Easy riders do a lot of good for community
A t first glance, the Bad to the Bone Riders might look like a bunch of hard cut, textbook “biker dudes,” but in fact the members of this group are some of the most giving and caring people in Milam County.
When most people see and hear 100-plus bikes roaring through their small town they usually get a little frightened and fear they are being invaded, but not the people of Rockdale.
They have come to expect that at least twice a year they will be “invaded” by the bikers who attend the Bad to the Bone Riders sponsored benefits. A lot of people have misunderstood motorcycle riders in the past and the Bad to the Bone Riders have dedicated themselves to improving this image locally.
MARC RUN—The Bad to the Bone Riders have dedicated the last 13 years to participating in and sponsoring the annual MARC Run in Rockdale. The ride began as a small group of friends who wanted to do something meaningful and have fun at the same time.
The date was picked, fliers were placed all over town, T-shirts were hand printed and the show was on. Today, the Bad to the Bone Riders have taken the ride to new heights and have added an auction, a barbecue dinner served with all the trimmings, custom made T-shirts and a day of scenic riding through country roads in Milam, Lee and Burleson counties.
“The Riders crowd all their hard work in between full time jobs, children, grandchildren, long drives to make meetings and just life, but the rewards at the end of the day when the consumers smile and hug the organizers for helping them make it all worthwhile,” the group’s spokesperson Charles Starr said.
TOY RUN—Who can forget Christmas, everyone‘s favorite holiday of the year? Annually in December, for six years the Bad to the Bone Riders have held the Buddy Oney Toy Run, in honor of Buddy Oney, a motorcycle brother who loved to ride and attended as many benefits as he could.
The ride benefits the needy children of Milam County through toys and or donations collected the day of the ride and again all of the proceeds going to charity. The Buddy Oney Run monies are split between the Milam County Child Protective Services and the Rockdale Christmas Round- Up.
In the last several years, a few of the Bad to the Bone Riders get together and throw a birthday party for themselves inviting friends and family to bring toys instead of gifts, this has added to the amount of toys collected for distribution.
The riders also have been participants for several years in the Downtown Rockdale Christmas Parade when it was held on Friday night. Each rider would decorate his or her motorcycle with decorations, lights and stuffed animals to bring a smile to the children and adults alike along the route.
This event grew as did the ride itself as more out of town bikers arrived early for the Run on Saturday. The Buddy Oney Toy Run in 2012 will honor Joel New, another motorcycle brother who rarely missed an event, and was Buddy Oney’s son-in-law.
“The Bad to the Bone Riders are an extraordinary set of brothers and sisters that have an uncanny ability to make these benefits successful,” Starr said. “Through teamwork, dedication and hard work they have brought a better understanding of the motorcycle community to Rockdale and surrounding areas.” The riders were recognized by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce in 2011 with the “Good Neighbor Award.”
Many names can be recited as part of this group but so many can be forgotten by accident that not one is mentioned herein on purpose.
“The riders will continue to serve the community, enlist the help of volunteers and wait for the reward of the smile, the hug and the handshake,” Starr said.
From now on when you see those “invaders” on the motorcycles coming through your town, think of it as a special event and call it “bad to the bone.”
For more information on Bad to the Bone Riders or to volunteer at one of their fund-raisers, contact Starr at 512-540-2561.