Category: Santa Ride

Spreading Cheer – Photos from Our 2017 Santaride

Spreading Cheer – Photos from Our 2017 Santaride

My very first Santa-ride was a solo affair in 2010 – just me dressed like the big man cruising around on my DRZ. I don’t really remember what made me decide to buy the red suit and go for a ride in the first place. It really seems like a ridiculous idea. But, there is a special kind of magic in the ridiculous.

Over the years, what seemed like a good idea blossomed into a great idea when friends started to join in. Our little local Santa-ride has become something of a tradition. As new friends ride along and old friend watch from afar the feelings that come from doing it never change.

My favorite ADVelf:

Joy.

There is a special moment, something akin to an awakening that happens across the face of a stranger when they see 10 motorcycle Santas. I kid you not, there is child-like elation that they cannot contain. The goal has always been to just ride around and spread cheer to the people on the roads. Happiness is a gift that everyone can use and it always fits.

I’ve said it for several years now – doing this, making someone’s day… is a gift you give yourself.

2014 Santa Ride: The Elves

2014 Santa Ride: The Elves

Sure, the Santas get the lion share of the glory during the Santa ride but there are some elves that ride with the big red fatties that deserve some of the limelight too.

We had Chloe with us. She was our super-duper sidecar monkey elf:

Buddy Kenny was manning the Enfield, which incidentally has a nearly-dead battery.

fuzzygalore crudmop buddy elf

Have you ever seen a 6-foot elf kickstart a motorcycle? It’s really quite precious. 😆

fuzzygalore buddy elf shoes

Santaride 2014: Santa and the Return of Her Sidecar Elf

Santaride 2014: Santa and the Return of Her Sidecar Elf

fuzzygalore and elf - santa ride

On Sunday we set off on our annual Santa Ride and it was glorious.

Once again my daughter Chloe reprised her role as my sidecar elf. It always amazes me when she chooses to hang out (dressed as an elf) with her goofy mother (who dresses like Santa) when she could be doing teenager stuff like navel gazing and texting friends who are in the same room.

Chloe gave her waving arm a real work out. She seemed far more into it and excited about taking the ride than in years past. I don’t know the reason but I’m glad about it.

I hope that one day these memories are happy ones for her and that they aren’t the stuff that trips to the psychiatrists couch are made of. “Do you KNOW what my mother used to do each year around Christmas?”

Time will tell.

Snapshot: Getting Ready for the Santa Ride

Snapshot: Getting Ready for the Santa Ride

Tomorrow is our annual Santa Ride. The one where we dress up like Santas and elves and take to the streets spreading holiday cheer on our motorcycles. This afternoon the suits came down from the attic in preparation. My helmet with hat and beard? PREPPED!

Can’t wait!

Santa rides a… V-Strom? And Ural? And a Ducati? And…

Santa rides a… V-Strom? And Ural? And a Ducati? And…

…a Kawasaki and a Moto Guzzi and motard… and.. 🙂

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without our Santa Ride. It has fast become one of our most looked-foward-to traditions.

This year Kenny was our lone elf. Weirdo.

Long Island Santa Ride

My friend George turned up on his V-Strom totally decked out like a reindeer. Is that cute or what?!

reindeer vstrom

While we were hanging around waiting to see who would turn up, passers by stopped to take our picture and we got lots of honks and waves before we even set off.

long island santa ride

Just as in years past, the reward for riding around dressed like Santa is how happy and excited the people on the roads are to see you. Making people smile in spite of themselves? Priceless.

Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

The Ural Get’s Dressed for Christmas …and Other Nonsense

The Ural Get’s Dressed for Christmas …and Other Nonsense

The Ural is mostly dressed for the winter. It’s donning its silver wreath on the rack and all is right in the world.

the ural christmas wreath

As it turns out, I had to do a little repair work on the string of wreath lights, though. Check me out being all handy and what-not! 😉

Why are Christmas lights so crappy?

broken xmas lights

On a side note – Kenny also “fixed” the Buddha in the front yard while messing with another string of Christmas lights. Hey, you know how it is. One light goes out? They all go out. (And statuary get kicked across the yard.)

buddha took a size 12 to the face

Santa Clausii Are Coming to Town

This weekend my friends and I are set to head out on our Santa ride. That happens to be my favorite-est group ride of the year. That’s the one where we all dress up as Santa or elves and spread some cheer on the roadways.

It’s always so much fun to see everyone be excited to see the Santas on wheels.

santa and elf in the Ural

It’s been great having a few more people join in on the ride each year. The 1st year, it was just me – a lone wolf Santa. It’s nice to have friends who are willing to do silly stuff.

Pics from our 2012 Santa Ride

Stay tuned for Santa Ride prep and pics coming up this weekend!

 

Motorcycle Santa Ride 2011- Long Island Style

Motorcycle Santa Ride 2011- Long Island Style

Our Mission: Bring a little Christmas cheer to the people on the roads.

Mission Status: Success.

Santas at the Yaphank Garage

Last year, I hit the road dressed as a lone wolf Santa. But this year,… I’m pleased to say that I had a few friends who decided to join me in spreading good cheer.

GLanterns Santa Ducati 1098

Aside from two-wheeled Santas, our group was two elves strong. In fact, I had my own pillion elf. Chloe braved the cold  to partake in the fun.

Santa and her little elf

It is amazing that something as simple as dressing up in a costume and riding around on your motorcycle can bring so many people happiness. But, it does.

When is the last time you saw a pair of size 12 motorcycle boots like this? They alone are good for a laugh.

Elf motorcycle boots

We decided to take what would normally be the most “un-fun” riding route in town – we headed to where all of the people were. Hell, we even cruised through a mall parking lot. Un-fun? Not this time!

The reactions that we got from onlookers were priceless. Honking, cheers, waves, people taking photos of us – there is no doubt about it, we brought a smile to many faces. I would go so far as to say that we made a few people’s day. I’m pretty proud of that. A simple act brought much happiness.

People taking our picture

At the end of our ride we made our way into Port Jefferson for coffee. The group of us universally decided that it just might have been the most fun ride we’d had all year.

The joy, the happiness, the laughter – it was all so infectious. It really did my heart good.

I can’t wait to go again. I suspect our next ride will pick up a few more Santas along the way, too.

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