Dennis Shafnisky thought someone was pulling his leg when he took the call, shortly after Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation staff members drew his name on May 19, in the annual Ride for Kids/Cycle World Project Bike Drawing.
“That is crazy,” he said. “Are you serious?”
Shafnisky, an Accuweather staffer from State College, Pennsylvania, is an avid motorcyclist. Intrigued by Brian Klock’s high-end custom work, he decided to buy 10 tickets online. “The bike looked interesting and it was for a good cause,” he said. “I never thought it would happen. I’m shocked and speechless.”
Later this year, Shafnisky will pick up the bike at his local Honda dealer, and hopes to ride it in the Western Pennsylvania Ride for Kids. It will be a change from his current ride, a Triumph Tiger.
Generous support for the cause
Since 2000, the Ride for Kids/Cycle World Project Bike Drawing has raised more than $841,000 to help the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation fight the leading cancer killer in children.
This year’s project bike was on display at the International Motorcycle Shows, in the Honda tent during Bike Week in Daytona and the MotoGP in Austin, and at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
The PBTF is grateful to Ride for Kids presenting sponsor American Honda for donating the F6B, and to Brian Klock and Klock Werks Custom Cycles for the outstanding customization.
Klock transformed the bike with parts generously donated by Klock Werks, Avon Tyres, Hannigan Motorsports, Kuryakyn, Liquid Designz, Mustang, RC Components, SoCal Moto Gear, Vance and Hines and XYZ Machine.
New builder signs on for next bike
Ride for Kids is excited to announce the builder for the 2016-17 project bike: Jason Paul Michaels of the Standard Motorcycle Company and founder of Dime City Cycles. Michaels is a leading force among the new Custom Culture genre of builders popularized by The One Motorcycle Show, The Handbuilt Show and others. He envisions an iconic representation of Honda’s street and track legacy with a new CB1100 as his starting point.
Stay tuned for updates on the progress of the build before the bike’s debut at the American International Motorcycle Expo this October.