2016 Sturgis Charity RideIndian Motorcycle – known as America’s first motorcycle company – has announced its continued sponsorship of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis for 2016. Indian is doing more, though, and will expand its level of involvement in Veterans this coming year.This continued involvement actually began last week at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York city. While there, Indian did something special for veteran Marine Sean Carroll, who was combat wounded in the first Iraq war. To show Indian’s appreciation of Carroll’s sacrifice, a customized Indian Scout was bestowed upon him by the Veterans Charity Ride and Champion Sidecars & Trikes. Carroll came into the Veterans Charity Ride fold after participating in the 2015 event and was greatly affected by the therapeutic nature of the ride.
“While serving in Iraq in 2004, 21-year old Sean was gravely injured from an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), resulting in the loss of his right leg and several fingers. Injuries such as this can take years to recover from. We wanted to do something special for Sean, giving him back a part of his life and his love of motorcycles,” said Dave Frey, founder of the Veterans Charity Ride and producer at Full Vision Productions.“Veterans Charity Ride and our supporters were so moved by his story, and seeing the results of the inaugural ride, we donated the money to purchase a new Indian Scout for Sean. We contacted Champion Sidecars & Trikes, who had donated the sidecars that Sean rode in, and they were immediately onboard with providing the first prototype trike kit for the new Indian Scout so that Sean could ride a motorcycle again.”“Appreciation and support for our military and our veterans is core to the Indian Motorcycle brand,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The success of the program was clear to us in Sturgis last year as these brave men and women rolled in to town. Helping our veterans after serious physical and mental injuries is an important cause, and we’re proud of offer our continued involvement and support. We look forward to the positive effects and results of this program year after year.”Craig Arrojo, President of Champion Sidecars & Trikes, also commented: “The popularity of the Indian Scout and the request to do this trike project for Sean was an easy ‘yes’ for us. Dave Frey and this program really showed us how our products can be a big part of a veteran’s recovery. Our design engineering team and staff stepped up to get this project fast-tracked so Sean could ride with his fellow veterans next year.”