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.
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.
"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.
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.
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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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.TheVMC.com (Victory Motorcycle Club, host of ride planning info)
– www.vision-riders.com (Vision-Riders, which hosts real-time tracking of the riders)