The Worlds Tough­est Biker, Barr none.

Dave Barr, US Marine, Para­trooper in the Israeli Army, RLI Troopie and Para­bat Pathfinder is revis­it­ing South Africa, the land for which he gave his all.

Dave lost both legs in a land­mine explo­sion on the bor­der in 1982 and had to start a new chap­ter in life. With iron will and deter­mi­na­tion, Dave learned to walk again on pros­thetic legs. Not only did he walk again, but he got back onto his beloved Harley David­son and learned to ride again. Hav­ing spend­ing many months in 1 Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal in Pre­to­ria, Dave met many men who had suf­fered sim­i­lar injuries and he was deter­mined to spend the rest of his life help­ing dis­abled peo­ple come to terms with their cir­cum­stances and make the best of their lives. After his dis­charge from the Army, Dave began his quest to pub­li­cize and raise money for dis­abled peo­ple. He felt the best way to do this was to show both abled and dis­abled peo­ple that any­thing could be done if the indi­vid­ual puts their mind to it. Dave embarked on an epic jour­ney around the world on his motor­cy­cle to raise money and aware­ness for the disabled.

Dave cir­cum­nav­i­gated the world on his 1978 Harley Wide Glide 1200, prob­a­bly the motor­cy­cle most unsuited to the task. He did this com­pletely alone, with­out sup­port vehi­cles, pub­lic­ity teams or major spon­sors. Falling off his bike in the Sahara Desert sands up to twenty times a day, and pick­ing up the dead weight of the Wide Glide, alone, is unthink­able for an able-​bodied rider, let alone some­one with­out legs. This Her­culean jour­ney earned Dave a place in the Guin­ness Book of World Records and a place for him and his bike in the Harley David­son Hall of Fame. He cov­ered 132 000 kms over three and a half years. Dave’s nom­i­nated char­ity at the time, Cheshire Homes, still needed funds and Dave’s next trip took him on a Harley Sport­ster across Rus­sia and Siberia in win­ter, an unheard of under­tak­ing, even for Rus­sians. Dave fol­lowed that with a criss-​cross of the Aus­tralian con­ti­nent on another Sport­ster, rid­ing to the coun­tries North most, South­ern­most, East­ern­most and West­ern­most points in another ride never before attempted. Both the Russ­ian and Aus­tralian rides earned two more places in the Guin­ness Book of World Records. All three bikes have now found homes in muse­ums in the USA.

Dave returned to his native Cal­i­for­nia where he man­ages an annual cross-​continent ride for US War Vet­er­ans and where he gives moti­va­tional talks to soci­eties and cor­po­rate entities.

This year, Dave is com­ing back to where it all started to ride and pub­li­cize the plight of South African Dis­abled peo­ple and raise money to buy them mod­ern pros­thetic limbs.

Edmund Von Krause

Although I’ve been called many things in my life I answer to any­thing (not sen­si­tive) I’m gen­er­ally called Von.

With regards to edu­ca­tion I real­ized that sport was my pas­sion and edu­ca­tion was a part time “evil” until such time as I could sign a pro­fes­sional soc­cer con­tract which I did at the age of 16 (which was the legal age then).

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I was borne and raised in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia (home of the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers if you know any­thing about “real foot­ball” ). I received my B.S. Degree in Account­ing and eco­nom­ics in 1973 and went to work with what is now known as Ernst and Young Pub­lic Accoun­tants. I believe that they are still one of the “Big Four” world wide pub­lic account­ing firms. That only lasted about a year until one day at lunch I won­dered into the Fed­eral build­ing and had a life chang­ing con­ver­sa­tion with a Navy Lieu­tenant (A7 pilot).

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A lit­tle about me:

I have been rid­ing motor­cy­cles for more than 50 years and cur­rently have 4 Harley Davidson’s. I have 2 tour­ing bikes; an Ultra Lim­ited and a Road Glide Ultra and would be most com­fort­able on a full size tour­ing bike if one is avail­able. I am a HOG mem­ber, an Amer­i­can Motor­cy­clist Assoc. mem­ber, as well as a mem­ber of Wind & Fire MC. Wind & Fire is a motor­cy­cle club com­prised exclu­sively of active and retired fire­fight­ers. I am a retired fire­fighter. I am also a US Army vet­eran, Air­borne, Ranger, and a horse trainer of local renown.

When I was young and stu­pid, I raced flat track and even com­peted in the world famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb motor­cy­cle race. Now I am just old and stu­pid and no longer com­pete. But I want you to know that I will not be a bur­den on this trip. I have rid­den more than 1000 miles per day on sev­eral occa­sions, and rou­tinely ride 600700 miles a day on cross coun­try trips.

Ben­e­fi­cia­ries

Cheshire Home South Africa

After more than forty eight years of ser­vice to Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in South Africa, Cheshire Homes has accu­mu­lated a sub­stan­tial range of resources and ser­vicede­liv­ery pro­grammes, which are care­fully man­aged, in line with a ded­i­cated visio­n­and mis­sion refined in con­sul­ta­tion with Per­sons with Disabilities

Quad Para Asso­ci­a­tion of South Africa

QASA is a co-​ordinating, policy-​making, gov­ern­ing and­sup­port­ing organ­i­sa­tion.
The Asso­ci­a­tion strives to pre­vent spinal cord injury, as well as pro­tect and pro­mote the inter­ests of peo­ple with mobil­ity impair­ments by for­mu­lat­ing a national pol­icy and strat­egy, to develop and ensure the full poten­tial and qual­ity of their lives.

Main Spon­sors

Hoog­land Health Hydro

Hoogland Health Hydro

Hoog­land Health Hydro is a fam­ily owned busi­ness, spe­cial­is­ing in improv­ing phys­i­cal well­be­ing since 1977. Hoog­land prides itself in treat­ing guests as unique indi­vid­u­als and sup­port­ing and improv­ing the body’s own heal­ing abil­i­ties in a com­fort­able, nat­ural envi­ron­ment. Their team of med­ical and well­be­ing pro­fes­sion­als are highly expe­ri­enced and all cel­e­brate the tenac­ity of the human spirit. Few peo­ple embody spirit and tenac­ity as much as Dave Barr.