Rip's B.A.D. Ride—Bikers Against Diabetes—is a Biker fundraising ride and family festival that unites the Biker Nation in the fight against diabetes. The B.A.D. Ride is a FULL day of GREAT riding, BIG entertainment, DELICIOUS food, LOTS of activities and a GOOD vibe!
Rip Rose, a biker photojournalist for Easyrider, had a dream of the Biker Nation rallying to fight diabetes. Rip enlisted the support of the Davidson Family, motorcycle industry leaders and bikers touched by diabetes.
The Ride began in Southern California in 1997 with a mere three hundred riders converging into Glen Helen Pavilion from a few start sites in Southern California. Last year, more than 5,000 riders from eighteen different start sites converged into Oak Canyon Park, Irvine, California raising nearly half a million dollars to help fight diabetes.
Rip's dream is now realized and the reality of the Ride going nationwide is here. Rip's B.A.D. Ride is going across the country with rides now happening in three other states. Arizona, Kansas, and Iowa were added to the list of B.A.D. states across the US. The Ride is attended each year by celebrity riders such as Larry Hagman and has the support of Karen Davidson and Willie G. of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
Each ride has multiple start locations where riders meet in the morning, hang out and begin an escorted ride. Those who don't feel like being a part of the pack can ride over directly to the festival site.
Rip passed away in 2000. His legacy lives on each year as Rip's B.A.D. Ride unites the biker community nationwide to continue the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of those affected by diabetes.