OUTSIDE BOSTON, MA -- A New Year's Day motorcycle ride will combine love of riding with a fundraising effort for motorcyclists who have gotten into accidents.
“It’s all about having bragging rights to be in on the first ride of the year," said Xtreme Riders President Kevin "Blade" Corey who has been organizing the event since 2000 with his Vice President Robin “Jive” Welch.
The ride begins in Framingham and ends at the Lazy Dog, where the festivities continue with a live band and a buffet that is open to the public to come and enjoy from noon to 4 p.m.
The ride typically pulls in 75 to 100 motorcyclists who brave the elements every year. The bragging rights come after bundling up and making sure road conditions are safe enough, but the cold is never a deterrent on its own.
“If it’s 10 below and the roads are clear we will be riding," said Corey.
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The ride this year will be combined with a fundraising effort for the Massachusetts Motorcycles Survivors Fund in the name of a fallen friend. The effort on Tuesday will lay the groundwork for a June fundraiser called T's Ride in honor of Anthony Fasulo, who died in a crash May 1.
“Every year we are going to more and more funerals,” said Corey. “It’s frustrating that we can’t do more."
The club had previously used the event to raise money for Andrews Helping Hands and will continue to help in different ways, said Corey.
The ride itself is free to participate in and meets at Robinson's Ace Hardware in Framingham on Nicholas Road. The buffet and activities—which include a raffle along with music — cost $5 at the Lazy Dog.
“It’s more one big family oriented get together during the day time," said Lazy Dog Owner Matt Leduc. “It’s an eclectic get together from all walks of life."
Anyone seeking more information on the ride can go to the club's website or contact Corey at firstname.lastname@example.org.