So what makes someone buy a ticket on a chance to win a new motorcycle?
For John Bretz of Rockford, Ind., it was a "real pretty" photo in Cycle World magazine. Earlier this year the longtime subscriber saw a picture of a Honda CBR1000RR customized by Gregg DesJardins and couldn't resist. He made a $20 online donation to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for five drawing tickets.
One of those tickets was the winner, and last week the bike was delivered to Bretz at Big 4 Cycle in Newburgh, Ind. Accustomed to his two “slow and comfortable” Harleys, Bretz said he’s looking forward to trying out the sport bike donated by Ride for Kids presenting sponsor American Honda.
The custom bike, painted by Blue Cat (Roberto Serangeli), also came with a matching Bell helmet. Custom parts and accessories were donated by Performance Machine, Cycles 128, Bell Helmets, Leo Vince, Saddlemen, CRG and Dunlop.
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts saw the bike on the International Motorcycle Shows circuit and in the Honda tent at Daytona. This year’s drawing raised $67,845 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Since 2001, the drawing has raised more than $725,000 to help eliminate the challenges of childhood brain tumors.
Look for a new Ride for Kids/Cycle World project bike drawing this fall at the International Motorcycle Shows.
Ride for Kids is now in its 30th year of raising awareness and funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. These fun-filled, family-friendly motorcycle rides take place in more than 40 cities across the country. More than 28,000 people in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a childhood brain tumor, and 11 more cases are identified each day. Motorcyclists have helped the PBTF become the world's largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research. Our programs also include free educational information about brain tumors, Internet conferences and college scholarships. American Honda is the presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids. Other supporters include GEICO, Bell Helmets and Cycle World magazine.