Guinness World Record For Longest Parade Of Indian Motorcycles. $171,000 Raised For School Supplies By Indian Of The Twin Cities.

indianmn1indianmn3indianmn4indianmn5indianmn6Last August 20, I n St Paul, MN set an official record with the Guinness Book Of World Records for the Longest Parade of Indian Motorcycles in the brand history. At the same time, $171,000 (twice the amount of last year’s event) were raised for school supplies for Children and also for the Shadow Warrior Project helmed by Mark Geist. The event however didn’t go perfect with lots of rain, but determined riders saddled up anyway and completed the course to set the record. Celebrities who participated to the event included Danny Trejo aka “Machate”,  Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones and Max Martinez, all from the “Sons of Anarchy” tv series. The 2017 event will be one week long with more festivities, from August 15 to 21.
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42 Responses to “Guinness World Record For Longest Parade Of Indian Motorcycles. $171,000 Raised For School Supplies By Indian Of The Twin Cities.”


  1. 1 richards Oct 5th, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Good cause. Kudos to Indian!

  2. 2 Mark Gerner Oct 10th, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Was a great day to set a record! Always great to be part of a Great charity run!

  3. 3 Oct 10th, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Proud to have been to an awesome event , I had one of my greatest times ever ! to see that many Indian motorcycles at one place , I was like a little kid at the candy store, Greetings from Amarillo,Texas…Scouts out !

  4. 4 Lou "Cyborg" Diaz Oct 10th, 2016 at 9:08 am

    This was an awesome event. When you can gather riders from all over the world to help our youth and less fortunate, it’s a great feeling. Meeting riders from all walks of life coming together for a worth worthy cause. I look forward to next year and meeting new riders.

  5. 5 Steve Wickelgren Oct 10th, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Awesome event… such an honor to be involved with, that the rain didn’t dampen the mood one bit.

  6. 6 Tim Oct 10th, 2016 at 9:38 am

    The team at the dealership and their leader, Art Welch did a great job in organizing and running this event. 2017 will be even bigger and better. Thanks for the article

  7. 7 Ron Grundberg Oct 10th, 2016 at 9:51 am

    This wonderful event has touch more peoples lives than just the people that participated in this.
    The joy and fellowship that united so many people, that I don’t think a lot of us even cared that it rained.
    The joy of the experience has been such an up lifting and spiritual growth.
    The Guinness World Record for the Longest Indian Motorcycles Parade is a fantastic way to remember the mark that we all involved has left on this World.

    Salutes!

  8. 8 Gary Blombeg Oct 10th, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Great time with all Indian riders… my red Chieftain is second row second bike.

  9. 9 Tom Strachan Oct 10th, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Rode down from Ontario, Canada to join in, met some great people & everyone had a good time. It was a great event for a good cause & hoping to come back again in 2017 & do it all over again!

  10. 10 Roger Sommerseth Oct 10th, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Well done boys and girls, congratulations!

  11. 11 Gary E Drall Oct 10th, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    One of the best events I have ever attended. Went there not knowing a soul and came away with a lot of new friends. All you fence sitters get out there and buy that Indian and be part of something special.

  12. 12 Rodney Jennings Oct 10th, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Was a wonderful time a lot of great people coming together and raising money for a great cause.

  13. 13 LTribe Oct 10th, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Indian Bike week was Great all came out for a good cause and WHAT? Set a world record!!! Awesome event can’t wait for next year!! Join us for another record breaking year!!!

  14. 14 Oct 10th, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I will sign up right away again for next year! This years was a great time despite all the rain. I will make sure to take a few extra days off so I don’t miss some of the rides earlier in the week. Art and his crew deserve tons of credit far all the hard work it takes to set this up and pull it off.Met a whole bunck of really great people during the three days. Can’t wait for 2017!!!

  15. 15 Peter Eisenberg Oct 10th, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Great Event and wonderful time. Very proud to have been part of this ride and weekend!! This is what is it all about!!

  16. 16 Oct 10th, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    This was a Labor of love.. And people responded. It wasn’t about politics, or egos, or anything of the sort.. it was a time to get together and celebrate and give to charity! Hope many of you will join us next year, those of you that own Indians… and I hope JeremySumpter comes out to Join us to break this record!!! After all.. its not every day you get to do something like this! 😉

  17. 17 Truman Ritchie Oct 10th, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    MY frost real bike event,Love it and will return

  18. 18 Caroline and Jim Brunelle Oct 10th, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    We were so proud to be a part of such an awesome experience by setting a world record!!! Art and team worked so hard to make this event a success! We met so many people from all over the country and plan to ride again in August of 2017!!!! Indian of the Twin Cities is the greatest!!!

  19. 19 Paul Nighthawk Oct 10th, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    The rain didn’t dampen a thing about the weekend. It brought out the real riders. The dedicated and the passionate. Very proud to be one bike in such an awesome line-up with even better people. We do it for a reason and Art Welch gets the kudos for leading this event. Saddle up Warriors and be part of something good.

  20. 20 Steve Stricklen Oct 10th, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Road in from Ohio. We had a great time, met some great people and hope to attend next year

  21. 21 Steve Stricklen Oct 10th, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    We rode From Ohio to attend. We had a great time met some great people and hope to attend next year

  22. 22 Oct 10th, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Priceless , Event, Rode in from Boston N.Y. Big shout out to Staff , Great Job!

  23. 23 Art Miller Oct 10th, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    My wife Shelly and I had a great time up there.doing this

  24. 24 Lisa Mullen Oct 10th, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Great event and a great cause!

  25. 25 Sarah Capistrant Oct 10th, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Congratulations!
    $171,000, That is Amazing!

  26. 26 Michael Hessman Oct 10th, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    When people read about what Polaris did to Indian Motorcycle since the brand’s rebirth in 2011, say 25 50 years from now- I’ll know that I was part of making history not only from being a part of this Guiness ride but also because as an owner of a new Indian each of us took a chance on something new, revolutionary and unknown. I am not disappointed. Such a rewarding experience meeting so many great people in St. Paul and especially Art Welch of Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities. Ready for 2017!

  27. 27 Shelly Miller Oct 10th, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    What a great time. I hope my husband and I can make out there again next year. Art you were a phenomenal host.

  28. 28 Clyde Hughes Oct 10th, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    It was an awesome time with awesome people all around. We had some rain but it didn’t dampen any spirit. Art’ s team is first date and put together the best run event I have ever been to. I will definitely be back next year.

  29. 29 Susan Wienke Oct 10th, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Way to go Art Welch and Indian Motocycle.
    Art you did an awesome job pulling this together.
    Your Friend
    Susan

  30. 30 Oct 10th, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    To be able to spend a week with like minded people was priceless.

    Thank you to Art Welch, and his entire staff, for making this a memorable event.

    W̲e̲ ̲w̲i̲l̲l̲ ̲c̲e̲r̲t̲a̲i̲n̲l̲y̲ ̲b̲e̲ ̲b̲a̲c̲k̲ ̲n̲e̲x̲t̲ ̲y̲e̲a̲r̲ ̲!!!

  31. 31 Tamara Smith Oct 10th, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    This was SUCH an amazing event! To be part of such an awesome group with one purpose – to raise money for children’s school supplies – no egos, no politics. Every rider rode whole-heartedly in the rain, because we each knew it would take every one of us to succeed – and what a SUCCESS! Our Indian Family set a World Record!

    This was my first trip up on my Indian Chief to the Twin Cities event, riding from Cincinnati OH, and I will NEVER miss another one! Thanks goes out to Art Welch and his crew that continue to organize Indian Bike Week and to the fantastic generosity of the Indian rider community that I am so proud to be a part of.

  32. 32 Alan Southerland Oct 11th, 2016 at 4:34 am

    I rode up from near Orlando, FL to be a part of this event. Met a bunch of incredible people who will forever be friends. Can’t wait until next year to see them and make even more new friends! Thanks to everyone associated with Indian Motorcycles of Twin Cities and Indian Arrowhead Riders Group for pulling this together!

  33. 33 Linda Berry & Tom Johansen Oct 11th, 2016 at 8:51 am

    We are the Traveling California Indians.
    We rode our 2014 Indian Vintage every mile for the 2,300 mile ride to St. Paul MN for EPIC Guinness Record Ride ! !
    It was an Amazing experience and more then worth every mile we rode to get there! We WILL be returning for the 2017 Guinness 1,000 New World Record ride! Thank you Art Welch and ALL your staff for our finest Mototcycle Rally ever!
    And we ride a lot…over 17,000 this summer alone!

  34. 34 Oct 11th, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Been attending for five years straight , up from the Republic of Texas. Been interesting to see this event grow over the years and the excitement it brings to many riders of Indian Motorcycles. There are only several events across the country that are specific to the brand.

    One of my highlights over the years was meeting JeremySumpter; after following this blog for many years, I felt honored!.. I believe that was back around 2013 if memory serves me correctly. Last year, meeting actor Tommy Flanagan was a blast. He is the real thing and opened up to many of us … Seeing all the celebrities ( to include you Cyril ) throw a leg over an Indian and ride with us all, is always a good time.

    Interestingly … for me personally … they highlight of these trips have been the new friendships I’ve made , and seeing these folks every year upon returning for the next ( and then, creating more friendships!) As with any event, it’s what you make of it. All the pieces are in place here, for any and all, to have a good time .

    Every year, it kicks off with the Indian Motorcycle Demo trucks; Polaris ensures they’ve got their product for all to see. Surprisingly , it doesn’t appear that Polaris doesn’t put anything else behind the event though . It’s regionally local to them, and growing annually. Would be nice if they’d throw a little more at it. I realize they are at Sturgis a week before which is a huge event in comparison. However, how hard would it be to roll in with a tent .. or two… and set up shop ?

    Looking forward to 2017 and getting together with the friends I’ve made from all over the country.
    #rickkcir

  35. 35 Dennis Pflugshaupt Oct 11th, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    rode in from Plymouth,Indiana,
    Great time,glad I was there to help in setting the record and raising that much for kids

  36. 36 "Pony" Krizman Oct 11th, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    This was a fantastic ride. A great week. I met wonderful people with huge hearts. At times I was overwhelmed by the welcome I was given. All the staff and participants did a fantastic job and deserve is many kudos that we can give them.

  37. 37 Jon Wall Oct 11th, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    This was a great event, didn’t get to partake as much as I would of liked. Great cause organized very well by Art and his staff, bring on 2017!!

  38. 38 Shannon Monte Oct 12th, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Was a part of this great Guinness breaking ride, in my new ’14 Indian Chief, Had some sun, and some rain. Art and his team put a lot of work into this event, to make it fun, and seamless for all of us! Great ride routes, photos, and events. Will definitely be there for 2017!!

  39. 39 Charles Jeltema Oct 14th, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Karla and I had a great time ,so fun to meet so many Indian owners ( aka fun people). We will be back for sure, and a big thanks to Art and all his many helpers. The commitment certainly showed.

  40. 40 Oct 17th, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    This was a once in a lifetime event! (to be repeated over and over again),, There was no way to anticipate what really happened in Minnesota when getting ready to attend, maybe a picnic, or maybe a chance to take a picture of the famous folks across the parking lot. It was so great to see Art and his staff again, did not expect the greeting that we got as we hit the showroom and Art called out: look here!,, there is Ray Paulson right here in the store! (It had been a whole year since we had stopped in for a visit!) Glenda and I struck up easy friendships with lots of riders that will last forever and opened up a whole new world of possible trips across the country to visit in several different states. Just the mission to join Art and his staff to raise the funds for the children’s school supplies was worth the trip. Rubbing elbows with the “Sons of Anarchy men along with that really, mean looking, Snicker eating Danny Trejo, was just frosting on the cake. Standing next to Mark Geist and having him sign the book: 13 Hours was a humbling experience that I will tell my grand children about. Art, you and your staff were just wonderful, they made us all feel welcome and went out of their way to answer our questions and point us in the right direction. Thank you from the bottom of both of our hearts.,, Glenda and Ray Paulson. Lincoln, Nebraska (see you next August!)

  41. 41 Dec 12th, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you Ray! And thank you for all the support you show us on social Media too. Thank you for keepin the faith in us

  42. 42 Steve Stricklen Dec 15th, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    We had a great time being part of Indian history….looking forward to next year

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