The 2017 Veterans Charity Ride To Sturgis will give 20 wounded veterans an all-expenses paid trip to the world’s largest motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD.
This cross-country trip offers veterans a unique brand of Motorcycle Therapy. Getting veterans outdoors, feeling the freedom of the open road with the wind in their faces, to clear their heads and talk with one another about their military experiences in a safe environment to promote healing.
The Hero’s Ride of A Lifetime campaign gives the public an opportunity to nominate hometown veteran heroes to join this adventure. Two riders -one veteran motorcycle rider and one veteran sidecar passenger will be chosen. The riders will be named on July 4th.
The Veterans Charity Ride was born out of one vet’s love of his Indian Motorcycle® and his commitment to help his fellow veterans. In 2014, Army Airborne Paratrooper, Dave Frey, on a solo trip to Sturgis met a fellow paratrooper and they talked about the challenges veterans face after returning from combat. Frey knew the value of Motorcycle Therapy, having ridden for 45 years and he came up with the idea of giving wounded veterans the chance to ride to Sturgis on an adventure of a lifetime. Frey convinced his friend, Emmy Award Winning Director, Robert Manciero to film the ride so it could be shared with as many veterans as possible.
Frey & Manciero knew that they needed motorcycles and support to make this dream a reality so they contacted us at Indian Motorcycle, America's First Motorcycle Company® and the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis™ began in 2015.
The Veteran’s Charity Ride to Sturgis is now in its third year, and we’re proud to have helped over 30 veterans from every branch of the military ride Indian Motorcycle to Sturgis™.
Our 2017 riders will be announced on July 4. Check back to learn more about them.
To show your support by donating, visit http://veteranscharityride.org/
The Veteran’s Charity Ride to Sturgis built on the success of the inaugural trip and was bigger and better than ever. Seven veteran mentors and 14 new veteran riders made the epic nine day trip from Los Angeles, CA to Sturgis, SD on Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecars. Check out the photo gallery below and experience the ride for yourself as you follow the group on some of the most beautiful roads in America.