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: