Both motorcycle riders and manufacturers are famed for fostering a warm, welcoming community. In this same spirit, Can-Am and the Road Warrior Foundation (RWF) extend a helping hand to military veterans.
Each year, the Road Warrior Ride lets veterans and active-duty soldiers experience the joy and rejuvenating freedom of traversing the open road on two wheels. Well, we should say three wheels, as the riders take to the road in the saddle of Can-Am three-wheelers.
It’s all to enable riders of all skill levels to participate.
“One of the unique things about the Can-Am On-Road vehicle lineup is the ability to truly open the road to everyone. That’s critical for our focus on Adventure Therapy, and it’s something no other manufacturer can offer in terms of offering a true open-road riding experience for people of all skill levels,” said Craig Anders, RWF co-founder.
“Adventure therapy” is an excellent way to describe what Road Warrior Ride is all about. With it, RWF and Can-Am want to give back to veterans and help them with any visible or invisible scars they may carry.
The annual rides begin with a get-together as the participating riders get to know each other and receive their gear. For first-time riders who have recently completed the Can-Am Rider Education Program, the first day also presents an opportunity to go on a brief training ride.
Over the next several days, the ride will take veterans to fun roads, fascinating locations, and unforgettable sights. Every year the destination changes, covering a different area of North America.
“The annual Road Warrior Ride is a life-changing experience packed with fun, camaraderie, and escape from the challenges of everyday life. The healing power of hitting the open road with other like-minded individuals is incredibly powerful,” said Jason Baxley, a wounded veteran who participated in the 2015 Road Warrior Ride — and was so impressed that he joined RWF. Today, he is an active board member.
In addition to helping RWF administer adventure therapy, Can-Am supports the organization’s goals in other ways. It has provided RWF with a year-round fleet of vehicles and also donates vehicles for fundraising raffles and auctions.