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Indian Motorcycle Announces Model Year 2016 Lineup

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Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its lineup of Model Year 2016 bikes. Fresh off of record Q2 sales results and overwhelming demand for both the Indian Scout and the recently introduced 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse, Indian Motorcycle will rumble into the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with unstoppable momentum and the industry’s most in-demand lineup. With a growing consumer excitement and increasing dealers on a global level, Indian Motorcycle continues to gain market share and attention.

2016 Indian Scout ABS and Indian Scout
With an unmatched heritage dating back more than 80 years and unprecedented demand for its predecessor, Indian Motorcycle is proud to introduce 2016 Indian Scout ABS. This middle-weight cruiser weighs in at 558 pounds (dry) and extends its decades-long legacy of superb balance, precise handling and potent performance that dominated the Wall of Death and conquered the Bonneville Salt Flats. With its compact design and low 25.3-inch seat height, the Indian Scout is the perfect multipurpose bike for virtually any rider. Featuring a liquid-cooled 69 cubic inch V-twin engine, 100 HP of performance and starting at $10,999 for Gloss Black, and $11,299 for Thunder Black Smoke, Silver Smoke and the striking new Wildfire Red.  The new Indian Scout is the proud future of one of motorcycling’s most storied bikes, and is now available with anti-lock brakes (ABS) including the Indian Motorcycle Red paint (itself a $300 premium) for $11,999. All 2016 Indian Scout models come with a genuine leather solo seat, and feature a cast aluminum chassis for superior handling and overall balance.

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse
The 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse is the most striking cruiser on the road. Featuring a matte black finish from end-to-end and only a flash of chrome, this bike makes a statement even before you fire it up. Featuring a low seat height and the lowest price for any Thunder Stroke 111 powered Indian, the Dark Horse starts at just $16,999. The 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse delivers the styling, reliability and power expected from an Indian Motorcycle, but with a heathy dose of attitude. Propelled by 119 ft/lbs of torque and the same chassis and suspension of the award-winning Indian Chief Classic, the Dark Horse™ rolls with standard ABS, a remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, and features a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty.

2016 Indian Chief Classic, Indian Chief Vintage and Indian Chieftain
For 2016, Indian Motorcycle returns with its award-winning lineup of Indian Chief models delivering the power, handling, unmatched engineering and stunning beauty of the industry’s hottest heavyweight cruisers. Powered by the proven Thunder Stroke 111 engine and covered in premium chrome, the Indian Chief family delivers the impeccable styling and sophisticated performance of the Chief Classic; the classic looks, beautiful fringed leather saddle bags and paint schemes of the Chief Vintage, and the cruising comfort and exceptional handling of the Indian Chieftain hard bagger. Continuing its tradition of stunning colors and head-turning two-tone paint palettes, the 2016 Indian Chief lineup, starting at $17,699, offers gorgeous new color options that include:

  • Indian Chief Classic: Pearl White
  • Indian Chief Vintage: Star Silver & Thunder Black
  • Indian Chieftain: Silver Smoke, Indian Motorcycle Red & Ivory Cream, Star Silver & Thunder Black

2016 Indian Roadmaster
The industry’s most luxurious and anticipated touring motorcycle, Indian Motorcycle is proud to offer the Indian Roadmaster as the epitome of comfort in long distance cruising. With the peace-of-mind and reliability of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine and nearly 38 gallons of premium storage, the industry’s leading touring bike delivers luxury features like a power-adjustable windscreen, heated grips, dual heated seats, ABS, tire pressure monitoring system, keyless ignition with remote locking storage, electronic cruise control, advanced infotainment system and Bluetooth capability for the ultimate in connectivity. Starting MSPR $27,999

New for 2016 the Indian Roadmaster is available with new color options that include Blue Diamond plus two-tone Storm Gray & Thunder Black and Springfield Blue and Cream.

Experience the 2016 Lineup at the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
In 1938 Indian Motorcycle dealer Clarence “Pappy” Hoel and the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club started the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally never knowing that it would grow into the World’s biggest motorcycle rally. For the diamond anniversary, starting Friday July 31st, Sturgis attendees are invited to experience these the new line-up at the Indian Motorcycle factory display on Lazelle St. through the rally, or to experience them firsthand with a factory demo ride at 2100 Whitewood Service Road (I-90 at Exit 30) from Saturday, August 1 – Saturday, August 8, starting at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. In addition to stock motorcycles, accessorized units will be on hand to experience comfort and performance items.

Indian Motorcycle Heads To The 75Th Annual Sturgis Rally With Entertainment, Events And The All-New 2016 Lineup

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Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is announcing its power-packed itinerary for the upcoming 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Started in 1938 by Indian Motorcycle dealer J.C. “Pappy” Hoel, close to 1 million attendees are expected this year  in recognition of this important milestone for the Rally, which formally runs August 3 – 9 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Join Indian Motorcycle in celebration of all riders for this historic event that will feature the first appearance of the 2016 model year lineup, entertainment, factory demo rides, Indian Motorcycle owner events and rides, an array of custom bikes and much more.  The celebration gets a jump start on Friday, July 31 at the Indian Motorcycle display area located on Lazelle St. Visit the Indian Motorcycle Sturgis event page for updates leading up to the rally.

Indian Motorcycle Factory Display on Lazelle St (Next to Lynn’s Dakotamart) 
Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Explore the entire lineup of 2016 models at the Indian Motorcycle display in Downtown Sturgis. Several new customs will also be on display, including newly-revealed bikes from the “Scout Custom Series” including the Black Bullet Scout and the USO Tribute Scout built by Klock Werks, along with the 2014 Indian “Big Chief Custom,” a new Chieftain custom from Azzkikr Custom Baggers, and more. In addition, a 1948 Chief commemorating the 75th anniversary will be rebuilt on-site by Starklite Cycle during the rally. A brand-new “torque pit,” demonstrating the power and torque of the Indian Motorcycle line-up will run throughout each day, and an interactive timeline will highlight Indian Motorcycle’s founding of the rally and its important place in motorcycling history.
        In celebration of Indian Motorcycle’s roots at Sturgis, rally attendees can fuel up from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day with complimentary coffee and donuts – a tradition started by Pearl Hoel, wife of rally founder “Pappy” Hoel. Attendees can also sign-up to win one of five limited edition Chiefs, get their photo taken on a custom Indian Scout Hill Climb bike, purchase Indian Motorcycle apparel , sign a commemorative rider map and more.

Limited Edition Model Year 2016 Chief Classic Giveaway
Sunday, August 2 and Thursday, August 6 
Five limited edition Chief Classics will be given away during the rally. On Sunday and Thursday, the bikes will be raffled off live in the Lazelle St. space (visit location to learn exact time). These beautiful, Model Year 2016 Classics are available during the rally only, and will only be available to rally participants. Entries can be obtained with scan of Indian Motorcycle RFID badges at Indian events and locations during the rally; see the registration booth on Lazelle St. to get a badge.

Factory Demo Rides, 2100 Whitewood Service Road (I-90 on Exit 30)
Saturday, August 1 – Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Join the Indian Motorcycle demo team and test ride the latest models fresh from the Spirit Lake, Iowa plant. New Model Year 2016 motorcycles will be ready to demo ride all week long representing every variation and color and some fully accessorized. Demo ride availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Rides will head out daily starting at 9:15 a.m. with the last ride leaving at 4:30 p.m. Riders must be 18 years of age and must provide proof of endorsement along with a helmet and appropriate riding attire. Passengers with protective gear are welcome to ride with no endorsement needed.

“Black Hills Heritage Ride presented by Indian Motorcycle”: 
Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2
Join Buzz Kanter and the editors of American Iron Magazine as they ride vintage and modern motorcycles to Sturgis. The ride will kick off at the acclaimed National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa with a complimentary dinner on Thursday, July 30 and will conclude in Sturgis on Sunday, August 2. The ride route will explore backroads and celebrate both great heritage Indian bikes and modern models. The ride is free and open to all who are interested in joining, regardless of motorcycle manufacturer.

“America’s Block Party” (Between Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycle displays on Lazelle St.) Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Join Indian Motorcycle, Victory Motorcycles, Polaris Slingshot® and partner Jack Daniel’s at the biggest party in Sturgis. “America’s Block Party” will feature live music daily, the Jack Daniel’s Experience, beverages available for purchase, complimentary patch sewing, and much more. In addition, the following special appearances will take place courtesy of Jack Daniel’s: 

  • NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton and Rusty Wallace former driver of the #2 Cup series Car in NASCAR and now TV commentator, Monday, August 3, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, Monday, August 3, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Museum, August 2 – 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (across the street)
  • “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis” Welcome Event
  • Sunday, August 2, 3:30 p.m., Lazelle St. Display
  • Join us as we welcome a group of American heroes to America’s motorcycle rally. The riders of the “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,” sponsored by Indian Motorcycle, will be concluding eight days on the road from Los Angeles to Sturgis riding across the country they helped defend on Indian motorcycles. These brave men and women from all branches of the military, some with multiple traumatic amputations, will arrive to a warm and patriotic welcome at the Indian Motorcycle display on Lazelle Street.
  • Indian Motorcycle Night at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Reveal of Roland Sands Design / GEICO Custom Indian Chieftain
  • Sunday, August 2, 9:50 p.m., Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip™
  • On Sunday night, a fired-up audience will get a chance to see the unveiling of a new custom-built GEICO Motorcycle — the GEICO custom Indian Chieftain built by Roland Sands Designs. The RSD team will reveal the bike on the Wolfman Jack Stage at the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip. The night’s entertainment will include: 38 Special, The Guess Who and Brantley Gilbert.

“Military Monday”
Monday, August 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Lazelle St. Display
Indian Motorcycle will honor and salute veterans and those who serve on “Military Monday” with a complimentary gift for those with a current or honorably discharged Military I.D. Visit the display on Lazelle St. for more information. As a benefit to Indian Motorcycle’s military partner, The USO, and Victory Motorcycles’ military partner, IAVA, riders using the complimentary parking behind the factory display on Lazelle St. throughout the week are encouraged to make a donation.

“Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Rally”
Tuesday, August 4, Crossroads at the Buffalo Chip, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Indian Motorcycle and American Iron Magazine are sponsoring a heritage motorcycle celebration at the Buffalo Chip.  The event is free to attend and free to register any model year Indian bike or pre-1984 classic American motorcycle. Riders can check out dozens of historic machines from all brands, and will feature a bike show and contest. Class winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

Mike Wolfe Autograph Session
Wednesday, August 5, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Stop by the Indian Motorcycle display on Lazelle St. for an up close and personal autograph session with Mike Wolfe, star of “American Pickers” on HISTORY and avid Indian Motorcycle fan.

Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) and Owner Events
Monday, August 3 – Sunday, August 9
Owners, past, present and future are invited to join Indian Motorcycle for exclusive owner activities throughout Rally Week.
·         On Tuesday, August 4 at 11:30 a.m. owners are invited to attend a complimentary Owners Lunch at Game Lodge Pavilion in Custer State Park. Pre-registration is required and owners can sign up HERE.

  • Owners are also invited on Wednesday, August 5 to the Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis dealership for an owners-only open house and Wall of Death Show at 10:30 a.m.

Throughout Rally Week, owners will receive a commemorative gift when they present their key FOB at the dealership or the Indian exhibit on Lazelle St. IMRG members can also show their membership card for an additional gift.

Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis Dealership
Open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily at 2130 Main St.
Visit the Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis dealership’s recently opened 22,000 square foot showroom. The American Motor Drome Wall of Death, featuring the custom 2015 Wall of Death Scout, will be at the dealership with shows each hour starting at 11 a.m., courtesy of Indian Motorcycle. The showroom offers an expanded parts and customization department as well as additional service bays. The dealership is giving away limited edition prizes and will have commemorative 75th anniversary items for sale. For more information please visit: www.indianmotorcyclesturgis.com.

“We promise a jam-packed week of activity for this rally, and we’re going to deliver,” said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles at Polaris Industries. “We look forward to visiting with our friends and riders at the displays and celebrating the Diamond Anniversary of Pappy Hoel’s little get-together that, through the years, has turned into the biggest motorcycle rally in the world.”

Scout Custom Series: Land Speed

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The legendary Indian Scout name has been a part of many stories throughout history, powering Burt Munro’s dogged pursuit of a world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats. As a tribute to our past and the legendary power of this bike, we present this custom land speed Scout, coined the “Black Bullet.”

The all-custom, all-metal, and all hand-made bike was built by Jeb Scolman – who is responsible for the Spirit of Munro that was built to celebrate the launch of the ThunderStroke111 in 2014.

See more of the Scout 

ALERT: Victory Isle of Man TT Podium Bike Stolen

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The Victory Isle of Man TT racer ridden by Lee Johnston to third place in the 2015 Zero TT was stolen from the Brammo Company headquarters where it was on display following the historic race.
        Victory Motorcycles and Brammo Engineering wish to alert traditional and social media outlets that the historic Isle of Man TT racer piloted by Lee Johnston has been stolen overnight from Brammo Headquarters in Talent, OR. The specific time of night has yet to be determined and police are reviewing security footage for further information.
       The motorcycle was on display with its complete race bodywork, as shown in the attached image. Johnstons Racer #3 was on this particular machine. However the body may have been removed or over-painted to mask its origin.

        The Frame VIN is stamped #004 and there is a $1000 reward for information leading to the recovery of this historically significant motorcycle. Individuals with information or who feel they may have seen this motorcycle should contact:

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: BILL MAY, CASE# 15-2149,  at the Talent OR Police Department at 541-535-1253

       The teams from Victory and Brammo are gutted that thieves made off with this important piece of motorcycling history, and appreciate the diligence and assistance of motorcycle enthusiasts across the country. We request in particular that those in the Pacific North West be on the lookout.  We will update both the Brammo Facebook and Victory Motorcycles Facebook pages as new information becomes available.

https://www.facebook.com/BrammoInc
https://www.facebook.com/victorymotorcycles

       Thank you for your assistance in spreading this information to your social media outlets and network. There are few things dirtier than a motorcycle thief and we know that the community of riders will be a key to spotting this motorcycle and bringing it back to where it belongs.  

Harley-Davidson Ignites Presence For 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Press Release; H-D Unwraps Rally Point and Unifies all Activities in Sturgis
From a chain cutting-rally kickoff to the last demo ride, sparks will fly as Harley-Davidson takes over the city of Sturgis to kick off the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with a new line-up of activities. The start of one of the biggest rallies in U.S. history will be commemorated at a chain-cutting of the new Harley-Davidson Rally Point and brings to life the first phase of the new 75-year relationship between Harley-Davidson and the city of Sturgis making Harley-Davidson the official motorcycle of the rally.

       For 2015, Harley-Davidson is uniting all Harley-Davidson and H.O.G. activities at three new locations: the Rally Point, the Sturgis Community Center and Sturgis City Park – providing rally-goers additional opportunities to make lasting memories during the week-long event.
        “Riders rarely have the same Sturgis experience twice, but the 75th rally will be a completely new one for everyone who rides through the Black Hills on their way to Sturgis,” said Kris Schoonover, Manager of Event Strategy and Execution for Harley-Davidson. “We are expanding our presence in Sturgis by creating multiple locations for customers to experience the variety of activities Harley-Davidson has to offer.”

Grand Opening: The Harley-Davidson Rally Point
At the corner of Main Street and Harley-Davidson Way, the Rally Point is the new year-round home for motorcyclists to gather. Don’t miss the grand opening on July 31 at noon with ceremonial chain-cutting, music and more.

  • There will be daily concerts and shows, a bike raffle for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and an official photo area for riders with their motorcycles to have a picture snapped with the iconic STURGIS sign as the backdrop.
  • Women and Riding: Help us celebrate 100 years of strong and confident women riders by joining Karen Davidson, H-D General Merchandise Creative Director, and photographer, Lana MacNaughton, for a gathering to discuss women in motorcycling, Monday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. They will talk about why they ride, collect ideas for 2016 women’s activities and give a sneak preview of Fall fashion.
  • UFC fighters will be onsite signing autographs and taking pictures – Mike Chiesa on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Ricardo Lamas on Friday, Aug. 7.

All-New Venue: Sturgis City Park
One of the newest Sturgis event locations – Sturgis City Park – provides a brand new experience in 2015. Harley-Davidson will host a display full of radical custom Harleys, daily giveaways and a custom, vintage 1951 Truck and Trailer. Check out the event schedule for a full line-up of attractions.

  • Central Hub: Sturgis Community Center at Fourth and Lazelle Streets
  • Freedom, attitude and V-Twin engines invade the Sturgis Community Center where the bulk of Harley-Davidson activities will now be housed. Both inside and outside the Community Center, riders will see and experience the newest motorcycle customizations, demonstrations of the latest MotorClothes, and experience the power of the 2015 line-up with a demo ride. This is also where official Willie G. and H.O.G.® merchandise can be purchased, and it will be the only H.O.G. pin stop at the rally. All activities are Aug. 1-8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Free Motorcycle Demo Rides: The full 2015 motorcycle line-up and demo ride experience includes models such as the Road Glide®, Ultra Limited Low, Street® 500 and 750, Freewheeler™ and a selection of customized models with H-D Genuine Motor Accessories®. Staging for demo rides takes place in the parking lot behind the Community Center. A selection of helmets and jackets will also be available for demo rides.
  • Parts & Accessories: The interactive area includes everything needed to turn any Harley-Davidson motorcycle into a one-of-a-kind custom. No matter the riding style or body type, experts are on hand to help adjust any motorcycle for maximum comfort, control, style and confidence.
  • Project LiveWire Experience Tour: Harley-Davidson embodies the spirit of American Reinvention with Project LiveWire – the first electric Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Making an appearance in Sturgis, Project LiveWire brings innovation to the street to get feedback from customers on what they expect from an electric motorcycle that is authentic Harley-Davidson. The Project LiveWire JUMPSTART will be available for a simulated riding experience.
  • Gear: Customization is not just for motorcycles, and Harley-Davidson is offering t-shirt customization at this year’s rally. There are 11 different designs for a one-of-a-kind shirt printed on the spot. The graphics were carefully selected from the Harley-Davidson library and have retro-inspired designs with one that is completely customizable. Everyone is encouraged to come early since there are limited quantities each day. Additionally, Black Hills Harley-Davidson will have a variety of MotorClothes available for purchase. 


And don’t miss the chance to win a $450 shopping spree with Karen Davidson or Lana MacNaughton. There are two chances to win, Monday, Aug. 3 at 1:50 p.m. at the Rally Point or Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Sturgis Community Center. The winner must be present to win, and you will have 3 hours of shopping time with Karen Davidson (Aug. 3) or Lana MacNaughton (Aug. 8) at Black Hills H-D.

  • Harleywood Bikes: Get up close and personal with customized bikes from the movies Captain America and Avengers: Age of Ultron and from FX’s Sons of Anarchy TV show. Located on a red carpet, this experience provides a unique opportunity to take a picture while sitting on product that starred in these iconic entertainment properties.
  • Harley-Davidson Museum: The Museum brings Harley-Davidson history and heritage to Sturgis with a series of events throughout the week: daily archives flicks, Untold Stories programs on custom builder Sugar Bear and the H-D Flat Track Racing Wrecking Crew, as well as pinstriping demonstrations with Harley-Davidson Chief Stylist, Ray Drea, and Vehicle Collections Specialist, Bill Rodencal. All events are free and open to the public. A full schedule can be found at www.h-d.com/sturgis.
  • Weber Mobile Grill Academy: Stop by the Weber Mobile Grill Academy to talk to experts about all things grilling and see an array of gas, charcoal and electric grills as well as accessories. Be sure to check out the Big Burger Battle Monday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. where three finalists will compete for the best burger recipe. Hands-on-grilling classes are also available to H.O.G.  members. Check out the H-D Sturgis Event App for details to sign-up.
  • Other activities at the Community Center include custom Miller High Life bandanas, motorcycle stunt shows featuring Unknown Industries and daily police skill shows. Miller High Life and Ole Smoky Moonshine products will also be available throughout the week.

Black Hills Half-Mile Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Flat Track
Lovers of motorcycles and speed alike shouldn’t miss the fastest entertainment in the area Tuesday night, Aug. 4. A celebration of speed and fierce flat track racing action fires up at the Half-Mile oval of Black Hills Speedway. Come watch the H-D Factory Flat Track Wrecking Crew, Brad Baker, Jared Mees and Kenny Coolbeth, fiercely battle handlebar to handlebar in the corners.

Whether twisting throttles towards South Dakota or dreaming of a first visit to Sturgis, Harley-Davidson social media is serving exciting Sturgis action all rally long – starting with a full-throttle 75-hour social media blitz beginning July 28. See breathtaking images and stories from riders across the country and daily updates. Tune in to #Sturgis posts @HarleyDavidson on Twitter & Instagram, or on Facebook.

For more information about Harley-Davidson 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally events and to get the official H-D Event Sturgis App, visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.

Announcing Indian Motorcycles custom “Black Bullet Scout”

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Photo Credit: Todd Williams

This custom Indian Scout was built by Jeb Scolman – the same hot-rod artisan responsible for the Spirit of Munro that was built to celebrate the launch of the ThunderStroke111 in 2014.
       Jeb was delivered an engine, and the simple instruction to build what he wanted to out of a new 2015 Indian Scout engine. Jeb’s flawless 100% custom metalwork picks up on the designs of pure speed motorcycles from the late 50’s and early 60’s with a fork mounted bullet fairing and the most minimal frame possible. Bikes with this silhouette took to land speed and drag racing tracks across the country.

Photo Credit: Todd Williams

       The post-war hot rod crowd was using airplane drop tanks for race cars, and the motorcycle racers started to adapt nose cones to help them cut through the wind. As the bike took shape we started calling it the “Black Bullet”. The minimal body and stout but seemingly simple frame are wrapped around a 1200cc Indian Scout engine as tightly as possible. This is one small motorcycle!

Photo Credit: Barry Hathaway

       The all-custom, all-metal, and all hand-made bike features a custom windscreen that wraps around the front of the bike to fair in the headlight. Tight clip-ons and footrests mounted to the rear axle makes for as streamlined a riders position as possible. The minimal seat, controls and shapes all lens themselves to the single mission f exploring this bikes top speed. It was created to be beautiful and fast. Scolman even cast a custom intake manifold to turn the throttle body sideways and allow for an even tighter engine packaging.

Photo Credit: Barry Hathaway

       The Black Bullet Scout will be on display in Sturgis at the company display on Lazelle St between July 31st and August 8th, and is destined to see the salt. It was built to race and continue the tradition of an Indian Scout ripping across the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Photo Credit: Barry Hathaway

Victory Motorcycles Project 156 Rebounds From Practice Crash

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Preparing to attack Pike’s Peak on June 28th.
The Victory Motorcycles Project 156 suffered a setback on Saturday June 13th in a practice accident on the Pikes Peak race course. Cycle World Editor and Project 156 rider Don Canet did not suffer any serious injuries, and was immediately up from the crash, however the motorcycle was damaged enough to require a complete strip-down and frame straightening.
       “We have been making significant progress on the engine tune of the motorcycle each time it went out, and were able to start focusing on the handling aspects of the bike,” said Canet. “As I was going up the mountain I lost the front end under braking, asphalt temperature was extremely low and, counterintuitively, I think the tire was getting colder as the run went on.”  Canet took third position in his rookie season in his debut at the “Race to the Clouds” last year.

       The Falkner-Livingston team transported the race bike back to the Roland Sands Designs headquarters in Southern California for evaluation. “Not going to lie…” says RSD project leader Cameron Brewer, “Project 156 is really beat up. But we are racers at heart and I can promise Victory Motorcycles, Cycle World Magazine, RSD and Pikes Peak fans that we will rebuild the bike – she took one hell of a hit, but we are committed to this program.”

       “The first question was if Don is OK – when we heard that he was, that was our biggest relief. Racing is serious business, and it takes commitment, planning, guts and skill to get through these situations,” said Victory Motorcycles General Manager Rod Krois. “Victory Motorcycles took this endeavor on to challenge ourselves and make history by putting a competitive American bike back on Pikes Peak. Commitment is not for the weak – and I know that our team will make the decision that is best for Don and our brand.”
       A video of the crash and interviews with Don and the RSD team are here: 
        
The Victory Motorcycles, Cycle World and Falkner-Livingston teams wish to thank those who recognize the enormity of the challenge, and support us in the Race to the Clouds.
       For continuing updates on the repair of the race bike and its return to Pikes peak, fans can follow the story at www.CycleWorld.comwww.RolandSandsDesigns.com and through the Victory Motorcycle official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/victorymotorcycles.

Indian Motorcycle To Sponsor Inaugural “Veterans Charity Ride To Sturgis”

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America’s first motorcycle company makes epic ride to 75th Rally possible for disabled U.S. military veterans
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its sponsorship of the “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis.”  The ride, intended to raise support for severely wounded and injured veterans, will offer a group of former military service members the opportunity to ride to Sturgis, SD just in time for the rally’s 75th anniversary.

       Indian Motorcycle recently announced a partnership with the USO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and live entertainment to the U.S. troops and their families worldwide, and today is expanding its commitment to those who served. In addition to sponsoring the ride, Indian Motorcycle is providing the service members with bikes to ride to Sturgis. Several of the Indian models have been outfitted with sidecars specially built and provided by Champion Sidecars to accommodate the riders who are unable to operate a motorcycle themselves due to multiple traumatic amputations.

      “In the same way we are inspired by the courageous and selfless commitment these men and women made defending our country, we are honored to help each of them achieve their dream of riding to Sturgis on an Indian Motorcycle,” said Scott Meek, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle.
       More than a dozen veterans, from various military branches and of varying ages, will start their weeklong journey to Sturgis from Los Angeles.  The trip will be filled with exciting locations and routes on their epic journey to the Black Hills Rally in Sturgis. 
       The group will spend six days riding spectacular scenic backroads and exploring some of America’s greatest national treasures including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park, The Arches and Moab, Utah. From Utah the group will continue their journey through the Colorado National Monument, Hahn’s Peak Colorado and Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming, arriving in Sturgis on Sunday, August 2.
       At the rally, they will enjoy the ultimate Sturgis experience. America’s First Motorcycle Company takes special pride in its long-standing relationship with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which was started by Indian Motorcycle dealer “Pappy” Hoel in 1938. The riders will be treated to several activities sponsored by Indian and its partners, including participation in the Buffalo Chip’s “Freedom Ride” on Thursday, August 6 along with 600 fellow veterans. 
       Indian Motorcycle has partnered with Emmy award-winning Director Robert Manciero and his production company, Full Vision Productions, to create this adventure and film the entire journey. “We are honored to be putting on this event and campaign in support of Indian Motorcycle and the service members who have given so much for our country. We have created a fantastic, weeklong ride with activities and excursions planned along the route in addition to chef-prepared special meals and visits with other veterans and organizations,” said Manciero. 
       “Attending the Sturgis Bike Rally has been on my bucket list for many years, but riding to the 75th anniversary with my fellow veterans on an motorcycle is a dream come true,” said Los Angeles-based Jorge Hernandez, a veteran Marine with 12 years of service, two Purple Hearts and four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
       Full Vision Productions has created a unique, interactive media platform to chronicle the epic ride. It will enable fellow veterans, motorcycle enthusiasts and other supporters to follow the riders and campaign in real-time, interacting with them via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and watching daily videos of their journey. Riders who are on their way to Sturgis for the rally will find the itinerary for each day posted on the site should they wish to join the ride and support the riders on their once-in-a-lifetime journey. For more details about the campaign, videos and specifics of the route and excursions visit the Veterans Charity Ride official website at www.veteranscharityride.org.

Indian Motorcycle “Great American Summer Cookout”

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All riders and enthusiasts are invited to gear up for riding season and join the Indian Motorcycle family for great food, prizes, entertainment, and more at local dealerships
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its inaugural “Great American Summer Cookout,” taking place at Indian Motorcycle dealerships across the country on Saturday, June 13. The nationwide party celebrates the kickoff to summer riding season and the run-up to the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. With the historic 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally fast approaching and nearly 1,000,000 attendees expected, the nationwide summer cookout will serve to remind motorcycling fans that the rally was started by Indian Motorcycle, and the past, present and future of this iconic motorcycling event belong to all riders.
        While event specifics vary by location, dealers nationwide will be grilling up lots of summer favorites, and bringing “mini Sturgis rallies” to their towns with free giveaways, drawings for prizes, and more. The event is taking place in collaboration with Indian Motorcycle partners the USO, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Jack Daniel’s and Zac Brown Band. Each event will feature plenty of free prizes and attendees will have a chance to enter for a chance to win a Zac Brown Band concert trip giveaway — all while helping raise funds for the USO and military families in the local area. Visit the Indian Motorcycle Great American Summer Cookout event page for event details at the dealer nearest you.
        “Summer is finally here and everyone at Indian Motorcycle is excited to celebrate our strong ties to the Sturgis Rally by bringing a taste of Sturgis to towns nationwide,” said Scott Meek, Indian Motorcycle marketing director. “We’re extending an open invitation for everyone to stop by their local dealer this weekend to enjoy some great food, awesome bikes and support the USO.”

Foo Fighters to Headline Famous Love Ride Festival

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Grand Marshall Jay Leno, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters will join thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts at festival to support Wounded Warrior Project 

The Love Ride Foundation today announced that after three plus decades of service, on Sunday October 18, 2015 it will hold its last and final Love Ride festival—the largest and longest-running one day motorcycle charitable fundraising event in the world.
       Jay Leno will lead thousands of riders from Harley-Davidson of Glendale, CA, to Lake Castaic. Once there, rocking the main stage is multi-platinum eleven-time Grammy winning musical act, Foo Fighters. Fronted by avid Harley-Davidson enthusiast, Dave Grohl, the band will be joined by a line-up of very special guests curated for this event. With an expected sell-out, fans are encouraged to secure tickets soon. Tickets go on sale today exclusively at http://loveride.kintera.org/LR32Tickets.
       Love Ride 2015—the 32nd festival—will include a 45 mile ride, two concerts, appearances by a host of celebrity guests, custom bike and stunt shows, gourmet food trucks, a vendor exhibition fair and drawings for exclusive motorcycle items and prizes. This year’s event will benefit Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
       For ride registration or more information, visit www.LoveRide.org. Keep up with the latest Love Ride news by following @LoveRide on Twitter, Love Ride Glendale HD on Facebook and LoveRideHarley on Instagram. 

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