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PM Among Those Creating This Year’s Ride for Kids Bike

When it comes to charitable acts, what usually happens is there’s a good cause, and then some good people who want to do good things to promote that cause. One thing leads to another and pretty soon the above-mentioned good people are calling other good folks for help.

Such is the case with this year’s Cycle World Ride for Kids project. Cycle World magazine has a long association with Ride for Kids, a promotion that has raised more than $557,000 to date for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). In fact, this is the 11th motorcycle drawing that the magazine has sponsored for Ride for Kids.

Gregg’s Customs, of Campbell, Calif., was selected to build the Ride for Kids bike this year, and owner Gregg DesJardins made plans to transform a new stock Honda CBR1000RR into a modern version of the great CB750 Supersport for a drawing to benefit PBTF.

But he needed help, and that’s where all those phone calls came into play. American Honda donated the stock bike, which Gregg’s crew transformed into a one-of-a-kind machine inspired by the early 1980s Superbikes. He calls it “The Catalyst.”

To create this bike, Gregg called old friend Jonathon Reed of Sport Chrome, a Performance Machine partner, and Jonathon, in turn, called his old friend Rick Preuss here at PM to see what we had to offer in the way of wheel finishes for the project.

Preuss, who is a PM tech and our R&D product specialist, suggested that one of PM’s newest finishes would be perfect for the Ride for Kids bike. He recommended our 2011 RSD Boss Gold Ops wheels set as well as our RSD Bar Risers, with a total value of nearly $2,900. Those gold RSD wheels, contrasting with jet black Dunlop tires, just scream class when combined with “The Catalyst’s” sleek design.

Besides Honda and Performance Machine, many other companies provided parts and craftsmanship, including Dunlop, Leo Vince, Sport Chrome, Drive Systems USA, Kyle Racing, Galfer, Corbin, EMA-USA and Colorzone Designs.

The custom bike will make the rounds of the International Motorcycle Show where tickets will be sold at $5 each for a drawing for the bike, which will be held on May 2, 2011. Visit www.motorcycleshows.com to find the show nearest you. Tickets are available online, or you can call 800-253-6530.

For more information about the parts PM donated for the Cycle World Ride for Kids project, see 2011 RSD Boss Gold Ops wheels set and RSD Bar Risers.

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