastrophic accident that left him partially paralyzed and fighting for his life. He required 8 surgeries to save his foot, which doctors feared needed to be amputated. Two metal plates and 20 screws were needed to repair his cracked skull. He was not expected to fully recover and walk again — but no one told Tim that.  For six long months Tim struggled to regain the use of his legs and find some meaning in his life. Always looking for an adventure, Tim decided that the best way to recover would be a trip. He quickly found himself preparing to climb Mt. Everest. After climbing Mt. Everest for the first time in 2006, Tim realized that he could turn his passion into action.

A news broadcast about disabled and disfigured returning veterans sparked Tim’s interest. He realized he had something to offer these brave soldiers: the chance to put their lives back together through the challenge of climbing. In 2009, Tim started The Heroes Project, a foundation dedicated to raising funds to help wounded warriors climb the world’s highest peaks and find a renewed purpose in their lives. The foundation is predicated on the idea that we can make a difference and change the lives of our wounded veterans, soldiers, and their families – one soldier, one veteran, one family at a time (www.theheroesproject.org). 

New Improved Look at www.RoadCaptainUSA.com

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On January 5th 2008 I started this blog. Ten months later I launched an online store at www.Shop.RoadCaptainUSA.com which is doing very well. I have found some unique motorcycle accessories that I don’t think you can find just anywhere. These are items I feel have true value. The Ride Like A Pro products can make you a better rider! The Fix My Hog products can save you hundreds of dollars by teaching you to do your own maintenance and performance upgrades! The Moto-Maps products can help you find scenic roads to ride! I have recently added some new products, more about that later. For now I would like to announce that I have totally redesigned the online store! I was so excited about the new store design I also remodeled the blog to match the store. Please check out the new online store and let me know what you think of both the new blog and online store. Click here to check out the store!

Ultimate Playboy Magazine Giveaway

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Enter the Ultimate Playboy Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a trip to party with Playmate of the Year 2012 at the Harley-Davidson Museum for the opening bash of the Worn to be Wild Exhibit! And ride home on a Harley-Davidson Seventy Two motorcycle! There are 250+ bonus prizes including Harley-Davidson leather jackets and one year subscriptions to Playboy Magazine. Click here to enter.

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Annual Rite of Spring

Each year in the northern Delaware area, the Motorcycle Accident Victims Foundation’s Saint Patty’s Day Poker Run marks the traditional kick-off of the motorcycle riding season.  With the mild winter we had this year there wasn’t much of an “off” season, but that didn’t make this annual rite of spring any less monumental.  The event was actually held this year on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, and kicked off at the Rommel Harley-Davidson dealership in New Castle, DE.

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The weather was fabulous for a mid-March day – sunny with temperatures rising into the low 70’s by late afternoon.  It was a perfect day to ride…and for me it was my first opportunity to take the handlebars since Labor Day.  It’s totally pathetic, I know, but work has been kicking my butt all school year.  Even my weekends have been spent doing hours of grading and catching up on some much needed sleep.  Getting my knees back in the breeze was nothing short of spectacular!

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The poker run route planned by M.A.V. led me down scenic Rt-9 though marshland past Augustine Beach and along remote Rt-15 below the canal.  There were stops at Rommel H-D in Smyrna and 301 Cycle in Middletown, with the final card draw at Just Mugs on US-40 in Bear.  Participants enjoyed free food, 50/50, door prizes, and of course camaraderie with fellow riders.  More than 200 participants on all makes and models of bikes enjoyed a fantastic day. 

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Special thanks go out to Vee Marshall and Spunk Amoroso (M.A.V. President and Vice President respectively) and all of the volunteers that made the event possible.  The greatest benefit of the day was all of the money that was raised to help M.A.V. continue their work in the motorcycle community. 

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Founded in 1994 by members of First State HOG Chapter, M.A.V. helps motorcyclists injured in an accident through no fault of their own.  They provide monetary assistance to make sure that the injured’s bills are paid and their families have food on the table while the rider is medically unable to work and waiting for the courts and insurance companies to work out a settlement.  For more information about M.A.V. (or to make a donation), log on to www.motorcycleaccidentvictims.org.  You can also donate through your United Way campaign at work like I do – use pledge number 9615.

As for me, my poker hand was less than stellar, I didn’t win any door prizes or the 50/50, and I spent money I didn’t really have at the dealership…but I enjoyed a wonderful day on two wheels with my favoritest guy in the world, and helped out a very worthy cause at the same time.  So overall it was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time!  I am looking forward to many more days with the wind in my hair and the sun on my face over the rest of the riding season!