Friday, July 16, 2010

Mystery solved…

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting anxiously, couldn’t sleep and fidgeting in your seat since this post.

What was in the trailer???

drum roll………


There you have it ….. mystery solved!


Now to backtrack a bit….
a very good friend of ours was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer two years ago this summer.  She’s recently had a recurrence.  Judy has been an incredible spokesperson for breast cancer screenings, awareness and research. 

To support that, an idea was birthed to take one of these machines, a CanAm Spyder, paint it up pink, use it in parades and at car shows and pass out literature, collect donations for research, etc. on Breast Cancer.

Side note:  The Spyder in the above picture was actually purchased for me and two days later Judy purchased a nearly identical one.  The jury is still out on whether we will be keeping mine or re-selling it.  I’ve been riding it to work and around some but it’s nearly impossible for two people 6’ and 6’5” to ride two up on it.  It’s just not long enough.  I love riding it single though.  It’s a whole heck of a lot of fun with one person.  We also still have our GoldWing so we have to make a decision on which one we are going to keep and use.  We rode the GoldWing again the other day and I hate to say it but the Wing is winning.  It’s a way better two-up ride and an easier long distance bike.  The Spyder will not work for us those types of trips. 

Anyway, back to my friend Judy’s Spyder.  My son, Joe painted her up REAL PINK!  We went to pick it up last night at his shop in the Northern Chicago burbs (2 hours away).

You are the first to see this, other than the four of us and Joe’s shop co-workers.  Aren’t you excited!?!   Don’t you feel privileged?


IMG_3952 Judy, our warrior on her new toy, Joe (left), Kevin(middle) and Chuck(right)


Joe & Kevin do the paint and body work in the shop and Chuck is the shop owner.  The hot pink color is a custom mix from their shop(Nice job Kevin!) so it can never be exactly duplicated.  They’ve dubbed the color “Judy pink”.  The Spyder will now be taken to a graphics shop where a large breast cancer ribbon will be added to the hood with other graphics and striping to the lighter pink parts.

We’re pretty excited about this whole project as was Joe.  When he called that it was done, he sounded so pleased with how it turned out, we couldn’t wait to see it.

IMG_3948 Just try and wipe that grin off of both of their faces!

IMG_3956Joe explaining to Judy how the paint was mixed.

IMG_3955 DH getting ready to load it. 
It takes a pretty secure man to ride a pink bike –

Judy says she doesn’t know if this is insane or going to be her way of staying sane. 
Time will tell but she sure is going to be having fun in the meantime.



  1. Oh man! Love it!!! Its so cool to see a vision come about---Joe did an awesome job! (I know someone who'd love to buy yours if only money grew on trees ;))

  2. We saw one of those on the highway the other day and did a double take.
    Tell Judy (sending well wishes her way)that if she decided to raffle that thing off, I want some tickets!!

  3. Judy, your ride ROCKS!! Of course, pink is the best color of all and you really know how to do it up right!

    And I'm not telling anyone about the extra Spyder!

  4. I love pink....sending Judy best wishes for good health. What a lovely family you have...:-)Hugs

  5. It's awesome, and I love it. What a wonderful good cause. Thanks for revealing the secret!

  6. Wow, that looks like a wild ride for you!