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Motorcycle Ride for Diabetes

Fri, 23 Jan 2009
Photograph by: Roy Antal, Leader-Post

By and large, motorcyclists are some of the most generous citizens in the world. Riding events all over the world bring in untold millions of dollars for numerous worthy charities.

Keeping with this theme, one hardy Canadian rider is braving the Great White North’s frigid winter temperatures by riding his Harley coast to coast to raise awareness for diabetes, a disease that has seen a rapid explosion of new afflictions.

Michael Cole, 47, began his ride on the East Coast of Canada on January 1, from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Cole is riding his 1995 Harley-Davidson Softail through the bone-chilling Canadian winter, aided by electrically heated riding gear. After having braved incredible -35-degree temperatures across the prairies, Cole, a diabetic himself, is scheduled to arrive on Canada’s West Coast this week. I’m sure he’ll be thrilled at the much warmer weather there!

Fittingly, a sticker on the side of Cole’s Harley reads: “When Hell Freezes Over, I’ll Ride There Too.”

Congrats, Michael! You’re braver than most of us!

For those of you with a generous spirit, please go to Cole’s website and make a donation.

Related Reading: Ride for Diabetes, Love Ride, Guitar Auction.

By Kevin Duke

See also: Harley-Davidson Archive Collection, Top Motorcycle News Stories of 2008, Holmgren’s Harley-Davidson.