Victory Launches “The Road Home Challenge” for Veterans

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Victory Motorcycles invites everyone to take “The Road Home Challenge” and make a contribution to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), an organization committed to providing support and resources to the newest generation of U.S. military veterans. The goal of The Road Home Challenge is to raise $100,000 for IAVA by the end of May, and the first 500 donors will receive exclusive merchandise co-branded with the logos of Victory Motorcycles and IAVA. Individuals who want to contribute to IAVA during The Road Home Challenge can do so at www.classy.org/VictoryIAVA2016RoadHomeChallenge.

This fundraising effort is one of the ways Victory Motorcycles and Victory riders and dealers are saluting military veterans and those currently serving. Participating Victory Motorcycles dealerships across the country will salute veterans with military appreciation events on Armed Forces Day, May 21. Visit the Events page on the Victory website for the list of participating dealers. Victory riders and dealers are also taking part in the Rolling Thunder ride in Washington, D.C., on May 29, the day before Memorial Day.

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Special Memorial Day Weekend Events

Victory Motorcycles invites riders to gather on Memorial Day weekend for special activities in the Washington, D.C. area, including:

On Saturday, May 28, riders can join Victory and IAVA on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to meet Victory rider, film star, and retired U.S. Marine R. Lee Ermey – “The Gunny” – for a meet and greet at the IAVA display. The Gunny will sign autographs and pose for photos. (Appearance time to be determined.)

Also on May 28, four D.C.-area and one Pennsylvania Victory dealers will host Victory-IAVA Pit Stops for local riders and those arriving for the next day’s Rolling Thunder ride. (Dealers are listed below.)

On Sunday, May 29, riders are invited to meet at the Silver Diner in Waldorf, Maryland, for “Breakfast With The Gunny.” Riders can grab breakfast on their own from 6:30-8 a.m., and at 8:15 a.m., it’s kickstands up for the group ride to the Pentagon for Rolling Thunder, with The Gunny out in front.

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Victory-IAVA Pit Stops will be held Saturday, May 28, at:

Chesapeake Cycles (104 Defense Hwy., Annapolis, MD; www.chesapeakecycles.com)

Coleman Powersports in Falls Church, Virginia (435 S. Washington St., www.wherethepoweris.com)

Coleman Powersports in Woodbridge, Virginia (14105 Telegraph Road, www.wherethepoweris.com)

Victory of Southern Maryland (4630 Crain Hwy., White Plains, MD, www.thekustomshoppe.com)

Freedom Powersports (10091 Lincoln Highway, Everett, PA 15537, http://ridefps.com)

 

Victory Motorcycles Rippin’ and Roarin’ Through Daytona Bike Week

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Victory Motorcycles roared through a full schedule of events during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12, with the excitement of the new Victory Octane, the setting of a world record, the launch of a forthcoming world record attempt, a packed and active display area and demo rides, stunt expositions, racing sponsorships, organized tours and much more.

Events started at Orlando World Dragway, where Victory Stunt Team rider Joe “Vertical” Dryden achieved a 2.23-mile Guinness World Record Burnout atop his Victory Octane. The feat was later celebrated at the famed Main Street Station, at a party hosted by Bryan Fuller from TV’s Naked Speed and featuring special guests Dryden and partner Tony Carbajal, Red Bull extreme athlete Aaron Colton announcing his new Victory Octane project series, and live music by Raw Adrenaline.

Main Street Station also served as the host site for Victory’s salute to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) foundation. Victory Motorcycles is in its third year as a strategic partner to IAVA, and has provided financial contributions and helped raise awareness for the organization by providing exhibit space at major motorcycle events such as Daytona Bike Week, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and motorcycle shows from coast to coast.

Located at Daytona International Speedway, the Victory Motorcycles display area remained a bustling hive of activity all week on the heels of the recent unveiling of both the Victory Octane muscle bike and Magnum X-1 Stealth Edition bagger. Victory Motorcycles offered enthusiasts test rides on the full 2016 line-up of motorcycles – including the latest models – exhibited new accessories and apparel, showcased exciting expositions by the Victory Stunt Team of Carbajal & Vertical, and astounded attendees with the control skills of Victory Police Motorcycles demonstration team.

Later in the week, Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita rode a lap of the Daytona International Speedway track to kick off his own Guinness World Record. Always a major Bike Week event, the Victory Owners Ride this year incorporated Grizzly’s world record start. Hosted by Volusia Motorsports, the event culminated in more than 200 Victory owners gathering at Daytona International Speedway to ride one lap of the Daytona 200 road course and escort Grizzly out of town for the first part of his journey of circumnavigating six continents in less than 100 days aboard his Victory Cross Country Tour.

Ending the anniversary of Daytona Bike Week festivities, Victory Motorcycles served as the presenting sponsor of the 75th running of the Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway – the crown jewel of Daytona Bike Week and America’s most historic motorcycle race. As part of the sponsorship, the new Victory Octane, the ultimate musclebike with the heart of a racer, fulfilled pace bike duties by leading the field of 600cc sportbikes off the grid for pre-race warm-up laps and during caution periods.

“Victory Motorcycles came to Daytona Beach with a mission to ignite the American motorcycle scene,” said Alex Hultgren, Marketing Director for Victory Motorcycles. “We had great success with the Victory Octane by not only setting a World Record right out of the gate, but by hosting thousands of demo rides for visitors who came to the Victory display. The kickoff for the newest era for Victory Motorcycles was a success by any measure.”

Marching On Two Wheels: American Iron in the NYC Veterans Day Parade

By Ken McCurdy, American Iron Magazine

What an honor it was riding a new Victory Gunner in “America’s Parade” in New York City on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. As a Navy vet myself, it was surreal and humbling to witness the spectators cheering for the participants in the parade as we traveled up Fifth Avenue from 26th to 52nd streets. We had the easy part, of just riding motorcycles; the real heroes were all around us, including the more than 700 members of the IAVA marching behind us.

Thank you to Victory and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for allowing me the honor to be part of this great event. Look for a full story in issue #321 of American Iron Magazine, on newsstands February 3, 2015.

 

Through its The Road Home campaign, Victory donates $500 to the IAVA for every Victory motorcycle sold. Moreover, ALL military and service personnel – including police, fire, and emergency medical men and women – receive $1000 cash back when they buy a new Victory.

 

Victory Motorcycles to Contribute to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

victory-logo-7-1-14MEDINA, Minn. (June 30, 2014) Victory Motorcycles is celebrating the Fourth of July, a special date in brand history, and honoring the men and women of the armed forces by making a donation to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) for every new Victory motorcycle sold.

Victory will contribute $50 for each new Victory sold during that period to the IAVA, which is dedicated to empowering and assisting the military veterans who have served in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s an honor to celebrate our nation’s birthday by supporting the men and women who protect our freedom.” said Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles for Polaris. “We admire their contributions and sacrifices, and appreciate the work done on their behalf by the IAVA.”

Victory is also making a donation to the IAVA based on Victory owner participation in the V2V Relay, a relay ride in which riders trace the old Victory Highway from coast to coast. This year’s V2V Relay is running from San Francisco to the Maryland Shore, and it will follow tradition by ending on the Fourth of July, Victory’s birthday. Victory is making a donation to the IAVA based on Victory owner participation in, and their social media tracking of, the 15th annual relay.

As part of its support for military personnel, veterans and first responders, Victory currently offers these individuals $1,000.00 off the cost of a new Victory motorcycle. Offers vary and exclusions apply. Complete details are available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com.

The Fourth of July is a special day in Victory history. On that date in 1998, the first Victory motorcycle rolled off the assembly line in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Every Victory motorcycle in the brand’s 16-year history has been built at the Spirit Lake final assembly plant where a dedicated crew of employees built that first production model on our nation’s birthday.

The 2014 Victory motorcycle lineup features premium cruisers, baggers, and touring models that provide riders with industry-leading performance, comfort, style, cargo space, and reliability. Also available is the new 2015 Victory Gunner, an uncompromising cruiser with bobber style.

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. From the group’s website: “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 iava.org.

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.