South Whidbey Legion bikers rally for Good Cheer

The Legion Riders

The Legion Riders will rev up their bikes this Saturday for a good cause.

The motorcyclists of the American Legion Post 141 in Langley are inviting bikers and the rest of the community to a bike ride, barbecue and music. And the whole party will benefit Good Cheer food bank.

Any motorcyclist can participate, said Gay Turner, one of the organizers. People register as they arrive at the post at 14096 State Route 525 in Langley. The riders kick off their stands by 10 a.m. for a 2-hour ride on Whidbey Island.

Upon their return, the public is invited to join them for a barbecue at the post, a motorcycle show — with trophies in six categories — and live music.

All money raised will go to Good Cheer and people who bring cans of food will get discounts on burgers and other goodies.

“We also have an impressive raffle,” Turner said. There will be great prizes and raffle tickets are just $1.

“American Legion came to us and said this is what we would like to do and we will do all the work,” said Kathy McLaughlin McCabe, Good Cheer’s executive director. “There is nothing better than being a beneficiary of a fundraiser and not have to do anything. We are so grateful and appreciative.”

Turner said the Legion Riders were excited to see who will come out for the ride. They have advertised the event with other bike clubs, legion posts and motorcycle shops off-island, and they invited many local riders.

The Legion Riders are a relatively new group. They formally organized only three months ago, but they have plans to make the ride an annual event, Turner said.

Over the summer the group participated in a number of local and regional motorcycle runs. Turner said riding is about both a shared love of motorcycles and patriotism.

To become a member, riders need an affiliation with the American Legion as a member of the post, the Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion. Riders need a bike 350 cc’s or better, which must be registered and insured.

Riders need a motorcycle license.