Rider Uses eBay to Benefit Blue Ribbon Coalition

BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) member and off-highway motorcyclist John Starbuck has found a new way to support the cause of preserving recreational access to public lands: He's auctioning off a brand-new GPR V2 Undermount Steering Damper on eBay, with all the proceeds going BRC. The auction will end Sept. 11.

"I decided to start the auction as a simple way to raise funds for the BRC," Starbuck says. "I posted a few threads on KTMTalk and ThumperTalk, which generated some buzz. (My hope was) that others would also want to start donating their proceeds from spare parts auctions directly to BRC."

The BlueRibbon Coalition has already benefited through similar auctions twice this year. The Slednecks' auction, in May, involved a one-of-a-kind, custom painted SOS helmet which eventually sold for $840. Another eBay auction, in July, included a 2007 KTM SX 85 motorcycle sold by Moore and Sons KTM dealership to raise money to fight the Clear Creek Closure.

John Starbuck has only been a member of BRC for a short time, but he's making up for that with dedication and zeal.

"I decided to join BRC after reading about their involvement in helping to keep trails and roads open for the public to enjoy," Starbuck says. "Members like Del Albright and Don Amador inspire me to join the fight to protect our rights to ride responsibly. I like to educate fellow riders on access issues as well as riding responsibly.

"I believe that the online auctions are an easy way to support the BRC," he says. "It's simple to set up, and I believe that bidders are willing to pay a bit more to support a great cause… If you ride motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs or mountain bikes; if you drive a 4x4, even if you hike on public lands, you need an advocate, and that advocate is the BRC. Get involved before it's too late." Potential bidders who want to take that advice can see the auction and bid here.