Heading into its third year in a row, the Indian Motorcycle's Veterans Charity Ride chose two vets as the honorary Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime selectees -- Corporals Joshua Stein (U.S. Army, ret.) and Neil Frustaglio (U.S. Marines, ret.). The two best friends were chosen from more than 50 entries.
Both Stein and Frustaglio are above-the-knee bilateral amputees and they'll be piloting specially designed side car rigs in the long ride from L.A. to arrive in time for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Their rigs will be Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar with modifications from John Meade, owner of Azzkikr Custom Baggers of Phoenix, AZ. They'll will be outfitted with a Rekluse Clutch to eliminate the need to pull the clutch handle for shifting, and a hand shift mechanism so an amputee rider can shift the bike manually. The rear brake system will be moved and adapted to a hand brake on the left handlebar. A custom Corbin seat will provide extra comfort and seating area.
Stein will be joined by a group of other riders and will leave L.A. on July 28th and arrive in Sturgis on August 5. Here's a video from last year to give some idea of what the ride entails.