Many hear the call, but only a few are chosen.
The mantra of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is one that, as law enforcement professionals ourselves, we can fully understand. While many may hear the calling to serve their communities, only a few brave men and women leave their families every day to put their lives on the thin blue line.
The Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge began as a celebration of the Lakota Sioux warrior spirit and has a mission to raise awareness for social issues while giving riders an opportunity to test their fortitude and determination. In 2020, the event raised over $500,000 for nonprofit organizations across the nation.
We spoke with Dustyn Monismith who has pledged his intent to complete this 10,000 mile journey in the name of Band of Blue.
True Blue Motorhead
Dustyn Monismith bleeds motor oil. An avid outdoorsman, he is looking forward to a chance at grabbing life by the handlebars and taking part in the ultimate test of strength, endurance, and sheer will power.
He comes from a long line of motorcyclists, too. His father and grandfather were both adventurers of the open road, and Monismith began riding at just fifteen years old. Today, he is a technician for Harley-Davidson Motor Company. He and his wife, Brenda, are also instructors for the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. Originally from Pennsylvania, Monismith has lived in Mukwonago, Wisconsin for the past seven and a half years until recently moving to Georgia with his family.
Monismith heard about the Hoka Hey Challenge from his brother-in-law who completed the ride last year to raise money for homeless veterans.
Why Band of Blue?
When asked why he chose Band of Blue as his charity, Monismith stated that when he worked at dealerships prior to coming to Harley-Davidson, he serviced many Milwaukee Police Department and Waukesha Sheriff’s Department motorcycles. “They put their life on the line for us,” he said, “so it’s important to give back.”
To date, Monismith’s longest ride stretched from Wisconsin to Georgia—an 800-mile trek he completed in sixteen hours, noting that the weather slowed him down a bit. The Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge will test Monismith’s willpower and endurance with 10,000 miles of open road.
“There’s no time limit,” explained Monismith, “but you can’t finish any sooner than ten days.” He went on to share that the majority of riders complete the journey in a window of fourteen to twenty-one days.
The Ultimate Test
The Hoka Hey Challenge is not for the faint of heart. People drop out for any number of reasons, most commonly due to mechanical issues or being unable to withstand the elements. “You don’t know exactly where you’re going or where you’re going to sleep at night,” Monismith stated. “So, your motorcycle has to be outfitted for extreme conditions. For example, during last year’s ride it got down to the low thirties, so riders had to have tents, sleeping bags, and that kind of survival equipment.”
The motorcycle that Monismith plans to ride is a Pan America™ 1250 Special Bike by Harley-Davidson. Designed for utility and rooted in the spirit of iconic American off-road vehicles, this model is engineered for adventure.
The 2022 Hoka Hey Challenge kicks off in the Black Hills of South Dakota on June 26, 2022. At this moment, Monismith is on the waitlist. However, if he is unable to ride in this year’s event, he will be guaranteed a spot for 2024.