Indian Motorcycle announced its continued support and sponsorship of the seventh annual Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) to Sturgis. The two partnered with the initiative of “America Get Out & Ride.” The partnership uses motorcycle therapy to support combat veterans’ transition to civilian life.
Many of the veterans joining the Veterans Charity Ride for the first time are amputees, paraplegics, or suffer from other issues they face after leaving the military. Each new veteran also pairs with mentors who have already been through the Veterans Charity Ride program. That way they receive one-on-one support to help their transition back to civilian life. The 2021 ride includes 16 total veterans – eight new, along with eight returning veterans serving as mentors.
This year’s ride to Sturgis starts on July 28 in Moab, Utah. From there the group treks through some of the nation’s most scenic backgrounds in the western U.S. The group stops and visits local communities along the route. Among them, Fort Collins, Colorado, where the group will receive an official proclamation and welcoming by the mayor. After that the ride arrives at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota on August 6. Participants ride an assortment of Indian Motorcycle models. The bikes are also outfitted with Rekluse auto clutch systems and custom-built Champion Sidecars for amputee and paraplegic veterans.
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The 14-day adventure allows participating veterans the opportunity to push towards conquering their post-war challenges. Throughout the trip, veterans will also conduct team-building exercises, sharing their service experience during the motorcycle ride.
The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was created by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey. It leverages the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded and amputee combat veterans adjusting to post-war life.
To support the Veterans Charity Ride, donate, or to learn more visit IndianMotorcycle.com and VeteransCharityRide.org. Follow along on Indian Motorcycle’s social media channels also: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and Veterans Charity Ride’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.