Famed Motorcyclist Dave Zien Back In The Saddle

March 13, 2011 6.15 am. Former State representative and Senator Dave Zien is returning from Daytona Bike Week, riding interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle. A SUV driver tries to change lanes, loses control and the vehicle overturns. Despite evasive action, Dave Zien is unable to avoid a collision with the SUV. His left leg is crushed and had to be amputated above the knee. His right hip is shattered, his left hand broken, and he suffers numerous other injuries.

Today, after multiple surgeries and daily physical therapy to learn how to walk with a prosthetic leg, the former lawmaker known for more than 2 million miles riding motorcycles is back in the saddle. A lesson of courage and tenacity surprising everybody except his family and friends. Dave Zien is currently appearing as himself in “The Million Mile Motorcycle Man” in “Born to Ride,” a story about two motorcycle riders on their way to Sturgis, S.D., which was released directly to DVD last month. His 1 million miles Harley is displayed at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. I hear that Dave is already contemplating a new marathon ride, some political actions involvement and maybe a new movie. And of course, he just got a new Harley… (Photo credit: Steve Kinderman)

20 Responses to “Famed Motorcyclist Dave Zien Back In The Saddle”

  1. 1 Sportster Mike Aug 25th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Well done for getting back in the saddle…after all that shit
    Don’t know the guy, as I’m the wrong side of the pond, but good on you Dave, keep riding!

    A lot more 3 wheelers around now in the UK (not all Harleys)
    (maybe its all our wounded soldiers from the latest wars?)

  2. 2 Knucklehead Aug 25th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    A strong man there. Never give up Dave!

  3. 3 Angry_Inch Aug 25th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    As one who has experienced near-death on the road, I can understand the drive to get back on two (or in this case, three) wheels. Way to go brother, welcome back.

  4. 4 ray c wheeler Aug 25th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Nice to see your riding again Senator………..good for the heart…

    See ya on the road.

  5. 5 chopmonster66 Aug 25th, 2011 at 10:54 am


  6. 6 Jeff Nicklus Aug 25th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Glad to have you back Senator!

    Over & Out,


  7. 7 Mr. Potts Aug 25th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This man is a real biker! Not an ounce of poser blood in him!!! Happy to have him back on the road.

  8. 8 gina woods Aug 25th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Congrats Dave! Nice ride! You are way to stubborn to let anything stop you!

  9. 9 Boss Hawg Aug 25th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Welcome back, honored and proud.

    Glad to see you enjoying what you like.

    Boss Hawg

  10. 10 Ryan Willhoite Aug 25th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    He is proof that you can’t keep a good man down

  11. 11 Wiz Aug 26th, 2011 at 6:36 am

    WAY COOL DAVE!!! My only regret is that you didn;t contact me to help you with your trike conversion. Bottom line is “YOU Gotter Done!” Iffin’ yer cruzin’ around the country ‘an yer in the Sioux Falls area, I would be honored for a visit from ya. Wiz

  12. 12 broadwaylee Aug 26th, 2011 at 7:36 am


  13. 13 Rogue Aug 26th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Brother Dave I had gotten the messages about you and Cat and the three wheelers and even that you were getting the Harley.
    But seeing you on it is even better.
    Looking forward to our next ride together.

  14. 14 RickM Aug 26th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Chased down the URL for the movie … Born to Ride… Good news is I read the reviews before parting with my $

  15. 15 ValueTeck Enterprises Aug 26th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Way to go Dave!

  16. 16 jeff Aug 26th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Way to go Dave , a inspiration to everyone !!!

  17. 17 Larry R Aug 26th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Stay in the breeze, Dave! Love and respect……..Larry R.

  18. 18 Art Jesse Aug 28th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Dave Welcome back Brother. I have been asking for the last month about Dave’s condition., so it is really Great to hear he is back riding.
    Ride Safe
    Art J Ca.

  19. 19 Pepper Massey Aug 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    No surprise, simply a matter of time. Motorcycling is in his heart and soul and he is too passionate about riding to let even this horrible accident change his philosophy on life.
    You were missed in Sturgis, Dave! Can’t wait to see you next year!

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