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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The T7 Close Encounters MOOD. This bike is a beast! After over 1k miles on the Icon Ride time for a chain clean and a quick wash and onward!
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Itโ€™s been 47 days since Iโ€™ve seen my T7 ๐Ÿ 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. Thatโ€™s an adventure for sure. I would have loved to have rode the bike back but I have a bulged disc that Iโ€™m working to heal. Once thatโ€™s betterโ€ฆ 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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My therapist said use this time to heal and be grateful. I agree and Iโ€™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 timeโ€ฆ #notetoself
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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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โ€œWhere we going #moodโ€ I didnโ€™t do any research when planning to explore Route 66 on my cross country trip. Right before riding into Oatman, AZ and venturing into Sidewinder I was greeted by the donkeys!
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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 โ€œBetween 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 Rockโ€
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Also if you zoom in clearly I stoped to take some tylenol pain relief tooโ€ฆ๐Ÿง
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Thereโ€™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 Iโ€™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 Iโ€™ll be raising awareness for mental health. More later on that. For now, hereโ€™s a look at my T7 which I need to come up with a name for. Any suggestions?
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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 โ€œstretching my legโ€ on the Kriega bags due to back pain. Sitting here now two week from being off the adventure Iโ€™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 nowโ€ฆ lol. It was the right thing to do the fly back to San Francisco yesterday though and Iโ€™ve missed @changecatalysts much! Hereโ€™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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So it begins! Today I started my cross-country motorcycle adventure to raise awareness for mental health. Itโ€™s called the Icon Ride (link in my bio) . Iโ€™ve been planning this trip for some time now and there was a time when I didnโ€™t think it was going to happen. Grateful things worked out. Now I just need my body to hold up ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ˜Ž.
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 Iโ€™ll be sharing the adventures, my mental health experiences and more. You can follow long at https://theiconproject.org/iconride/ .

Iโ€™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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Even on cross-country adventures itโ€™s good to take time for a gram photoshoot ๐Ÿ˜‚. This photo was the same day I did Tail of the Dragon and on Cherohala Skyway which I think is better than the dragon ๐Ÿง.
Just reflecting on the adventure last month and thinking about time as Iโ€™m working on my body healing and waiting for updates for my T7 to be shipped back to SF.
Also so glad I wore the @revit_adventure Sand 4 pants and jacket. I stood out and a lot of people thought I was in the military which was a good thing as a solo riding Black man in 2021. Super grateful for the support from @revit_urban and others!
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After 6 days and 1500 miles my body needed some rest! So did my mind. Iโ€™m currently in Albuquerque, NM and while riding in I had to remember that Iโ€™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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Earlier today I rode through Mojave National Preserve for the first time. All I kept thinking is โ€œItโ€™s beautiful!โ€

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. Itโ€™s beautiful!
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Thereโ€™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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Today my route was on historic hwy 66. It was fun! some dips, a segment of sharp twisties and trains! Maybe Iโ€™m just old or a remember liking trains growing up but when I pass them on the motorcycle, Iโ€™m like cool.
I rode 241 miles today and now at the south rim of the Grand Canyon!
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We share the ups and downs right? Well my down isnโ€™t that bad more of an emotional/mental; with anxiety and stress but all in all Iโ€™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 Iโ€™ll start sharing more prep photos and videos. Be safe humans.
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Iโ€™m not sure if thereโ€™s a more greater risk than to stand in the middle of cactus ๐ŸŒต while itโ€™s 104 degrees in full motorcycle gear and snap a selfie in your first time in Joshua Tree but here we are. ๐Ÿ˜‚. I didnโ€™t know Joshua Tree had such cool views. I get it and now want to go back when itโ€™s cooler. The @revit_adventure Sand 4 and cargo pants was in perfect element . Sadly I canโ€™t say I left this spot without being pricked my cactus ๐ŸŒต. Cactus 2(hand and foot) Wayne, 0. Still, worth it! Yolo!

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Hwy 66 Sidewinder area with the awesome views! slow and steady I was ๐Ÿ˜Ž.
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The Icon Ride – A Solo Cross Country Motorcycle Adventure To Raise Awareness For Mental Health

Iโ€™ve been dreaming about riding across the country on a motorcycle for some time now and I’m not going to let the fear of what could happen to hold me back. Everything will be at https://iconride.org: photos, videos, blog posts, how to donate for the mutual aid fund, and support me along the adventure. I hope you all join me!

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