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Pioneers Of Hoosier Motorcycling: Preserving History, Inspiring Future Riders

Posted by Dan Novit

Jan 22, 2019 12:26:31 PM

Could you imagine a world without the freedom to ride? What if the exhilarating rush of motorcycling had died on the treacherous battlefields of 1940's Germany and never evolved into the winding roads and raceways we so freely blaze today? Oh, what a (quiet) world it would be.

Luckily for us, our distant ancestors recognized the potential for something much greater hidden within those post-war motorcycles, igniting a passionate flame that would be entwined within the DNA of generations to come. It would be their children- and theirs after them- who would be trusted to nurture that fire and keep the spirit alive.

Although that roaring community of motorcycling legends encompassed riders from all over the world, many of these great names straddled their first bike right here in the state of Indiana- and they'll still jump at the chance to tell you the story.

This February, the Indiana Motorcycle Expo will be back again for its 28th year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, with a fleeting opportunity to hear the first-hand accounts of some of Indiana's most recognized Pioneers of Hoosier Motorcycling.


 A Few Names From The Blazing Trails

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When your father inadvertently stumbles into a job at Harley-Davidson® as a 16 year-old kid (George Schulteti, 1922), it's pretty likely that you're going to inherit the adrenaline gene, too. As a young teen, Bob swept the floors and worked various odd jobs around his father's dealership, Harley-Davidson Sales & Service (the oldest H-D® dealer in Indiana, now Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson) and, in 1948, entered his first race- an English Trial in Butlerville, Indiana. He won. 

 

Blog3Bob would go on to race in many more events over the next few decades, including short track, flat track, hill climb, enduro and more, until finally rolling off the throttle (in racing, anyway) in the late 60's.

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Of course, his legacy could never be complete without taking over the family business in 1981, where he proudly continues to serve the local community as President of Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson.

Bob Schulteti, Owner of Indianapolis Southside Harley Davidson 

 

   Read more about Bob HERE

 

 

 

Tim Weaver

As a 13 year-old boy, he literally starved himself for the sake of riding, setting aside his school lunch money for his motorcycle fund. In fact, before even riding a motorcycle, he knew that he wanted to race one. He would hang out on the south side of Indy- where the motorcycle trails were- and shoot the breeze with a few of the riders, eager to take in as much information as possible. Tim-Weaver-004-e1481735943968

It came to a point where he just couldn't stand not having some kind- any kind- of motorized bike. So he traded a roll of pennies for an old Briggs and Stratton engine and, with a little ingenuity, mounted it to a bicycle frame and voila- a do-it-yourself motorcycle. It certainly wasn't an authentic Enduro, but Tim recalls the first time he hit 15 MPH as being "the greatest sensation" he'd ever felt.

Of course, it didn't last long. Not long after her maiden voyage- and after hitting the trails a few times- the "beast" broke down and Tim sold her for parts. But he had tasted just enough to inspire his thirst for more.

Read more about Tim HERE


 The Future Of Motorcycling

Sadly, motorcycling is becoming less and less attractive to our more recent generations, which further emphasis the need to re-ignite the once-burning flame these pioneers kept alive for so many years. Recognizing the importance of preserving this legendary pastime and inspire younger generations to ride, the Pioneers of Hoosier Motorcycling have enlisted on a mission: to compile their fragile memories into a documentary that can be shared with the world.

Learn More and Donate To The Pioneers' Project HERE

 

 

 

Topics: harley davidson, Indiana Riding, Events, Our Dealership


25 Years Of Miracles: Motorcycles Rally For Riley Kids

Posted by Dan Novit

May 30, 2018 3:02:35 PM

MiracleRide_25th_FullColorOf every special event held annually in the Indianapolis area, few can match the passion, heart, and adrenaline-pumping roar behind the Miracle Ride For Riley Hospital. This year, the Miracle Ride Foundation is taking another victory lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, with it, celebrating more than $6.2 Million raised to benefit Riley Kids over the past 25 years.

If you’re not yet familiar with the Miracle Ride, it’s a truly exhilarating spectacle for all who observe and participate- but the true purpose of their mission can often be missed beneath the boisterous herd of rumbling motorists. The goal is quite simple: generate financial support for Riley Hospital For Children, and assist in funding treatment efforts for children in dire need of medical care.

In essence, the event- which happens to be one of the largest and longest running motorcycle charity events in the nation- is a gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts, passionate about the cause and proud to roll on their throttle for children in need. While the concept itself may sound simple, the event and all that it entails is a monstrous undertaking, but one that is undoubtedly worth the blood, sweat and tears poured into it. That’s because, for many of the more than 250 volunteers who work behind-the-scenes year-round to coordinate this (literally) life-changing event, there’s a genuine, personal connection to the cause, which fuels their drive to pull off- what they would consider to be- yet another miracle for the children of Indiana.

For any family with a child who has received treatment at Riley Hospital, it’s a comfort to learn that there’s a large community of supporters who back the quality care that our children receive. I consider my own family to be one of many who have been blessed by the loving touch of Riley Hospital For Children- but until recently, I was clueless to the reality that a group of motorcycle enthusiasts, who literally rally by the thousands, were funding the treatment efforts for my own medically complex child.

I recently began working for Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson, and learned soon after that this particular H-D family has strong ties to the Miracle Ride Foundation and their history. For me, this was just one more reason- among many others- that I knew I was working at the right Harley dealership! 

In 2014, my wife and I adopted our 7 year-old son, Elijah, from one of the most notoriously abusive and neglectful orphanages in the world, located in Northern Bulgaria. We knew going into the adoption that he would have medical challenges; we were aware that he had Cerebral Palsy, but that was the extent of the knowledge we had, based on his brief medical records.

EliOver time, Elijah was diagnosed with several additional life-altering conditions, including failure to thrive, epilepsy, reactive attachment disorder- just to name a few. At the time, we lived just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, and were scrambling frantically to keep up with his daily medical appointments, with various specialists scattered all over the county.

In 2017, we made the decision to relocate our family to Indianapolis, where Riley Hospital For Children quickly became our one-stop shop for all of our son’s medical needs. Much like my family realized after our move to Indianapolis, The Miracle Ride Foundation recognizes that- for Riley Hospital specifically- raising funds to treat terminally ill and critically injured children is an especially meaningful cause for a number of reasons.

Riley Hospital isn’t just a statistic amongst the more than 150 Indiana hospitals to choose from- they’re (quite literally) the beating heart of hope and healing for nearly 300,000 families each year, with one of the top five newborn intensive care units in the nation, doctors in the top one percent of their unique specialties nationwide, and Indiana’s only Pediatric Research facility. So it’s no wonder why the Miracle Ride Foundation is so revved up to support Riley Hospital in their efforts.

The ride this year begins at Allison Transmissions, where the event kicks off with an enthusiastic ceremony and a performance by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team, as well as other local entertainers. Once the several-thousand motorcycles depart the starting point, they cruise down past Riley Hospital For Children, where the streets are lined with the Riley Kids and families to cheer on the riders and thank them for their support. Next, the hoard of motorists take a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, before ending their ride next-door to the 8 Seconds Saloon.

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Since 1994, The Miracle Ride Foundation has been organizing various events to raise money for Riley Hospital, and has continually evolved into what they’ve become today: a thunderously passionate parade of motorcycles, refueling hope in the weary spirits of the children who line the streets outside Riley Hospital on ride day; the very children whose lives and families have been touched directly by the hearts of each rider passing by. To simply spectate the roaring parade is nothing short of breathtaking, but the opportunity to participate is truly miraculous.

This year, the Miracle Ride Foundation expects to rally more than 3,000 riders to the event, and aims to raise just over $350,000 for Riley Hospital For Children. To learn more about The Miracle Ride Foundation, their mission, and how you can get involved, visit their web page here.

 

 

Topics: Events, Rides


Ladies Garage Party at Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

Posted by Sherry Long

Feb 23, 2017 4:07:03 PM


Harley-Davidson and Southside H-D want to prove that motorcycling isn’t a boy’s club anymore. Ladies, if you have ever been interested in learning more about riding, we have the perfect opportunity, even if you’ve never been on a bike before.

Welcome to the Garage Party.

What’s It All About?

 

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 4.00.02 PM.pngGarage Parties were created for women with little or no riding experience. These events start with the basics – bike models, components, accessories, and riding gear. You’ll even get the opportunity to start up and "ride" a Harley with the JumpStart Rider Experience.

Think of it as “Motorcycle 101.” Our goal is to get you more comfortable with Harley-Davidson culture and the lifestyle that comes with it, and answer all of your questions in a fun, lighthearted setting surrounded by gals just like you.

 

 

 

 

Who Do I Bring?

Grab your girlfriends, but leave the boys at home! The folks at Southside will be hosting this event, and dinner, door prizes, and lots more fun is included. Remember, we want to meet women who are new to riding or have never ridden.

How Much Does It Cost?

This is our favorite question. Why? Because the Garage Party is FREE! You read that right … there is absolutely no cost to attend. All we ask is that you stop by Southside or visit our website to register for our Ladies Garage Party. Space is limited and reservations are required, so don’t wait. The rest is on us!

 

Okay I’m In – What Else Do I Need to Know?

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 4.00.31 PM.pngWe can’t wait to see you. This year, Southside is only hosting one Garage Party event at our Indianapolis dealership, and it’s coming up soon on Saturday, March 4th. Doors open and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by door prize drawings at 6. The event runs until 9 p.m., and we’ll open up our store for an exclusive opportunity to shop after that.

Whether you’re new to riding or have never even touched a bike before, the Harley-Davidson Garage Party at Southside Harley is for you. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions. Be sure to sign up now and tell your friends, too. We’ll see you here on March 4th!

 Register for our   Ladies Garage Party

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