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Homes for our Troops Bike Run and Raffle

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The 7th Annual Metzeler Custom Bike Show and the custom Dirico Pro Street with a patriotic paint job would look good in any bikers garage.
Here's a peek at the Dirico Pro Street motorcycle that one lucky winner will be riding away with after this weekend's raffle that benefits the Homes for our Troops organization.
If I lived in the Boston area or anywhere in New Hampshire, I’d get my butt over to Nashua this weekend for The 6th Annual Motorcycle Ride and Raffle. It’s only $30 per rider, or $50 per couple, but the money goes to the Homes for our Troops organization. The non-profit group builds homes with handicap accessibility for disabled and injured veterans. Homes for our Troops raises money for the projects and relies heavily on donated building materials and professional labor.

I met Homes for our Troops president, John Gonsalves, in New Hampshire for the Dirico Motorcycles launch and then again at Sturgis. Soft-spoken guy who’s passionate about helping out our injured servicemen and women. Got to ride motorcycles with him and talk to him about his organization. It’s a great thing that John selflessly does, so the least I can do is help spread the word.

Besides this weekend’s benefit ride, they’re also holding a raffle for a Dirico Pro Street motorcycle with a custom “Homes for our Troops” paint job. Plenty of stars & stripes action. Again, proceeds from the raffle goes to support Gonsalves’ cause. A $100 donation gives you a chance to win a ripping Pro Streeter. Check out my Dirico Motorcycles review if you want to learn more about the bike. It will be raffled off August 23 after the ride and you don’t need to be present to win, so there are still a few days left to buy tickets.

Closer to home, Homes for Troops has two home-building projects going on. The first is in Gresham, Oregon, for Army Sgt. Kevin Pannell, while the other one is in Parkdale for Army Sgt. Christian Bagge. Both were injured while serving in Iraq and lost their legs. I know they’re in need of volunteers, so any Motorcycle USA readers that live in the Portland area who might have some carpenter skills or can offer a strong back can contact Homes for our Troops VP, Dawn Teixeira, at (508) 823-3300 to find out how they can help.

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