Operation Ride Home Indian Chief Vintage
Created with custom touches by Klock Werks, a 2014 Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle was put on the block this past Sunday to support “Operation Ride Home,” a program that benefits U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families.
Garnering much attention at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Chief Vintage was sold to winning-bidder George Munsterman for $30,000. The stock price for the Vintage is $20,999, but Munsterman of New York raised the price to get the machine in his collection.
The full auction price was donated through Jack Daniel’s Whiskey and Indian Motorcycle to the Armed Services YMCA program Operation Ride Home.
For 2014, the first model year for the new Indian Chief under Polaris Industries’ brand stewardship, the first 1901 units off the assembly line were specially badged with commemorative serial numbers in honor of the company’s founding in 1901.
In partnership with Jack Daniel’s Distillery, the “No. 7” serial number off the line, a Red Indian Chief Vintage model, was customized by Klocks Werks of Mitchell South Dakota with just the right touches to create a truly unique motorcycle.
Hand-laid pin-striping, painted Jack Daniel’s logos and Operation Ride Home logo and a customized seat combine to create a unique and collectible custom motorcycle.
Steve Menneto (Vice President of Motorcycles for Polaris) says: “For nearly 113 years the U.S. military has been an integral part of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand, and many of this company’s proudest achievements revolved around our support of this country’s war efforts.
“It was a pleasure to partner with Jack Daniel’s and the Armed Forces YMCA in support of Operation Ride Home, and all of us at Polaris Industries and Indian Motorcycle are honored to donate the proceeds from the auction of this unique and symbolic motorcycle for the benefit of America’s military personnel and their families.”
“Operation Ride Home” is a partnership program between Jack Daniel Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA designed to help service members and military families travel to their homes across the country this holiday season. All proceeds from the auction of the custom Indian Chief Vintage bike have been donated by Indian Motorcycle to the Operation Ride Home program. The program assisted 836 individuals for the 2013 holiday season.