By Hector Gonzalez
FOCUSED—Cat David Macleod, who grew up in Thousand Oaks, maneuvers his motorcycle around cones at Learn to Ride VC July 27 in Camarillo. Macleod is this year’s road captain for the ride to the 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn NewspapersThey roared in on gleaming Indian motorcycles with sidecars. Clad in leather and camouflage, the riders were raring to kick off their 1,300-mile journey.
Retired Army Cpl. Joshua Stein is one of two wounded warriors who’ll trade off driving and riding duties in a customized Indian Motorcycle bike with sidecar. (Courtesy of Veterans Charity Ride)
by Molly Marcello
A group of 10 wounded and amputee veterans, along with mentors and support staff, will rumble into Moab this weekend for a gathering highlighting community, healing and a little adventure. The group is part of “Veterans Charity Ride,” a nonprofit organization that leads cross-country motorcycle therapy excursions to aid combat veterans through their healing and recovery process.
by Josh Bourdo
Rivco Products, Inc has recently partnered up with Veterans Charity Ride in their continued efforts to provide Veterans with the Ride of a Lifetime! #VeteransRide“They take wounded and amputee veterans on Indian Motorcycles, trikes and Champion sidecars from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota. In the past two years they’ve taken over 30 veterans from all over the USA and from every branch of the military.
They spend over a week riding America’s most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other with Motorcycle Therapy. The shared experiences of serving brings them together, veteran to veteran to help each other heal. They also show the Veterans just how much their service means to America, by stopping in towns along the way to meet the people of our grateful nation to celebrate these brave men and women.
Once in Sturgis, they spend the week of the rally riding the Black Hills, attending events and giving the Veterans the unique “Sturgis Experience”.”
We are super excited to be a part of this! Please take a moment to make it to their website at https://veteranscharityride.org
Stow, Ohio – July 19, 2017– Injured veterans will have a smooth ride to the 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, with the help of Avon Tyres.
HOT SPRINGS –Every year, the organizers of the Veteran’s Charity Ride take wounded and amputee veterans on Indian Motorcycles, custom built Champion sidecars and trikes, from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota for the Adventure of a Lifetime.
American Iron Magazine: Indian Motorcycle & Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis Announce ‘Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime’ Selectees
Best Friends and Above the Knee Bi-Lateral Amputees to Trade off Piloting an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
By Press Release July 5, 2017
Indian Motorcycles and Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis have announced their “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime” selectees. Corporal Joshua Stein, U.S. Army (ret.) and Corporal Neil Frustaglio, U.S. Marines (ret.) will be piloting an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally event, heading out from Los Angeles on July 28. We wish these military vets a fun and safe journey!
Press Release below.
Best Friends and Above the Knee Bi-Lateral Amputees to Trade off Piloting an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
This is a press release from Indian Motorcycle…
Minneapolis & Los Angeles (July 5, 2017) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, and “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,” announced today veterans Corporal Joshua Stein, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Corporal Neil Frustaglio, U.S. Marines (Ret.) have been named as the honorary “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime” selectees. The two post-9/11 veteran heroes were chosen from over 50 total entries in a nomination program that called upon friends and family members to submit deserving veterans for an once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle therapy adventure.
Corporal Joshua Stein, US Army (Ret.) joined the Army in February of 2005 as a 12B Combat Engineer, and was deployed to Iraq in December. On Easter Sunday of 2006, Josh and his team were struck by an Explosively Formed Penetrator bomb that blasted through their armored Bradley vehicle and immediately severed and cauterized both of Josh’s legs. Doctors in Iraq prioritized limb salvage, saving both his arms, and transported him back to the U.S., where he eventually woke up out of a medically induced coma with his family surrounding him a the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. Following a long battle, and significant rehabilitation, Josh found a purpose at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) from which he’ll be graduating in Phoenix, Arizona on July 7, 2017.