SYRACUSE — Die hard motorcyclists braved the 44 degree temperatures with 12 mile per hour winds to participate in the Second Annual Fallen Rider Memorial Ride this morning, Saturday, April 14.
While the number of participants was down, it didn’t keep approximately 20 cyclists from participating along with a handful of those opting for warmer rides in trucks.
Registration began at 10 a.m. at Wawasee High School where the bikes lined up prior to the ride. Ken Mounsey welcomed all of the riders who came out despite the weather. He spoke briefly about the importance of motorcycle safety and against distracted driving.
Larry Burkhart, North Webster American Legion Post 253 commander, then said a prayer over all of the riders. This was followed by Goshen High School student, Ben Sapp, playing the National Anthem on the saxophone.
Kickstands went up at noon and the motorcycles roared to life. Motorcyclists were led by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, the Syracuse Police Department and Indiana National Guard. While the ride was originally going to be approximately 80 miles, it was shortened due to the weather. Participants were invited to the North Webster American Legion Post 253 with live music, food and drinks available afterward.
This ride was organized in honor of Erik (Doc) Mounsey but is in remembrance of fallen riders everywhere. Proceeds from the ride will go to local high school’s driver’s education programs to help promote motorcycle safety.