Five Hundred Miles...

A Rogue Wanderer Traveling The River of Life.. Travel, Motorcycles, and Growing Old Against My Will

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Photos Courtesy of Theresa Radkey, SCRC
Chapter 384
“In 2002, they gave me five days to live. I’m very happy to be fifty three,” says Dave Kaufman, First Officer of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, New York City Chapter 384, a life long motorcyclist and cancer survivor, who has created one of the most unique motorcycle fund raisers in the county.

Now, he wants to have children who have not had a chance to live to have that same chance, doing his bit with The Concrete Canyon Run..

During the eight months of treatment in those dark days, he walked around the hospital, wandering past the children’s rooms. The experience was traumatic.
“I saw the kids—kids who had not yet had a chance to live being kept alive, very sad and not understanding what was going on in their short lives. It was a devastating experience”, he says.

After he got out of the hospital, he would return to visit the kids, bringing them do- rags and entertained them with motorcycle tales. The kids loved it. But the downside for him was the kids who did not make it.

“Sometimes I’d go back and one or two of them would not be there. They didn’t make it. It just got to me”.

A life long motorcyclist, he connected with Southern Cruisers and formed the New York Chapter. He found out that the SCRC official charity was the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which gave him the chance to give something back. “I was a cancer survivor, and some of these children were not. It was my chance to give something back”, he says

The Concrete Canyon Run was born.

The title is self explanatory; hundreds of motorcyclists from as far away as Georgia, Maine and Michigan rolling through sixty miles of New York’s man- made canyons, from the financial district, to Ground Zero, to Times Square and terminating at Coyote Ugly before heading out to New Jersey for the after-ride party, which goes on to…whenever. You don’t want to miss riding through the below ground-level street tunnels

From a dry run in 2002 of eighty or so riders, the ride grew to over three hundred riders in 2004. the run is the premier event for the chapter’s fifty plus members, who devote untold hours to making it work. In 2005, there would have been over six hundred riders, had the run not been rained out.

To date, the run has earned over thirteen thousand dollars for St. Jude, and 2006 it promises to be even bigger again. “I want this to be a good fun time for everybody, and to raise a ton of money for St. Jude”.
Let’s try and help him out.


  • At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I met Dave while he, Carol, Joe and Donald were visiting Lancaster County, Pa. a few years back shortly after I joined the SCRC. I rode out to visit them and was beyond impressed by his character. I knew instantly I'd ride this this group as often as I could. That year I made the inaugural Concrete Canyon Run. What a run it was. For an inaugural ride, it was tight and superbly orchestrated. Little did I know how it would grow in popularity. Oh sure, I knew it would grow, but GROW... Anyone who has a chance to make this run, MUST. Mark your calendars for that Sat/Sun in October and GO, GO, GO. I have had the pleasant experience after the inaugural run to ride with Dave on a few other occasions. His humbleness on certain issues is a testament to his character. His welcoming and inviting stories hold an audience captive and there is NEVER a shortage of topics Dave can educate one on. He and the NY Group are TOPS...!!

    Sulli DeStefano

  • At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I understand the 2007 ride was canceled. Someone please tell me about the 2008 run???

  • At 1:39 AM, Blogger ~sieg said…

    I sure would also like to know whether we should/can post the 2008 ride on our club calender???


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