Can-Am Sponsored Road Warrior Ride Completes A Successful Tour
Taking veterans on the open road for adventure therapy
Recently, Can-Am sponsored the annual Road Warrior Ride which was organized by the Road Warrior Foundation (RWF). The RWF is a volunteer-operated foundation that seeks to improve the lives of veterans by “utiliz[ing] powersports and adventure to produce a challenging environment that takes people out and puts them back in the driver’s seat.” In the case of the Road Warrior Ride, this “adventure therapy” took the form of hitting the road from Austin, TX to Charleston, SC for a multi-day ride on Can-Am Spyders.
This year, RWF had 10 veterans as the primary reason for the ride. All of these vets, who ranged in age from 20s–30s, got to experience the feeling of hitting the open road with a group of like-minded people. Most of the veterans on the tour were inexperienced riders prior to the event. In fact, many got their license just weeks before departure. Can-Am says that Spyders are ideal vehicles for this type of event since the Spyder is inherently stable and takes very little time to learn to ride, allowing the attendees to immediately feel confident once they hit the road. Additionally, Spyders are ideal mounts for riders who may have mobility issues.
As the Road Warrior Ride traveled across the states, the group met up with Can-Am Spyder owners and riders from organizations like the American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard. Typically, the group ranged in size from 25 to more than 100 bikes. Additionally, a number of police departments supplied escorts throughout the ride, including one by a Spyder F3-P police unit. As we’ve seen in other veteran-focused events, communities also supported the ride.
Here are some video reports from the ride:
Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.
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