Celebrating the 68th year of Indian freedom from British rule, Harley Davidson owners across the country united by their shared passion for freedom, self-expression and adventure took to the open roads to express their patriotism for their country.
On August 15, 2014, Indian cities woke up to the rumble of hundreds of motorcycles, as every chapter organized unique rides in different regions, honoring the length and breadth of India’s diversity.
Paying tribute to the men who protect the nation, riders from Dunes Chapter (Jaipur) rode together to Khajuwala, a small town situated in the Bikaner district of Rajasthan, nine kilometres from Indo-Pakistan to celebrate the day with BSF Jawans by being a part of the flag hoisting ceremony at the BSF base unit.
The ‘Little Lhasa’ of India, Mcleodgang, came alive as riders from Himalayan Chapter (Chandigarh) and Capital Chapter (Delhi-NCR) rode to the hills of Himachal Pradesh and exercised safe riding as they navigated through the curves and turns of the scenic motorcycle friendly hill town.
The ride was flagged off by Sudhir Sharma, Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Town & Country Planning, Himachal Pradesh. Seven Islands Chapter (Mumbai) rode together and participated in a flag hoisting ceremony along with the children from the NGO-Bandra East Community Center at Cardinal Gracias High School. The riders then rode all the way to Lonavala exploring and soaking up the rich green Western Ghats of the country.
Riders from Coromandel Chapter (Chennai) rode in unison all the way from Chennai to Kanthaloor as they ushered into the 68th year of freedom embracing the true spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie in their hearts. The chapter undertook a ride for charity, for an orphanage at Kanthaloor on August 16, 2014. The Freedom Day ride has become a ritual for Harley® Owners in India over the last few years. All 13 Harley-Davidson chapters across the country have kept the tradition alive and kicking by organizing unique rides that calls for an unforgettable experience each time. With over 4000 Harley® Owners in India today, the sight of thousands of Indian flags fluttering, as the riders traversed the country, will long be remembered as a sight that swells the heart with pride.
Harley-Davidson India started operations in August 2009 and appointed its first dealership in July 2010. The Company offers 11 models in its line-up in India, in addition to a full range of genuine parts, accessories, and general merchandise, available through its authorized dealerships. Harley-Davidson India is headquartered at Gurgaon, Haryana, and has an assembly unit at Bawal, Haryana. The company has 15 dealership facilities across India: New Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Indore, Pune, Goa and Jaipur. For more information, visit the Harley-Davidson India web site at harley-davidson.in, Facebook page and YouTube pages.