Now in its seventeenth year, the Tulip Ride is an annual guided motorcycle outing that brings motorcyclists together to benefit Seattle Humane. The ride, which was initially organized by founder Jeff Henshaw in 2001 for motorcycle enthusiasts at his workplace, has grown from a 12-person excursion to an event that has seen as many as 400 riders per year. Riders travel from across the U.S., Europe, and even as far away as New Zealand, each year.
“About a dozen riders decided to play hooky one Friday to get out and enjoy the sunshine on our motorcycles,” Jeff recalled.
The riders wound down the scenic back roads along Puget Sound, passing through verdant fields and lush farmland, finding themselves at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, 90 minutes north of Seattle. That spontaneous ride became an annual excursion that continued to grow in size and popularity, where it became known as the Tulip Ride. Over the past two years, more than 350 bikers and their passengers have helped raised $90,000 for Seattle Humane!
Those funds help thousands of animals in need, as Seattle Humane works on their goal of saving lives and completing families,” Henshaw said.
Participants can also purchase a VIP Road Captain ticket, which includes an invitation to an exclusive party at Eastside Harley. While the party is motorcycle-themed, guests don’t have to be riders to participate. It’s a fun opportunity to schmooze with favorite celebrities, get autographs, and take photos. This year’s celebrities include Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban, Tricia Helfer, and Bender from Kiss 106.1.
These tickets, which run $1,000, are first come, first served, and directly support Seattle Humane’s life saving efforts. For participants who want to ride and see the tulips, tickets are only $75. Participants will have the chance to meet adoptable pets from Seattle Humane who are looking for loving homes.