Here is something more than inspiring for all motorcyclists. Meet Jonathan – a few years back he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of bile duct cancer that is incurable. He’s been undergoing chemotherapy treatment to stem the tide but to date, nothing has been effective.This hits close to home for me, and I’m sure the same can be said for many of our readers. There is a good chance that one of us knows someone who has gone through the rigors of chemotherapy or worse yet, someone who has lost a battle with cancer.
I guess you could say that Jonathan’s story is about making the best out of a bad situation, and he’s using motorcycling as the vessel. It’s no secret that all of us at Ultimate MotorCycling are huge fans of motorcycle racing, and coincidentally, Jonathan seems to be as well. From his own quick biography, his first word as a child may have been “motorcycle.”Jonathan is bringing it full circle, ending things where they begin, aboard a bike. But more importantly on the tracks that MotoGP stars such as Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Mike Hailwood and Gicomo Agostini made their bones on.That’s commendable. Jonathan’s story is a bit unique in that, apparently he’s doing just fine financially. Where he needs help is sourcing bikes and language liaisons while in some of these countries. Jonathan’s story is a rare one. We too often throw around the words bravery in situations like these but without a doubt, he is doing things the right way – his way.If you can help Jonathan out in anyway, let him know directly. He still has these countries he’ll need help in: Argentina, Brazil, Czech, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Qatar, or Spain. If you know someone who can loan or rent Jonathan a bike, don’t hesitate to extend a helping hand.Please contact Jonathan directly if you’d like to help or just give the guy an e-high five. Here is his Not Time Enough blog where he documents all of his travels.Let Jon’s story be the spark for something you’ve been putting off for far too long. I know I’m including myself when I say this, but there are plenty of things that we’ve all been reticent to tackle. Best of luck, Jon!
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.