fueled by Sunday rides

A new global initiative is uniting motorcyclists around the world to fuel up and ride for a cause.

A new global initiative is uniting motorcyclists around the world to fuel up and ride for a cause.

What if you could do something you love, every week, while raising money to help thousands of strangers in need? The power of petroleum is fueling a new initiative for motorcycle enthusiasts that makes it possible.

Allow us to introduce you to Ride Sunday.

Whats goes down? Organized through Ride Sunday, motorcyclists are meeting up in cities all around the world and acquiring sponsors to support a righteous nonprofit for the miles they ride. You know how people raise money for running 5k races and marathons? It’s like that — only louder, longer and way more fun.

Who’s getting in on it? Groups of friends or colleagues who share a passion for riding, quasi-familiar neighbors, school groups, and loosely affiliated fans of specific motorcycle manufacturers.

Check out these five fast motorcycle facts you absolutely did not know:

1. Modern sport bike tires don’t contain any natural rubber. The tread is composed of 100% synthetic rubber, which offers the perfect balance between durability and traction.

2. The incredible 65-foot motorcycle jump in the film The Great Escape wasn’t done by actor Steve McQueen but by local Triumph dealer Bud Ekins, who made it in a single take.

3. Famed Japanese motorcycle helmet manufacturer Arai started out as a hat-making company founded in 1926. Today, their industry-leading DOT and Snell-certified helmets are manufactured from innovative petroleum-based polymers.

4. At 2,019.4 miles, American motorcyclist L. Russell Vaughn broke the record for riding a motorcycle the longest distance in 24 hours at the Continental Tire Test Track on August 10, 2011.

5.Even the most gas-guzzling motorcycles get more miles per gallon than the most fuel-efficient cars.