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Indian Motorcycle Congratulates Don Emde and His 'Cannon Ball Project' Riders for Successfully Recreating 100-Year-Old

Indian Motorcycle Congratulates Don Emde and His 'Cannon Ball Project' Riders 
for Successfully Recreating 100-Year-Old
Record-Setting Cross-Country Motorcycle Trek Made on a 1914 Indian
V-Twin 
Group of 25 Die-Hard Motorcycling Enthusiasts Led by Motorcycle Hall
of Famer Don Emde Retrace Original Route Across America in 11 Days;
One-of-a-kind, Custom 2014 Indian Chief Dual-Sport Bike Proudly
Represents Indian Motorcycle's Historic Feat 
MEDINA, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/22/14 --   Indian Motorcycle(R),
America's first motorcycle company, is proud to congratulate
Motorcycle Hall of Famer Don Emde, Joe Colombero, and their entourage
of 25 motorcycle fanatics from across the country for successfully
completing their 3,350 mile, 11 day tribute ride known as "The Cannon
Ball Centennial Ride," which retraced a the historic route across
America completed 100 years ago on a 1914 Indian V-Twin.  
On May 3rd, 1914, Erwin "Cannon Ball" Baker climbed aboard his 1914
Indian V-Twin and headed East, aiming to beat the existing record for
cross-country travel. He and his Indian Motorcycle completed the trip
in 11 days, 12 hours and 10 minutes, which was 9 days faster than the
previous record and four full days faster than any automobile had
ever crossed the country. A reporter wrote he was faster than the
Cannonball Express Train and the nickname stuck. One hundred years
later a group of riders is retracing this historic ride through The
Cannon Ball Centennial Ride. 
Three years in the making and painstakingly scouted by Emde and
Colombero, the ride concluded, May 14 at Noon EST when the Cannon
Ball Project riders cruised into New York City and officially ended
the ride at Battery Park. The riders departed San Diego, Calif. on
May 3 retracing Baker's original route as closely as possible as he
was often forced to ride on railroad, following sections of old stage
coach routes and historic trails like the Santa Fe Trail, Apache
Trail and the Lincoln Highway. The Cannon Ball riders overnighted in
historic cities along the way including Yuma, Ariz.; Phoenix; Dodge
City, Kan.; Kansas City, Kan., St. Louis and Indianapolis, where
Erwin Baker is buried.  
To pay homage to Baker and his record-setting trip, Indian Motorcycle
took part in the ride on a specially modified Indian(R) Chief(R)
Vintage piloted by Indian Motorcycle PR Manager Robert Pandya.
Affectionately named "Elnora" after Cannon Ball Baker's wife, the
bike was an R&D unit that had already endured thousands of miles of
engineering and over-the-road testing and was customized for the
rigors of the heavy off-road riding required for this project.  
"It was an honor and a privilege to take part in such a historic
tribute to one of the true legends in all of motorcycling, and riding
the only Indian Motorcycle on the trip as the ambassador for the
brand and parent company Polaris Industries," said Robert Pandya. "I
would like to personally thank Don and Joe for their passion and
leadership in making this event happen, and my hat is off to the
world-class engineering team at Indian Motorcycle for building a
truly spectacular machine. This bike performed under adverse
conditions well outside of its design parameters, and I know Cannon
Ball Baker would be smiling today if he could see the quality and
craftsmanship that is going into each and every one of the new Indian
motorcycles that are rolling off the line in Spirit Lake, Iowa." 
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE(R)
 Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America's first
motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the
hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as
one of America's most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled
racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and
industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under
new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit
www.indianmotorcycle.com. 
ABOUT POLARIS(R) INDUSTRIES
 Polaris is a recognized leader in the
powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris
designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality
off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the
Polaris RANGER(R) and RZR(R) side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles,
motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.  
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and
off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight
cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian
Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the
global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with
Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega
S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the
riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts,
Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories
under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.  
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol "PII", and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400
stock price index.  
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and
vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or
anytime at www.polaris.com.  
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MEDIA CONTACT
Megan Kathman
Skyya Communications
www.skyya.com
ph: (646) 661-1524
megan.kathman@skyya.com 
 
 
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