Motorbike riders form new group and inaugural charity run
THE thunder of Harley Davidsons, Moto Guzzi's, Triumphs pealed through the Maryborough CBD on Saturday morning as the Independent Fraser Coast Riders made their first major charity run after the group formed earlier this year.
One of the organisers and founders of the social group, Michael Tucker, said that although they wanted to continue charity work previously provided by social motorcycle groups, they also wanted to educate the public to show them that not everyone who rides a motorcycle is an outlaw.
He said the group didn't hold a high opinion of the new laws regarding motorcycle riders.
"It's potentially destructive for events such as this one here," he said.
"We're not out to cause trouble or mayhem," Mr Tucker said.
"The idea behind the food drop to the Maryborough Animal Refuge was to have a simple, easy event that would include motor bikes and provide immediate good to a needy organisation within the area."
Mr Tucker said it was also for a whole lot of bikes to go on a short ride and show the public that all motorcycle riders aren't bad .
" Lately there has been such an emphasis on outlaw motorcycle groups, the government hasn't actually clearly identified what an outlaw motorcycle person looks like, so people like myself and Lizzie who ride motorbikes are now treated differently in the general community."
Mr Tucker said that he started riding motorbikes when he was 11 and has never been affiliated with an outlaw motorcycle gang.
The group is planning on a poker run in March 2014, the money raised going to Spina Bifida and the animal refuge.