Two of the most iconic US-based brands – Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s – have joined forces to create a limited-edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage. The collaboration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866.The 2016 Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage – designed and built by Klock Werkes – made its first public appearance last month at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. The JD Chief now will travel to Daytona Bike Week (March 4-13) and eventually to the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas October 6-8, where it will be auctioned off.
All money raised from the charity auction will be donated to support “Operation Ride Home,” a partnership between the Jack Daniel Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA that provides funding and travel assistance to help junior-enlisted military personnel spend time with their families during the holiday season.“This one-of-a-kind motorcycle is the perfect pairing of these two classic American brands, and while they look great together, we’ve inscribed this unique collector’s edition masterpiece with our ‘Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix’ mantra to remind all our friends that drinking and riding are meant to be enjoyed separately,” said Dave Stang, Director of Events & Sponsorships for Jack Daniel’s. “We’d like to thank our friends at Indian Motorcycle for their help on this project and their support for Operation Ride Home.”Besides the bike being auctioned off, a few Collector’s Edition Jack Daniel’s Vintage will be produced in very limited quantities. The bike will feature a wide range of accessories, along with custom Jack Daniel’s-inspired paint, logos, badges, leather saddle and saddlebags.Indian says the bike’s fender is also inscribed with the names of the seven Master Distillers who have overseen the Jack Daniel’s distilling process over its 150-year history. Final customization work was designed and completed by Brian Klock and his inspired team at Klock Werks in Mitchell, S.D. Additional details on the production schedule and ordering process will be released during Daytona Bike Week.“It’s a pleasure to partner again with our friends at Jack Daniel’s on this project as a tribute to originality and American craftsmanship, and to do so for the benefit of our military personnel and their families,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Jack Daniel’s and Indian Motorcycle proudly support our troops, military families and our veterans and we are honored to join forces again in 2016.”For more information, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit Operation Ride Home.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!