As I reported in a previous post, Indian Motorcycle’s entire 2010 Indian Chief motorcycle lineup is on display in Sturgis for the 69th annual motorcycle rally. The company is displaying the new 2010 Chief Bomber and Dark Horse (featured here again) to the public for the first time. Indian Motorcycle accessories will also be on display and apparel will be available for purchase.
The show truck is on display at 4th and Lazelle Street in downtown Sturgis as well as the Buffalo Chip. All Chiefs feature a 105 cubic inch PowerPlus V-Twin powertrain with electronic closed loop sequential port fuel injection. Engine cylinders are Nikasil plated and the stainless stell exhaust system is an integrated 3-way catalytic converter with heated oxygen sensors. A six-speed Baker transmission delivers power through the belt drive. Stopping is achieved via Brembo 4-piston calipers, with 11.5” dual rotors up front. Standard 5.5-gallon tank helps extend cruising range. Seats are all-leather and built to exacting specifications.
In addition to displaying its new models, Indian Motorcycles is organizing a charity ride called “Suicide Ride For Hope” to beautiful Crazy Horse Monument to benefit The Tribal Foundation. If, like me, you visit the beautiful and very poor Pine Ridge/Rosebud Reservation, keep in mind these heart gripping statistics: it is the poorest community in America with an average income of $4,000, on the reservation the suicide rate is 5 times higher than the national average, the average life expectancy is 48 for men and 52 for women, 70% of high school students are drop-out. The Indian Motorcycle ride to Crazy Horse Monument will start at approximately 10am on Thursday August 6th, 2009. Riders will meet at the Indian Motorcycle event display located on 4th and Lazelle Street in downtown Sturgis. The ride will wind through the black hills of South Dakota and end at the Crazy Horse Monument. Pre-registration is available at Tribal Hope Foundation or you can register at the Indian Motorcycle Event Display on Thursday, August 6th at 8am.