Motorcycle police officer wins project bike drawing

05/08/15

  Chris Perry winner of the 2015 Ride for Kids Project Bike

Chris Perry with one of his Honda motorcycles. He looks forward to taking ownership of the Ride for Kids/Cycle World project Honda soon.

Chris Perry’s love of motorcycles began at the age of 3. His dad would place a big helmet over his head and the two would ride a Honda to their local minimart.

By the time Perry turned 16, he had his own Honda Interceptor. Since then, the 42-year-old motorcycle police officer from Cincinnati has owned more than 40 bikes – at one time he owned 13 at once.

Perry can now add another bike to his collection – a custom Honda CB1100 that pays tribute to GP champion Freddie Spencer. He won the bike in the annual Ride for Kids/Cycle World drawing after purchasing tickets at the Cleveland International Motorcycle Show in January.

“[I bought the tickets] because the cause is fantastic,” Perry said. “It hurts to see those kids like that.”

When Perry found out he had won the bike and matching Arai helmet, he said, “You’ve got to be kidding me. I’ve had a tough couple of weeks. This really makes my day.”

Perry said he plans to ride the project bike about once a month, including to a Ride for Kids event. When it’s not on the road, he said the bike will be on display in a special room in his home for motorcycle memorabilia.

Since 2000, the Ride for Kids/Cycle World Project Bike Drawing has raised more than $808,000 to help the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation fight one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. The next project bike will be unveiled this fall.

Congratulations to Officer Perry, and thank you to American Honda, AIP Speed, Arai Helmets, BrakeTech, BST, DynoJet, Öhlins-USA, ProLine Wraps, Spielger Performance Parts, Valley Kustoms and Yoshimura R&D for their generous contributions to the bike build.