On September 11, 400 motorcycle riders forming “Ride 911,” dedicated to the crewmembers and airline employees who lost their lives four years ago, took off from Freedom Harley Davidson, where Fox 103.5 played music and did a broadcast for the riders. From there, the group headed up into the mountains for a two-hour ride, before coming back down and stopping at High Country Harley Davidson.
There, while a live band played, they had something to eat and drink, before announcing the winners of raffle items, including Frontier Airlines tickets, CAE simulator time, and Holiday Inn Penthouse Suites giveaways (including meals), courtesy of Holiday Inn at Centennial Airport.
“We made a speech to remember the lives lost on that day and thanked all the pilots and flight attendants who didn’t ride, but who showed up in uniform for support,” said Melissa Lucken, Ride 911 vice president. “We also thanked all of our sponsors and volunteers.”
One honored rider was Jeffrey Davidson Schrager, an American Airlines pilot as well as a great-grandson of William A. Davidson, one of the original founders of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Davidson Schrager is involved in promoting the California-based Legacy Ride (www.legacyride.com), which raises money for MDA.
“Jeff said it took them two years to plan their ride,” Lucken said. “We did it in seven months!”
Ride 911 donation proceeds will go toward an aviation college fund to be given to a student in need, as well as a flight crew member memorial statue. The organization will also be auctioning off a Fat Boy Harley Davidson sporting an aviation-themed paint job.
“We had it painted with 757s doing flybys over the New York skyline,” Lucken said. “It also shows the Statue of Liberty and the Twin Towers. The flames are the images of the American flag.”
The bike will tour with platinum sponsors before being auctioned off on eBay later this year.
“Next year’s ride will be bigger and better,” Lucken said.
For more information, visit [http://www.ride911.com].