2016 Sturgis Charity Ride
Indian 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.”
About the 2016 Charity Ride to Sturgis:
The epic ride and adventure departs Los Angeles on July 30 en route to Sturgis, SD and culminates at the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Over the course of the nine-day journey, 15 veterans will ride America’s most scenic backroads, experiencing 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.
The monumental ride departs from Los Angeles on July 30, 2016 enroute to Sturgis, S.D., culminating at the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The nine-day journey will allow 15 veterans to explore America’s most scenic backroads, experiencing the US the way it was meant to be seen, from the seat of a motorcycle and in this case, an Indian. Several of the bikes will be customized with Champion sidecars to accommodate those who have suffered injuries preventing them from operating a motorcycle themselves.
Veterans seeking assistance and those wishing to view videos and stories are or for more information including details on partner organizations offering assistance and services for veterans and their families, visit Veterans Charity Ride.