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Reunion Ride rolls into cheese country
By Tere Dunlap


MONROE - Former Republican state Sen. Dave Zien, Eau Claire, is the first person documented in history to have ridden 1 million miles on one motorcycle, a 1991 FXRT Harley-Davidson.

He was inducted in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. Zien was a state senator from 1993 to 2006, and rides with full-size American and Wisconsin flags on his motorcycle.

Zien was at Kutter Harley-Davidson Shop in Monroe Thursday as one of the 150 motorcyclists in the 16th annual Reunion Ride, started by former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

Although originally scheduled to be part of the ride, Thompson did not attend Thursday.

State Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, joined Zien on the trek. She was riding a 1200 Harley-Davidson Nightster. Her husband Glenn was riding the H-D Ultra-classic.

"His is the biggest bike in the pack, and mine is the smallest, but it has the most power," Lazich said.

Nightsters are hard to come by, according to Lazich.

"Men like it for the power, but it's perfect for petite women" because of its low center of gravity, she said.

Lazich has put about 6,000 miles on her 2008 cycle, and has "done 'the Dragon'" - 318 turns in 11 miles of scenic and twisty U.S. Highway 129 in North Carolina. She has become known as "The Dragon Lady."

Mike Anthony Jones was in the pack as well. He is a songwriter and movie producer from Arizona. Jones produced "1903 yesteryear" and "Live to Ride," a movie about the adventures of two motorcyclists scheduled to be released in September. Jones is also launching a custom CD "Road Dreams" about Thursday's ride.

Women made up about half of the bikers who came from eight states. The four-day run will take them across Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.Accident Scene Management, Inc., a national provider of training for motorcycle safety-related classes, and Road Guardians, a program aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists by promoting safety on the road, teamed with Women in Motion cyclists, to raise $20,000 through the governor's ride.