MIC "Give to Ride" Auction Tops $50,000 for the Right Rider Access Fund

Manufacturers, Distributors and Star Riders Rally for Land Access

[INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 18, 2012 – Several key land use initiatives will benefit from $52,100 donated to the Right Rider Access Fund (RRAF) today, following the first-ever Give to Ride Breakfast and Auction. Generous donations that included gear, parts, memorabilia, riding experiences and even a motorcycle, from a number of MIC members, generated this valuable funding for the RRAF, whose charitable mission is to promote the safe and responsible use of off-highway vehicles and to preserve their access to appropriate lands.

A dozen racing stars also lent their support to the RRAF by appearing at the breakfast, held this morning in conjunction with the 2012 Dealer Expo at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Motocross and off-road legends Malcolm Smith, Fred Hoess, Mark Blackwell, Scot Harden, Jonah Street, Andy Jefferson and Chuck Sun were there to answer questions and sign autographs. The world of ATV racing was well represented by star riders Bill Ballance and Mike Penland. Dirt track icon Chris Carr not only appeared but also donated a two-day American Supercamp. Road racers Kevin Schwantz and Don Emde were special guests, too.

“Everyone on the Right Rider Board is so grateful to all the companies and individuals who attended and donated items to the Give to Ride Auction,” said RRAF President Tim Buche. “We appreciate the generosity of everyone who participated, and while fundraising was certainly an important aspect of this morning’s event, it was not the primary objective. Our true goal was to rally the motorcycling community for a fun morning together and to challenge everyone to give to ride.”

The RRAF Board and the MIC wish to extend their sincerest gratitude to everyone who attended the Give to Ride Auction, along with the racers and MIC members who helped make this special event possible:

• MIC member Tom White for his donation of a 1968 Yamaha DT-1 and for handling emcee honors with MIC Board Director and RRAF Trustee Eric Anderson
• National Powersport Auctions for donating the auctioneering and related support
• Racing legends Kevin Schwantz, Malcolm Smith, Scot Harden, Bill Ballance, Mike Penland, Chuck Sun, Jonah Street, Andy Jefferson, Fred Hoess, Mark Blackwell, Chris Carr and Don Emde
• All the manufacturers for donations of autographed jerseys, number plates and other memorabilia
• Yamaha Motor Corp., USA for a Raines' Riding University experience
• American Suzuki Motor Corp. for a two-day Schwantz School
• Team Honda for autographed number plates and side panels and a detailed scale model of the famous Honda Cub
• Bull Run Guest Ranch and Russ Ehnes for a two four-day Montana adventures for two, with lodging, food and an $800 airline voucher
• BMW Motorrad USA for a two-day California Superbike School on a BMW S1000RR, a BMW All-Weather Atlantis 4 Touring Jacket and two sets of high-end gloves
• Tucker Rocky for two sets of four Malcolm Smith posters and a Grateful Dead River Road premium leather jacket
• Chris Carr for a two-day American Supercamp
• Indianapolis Motor Speedway for two terrace-level tickets with lodging and parking at the Indy MotoGP in August
• Scot Harden for some of his personal, autographed logo gear from the 2005 Dakar Rally
• Jonah Street for his spare Klim Powercross GORE-TEX jacket from the 2012 Dakar Rally
• Kali for two helmets
• Chuck Sun for a personal set of JT Racing riding gear
• Malcolm Smith for an Arai helmet signed by numerous champions at a past Breakfast of Champions event
• HJC for autographed helmets from Ben Spies and Kyle Chisholm
• Hatfield-McCoy Trails for two Hatfield-McCoy Trail passes with lodging
• GoPro and Polk for two HD helmet cams
• Helmet House and Shoei for five Shoei X-12 helmets
• Yoshimura for racing gear and an exhaust system
• Yuasa for a battery, battery charger and logo gear
• Mark Blackwell for a pair of brand-new 1970s Scott plastic motocross boots
• Cycle News for 50 limited-edition, commemorative "Motocross Cat" T-shirts
• Ignition3's Dick Lague for two ISDE DVD packs
• Source Interlink Media Motorsports for two family four-packs to the Geico EnduroCross in Las Vegas
• Avon for a set of tires
• Advanstar Communications for their hospitality, donation of services and promotional support
• MIC BankCard Program for processing any credit card charges and absorbing all processing fees
• All the companies that purchased tables at the Give to Ride Auction: Motorcycle Aftermarket Group (MAG), Dominion Powersports, Motorcycle & Powersports News, LeoVince USA, Saddlemen, Don Emde, Inc,, Cycle World magazine, GE Capital and Tucker Rocky Distributing

Because the RRAF will administer all funds raised at the Give to Ride Auction as well as all future donations, donors can rest assured that 100 percent of their contributions will support land access initiatives. The MIC and RRAF Board also encourage everyone to give of their time to maintain trails and to pursue new trail opportunities. For more information on the RRAF or to make donations, visit www.riderfund.org

The Right Rider Access Fund is a charitable, community benefit organization created in 2011 to directly support off-highway vehicle enthusiasts by supplementing the work of the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, as well as through other means. The fund's charitable mission is to promote the safe and responsible use of off-highway vehicles and to preserve their access to appropriate lands. RRAF develops its own initiatives and provides grants to others, such as NOHVCC. Visit the RRAF at www.riderfund.org

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.