Indian Motorcycle Sponsors Second Annual “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis” in Building the Next Great Tradition of Its Military Legacy
Indian Motorcycle; Polaris Industries November 11, 2015 11:00 AM
For second straight year Indian Motorcycle will sponsor the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, focused …MEDINA, MN–(Marketwired – Nov 11, 2015) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, in celebration of Veterans Day, today announced its sponsorship and support of the second annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis. This marks the second straight year Indian Motorcycle will sponsor this very special event, which is focused on raising awareness and support for America’s severely wounded and injured veterans.
The epic ride will depart Los Angeles on July 30, 2016 en route to Sturgis, SD and will culminate at the 76th annual Black Hills Rally. Over the course of the ride, the 15 selected veterans will experience some of America’s most scenic and iconic landscapes from the seat of an Indian motorcycle as an important part of their personal healing process. Several of the Indian models will be customized with Champion sidecars to accommodate riders who are unable to operate a motorcycle themselves due to their injuries. Indian Motorcycle will once again team with Emmy award-winning director Robert Manciero and producer Dave Frey of Full Vision Productions to plan and chronicle the entire journey.
“We are pleased to renew our partnership with Indian Motorcycle in 2016 in honor of all the military service personnel who sacrificed so much for our country — especially those who have suffered life-changing physical and mental injuries,” said Robert Manciero. “This program is about much more than just making dreams come true for these vets and enjoying a weeklong ride to Sturgis. We’re combining nature’s beauty and serenity with motorcycle therapy and camaraderie to help these riders on their road to healing. We have an exciting and impactful weeklong adventure planned for our wounded veterans, with stops along the way at some of the most scenic locations this country has to offer and a fantastic celebration when they arrive in Sturgis.”
“Indian Motorcycle has a long tradition of supporting the U.S. military and our Armed Forces personnel that dates all the way back to World War I,” said Scott Meek, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Today all of us at Indian Motorcycle are proud to announce our full support and sponsorship of the second annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis. This program is making a positive difference in the lives of our traumatically injured military veterans and we are committed to it for the long term. The Veterans Charity to Sturgis is the next great tradition in our legacy of supporting our troops.”
Veterans seeking assistance and those wishing to view videos and stories of the past ride can log on to www.VeteransCharityRide.org for more information including details on partner organizations offering counseling and services for veterans and their families.
ABOUT FULL VISION PRODUCTIONS
Located in La Crescenta, California, Full Vision Productions was founded in 1994 by producer/director Robert Manciero. Since then it has grown into a full service production company and agency with 11 Emmy awards and several festival awards to their credit. Originally specializing in extreme sports, Full Vision Productions has expanded into commercial, promotional and documentary film work for networks, major corporations and government agencies. Please visit www.fullvisionproductions.com for more details.
ABOUT CHAMPION SIDECAR & TRIKES
Champion Sidecars & Trikes, established in 1984 and located in Garden Grove, CA., has achieved recognition throughout the motorcycle community for innovation, leadership and advancement of motorcycle sidecars and three-wheel motorcycles. Champion will continue to break ground in the motorcycle industry by delivering the highest value sidecar and three-wheel experience to motorcyclists around the world. For more details visit http://www.championsidecars.com.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.
ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2014 sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory® and Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot® brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin®, Cycle Country® and Pro Armor® brands.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
A motley band of war vets celebrates the ride out on Indian motorcycles.
By Jack Lewis Photos: Ray Vine & Shasta Willson
If a man is judged by the company he keeps, then I choose to associate with riders and soldiers, the free and the loyal. This past August, those choices fused during the inaugural Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis.