Icon Ride

A Cross-Country & Back Solo Motorcycle Adventure To Raise Awareness for Mental Health

About The Icon Ride

The Icon Ride is a solo cross-country and back motorcycle adventure to raise awareness for mental health. Wayne Sutton, founder of the Icon Project and Co-Founder of Change Catalyst, will start his journey on Monday, October 4th, 2021 visiting scenic destinations throughout the country on his Yamaha Tenere 700. During the Icon Ride, Wayne will share his own mental health challenges along with photos and videos of the adventure. He’ll also meet up with fellow riders and colleagues in the mental health space.

Donate
The Icon Ride is raising money for the Icon Therapy Mutual Aid Fund that provides financial support for Black and Brown Men to access mental health services through our partner networks. You can make tax-deductible donations below.

Support
To support Wayne directly (not a tax-deductible contribution) as he raises awareness, you can send resources via PayPal at paypal.me/waynesutton and Cash App at cash.app/$waynesutton12.


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A Solo Motorcycle Adventure Across America For Mental Health: The Icon Ride Recap Part 1

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See Wayne’s Icon Ride Adventure That Started October 4th and ended October 22nd.

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It’s been 47 days since I’ve seen my T7 🏍 as it was left in NC waiting to be shipped across country via @haul_bikes . Yesterday it finally arrived safe and sound. Started right up! Now the cross country adventure aka #iconride is complete that started October 4th. I arrived in NC on October 22nd, flew back on November 1st, and the T7 shipped back on December 17 in San Francisco. That’s an adventure for sure. I would have loved to have rode the bike back but I have a bulged disc that I’m working to heal. Once that’s better… time to plan more adventures! The CBDR @ridebdr is calling along with another shot at the @biltwell 100 desert race in 2022! Go travel humans but take care of your body and mind first! #mood
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If there was one place that surprised me on my cross country trip it was Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. One because I had never heard of it before and two because I like volcanos. Sunset Crater was cool and full loop would have taken me a few hours off my ride for that day and I was zipping away from a rainstorm that confirmed when I reached my hotel for the day that I had the right decision to just explore 5-7 miles@of the monument. Also it was nice to use my national park pass which I had purchased ahead of time for new explorations like this.
The T7 in its full adventure touring setup is a mood!
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While riding out of New Mexico in October I would often search for National Monuments to explore and learn from. The T7 would also pause for the gram. Here I stopped at the El Morro National Monument. While there are few regrets from the #iconride some places like this I could have stayed longer an explored. Also once you leave New Mexico, National Monuments become few and far between the miles.
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About El Morro National Monument per the @wikipedia “Between about 1275 to 1350 AD, up to 1,500 people of the Ancestral Puebloan culture lived in the 875-room mesa-top pueblo. The village was situated on the old Zuni-Acoma Trail, an important ancient trade route. Spanish explorers visiting the area in the 16th century referred to the notable promontory as El Morro ("The Headland"); the local Zuni Indians call it A'ts'ina ("Place of writings on the rock"), and early Anglo-Americans referred to it as Inscription Rock”
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Also if you zoom in clearly I stoped to take some tylenol pain relief too…🧐
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My therapist said use this time to heal and be grateful. I agree and I’m also working on being present in the moment instead of looking back or always dreaming or planning for the next adventure. For now while I wait official MRI results next week long moto adventures are on hold. Still I miss long distance moto adventures. So glad I was able to visit the Grand Canyon in October. Speaking up being present, I guess now is a good time to start ending my gopro videos for the YouTube. Hang in there humans, one day at a time… #notetoself
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There’s a special feeling transforming to your true self. Therapy has helped me understand that. For a rider restarting in 2018 in SF I thought cafe racer style was my vibe. I kept modding the Ducati Scrambler 800cc to be better suited for long adventures. Then I graduated scramblers to the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE. I used to say before that bike I never wanted a big adventure bike. The 1200 changed my mind as it was a fun powerful beast. I learned a lot on that bike and gained more skill and confidence on two wheels. As I get ready for my solo cross country trip and back I’ve come to realize that adventure touring is where my mood lies. The Yamaha Tenere 700 (T7) is the leader in the pack as a tested bike many are choosing to ride around the world on. For me the T7 is just what I need! The mods are done and the trip starts Monday! The ride will be challenging and I’ll be raising awareness for mental health. More later on that. For now, here’s a look at my T7 which I need to come up with a name for. Any suggestions?
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So it begins! Today I started my cross-country motorcycle adventure to raise awareness for mental health. It’s called the Icon Ride (link in my bio) . I’ve been planning this trip for some time now and there was a time when I didn’t think it was going to happen. Grateful things worked out. Now I just need my body to hold up 🧐😎.
The first key destination is the Grand Canyon and from there I figure it out with the midway point being seeing my son and family in North Carolina for a few weeks before I start the journey back West. Also I hope to meetup with fellow riders and some close friends.

Along the journey I’ll be sharing the adventures, my mental health experiences and more. You can follow long at https://theiconproject.org/iconride/ .

I’m going to miss @changecatalysts and our cat Timber.

Today was 299 miles from San Francisco to Bakersfield.

I really appreciate all the words of encouragement and support from the moto community! Onward!
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Today my route was on historic hwy 66. It was fun! some dips, a segment of sharp twisties and trains! Maybe I’m just old or a remember liking trains growing up but when I pass them on the motorcycle, I’m like cool.
I rode 241 miles today and now at the south rim of the Grand Canyon!
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Earlier today I rode through Mojave National Preserve for the first time. All I kept thinking is “It’s beautiful!”

Made it to the hotel for tonight & tomorrow on the way to the Grand Canyon. Earlier today I rode through Mojave National Preserve for the first time. It’s beautiful!
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I’m not sure if there’s a more greater risk than to stand in the middle of cactus 🌵 while it’s 104 degrees in full motorcycle gear and snap a selfie in your first time in Joshua Tree but here we are. 😂. I didn’t know Joshua Tree had such cool views. I get it and now want to go back when it’s cooler. The @revit_adventure Sand 4 and cargo pants was in perfect element . Sadly I can’t say I left this spot without being pricked my cactus 🌵. Cactus 2(hand and foot) Wayne, 0. Still, worth it! Yolo!

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There’s such a peaceful feeling riding on open roads. Still it can be challenging managing my thoughts. I listen to music while I ride but going to start listening to audio books and podcasts. Starting day 3 of the #iconride today and the T7 is doing awesome!
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Hwy 66 Sidewinder area with the awesome views! slow and steady I was 😎.
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Drive by photo of me somewhere in Tennessee during my cross country trip. The guy who took this photo read my recap post in the Long Distance motorcycle riders facebook group. I remembered seeing a SUV pass then slow down then I looked over and waived. I was chilling on the hwy at the moment while also “stretching my leg” on the Kriega bags due to back pain. Sitting here now two week from being off the adventure I’m in rehabilitation mood but also grateful mood. Not much I would change about the adventure! Just wish my body had held up and I would be somewhere across the country on the way back now… lol. It was the right thing to do the fly back to San Francisco yesterday though and I’ve missed @changecatalysts much! Here’s to healing, a good bike shipping experience while I figure out some life things and get ready for the next adventure!
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🎥 My reactions to seeing the Grand Canyon yesterday! Today riding towards Holbrook, AZ near Petrified Forest National Park. Tomorrow I’ll be in Albuquerque, NM for the weekend.
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We share the ups and downs right? Well my down isn’t that bad more of an emotional/mental; with anxiety and stress but all in all I’m ok, safe, privilege and lucky. The past month just feels like a lot worrying, from bike prep for long distance traveling to dealing with some lower back pain. It will all work out one day at a time. The countdown starts tomorrow and I’ll start sharing more prep photos and videos. Be safe humans.
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Over here like I don’t have a lot of photos and stories from my cross country trip while trying to patient with my lower back pain. 📸When I arrived in Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, October 9th little did I know Albuquerque was holding their annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. I have never seen a hot air ballon festival before and word is Albuquerque has one of the best in the world.
After I checked in the hotel I rode over the the festival parking. After getting through traffic I parked in general parking and was going to walk down to the gate where the T7 is parked now. Then I saw some motorcycles ride further than I was parked and was like if they can go so can I. So I did the thing where you ride like you belong and kept it moving. Most people and the security police were like “nice bike” 😎. After I parked I waited and waited for the Balloons to go up. Then I started checking the @ballonfestas IG and Twitter accounts. There would be no balloons flying tonight due to winds. I knew the winds where high being just rode 170 miles from Petrified Forest to Albuquerque earlier in the day. Regardless it was a nice break from riding and enjoying the sunset in that moment. I checked the Festival schedule and there was a chance to see the balloons launch one more time early Sunday morning. I woke up around 5am, arrived back at the Festival and still no balloons due to wind. I tried. Monday I took a break from riding and was in a ride share and was talking to the drive about the wind shutting down the last two days of the ballon festival. The driver was also disappointed and said the weather was great until Saturday. @cashthe3rd said I brought the Bay area wind in when I rode 🏍 in 🧐😂. The ride share driver also said if I went back on Monday I would have seen all the hot air balloons leave the festival grounds because the wind had finally calmed. Even though the Balloon Festival was over that would have been all I wanted to see. Sometimes things are just outside your control and you end up with stories like this on your adventures! Still worth it!
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My official Tail of the Dragon photo via @129photos ..
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After 6 days and 1500 miles my body needed some rest! So did my mind. I’m currently in Albuquerque, NM and while riding in I had to remember that I’m not in a rush, to slow down and listen to my body. Yesterday I rested, did some yoga. Today some work, writing and get ready to be back on the road tomorrow heading East! Have a good Monday humans!
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