Instant classics

American Biker plans to host back to back days of demos for its new Indian motorcycles late this month and early March.

It will be the second chance that enthusiasts get to test out the new bikes, which are based on the legacy of the famed pre-World War II models. The first Indian cycles, manufactured by a wing of Polaris Industries, arrived in late 2013.

Indian demo registrants will get a $250 off apparel coupon, be registered for the Indian jacket giveaway ($499 retail value) and can obtain financing from 3.99 percent interest to buy a cycle. There will be a radio remote from WSCC Talk Radio.

The demo events are planned for this Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, according to American Biker. The shop is located at 679 Treeland Drive in Ladson, off Interstate 26 at the College Park Road exit.

For more information, visit www.americanbikerofcharleston.com.

Lowcountry water 'power'

The Charleston wing of a boating safety group that turned 100 this year earned a shout-out in a yearly presentation of the leading service providers.

Charleston Sail and Power Squadron won honorable mention in the US Power Squadrons Distinguished Civic Service awards for 2013.

The USPS, founded in 1914, held its annual meeting Feb. 11 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Sponsored by boating advocacy group BoatUS, the awards are given annually to the power squadron district and individual squadrons for "exceptional service and boating safety education" geared to the boating community.

The sail and power boating organization formed a century ago when enthusiast Charles Chapman "realized that owners of newly developed recreational powerboats needed instruction on how to operate safely and with confidence."

The USPS today consists of more than 400 regional "squadrons" for owners of sailboats and powerboats.

"Power Squadron members have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share," said Ted Sensenbrenner, BoatUS Foundation assistant director of boating safety. "These volunteers spend their own time teaching boating safety classes and give up their weekends to offer free vessel safety checks. We thank them for their commitment to help others out and greatly value the services they provide," said Sensenbrenner, who presented the awards.

The five squadrons that earned Distinguished Civic Service Awards for 2013 were based in St. Petersburg, Crystal River and Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte in Florida; and Lake Norman and Morehead City in North Carolina.

Along with Charleston, honorable mention designees were Cape Fear and Raleigh in North Carolina; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Vero Beach, Fla.

The Top District award, "which recognizes the collective efforts of all of the squadrons within a region," went to District 27, made up of 20 squadrons in South Carolina and North Carolina.

For more information, visit www.USPS.org or www.CharlestonSailandPowerSquadron.org.