This week’s Republic of Texas Biker Rally is about to bring hundreds of thousands of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts to Austin.
What makes this year’s rally different from the previous ones is one special motorcycle: a 1992 Harley Davidson Softail Springer. This motorcycle is special because seven veterans took it apart 3 months ago and they’ve been working on it ever since. Now the bike looks nothing like it used to when the whole process started.
The veterans say all these months of work represent more than just working on a motorcycle. They stand for brotherhood. The best part is: the bike is going to be gifted to any other veteran who attends the rally.
Executive director of Motorcycle Missions, Krystal Hess, says motorcycles have changed her life. She founded Motorcycle Missions because she discovered the therapeutic side of motorcycles – both riding them and working on them, and she wanted to help others discover this unbelievable anti-depressant.
Motorcycle Missions went into collaboration with the Republic of Texas Rally, Cycle Refinery and Voodoo Vintage Motorcycles with one goal in mind: to teach veterans and first responders how to build a bike and hopefully restore their lives while doing it.
Check out the video report from News 5!