Billy Lane Builds Custom Bike To Honor U.S. Air Force
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 09:01 AM
Memorial Day 2012 marks the 25th Anniversary of Rolling Thunder’s annual First Amendment Demonstration Run in Washington D.C. –an event that attracts over 450,000 motorcycles and more than a million attendees. Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to publicize POW-MIA issues, educate the public concerning the many American Prisoners of War that have been left behind, to help correct the past, and to protect future Veterans. The annual rally has evolved to serve not only the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action issue, but also has become a demonstration of patriotism and respect for Service Members and Veterans from all wars.
At this year’s 25th Anniversary Run in Washington D.C., five amazing motorcycles will be unveiled to honor each branch of the U.S. Military, bringing recognition and respect to all of America’s servicemen and women. The 5 Tribute Bikes are destined to be epic, and the building process to be featured in leading motorcycle publications. These powerful, road-worthy bikes will tour the U.S. with the traveling Vietnam War Memorial “Wall that Heals”, visiting military installations and events, Veterans Affairs locations, major motorcycle rallies, and then potentially taken overseas to the troops.
· U.S. Air Force Billy Lane, of Choppers Inc., will be building the Air Force bike unassisted, with sponsorship and support from The Horse Backstreet Choppers magazine, and donations from other generous contributors. Of course, Choppers Inc. will be providing several of Billy’s patented parts for the project. Meanwhile, “The Horse” will maintain exclusive rights to publish photos and details of Billy’s challenging build, up until the unveiling on Memorial weekend.
· U.S. Army Jay Allen, of the famed Broken Spoke Saloon, will present his custom-built U.S. Army bike –which has already hit the asphalt nationwide, inspiring the concept for Rolling Thunder’s 25th Anniversary observance.
· U.S. Coast Guard Mike Thomas (“Kiwi Mike”), of Kiwi Indian, will build the Coast Guard Tribute Bike, to be published in American Iron magazine.
· U.S. Marine Corps The Marine Corps bike is courtesy of Brigitte Bourget/Bourget’s Bike Works, and will be featured in Iron Works magazine.
· U.S. Navy The Navy Tribute Bike will be created by Darwin Holdsworth, of Darwin Motorcycles, with his build to be covered by Cycle Source magazine.
The Lane family is extremely excited about Billy’s invitation to participate in such an honorable event. We would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Rolling Thunder Washington D.C., Jay Allen Promotions, R&R Promotions, The Horse Backstreet Choppers, and Florida’s Department of Corrections.