Financial advisor Perry McGill knows a good investment when he sees one and experience has taught him that good investments pay big dividends. Case in point, his own investment in a few raffle tickets for Broc Glover's Breathe Easy Ride Against Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser. After weeks of anticipation, McGill's winning ticket was selected and his original five ticket, $50 "investment" netted the Colorado resident a fully customized Cobra STAR motorcycle.
Perry McGill holds up his winning ticket.
"I had seen a few ads in Cycle World magazine promoting the Breathe Easy Ride and this grand prize Road StarTM 1700 custom motorcycle, so I thought why not buy a few for myself?" explains McGill. "I never really gave serious consideration to winning the grand prize, but I thought 'What the heck, this is a good cause and my donation will help fund cystic fibrosis research. When Broc Glover called me after the drawing at Laguna Seca and told me I'd won I was numb. I still can't believe I'm at Yamaha headquarters to claim this bike," said an obviously elated McGill.
The Breathe Easy Ride custom Star motorcycle was the result of collaboration by Yamaha Corporate Communications Manager Bob Starr, Cobra VP of Marketing Ken Boyko and Cobra's infamous custom bike guru Denny Berg. Starr and Boyko were approached by motocross legend Broc Glover who requested support for his annual Breathe Easy Ride Against Cystic Fibrosis (Glover's son Dayne, sufferers from CF, and the inspiration for the annual fundraising effort). After a short brainstorming session Starr put the wheels in motion for a STAR Road Star cruiser and Boyko brought in Denny Berg and the Cobra Special Projects Division to work their magic with the motorcycle.
"We love building bikes like this, and even more so when the cause is so important," says Boyko. "Our hope is this bike and the Breathe Easy Ride can go a long way to finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis," he offers.
With the goal of creating a "ground-up custom, but retaining all the real-world ridability of the stock motorcycle," Berg got to work by stripping the STAR to the frame and rebuilding it with myriad stem-to-stern improvements, including a free-flowing Cobra exhaust, airbox cover and Performance Machine wheels, custom upholstery and Berg's own trademark "through the bars" wiring. Master painter Buck Wild's custom root beer and gold custom color scheme was the crowning glory.
After completion, the motorcycle was unveiled by Glover and Boyko at the Dealernews International Dealer Expo in Indianapolis and then made a number of "guest appearances" at major motorcycling events throughout the U.S., including Bike Week in Daytona Beach and the Moto GP at Laguna Seca where McGill's winning ticket was drawn during the Red Bull US Grand Prix event in July.
"When Ken finally unveiled the finished product I thought Holy Cow! What a masterpiece!" adds Glover. "I couldn't wait to see the face of the lucky person who won it. To me, the fact that Perry responded to our ads and purchased his winning raffle ticket online makes this fantastic story even better. Perry is already a big fan of cruiser-style bikes and when you see him on our grand prize Star custom, it's as if Denny Berg built this one just for him. We could not be happier."