This is one of the most utterly absurd and obnoxious events of the year. I'm all for toys for disadvantage kids, but the noise and air pollution as well as the traffic nightmare that are a result of this event are disturbing. Keep the toys for kids get rid of the mid-life crisis folks playing mine is louder than yours.
953... relax. I'm sure you take part in plenty of events that annoy other people. To your likely dismay, I took part in the ride again this year (and will keep doing so) on a quiet and efficient motorcycle. One of the very coolest things about the ride is to see all the people on the streets (from Summerland to Goleta) cheering for, and thanking, the riders for their contribution. If you haven't given lately, try it. And, by the way, it IS really impressive to see several hundred riders together.