Victory Motorcycles – Buy a Bike, Help a Vet

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It’s great to see when a company gives back in major ways. For the Fourth of July holiday Victory Motorcycles will be donating money to help the latest generation of Veterans.

First if you’re buying a new bike, Victory will donate $50 for every motorcycle sold until July 6th, 2014, to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Another bonus, if you’re a serviceman Victory will knock $1,000 off the price of a new bike.

We commend Victory for doing this and RideApart believes in the IAVA. Established in 2004, the IAVA has nearly 300,000 members nationwide that are dedicated to helping the 2.8 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. They assist vets with health, education, employment and advocacy for their rights.

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Sweet 16

The Fourth is a big holiday for Victory as it will be celebrating its 16th birthday this year. The first Victory rolled off the assembly line on July 4th, 1998. The company plans to donate to IAVA in additional ways for those of you who aren’t in the market for a new bike.

V2V Relay

“Miles go straight to the cause,” said a Victory Motorcycles rep. If you already own a Victory, you can participate in the coast to coast run of the V2V Relay that follows the old Victory Highway. Victory plans on donating $10,000 to IAVA for the owners’ participation in the tour. This year the tour started in San Francisco and ends on the Maryland Shore on July 4th. Follow updates on Victory’s Facebook page.

Victory created the RiderX mobile app for riders of any bikes. The app uses maps to keep you informed of good riding locations, gas stations, diners, etc. keeping you on track while getting lost on your bike. The RiderX app also lets you brag about your riding, by sharing info on social media. The V2V Relay will use the app to track riders’ miles in order to determine the final donation amount. A calculator adds up all the miles ridden at the end of every day for an overall donation amount.

#Hashtags

Victory’s slogan is “#RideOne and you’ll own one.” If you share your riding photos this weekend be sure to tag them #RideOne on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Participate

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the greatest nation in the world and remember those who helped make it this way. Above are ways you can help Victory donate to a good cause, but if you wish to help in more direct way, visit the link here for IAVA here.

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Victory Motorcycles – Buy a Bike, Help a Vet

Answers to V2V Relay FAQ

Event Name: The 15th Annual V2V Relay

Dates: June 22-July 4, 2014

Route: A 14-leg relay from San Francisco to Chickopee, Maryland

Leg Numbers/Starting Points: 1. San Francisco; 2. Carson City, NV; 3. Ely, NV; 4. Park City, UT; 5. Craig, CO; 6. Littleton, CO; 7. Wilson, KS; 8. Kansas City, KS; 9. St. Louis, MO; 10. Plainfield, IN; 11. Hebron, OH; 12. Uniontown, PA; 13. Annapolis, MD; 14. Stroudsburg, PA.

Significance of Route: The riders follow the historic Victory Highway as much as possible. A series of roads from New York to San Francisco were named the Victory Highway in 1921 to honor U.S. military personnel who gave all in World War I. The route is similar to current U.S. Route 40.

Who Participates: The relay is open to all motorcycle riders, but only a rider on a Victory motorcycle can carry the V2V Relay Baton on each leg.

The Baton: The V2V Relay Baton was made by the Victory manufacturing team from a length of V92C (the original Victory model) handlebar stock. The baton is passed between Leg Captains.

Websites of Interest:

www.VictoryMotorcycles.com

www.TheVMC.com (Victory Motorcycle Club, host of ride planning & info)

www.vision-riders.com (Vision-Riders, which hosts real-time tracking of the riders)

  • Paolo

    If I lived in the States, I’d probably get a High Ball…

    • Richard Gozinya

      I think there just might be even less difference between all the Victory models than there is between Harley models. At least Harley uses different chassis for the different families, and has a few different engines. With Victories, aside from their touring bikes, seems like they’d serve their customers better by letting them choose which parts to slap onto the base engine/frame.

      • Paolo

        Yeah, that is true! Have you seen their new model, the Gunner? It’s terrible!

      • LS650

        Interesting point. You should be able to visit their website, order a basic rolling frame with engine, and then add on the bits and piece you like. Press the button, and with approved financing the factory builds a bike to that spec, ready for you to pick up from the dealership a few weeks later.

  • Harvard J. Nasty, Esq.

    Wow, $50!

    If you buy the cheapest possible Victory, that’s 0.4% of MSRP. If you buy the most expensive (not including extras), that’s 0.17% of MSRP. What a mega donation that’s clearly a pure expression of goodwill and not a cheap ploy for the attention that RideApart is reprinting for them.

    • Richard Gozinya

      And compared to the other companies doing this, how does it stack up?

      • Harvard J. Nasty, Esq.

        In terms of dollar amount? Pretty poorly compared with H-D. Victory don’t exactly sell loads of bikes, so if their total donation is in excess of $1000 I’d be surprised.

        That’s not really the point, though. The point is that Victory is using the cause of helping veterans as a means for free advertising, which is pretty tasteless, especially when you consider how low their donation is bound to be. H-D isn’t blameless either…I’m not a fan of H-D or Victory, but I’d say H-D comes out on top here. Especially since their shameless marketing ploy is slightly less transparent in that they’re not donating based upon sales numbers.

        • Richard Gozinya

          I really don’t think the IAVA will see it that way. If nothing else, this marketing thing Victory’s doing will help raise their profile, plenty of people out there have no idea they exist. Yeah, it’s not going to amount to all that much, but it’s still money that the IAVA needs. As well as raising their profile.

    • Jesse Kiser

      No, $50 a piece is not a big amount, but “Victory plans on donating $10,000 to IAVA for owners’ participation in the tour.” Thank you for once again not reading the entire article before commenting with something negative.

  • http://www.2wheelsandamotor.com William Connor

    While $50 may not be much the $1000 off for veterans is a nice discount.

  • LS650

    I don’t want to seem cynical, but if you want to help veterans, wouldn’t it make more sense to just donate the $50 directly – instead of using it as an excuse to buy a $13,000+ motorcycle?