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Eight days of festivities including the on-site introduction of the Indian Springfield, vintage & custom displays, demo rides, racing, organized tours & special events[/I]
MINNEAPOLIS (March 22, 2016) — Seventy-five years after Ed Kretz dominated the first motorcycle race on the sands of Daytona Beach, FL.,Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, again left a historic mark on Bike Week.
Among Indian Motorcycle’s highlights during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, held March 5-12, were the introduction of a new motorcycle model, vintage & custom bike displays and unveilings, racing, demo rides, organized owner rides and more.
The week started with the launch of the new Indian Springfield, a motorcycle offering classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility. At the same time, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s announced the availability of Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s® Indian® Springfield™ and Indian® Chief® Vintage motorcycle models. This special production run of 150 motorcycles was designed in conjunction with Brian Klock and his inspired team at Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell, S.D., and sold out in just eight hours. Unit #001 of the limited edition series, an Indian Chief Vintage, was held back to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on October 13-15 at the Mandalay Bay resort, with all monies from the auction benefitting Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home. Unit #150, an Indian Springfield, was gifted to Klock by...
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ custom program.
The program kicked off on November 30 and was open to Indian Motorcycle dealers around the world, giving their teams a global stage from which to showcase their design and customisation talent.
With minimal rules, dealers were free to customise a 2016 Indian Scout using any theme, style or budget they chose as long as it incorporated at least three genuine Indian Scout accessories from the current catalogue of more than 200 items.
In all 35 dealers participated in the contest worldwide, and on January 8 each of them submitted final photos of their custom creations.
The final submissions were published and shared on Indian Motorcycle’s website and social media profiles on January 18 and fans cast votes for their favourites up until February 19.
On February 20 the top three finalists were announced and each finalist was given an all-expense-paid trip to the 75th annual Daytona Bike Week for themselves plus a guest.
The three finalists based on fan voting were:
Bike name: ‘The Rebel’
Dealership: Indian Motorcycle Winnipeg, Headingley, Manitoba
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Bike name: ‘Fusion’
Dealership: Indian Motorcycle Charlotte, Lowell, North Carolina
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Bike name: ‘Boardtracker’
Dealership: Motos Illimitees, Terrebonne, Quebec
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“Passionate motorcycling enthusiasts have been drawn to the Indian Scout as the ideal platform for customising for over 100...
I put over a hundred miles on the Springfield this last week in Daytona during the IMRG ride out to Standard Motorcycle Co (more on this soon) in Orlando, FL. We had a great turnout and got to spend some time with Ralph Wessel who is the current AHRMA Class C Handshift championship holder.
First Swing of the Leg
It is always a bit intimidating stepping off a small and nimble bike like the new Octane and swinging a leg over a full and proper bagger like the Springfield. Pulling in to the hangar on the little ripper that is the Octane (More on this @ theVOG.net) I get a chance to do a solid walk around of the Springfield.
At first glance, the Springfield carries all the classic lines that are unmistakably "Indian." It is not until you break out the tape measure that you see where this Springfield is something completely different.
The Springfield features an all-new chassis that is most similar to the Roadmaster, but with a few key differences. The rake angle is identical at 25 degrees, but the trail is slightly different coming in at .7 inches (5.2 in) less than that of the Roadmaster. This translates to a quicker turn-in and a bit more lively steering attitude out of the Springfield. This is controlled by a set of beach bars with loads of pull-back for an upright seating position and leverage on the steering head.
At low speeds, most big baggers can feel a little tippy and top heavy, but not the Springfield. Within the first 4 or 5 sub-25 mph turns, I had the hang of it and was ready to dip into the turns with ease. The huge crank at the heart of the Thunderstroke 111 motor is more than enough to provide gyroscopic stability. The absence of the full fairing up front does well to bring the center of gravity down in the overall chassis quite a bit....
SXSW has grown every single year, and this year it is in full swing down here in Austin, TX. Downtown is crammed to the gills with folks here to take in the sights and the sounds of SXSW. Last week was the Tech Week of South By and Indian Motorcycle teamed up with Mophie for a special treat. They took to the streets with something of a spectacle. Indian Sidecars equipped with Mophie portable chargers and big, lovable St. Bernards were on hand to recuse folks with low and dying phones and portable devices.
Who doesn't love a side hack and a big dog?! No one. That is who. Indian knocked it out of the park with this one and smiles were seen wherever they went. Not only from the St. Bernards, but also from the free Mophie Chargers that they handed out. Talk about a life saver.
Check out the Mophie Chargers here: Mophie powerstation Plus 4x with Lightning Connector
Call for Open Nominations through “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime”
March 16, 2016 – Daytona Beach, FL: Today Full Vision Productions announced that the second annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis (VCR) will be hosted in summer 2016 and a new nomination program, “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime,” has been added. Starting in Los Angeles, California on July 30, the nine-day ride to Sturgis, SD will provide twenty veterans a chance to use motorcycle therapy as a way to decompress from the challenges of post-war life.
Founded in 2015 by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy-award winning director Robert Manciero, VCR uses motorcycle therapy to provide a healing and fun experience for a select group of veterans who need support.
“Giving veterans an outlet for their stress, and creating a way for them to find emotional balance, is critical,” said ride founder Dave Frey. “As a veteran myself, I’ve used long motorcycle rides for years as a mechanism to decompress. It occurred to me that others would benefit from the power of motorcycle therapy. VCR provides a group of veterans with the benefits of riding, plus a camaraderie and brotherhood that veterans often have difficulty finding on their own.”
The challenges for veterans are well documented. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and difficulties with re-assimilation to civilian life are common. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – many who are still young individuals – are facing a major crisis, with an estimated 20 percent of those veterans having PTSD and/or depression according to a 2014 survey*. Motorcycle therapy is one of several effective therapies for veterans seeking relaxation, peace of mind and enjoyment.
VCR 2016 will give 15 ambulatory and five amputee/disabled veterans of various military branches – the majority of whom...
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