New valley ministry revs up, helps fallen motorcyclists
Revving, winding and navigating the highways and byways of Mesa County is a joy to many motorcycle enthusiasts, until the rider meets the road.
Riders who have accidents often have needs beyond what insurance covers. To help meet those needs — from recovering a motorcycle from a tow yard to help paying bills — members of the Band of Brothers Motorcycle Ministry formed the Grand Junction Rider Down Assistance Network.
“Our philosophy is: God forgives, and so do we,” said Brian Porter, 38. “It doesn’t matter who they are or what they do.”
The Band of Brothers is not a motorcycle gang or a club. It is a ministry. It was formed five years ago as a way for men to share their faith and come together through their common love of motorcycles.
“They wanted to bring men back into the ministry, back to Jesus,” said Porter, who rides a 2002 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.
To be more like Jesus, the group’s members decided to help any motorcyclist in the Grand Valley injured from a fall. It does not matter if the injured rider is a member of the Hell’s Angels, the Outlaws or the Mongols.
The Band of Brothers is not seeking to compete with any club for turf. Its members simply want to help, said Gordon Weaver, a 68-year-old member of the Band of Brothers.
“A rider down is a rider down. All we are going to do is focus on the rider and their need,” Weaver said.
The Band of Brothers is in the networking phase. It has about 45 members who are attempting to contact every motorcycle group in the county and let them know of the nonprofit ministry’s standing offer to help any and all fallen riders.
“The idea is for everybody to know about the program, so if they need it, they can call,” Weaver said.
The ministry had been toying with the idea of a fallen-rider-assistance program for more than a year when Weaver had a vision.
“It just came up one day. Brian (Porter) was talking about getting it going, and boom, I just had that thought,” said Weaver, who rides a 2008 Harley Davidson Super Glide. “I just had a vision of a network ... that involves all the clubs in the valley. Then we would be the coordinator to reach out to all other clubs in the valley to provide assistance to others who go down in the valley.”