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Good Ride Salutes Honors Military Overseas in Stuttgart, Germany with Indian Motorcycle Ride

Military holidays are synonymous with sunshine, barbeques, friends and family. We give thanks those who served on Veteran’s Day and honor the fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. But all too frequently those currently serving, specifically those overseas on active duty, are forgotten. Armed Forces Day pays tribute to men and women who currently serve in the U.S. military.  image002
 
For this year’s Armed Forces Day, Indian Motorcycle and freestyle motocross icon Carey Hart partnered to honor and celebrate with our active soldiers. In a first-of-its-kind Armed Forces Day celebration, Hart’s military charity ride, the “Good Ride,” traveled overseas to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. Dubbed “Good Ride Salutes USAG Stuttgart powered by Indian Motorcycle,” the celebration hosted nearly 50 active troops on a wet and raining poker run throughout the beautiful Germany country side. Over 100 joined the BBQ celebration following the ride.image003
                                                                                                                                                         Not only is this Hart’s first time taking the Good Ride overseas, but this is the first time anyone has celebrated with active troops through one of the greatest American past times, motorcycling. For Hart, coordinating this ride with those active soldiers gave a special piece of “home” to those overseas. And after all, there’s no greater representation of freedom than riding motorcycles.
 
While Good Ride Salutes USAG Stuttgart included a ceremonial ride through Germany’s picturesque countryside and a family-friendly barbeque with live music, Indian Motorcycle ran a dealer-driven test ride promotion to raise money for the Infinite Hero Foundation, which is the primary beneficiary of Hart’s Good Ride Rally. During the month of May, which is National Military Appreciation Month, Indian Motorcycle donated $20 per test ride, up to $30,000. Infinite Hero Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.

VICTORY MOTORCYCLES’ “THANK A HERO” PROGRAM TO DONATE UP TO $100,000 FOR IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA

Victory to donate $100 to IAVA for every “Thank A Hero” note submitted on behalf of a U.S. military veteran or active service member

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1dMINNEAPOLIS — November 1, 2016Victory Motorcycles® is proud to launch the “Thank A Hero” program, which invites the public to thank a military veteran or active service member with a personalized note posted to the VictoryMotorcycles.com website.

Launching today, November 1, the beginning of Military Appreciation Month, the Thank A Hero program benefits Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), an organization committed to providing support and resources to the newest generation of U.S. military veterans.

For every note that’s submitted, Victory will donate $100 to IAVA on the hero’s behalf. Also, when people submit their Thank A Hero notes to their loved ones, they’ll have an option to share their “salute” on Facebook and Twitter.

“IAVA is proud of our partnership with Victory Motorcycles that’s helped us raise awareness for our community from Washington, D.C. to Sturgis, SD,” said Anthony Pike, IAVA Chief Programs Officer and USMC and Iraq War Veteran.  “Victory’s ‘Thank a Hero’ initiative will take that effort one step further and will help IAVA achieve its goal this Veterans Day of uniting Americans behind our veterans.  We cannot thank Victory Motorcycles enough for their continued dedication to the Post-9/11 generation of veterans and generosity that supports IAVA’s work on behalf of our over 400,000 members.”

The Thank A Hero program is one of the ways Victory Motorcycles and Victory riders and dealers are saluting military veterans and those currently serving. Additionally, on Saturday November 19, the public is invited to visit their local Victory Motorcycles dealer for a charity ride in honor of the IAVA. Any individuals who have served in the military, police, or fire department will receive $1,000 off the purchase of any new Victory heavyweight bike and $500 off the purchase of a new Victory Octane. Log on to http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/thank-a-hero for more information.

As a strategic partner of IAVA, Victory has provided financial support and resources to help IAVA raise awareness of veterans’ issues and the resources that IAVA provides. Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO of Victory’s parent company, Polaris, received the 2015 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award. And the Victory “Hero’s Metal” program provides military personnel and veterans, as well as police and fire personnel, with $1,000 off the price of a new Victory motorcycle ($500 off a new Octane).

Visit IAVA.org for more information about Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA

Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest organization for the more than 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. As the group’s website notes: “IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities.” For details about IAVA programs and how you can support IAVA or get involved, visit www.iava.org.

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ABOUT VICTORY MOTORCYCLES®

Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.victorymotorcycles.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles

ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

American Made Bates Footwear: Built strong for the U.S. Armed Forces – and bikers like us

bts_powersports_logo_pms-jpgIf Bates boots perform for our troops in the field, you can bet they’ll take the rigors of the road in stride. Two new styles join the 2017 Bates lineup, drawing on the company’s extensive heritage making boots for the U.S. Armed Forces.

New to the PowerSports Line are the American-made Freedom and Bomber. Both are 100% sourced and manufactured in the United States. The 6-inch Freedom and the 9-inch Bomber feature leather and nylon uppers with a rugged Vibram® outsole, Poron XRD® impact foam and toe shift reinforcement. The combination of high quality materials and moto-centric design have resulted in sturdy yet comfortable riding boots that are as stylish as they are functional.

In addition to the Freedom and Bomber, Bates has also introduced the cold-weather Crossover, a rugged PowerSports boot with 200 grams of insulation and a waterproof membrane.

Along with the new models, Bates Footwear is refreshing their popular Adrenaline and Taser lines with new finishes for 2017. Bates 2017 footwear is available through Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice dealers and online at www.batesfootwear.com. Join the conversation by following them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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