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Tazman
06-27-2014, 06:16 PM
Greetings everyone. I have not been by here for a while but did register and make an intro a while back.

As I stated then I had just moved up here from St Louis MO area and was getting settled in. I have done that pretty successfully but have a question for the group here.

In St Louis I was a volunteer for the MS150 bicycle rides down there and a group of us would ride support for the cyclists. We would watch for accidents, injuries, people in distress, etc.

I have contacted the MS Group up here and they said they would love to have such assistance but don't have that now. So, what I am doping is trying to find out if anyone here would be interested in providing this kind of support for the rides with me.

The information on the rides is located at http://bikemig.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=BIKE_MIG_homepage (http://bikemig.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=BIKE_MIG_homepage)

Or you can contact me through this thread and we can discuss options. As you see one ride is already completed and the next ride is just around the corner in July.

This is a very worthy charity and many of you may know someone or have someone in your family affected by MS. Please give this some thought and let me know.

Thanks so much for your consideration.
Tazman :rockout:

Gas Man
06-28-2014, 11:58 AM
Hey taz. Is this where the motorcycle drives the course and offers assistance to the bicycle riders?

Tazman
06-28-2014, 06:45 PM
Exactly.

Gas Man
06-29-2014, 12:54 AM
I'd be interested...

problem is, I know I'm out of town for the fenton one.

I only know about it because a buddy did it in Tenn. So maybe some more explanation is needed for the others here.

Tazman
06-29-2014, 04:35 PM
So maybe some more explanation is needed for the others here.

Well it is usually not a great deal of effort. As a motorcycle escort you ride the courses with the cyclists watching for problems such as flat tires, dehydration, accidents etc. You stop and render aid as needed contacting the 4 wheel support vehicles, supplying water, supplying a tire pump if so equipped. Moral support is an important part of what we do.

I can't say about the folks up here but in St Louis wew were very appreciated by the riders with almost constant "thank you" comments. There are usually a lot of extra activities after the ride days and we have always been very welcome at these. I am still negotiating the things that will be supplied to the escort bikes such as gas, food, lodging, etc. I have no guarantees at this point but the more escorts we can provide the more valuable our contribution.

There are 4 rides each year. The first was in early June and I had already scheduled a motorcycle trip for that time. The next is July 12-13 in the Lansing area and there are two more in Sept in Brighton and Frankenmuth respectively. The more the merrier and you will be working for a very good cause as well.

If I can answer any questions I will try. Just ask.

Gas Man
06-29-2014, 09:41 PM
Well I'm game.

It would be nice to have a "go pack" or something that we can put on the motorcycle for water, first aid, ect...

How long is the ride? How long would our day be?

I'm thinking I wouldn't need gas money or lodging, as I can just ride up, do the event and ride home. But that's why I asked how long the day would be. It would just be nice if we could get fed, but that's not a deal breaker either.

RedneckMedic
06-29-2014, 10:06 PM
This might be something I'm interested in as well and I could probably get the road docs involved

Gas Man
06-29-2014, 10:42 PM
That would be epic Lance... not much better than medics.

bombdog
06-30-2014, 09:56 AM
I would be interested, July is not good for me I will be out of town but the others I am sure I could help. I would need no gas or lodging I would rather have that go to the charity. Keep us informed

Tazman
06-30-2014, 12:55 PM
How long is the ride? How long would our day be?




The days are usually about 8 hours or so. We would need to be available for those doing the longer day rides. At these events they usually have multiple routes ranging from 30 miles up to 100 miles in a day. I usually put 250-350 miles per day riding back and forth but there is plenty of time for breaks and cool down areas.

I hope this helps.

Thanks for the interest.

Tazman
06-30-2014, 12:56 PM
This might be something I'm interested in as well and I could probably get the road docs involved

WOW, medics would be awesome.

bombdog
06-30-2014, 01:02 PM
WOW, medics would be awesome.

I have a Bomb dog they come in useful too.......

Tazman
06-30-2014, 01:05 PM
Thanks for the responses guys. I have sent my contact info to each of you via PM. I will be sending out additional info as I get it and hope we can at least show a few folks for this first event on July 12-13. We can build on it from there.

My deepest thanks for your interest and support.

Taz

Gas Man
06-30-2014, 03:05 PM
Awesome man. Hey, TWM is in it for the win.

Tazman
06-30-2014, 07:10 PM
FYI, I just received this from my contact.

"I am checking with the team on how best to compensate you. Housing would be included for doing both days, I just have to clarify the fuel guidelines."

Now many of us did not take the gas or the housing choosing to pay for it ourselves to support the cause. But some would really like to help but are not as able to cover the costs as some and these things will help anyone that wishes to help be able to contribute. In the end the choice is always yours.

Bagger Dave
06-30-2014, 07:52 PM
I might be able to do the fall one....have to see when the dates are for the Sept one in Frankenmuth...I'm working the weekend of July 12th, so I won't be able to make that one....I have every other Fri-sun off

Ultra AL
07-01-2014, 08:55 AM
I can't do the July one, but I might be up for one of the Sept ones. I own 2 bicycle shops, so mechanical support just might be the ticket for me out there. PM me the info and we'll see what we can do.

By the way, my mom suffered with MS for over 35 years, so this cause has been one that we have always supported at the shops. This disease sucks!

Tazman
07-01-2014, 12:36 PM
Dave and Al I have sent you a PM requesting contact info so I can try to keep a handle on this. To ALL of you, I give you my solemn word that your info will NOT be shared with anyone. This is just for our group so we can have a good level of communications. That will of course continue to include this Forum.

Perhaps Chris can even set us up a limited access thread only available to our team. I'm not sure how much work that wouild be or if it is even possible but I'm sure Chris can let us know.

I'm really please at the responses I am getting and think we can really pull this together and do something fun and worthwhile.

Watch trhis thread for more info as it becomes available. And once again, thank you all very much.

Gas Man
07-01-2014, 06:34 PM
I can setup a forum section for the MS Riders. But honestly, I find, that if people see the group doing things, most will decide they want to join in because it's cooler to be in than out. So it may be best to keep it open. It draws in more participation.

Tazman
07-06-2014, 07:03 PM
Not a problem Chris. I defer to your experience. Thanks.

Tazman
07-15-2014, 09:19 AM
Well after a day of running errands and shopping I finally have a couple of minutes to report on this past weekends ride with BikeMS.

It was great event and the weather held out foir us so we only had a little rain Saturday night after being safely ensconced in the dorm at Michigan State Univ. The room was not great but adequate and free. So not a big deal. The only thing bad was that being handicapped I can not walk long distances and the larger bath facility with multiple showers was on the far side of the building. Something that can be easily remedied for next year.

The people were great and very appreciative of my presence. That is volunteers and riders alike. Many taking the time to seek me out and thank me personally. They are all looking forweard to more motorcycle support in Sept. so I hope many of you can make it. The early ride is a mountain bike ride with much shorter routes than this one. But the latter one in Frankenmuth will be similar to this one with routes from 30 miles up 100 miles each day. Gas was handled for the days of the rides also by simply getting a receipt and turning in at the end of Sunday's ride for cash payout.

The food was GREAT. We ate at the cafeteria on Brody Hall and they had every imaginable type of food available and all you could eat. We hade dinner there Saturday evening and breakfast Sunday morning. You were issued an ID card and the food was included for the volunteers.

Here is alink to few pics I took.

http://s600.photobucket.com/user/rb7632/library/Bike%20MS/July%202014 (http://s600.photobucket.com/user/rb7632/library/Bike%20MS/July%202014)

All in all a great time, important work accomplished and a great feeling inside. Hope to see all of you (plus) in Sept.

Taz

Gas Man
07-15-2014, 07:53 PM
I really want to help in Sep. Seems like a great cause and a great idea.

RedneckMedic
07-15-2014, 08:54 PM
Hopefully I can make the September dates. Would really enjoy helping out

Bagger Dave
07-15-2014, 09:17 PM
Yep...Sept. is looking good so far...both dates in Sept. I have off....unless something changes....would like to help out also :cheers:

Gas Man
07-15-2014, 09:58 PM
Did they have you carrying any cargo and/or supplies.

Firetaz419
07-16-2014, 07:35 PM
How do-able is this on sport bikes... I'd love to help out if I'm not working that weekend!

Tazman
07-17-2014, 06:51 AM
I really want to help in Sep. Seems like a great cause and a great idea.

Looking forward to that and a M&G as well.

Tazman
07-17-2014, 06:52 AM
Hopefully I can make the September dates. Would really enjoy helping out

It will be great to have you there.

Tazman
07-17-2014, 06:54 AM
Yep...Sept. is looking good so far...both dates in Sept. I have off....unless something changes....would like to help out also :cheers:
It is an awesome feeling you get (or at least I do) when just one of them says "Thanks for being here for us". I look forward to meeting up.

Tazman
07-17-2014, 06:57 AM
Did they have you carrying any cargo and/or supplies.

It is always a good idea to have a bicycle air pump and some basic first aid supplies but not required. They supply you with water and ice to carry. I use a small cooler that fits in the trunk of my Wing. But even that is not "required."

Tazman
07-17-2014, 07:19 AM
How do-able is this on sport bikes... I'd love to help out if I'm not working that weekend!

I don't see any reason that a sport bike would not work. A cruiser would be a lot more comfortable I would think. There will be a lot of slow speed riding as you mix in with the bikes depending on prevailing traffic. But we had sport bikes with us when I did this in St Louis (MO not MI) and they seemed to do just fine. It would probably be more tiring but you can pick an intersection somewhere or even a shady spot along the route and take a break as needed. Just the sight of you on the route is very reassuring to the cyclists.

If you are interested PM or email me your contact info so I can add it to the spreadsheet. Real name, addy, phone(s) and email please. It is helpful if you would let me know of any special talents or training you have such as Medic/First Aid, CPR, bike repair, etc.

Thanks for responding and I hope to see you soon.

Tazman
08-02-2014, 07:03 AM
Just a quick reminder that we have two more BikeMS events coming in September. The first is a one day event in Brighton on Sept 13. And the last of this year is a two day and will be in Frankenmuth Sept 27 & 28.

More details available at http://bikemig.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=BIKE_MIG_Homepage&fr_id=22387

I have sevral of you on a mailing list and will be sending out more details as they become available. If anyone else would like to be added to that list please contact me via this thread, email or PM.

This is a deeply rewarding experience and I can't begin to tell you how well I was received at the July event even as the lone motorcycle there. It would be ever so cool to show up with 10-20 or more motorcycles for support at these upcoming events. I hope to see you there.

Tazman
08-24-2014, 05:59 PM
Just a quick reminder that we have a one day event in Brighton on Sept 13. Hope to see a few of you there.

Gas Man
08-25-2014, 12:11 AM
Yeah man I apologize but I will be out of town for work and unable to come.

Tazman
09-13-2014, 04:14 AM
Looks like a wet one today. Like they say, "if you are going to ride, sooner or later you are going to get wet." Oh well.

I sure hope some of you are planning to make the ride on the 27th and 28th up in Frankenmuth. That should be a dfandy. Looking forward to seeing some of you there.

Tazman
09-21-2014, 02:03 PM
Last week turned out pretty good after a wet start. This one will not require many if any motorcycle support in the future. Short route and only part of it is available to motorcycles.

Next week however is the big time event. Frankenmuth and lots of bikes. I'm really counting on a few of you to show up. Its very easy but very satisfying also. So far its looking good weather-wise with Partly Cloudy and mid 70s. I sure hope to see you guys there.

Gas Man
09-21-2014, 08:56 PM
When and where is next weekend?

Tazman
09-25-2014, 09:14 PM
It is in Frankenmuth and the details are on the BikeMS website. I have a room between there and Saginaw about 15 miles out. I will be leaving in the morning. my cell is 517-317-4573.

http://bikemig.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/MIGBikeEvents?fr_id=22389&pg=entry (http://bikemig.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/MIGBikeEvents?fr_id=22389&pg=entry)

Gas Man
09-25-2014, 09:47 PM
Have you spoke to the people that are running the event? Where would a motorcycle rider report to? What would we need? The details for this are a bit not there...

Tazman
09-26-2014, 08:44 AM
You can report to the check in where the cyclists register and they will greet you. You should get a t-shirt and wrist band which will be good for lunch both days and any other meals that they provide. That will probably include a dinner on Sat. It did at the last big ride at Michigan State. This is my first time through each of these rides up here so there is some guess work.

They will provide gas for the two days. You will need to get gas and a receipt and they can be turned in for reimbursement on site. There is usually some kind of get together Sat evening, usually with some music and party time.

The routes will be on a map as well as marked on the road with signs and paint marks on the roads. Or just follow the bikes the first time through. The plan is to follow along wityh the bikes as you can, of course that will include passing at slow speeds when needed. Once to get to a rest stop there will be drinks and snacks available to all as well as restrooms. At that point you will reverse course and go back against the grain jumping back and forth rest stop to rest stop and moving along as the pack moves.

There will be three courses, one 50 mile, one 75 mile and one 100 mile. We should work to keep as much of all three courses covered as possible staying spaced out if possible. There will also be support vans (SAG Wagons) running the courses as well. In a serious case of accident or breakdown you can run to contact one of these and send them to assist if beyond what you can do.

It is good to carry a bicycle air pump or mini compressor, a fitting to accept the bicycle valve stems if possible, basic first aid stuff and they will provide bottled water for you to carry as well.

I can take make and receive phone calls on the Wing through my iPhone so call me when you get close and I will meet up with anyone that can make it. Again, 517-317-4573.

RedneckMedic
09-26-2014, 11:01 AM
Wish I could make it. I work all weekend though. Have fun and be safe

Gas Man
09-26-2014, 11:23 PM
this is a bit more than I was expecting... I'm kicking the wife out for a week on sunday... I didn't plan on it like this...

I guess I under estimated the size of the event...

I think the rest of us need to plan this a bit more and get more of a crew going. I think if we had more going we'd get more.

I know for me this year I have barely rode... work has just killed it this year...

Tazman
09-30-2014, 09:50 AM
FUCK this site! (Not you guys but the site itself) I had a nice long detailed explanation of the rides and what is provided and what is expected and the site ate it due to my login timing out. That SUCKS! I am NOT going to go through all that again.

Tazman
09-30-2014, 03:42 PM
This past weekend was great weather and I did the Bike MS event in Frankenmuth MI. This little Bavarian town is home to Bronner's Christmas store. The largest Christmas store in the world. It is about three city blocks long and has anything and everything you could possibly want as far as Christmas decor. It just blows me away every time I walk in the place.


The event was great and well attended with lots of good times, good food and serving a great cause. Following is a link to a few pics from the rides.


http://s600.photobucket.com/user/rb7632/slideshow/Bike%20MS/Frankenmuth%202014

Gas Man
09-30-2014, 09:24 PM
Don't you have the save me or remember me whatever option checked? I've never had it log me out...

Gas Man
09-30-2014, 09:27 PM
Glad it turned out well.

Did the event end up having first aid kits available?

I would like to put together a group to go... I'd like to have Ultra Al join the group and get some of the road docs group. That would cover a bunch of the angles.

When is it next year?

Were they receptive to the motorcycle help? Learn anything further about the use of motorbikes in the event?

Tazman
10-01-2014, 09:27 PM
Again, I had all this in very deep detail in that post that the site ate. They are very receptive to the motorcycle help but it is very low key and we need to just be there not be a force of any kind. The things we need to do are be available when needed by a rider if that is a flat tire, injury, illness, accident. We only need top provide immediate help if serious. Otherwise we contact the SAGs and have the rider picked up. They can provide portable HAM radios as they did for me. They did have some first aid stuff there but I did not ask about it as I always carry my own basic kit. Ultra Al is already a p[art of the group as is Redneck Medic, Bombdog, DataDaemon and BaggerDave. At least they have contac ted me and expressed interest. The group does not need to be put together I just need help getting them to participate. Everyone was looking forward to more motorcycles at Frankenmuth but again, I was all alone. They will have the 4 rides again next year approximately the same dates as this year. The West, Mid and Bavarian are the most important for support. The big benefit we provide is being able to move slowly among the riders and talk to hem if the appear to be in distress. A bike tire pump is a good idea that will fit the Schraeder valves on the bike tires.

Gas Man
10-01-2014, 11:17 PM
I just think it would be better and get more involvement if we had our own group... especially if we all stay at a local hotel and hang out that night.... not everybody likes hanging with strangers.

Bagger Dave
10-02-2014, 07:16 AM
I just think it would be better and get more involvement if we had our own group... especially if we all stay at a local hotel and hang out that night.... not everybody likes hanging with strangers. Yep yep!

Ultra AL
10-02-2014, 09:08 AM
not everybody likes hanging with strangers.

And there aren't many stranger than this bunch... :lmao:

Tazman
10-04-2014, 07:50 AM
I just think it would be better and get more involvement if we had our own group... especially if we all stay at a local hotel and hang out that night.... not everybody likes hanging with strangers.

I wasn't trying to say anything against a special group on here for support, just that I already have those names as people that expressed interest. It would just be the basis for the new group. Whatever works is good with me.

Tazman
10-04-2014, 07:51 AM
Yep yep!

Yep!

Tazman
10-04-2014, 07:53 AM
And there aren't many stranger than this bunch... :lmao:

That being said, all staying at the same hotel and hanging out is what we used to do in Missouri. Our group down there was usually 20 -30 riders so we could even negotiate with the hotels for a special rate.