Harley-Davidson Love Ride – People All Over the World, Join In

It’s the largest single day motorcycle-related fundraising event in the world, and it’s got some new friends.

The Southern California Harley-Davidson Dealers Association is joining the 28th annual Love Ride as a major supporter and all 22 Harley-Davidson dealerships in the group are serving as launch points for the Oct. 23 ride.

“The Love Ride is truly unique because it’s not just entertainment for charity,” says founder Oliver Shokouh. “It’s a full-immersion experience that lets people participate in a way that raises the spirit of giving to high levels, mainly because it feels so good.”

Organizers say the new approach will make it more convenient for bikers to start their rides while also improving logistical aspects for a smooth beginning to the day.

“Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will again lead thousands of riders to Castaic Lake for the ride. Other celebrity supporters expected for the ride include Robert Patrick, Peter Fonda, Lorenzo Lamas, Larry Hagman and Willie G. Davidson, plus you never know what other luminaries might show up. This year the award-winning country duo of Montgomery Gentry – also avid Harley riders – will be the featured attraction on the main stage.

The event activities include the music of Montgomery Gentry, vendors of souvenirs and hand-picked gourmet foods, motorcycle stunt shows, a ride-in bike show and special prizes for top fundraisers. All makes of motorcycles are welcome to participate in the Love Ride and organizers promise plenty of free parking for cars and trucks, too.

Love Ride claims status as the largest one-day motorcycle fundraiser in the country, with a total of more than $13 million given to children’s charities since 1984.

As in 2010, the Love Ride charity is Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. Through the generosity of bikers and everyone involved year after year, the Love Ride can make a significant impact on the disorder.

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