Calling all bikers
Vail, CO, Colorado
AVON ” Local Ray Knipmeyer loves motorcycles. He’s been riding them since he was a 4-year-old little boy sandwiched between his parents on the back of his family’s Harley Davidson.
Now, Knipmeyer is taking his love for the hog and expanding it into an Avon-based motorcycle club. Ideally, Knipmeyer wants to create an organization for all experience levels, where motorcycle enthusiasts can get togethe and build comradery, talk about their bikes, get advice from one another, and of course ” ride into the sunset.
“If you ask anyone about their definition of freedom, everyone’s going to have a different response,” Knipmeyer said. “My definition is hopping on my bike, wind in my face, breeze between my knees. That’s what makes me happy.”
Knipmeyer, who is the general manager of Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub in Avon, has arranged to have weekly meetings at the pub. Every Friday from 8-10 p.m. is Bike Night at Finnegan’s. Knipmeyer is offering half-price domestic beers for people who ride up on their motorcycle to attend Finnegan’s Bike Night.
Avid rider Candy Johns is excited about the prospect of a new place geared towards bikers.
“We ride every weekend, and we could definitely get a group together. Someone just needs to organize it,” Johns said.
Knipmeyer also wants the club to be a non-profit organization, hosting benefits and functions that raise money to give back to the community.
“We’re here to have fun,” said Knipmeyer. “But we’re also here to give back to the community. There are so many causes we could donate to.”
Motorcycle enthusiasts are plentiful in the Vail Valley. Knipmeyer’s mantra is simple: “Enjoy life, ride safe, and keep the rubber on the road.”