When [Dave Barr] steps to the podium today and Saturday at William S. Hart Park in Newhall, the audience can expect to hear tales of how he spent eight years in the armed forces of four separate governments before a land mine explosion changed his life. But instead of holding him back, the accident fueled his desire to journey around the world on a Harley-Davidson.
After spending three years with the U.S. Marines, two years with the Israeli Parachute Regiment and one year with the Rhodesian Light Infantry, Barr was in the midst of a two-year tour of duty with the South African Defense Forces when he was injured in a land-mine explosion in Angola. He worked for the foreign services on military visas, he said.
With the aid of prosthetic legs, Barr was able to return to active duty to complete his tour. But he wondered if he would be able to ride a motorcycle again. A self-described motorcycle nut, Barr had been riding since he was a small boy.