Harley owners celebrate India's 68th Independence Day
Snapshot: Hundreds of Harley owners in various cities in India rumbled on August 15 to express their respect to the country
The word 'Freedom' is not new to a motorcyclist. For the longest time, motorcycle and freedom have been synonymous to each other and Harley just took it a few steps forward this year. Harley decided to pay tribute to the nation on the occasion of India's 68th Independence Day.
The riders from Jaipur - Dune Chapter- paid tribute to the men who protect the nation by riding together to Khajuwala, a small town situated in the Bikaner district of Rajasthan and 9 kms away from Indo-Pakistan border. They also were a part of the flag hoisting ceremony at the BSF's base unit.
Chandigarh's Himalayan Chapter along with Delhi/NCR's Capital Chapter rode together to Mcleod Ganj - the “Little Lhasa” of India to exercise safe riding as they negotiated the curves and turns of the hilly terrain. The ride was flagged off by Sudhir Sharma, Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Town & Country Planning, Himachal Pradesh.
Mumbai Chapter - Seven Islands Chapter rode and participated in a flag hoisting ceremony with the children from an NGO - Bandra East Community Center - Cardinal Gracias High School. They then went to Loanavala to explore the scenic Western Ghats.
The Coromandel Chapter (Chennai) rode from Chennai to Kanthaloor with wind in their hair and respect in their hearts. Next day, the chapter did a charity ride for an orphanage at Kanthaloor.
Harley has been ritually organising Freedom Day Ride from last few years, and all the 13 chapters across the nation have successfully kept the tradition alive. Roughly 4,000 Harley owners exist in India, and some of them extended their support on August 15 by riding across the country, and to make it a memorable day.