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Story of Jesus' crucifixion, resurrection told through motorcycle

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Chippewa Valley (WQOW) - A bit of bad can sometimes rev up a lot of good, and that's exactly what happened with RIZEN, a motorcycle that will be in the Pure Water Days Parade on Saturday in Chippewa Falls.

About 10 years ago, Tim Castle, of Kanasville, Wisconsin, bought an Indian Larry Motorcycle from New York. It was all tricked out with artwork and won some awards, but one day Castle brought it to a grocery store. A woman there complimented the artwork but told Castle that it was satanic in nature. Castle had no idea and wanted no part of it, so that inspired the creation of RIZEN.

From front to back RIZEN tells the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The design is tough enough for the stereotypical biker gang, and powerful enough to leave a lasting impression.

“He was crucified, not guilty, but they called him guilty anyway. He did nothing wrong, and he died for our sins,” said Dean Adsit, promotions director for RIZEN.

Since it's completion in 2016, RIZEN has been featured in multiple shows and taken home 11 first place trophies, including one from the International Motorcycle Show in Chicago.

“We hired an artist that drew many pictures that we went through and looked at to be able to put this together," Adsit said.

Luke Johnson, the owner of Automotive Tattoos in Cadott painted the vision without regret.

“To me, the attention that it gets, it's unlike any of the other bikes that I've ever done. I mean, people will literally come up and give you hugs and say, 'Thank you for painting something like that',” Johnson said.

Johnson's favorite design runs along the right side of the bike. It shows God reaching his hand out to Jesus, showing the kind of unconditional love that continues to inspire change.

Aside from being a part of the Pure Water Days Parade, "RIZEN" will make several stops in the Chippewa Valley area and southeastern Minnesota.

  • Pure Water Days Parade, Sat. Aug. 12 at 1:00 p.m. -- Chippewa Falls downtown
  • Summerfest Car Show, Sun., Aug. 13 at 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. -- St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire
  • Indian Head Hog Chapter, Wed., Aug. 16; leaves at 6 p.m. -- Lake Hallie Walmart parking lot
  • Burger King Car Show, Thurs., Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. -- Lake Hallie
  • Sport Motors, Fri., Aug. 18 at 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. -- Harley Davidson Dealership in Chippewa Falls
  • Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show, Fri., Aug. 18 at 3:00 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. -- Northern Wisconsin State Fair Grounds in Chippewa Falls
  • King of the Hill Showdown, Sat., Aug. 19 at 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. -- Calvary Baptist Church in Eau Claire
  • The Highground 17th Annual Ride to Remember Motorcycle Rally, Sat. Aug. 19 at 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. -- Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville 
  • Notre Dame Church Picnic, Sun. Aug. 20 at 7:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. --117 Allen St., Chippewa Falls
  • Customer Appreciation Day, Sun., Aug. 20 at 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. cruise -- 5939 210th St., Chippewa Falls -- 5939 210 St., Chippewa Falls
  • Eau Claire Automotive Group, Mon. Aug. 21 at 4 p.m.-8 p.m. 
  • Eau Claire Ford - Lincoln, Tue. Aug. 22 at 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. -- 2909 Lorch Ave, Eau Claire
  • Festival in the Pines (Final Event), Sun. Aug. 27 at 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. -- 100 Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire 
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