2017 Ride Destinations
25 weeks of "riding to eat, eating to ride" for charity culminated at the Reason-To-Ride party which saw $31,735 raised for MDA Ride for Life. An estimated 1000+ "Reason-To-Riders" in attendance were treated to a free lunch of Italian sausage sandwiches, fried chicken, and a gourmet hot dog bar. Pittsburgh area 'trucker rock' band, "East Coast Turnaround" provided the entertainment. MDA Ambassador Abby spoke to the crowd thanking them for their participation and explained how contributions help people like her with muscular dystrophy.
Items donated by Howard's Auto Body Restoration, Luckystrike Designs, Art Collins, and other handmade items by MDA children were auctioned off during the event. In addition, a 50/50, Chinese auction, and lottery board all helped raise funds for MDA Ride for Life during the event. It was announced the 2018 MDA Ride for Life event (not to be confused with Z&M's Reason-To-Ride event) will be coming to Seven Springs Resort May 3 - 6, 2018. More info can be found at mdarideforlife.org.
Z&M employees including friends and family of Z&M volunteered to help make the event a success. The Reason-To-Ride party marks the end of a very successful summer fundraising season for Z&M. Z&M would like to thank the restaurants who participated and also who each donated a minimum $250 to MDA Ride for Life. Of course the success of the event is dependent on the riders who participate. Z&M is proud to announce a total of 1405 people purchased badges this year.
Reason-To-Ride is a 25 week long event designed to give motorcycle riders a reason to get out and enjoy the open road while visiting some of Southwestern Pennsylvania's best restaurants to raise money for a very important cause, MDA Ride for Life. The event starts mid March and ends the second weekend of September.
Riders purchase a Reason-To-Ride badge from Z&M Harley-Davidson for $10. All proceeds go to MDA Ride for Life. One  badge per person. Riders travel to 14 participating restaurants where they receive a unique punch on their badge. Z&M awards prizes for riders who receive a minimum 6 punches on their badge. Riders who receive 14 punches can be entered to win a $3000 Z&M gift card. 5 prize level tiers are award totaling over $5,000 in prize give-a-ways! Prizes are awarded at a season ending party the second weekend in September.
Z&M ensures all funds raised through Reason-To-Ride go directly to MDA Ride for Life. This means the costs involved to run the program such as the badges and lanyards, advertising, t-shirts, and other items needed are absorbed by Z&M.
Download the application above and mail, e-mail, or return to Z&M Harley-Davidson no later than November 1, 2017.
Mailing Address: Z&M Harley-Davidson, 6130 Route 30, Greensburg PA 15601
2017 Ride Destination Map
Use the map below to help plan your rides!
We recommend calling ahead when taking large groups and to check restaurant hours of operation.
Share your ride routes with us on our Facebook page.
Click here to learn about MDA Ride for Life.
Thanks to everyone who donated, participated, and joined us for the 2nd Annual Reason-To-Ride. See you March 2018 for the 3rd Annual Reason-To-Ride! 2017 Galleries will be updated soon with images and video from this past years highly successful Reason-To-Ride. Follow us on Facebook (@zmharleydavidson) for updates.
We just entered the home stretch for the 2nd Annual Reason-To-Ride! There is still time to get your badge punches but you got to get them quick! It's been an awesome summer riding season and many participants have shared an overall satisfaction with this both the restaurants and the rides they took to get there. Like this message and photo emailed to us by John and Cyndi Gargan (Sunday, August 6th)
"We are really enjoying the Reason-To-Ride event! We have enjoyed 6 of the 14 restaurants so far and they all have exceeded our expectations. What a wonderful event!"
As we get closer to the event ending party there's a couple items to remind you about:
First, the Reason-To-Ride party Sunday, September 10 is a private party and only open to those who have a 2017 R-T-R badge. It is not required for the badge to be punched but all attendees must have a badge to enter. Badges will be available to purchase for $10 on the day of the event.
Second. if you are entering to win 1 of the 5 different prize levels your badge must be validated at Z&M and your entry must be submitted by Saturday, September 9. Z&M is open 9:30 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday. No prize entries will be accepted during the event on Sunday.
Additionally, we're looking forward to having MDA Ambassadors along with their families in attendance during the party. We encourage you to meet these amazing people and learn first hand how your generous contributions are helping make their lives better every day.
Finally, we're excited to announce the live entertainment at the party will be the very popular East Coast Turnaround.
Keep checking in as we get closer to the event for more updates and information!
The Tribune Review did a nice write up on the Reason-To-Ride event. Read the article here: https://goo.gl/hWR1Lx
Thank you to everyone who have purchased badges and t-shirts and participated in Reason-To-Ride. Your contribution has made such a difference!
There are 9 weeks left until the Reason-To-Ride party at Z&M! Can you believe we have over 1300 riders participating this year?
Make sure you get your Reason-To-Ride shirts before they're gone. We'll be taking a group photo with all the riders in their shirts at the ending party on September 10.
It's so great to see all the smiling faces in the photos you've submitted. It sure seems like everyone is enjoying their rides. As always, thank you for helping support MDA Ride for Life!
Check out these recent rider submitted photos from the road.
Billie Heide enjoying a little "RUMBLE THERAPY" with Bub at Luigi's Ristorante & Catering.
Michael Kelly share this photo of Dallas Kelly enjoy what appears to be a frozen something from Denny's Beer Barrel Pub.
Bobby Fisher shared this photo from Cool Water Saloon. It's all about getting some friends together and going for a ride!
Looks like these badges are almost filled up! Thanks for sharing Jennifer Hilty Askew, from Castagna's.
Thanks to Chris Decker for sharing their ride to Luigi's Ristorante & Catering. 83 riders were reported to be on this ride!
Our very own Jim Jr. and Kori posing for a photo at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub. #WeRide
We've been informed by Zala's Cafe & By George they will be closed the week of 4th of July (Details below). Also this is a good reminder to always call in advance before making your rides as a courtesy for large groups and to check summer hours.
By George - CLOSED - July 3 - July 8. Reopening July 9.
Zala's Cafe - CLOSED - July 1 - July 7. Reopening July 8 with their BIG Crab Boil Celebration. On the menu are snow crab legs, peel n' eat shrimp, little neck clams, sausage, potatoes and corn on the cobb. The event will feature summer beach drink and beer specials, entertainment, and give-a-ways! $25.99 per person. Reservations are required. 724.446.7121. Seating times are 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, & 8pm.
Congratulations to Dennis Broniman (pictured below) for being the first to complete his badge by visiting all 14 restaurant destinations! Dennis returned his badge for validation on May 27, 2017. Also, June Myers and Barry Barton were 2nd and 3rd to complete their badges. Both were turned in on June 3. Great job to all for completing before the halfway point of the season.
Foggy Mountain Lodge has sent along an update for June.
What's going on in June at Foggy Mountain. Welcome Motorcycles Riders! We really appreciate the motorcycles coming to Foggy Mountain Lodge to see us. We wanted to show a little appreciation to the riders. We have poured a concrete pad to the right of the restaurant for motorcycle use.
Guitarist Dave Koynok will be playing on our deck on Sunday, June 4th & Sunday, June 18th. He will be playing between 1:00 and 4:00. Dave is an excellent Acoustical guitarist. Come have lunch, or brunch, have a beverage on our beautiful deck and relax.
There are still 14 weeks remaining in the Reason-To-Ride season. We hope you all are enjoying your rides and the destinations. Stay tuned for more Reason-To-Ride stories from the road!
Wow, we're 7 weeks in to the 2nd Annual Reason-To-Ride and there is so much to report. We're so excited to announce over 1000 badges have gone out and we're only 200 away from our goal of 1200! Who thinks we can make it to 1500 badges? 1772 would double last years total, just sayin'...
We just got back from the 30 Anniversary MDA Ride for Life event held in Reading, PA (May 6 & 7). We know we're missing a few people but here's a group shot of the Latrobe H.O.G. and Z&M family riders that attended. You might recognize our awesome MDA Ambassador, Abby sitting in Dax's side car. Dax and Abby lead the parade of side cars on Saturday afternoon.
The photos are rolling in for the Show Your Reason-To-Ride Pride CONTEST! Need the details for that? Scroll down to the post in this blog. Here are some of the submissions who are entering to win a $100 Z&M gift card sponsored by Latrobe H.O.G. To see all the submissions | CLICK HERE |
Thanks to those who've been tagging #RTR17 to their social media posts. Here's some we stole off Facebook to share. Thanks to Diana Wise for posting their "Afternoon on the Harleys'"!
Tammy Hepple shared a photo of her delicious Gyro Burger from By George.
The Latrobe H.O.G. will give away a $100 Z&M Gift Card at the Reason-To-Ride Private Riders Party on September 10, 2017.
TO ENTER: Take a photo of yourself wearing your Reason-To-Ride t-shirt while holding your badge at one of the 14 ride destinations. Email the photo to email@example.com. If you take a photo at each of the ride destinations you have 14 chances to win!
Photos must clearly show the destination you're at and you must have your t-shirt and badge visible.
1 photo entry per person, per destination and group photos are nice are not eligible for the contest. The contest is open to all Reason-To-Ride participants.
Here's the poster:
Reason-To-Ride is starting to ramp up now that the weather is getting nice. How does 70 degrees and sunny feel? Feels like a better Reason-To-Ride! Here's the week 3 update.
These riders visited Kiski Valley Inn on April 6. Ross Howard says," That be us, great food, great place , great staff ! See you again soon!" Ken Stewart says, "Great food ,Great service and Great Friends." David Karwatsky says, "Everything was great! Definitely deserves a return visit." and Leanne Leeper says, "Great night out. See you soon."
On Sunday April 9 some of the crew from Z&M also visited Kiski Valley Inn. Everyone enjoyed the food and perfect riding day. Vivki Ransel says, "Your place is great and the food was wonderful. We will be back."
Cindy Kochis and William Pyle hit up By George and The Historic Stone House. Cindy grabbed a shot of the staff at By George while William Pyle enjoyed the peanut butter pie! William reported "great food both places."
Z&M's own Lea Duddy and her group of riders had lunch at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub. The food was enjoyed as was the beautiful day of riding.
Their ride took them to a covered bridge! The ability to ride at your leisure and pick your route makes Reason-To-Ride that much better.
Here's Tammy and her group taking in Woody's Piazza Ristorante in Irwin. Look at that fish and chips dinner. Mmmmmm, yummy!
Our MotorClothes Associate, Aly sent us a photo of the poster at The Filling Station in Mt. Pleasant from her visit over the weekend. She gave their visit a "thumbs up!"
Thank you to everyone who submitted their photos and experiences from week 3. We finally had some perfect riding weather and it's awesome so many shared their Reason-To-Ride experiences. Keep reporting in with your photos, videos, ride routes, and experiences.
The second week of #RTR17 has come and gone. Here are the updates from the road. Don't have your Reason-To-Ride badge yet? There are still 23 weeks to complete the circuit of 14 destinations. Stop in and get your badge and official t-shirt today!
Zala's Cafe were at it again. They sent us this image with all their employees sporting the official Reason-To-Ride shirts! All proceeds from the shirts go to MDA Ride for Life. The support these restaurants are giving to the cause is amazing!
Even our 4-legged furry friends are getting in on the action! Check out our very own Katie's black lab "Bear" sporting his badge. A dog's gotta eat ya know!
Here are two rider submitted photos from Woody's Piazza Ristorante this past weekend. First punch of the new season! Reports were the live music and crowd was happening and the food was great! A nice parking area as well.
The first week of Reason-To-Ride ended with a lot of good things to report. So far over 600 badges have been purchased! We're 286 away from equaling last years total. Remember our goal this year is to sell 1200 badges so please help spread the word about Reason-To-Ride and thank you for your support!
The staff at Kiski Valley Inn sent us this great photo of their staff sporting the new Reason-To-Ride shirts!
Friday night the staff at Zala's Cafe were photographed in their Reason-To-Ride shirts while many riders were enjoying dinner and the live music!
Here's a video Zala's posted on their Facebook page. How many Reason-To-Ride shirts can you count?
Our MotorClothes Associate Aly and her husband Jared rode to Speers Street Grill and said the food was amazing! Photo shows their first badge punch of the season!
A lot of good things happening the first week of the 2nd Annual Reason-To-Ride. Please, share your experiences with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sharing on our Facebook page or just use the hashtag #RTR17, we'll find it!
The 2nd Annual Reason-To-Ride kicked off strong today at Z&M Harley-Davidson's Rides of March event. More than 350 badges were sold totaling over 500 to date. That's already more than 2/3 of the way to equaling last years total of 886! Thank you riders for all your support!
Also during the event Z&M unveiled the official commemorative Reason-To-Ride t-shirt. The t-shirts offer another way to support both the rider destinations for their generous donations/ participation and MDA Ride for Life. Shirts are available for purchase both in store or online by clicking here. As always, all proceeds from shirt sales go to MDA Ride for Life.
Joining Z&M for the kickoff was MDA Ambassador and friend, Abby. Abby and her family visited from 11am - 2pm. Here's Abby with Jim Jr., Owner of Z&M.
2017 - Shelly Rhine
2016 - Bob Chappo