Harley-Davidson will begin providing free Riding Academy motorcycle training for all current and former members of the U.S. military, according the company's website. The program, dubbed "Learn to Ride," begins May 16 - Armed Forces Day - and runs through the summer with an end date of Sept 13.
The iconic motorcycle company made the announcement from the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, American Iron Magazine reported. Two-time Paralympian, Wounded Warrior Project® Alumnus and owner of a 2014 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide, Heath Calhoun, joined representatives from the company on the deck to demonstrate some motorcycle fundamentals for the crew.
"As a veteran, and a rider, I have found that nothing is more therapeutic than getting on my bike and taking a ride," said Calhoun. "I am honored to help Harley-Davidson empower all of us who have served to find comfort on the open road."
Harley-Davidson extended this offer to all stateside military members, who only need to show up at a H-D dealer for the classes or visit the company's website. Military members currently on deployment who cannot make it to a dealer can go online to receive a voucher that can be redeemed at any time through 2016. For those who do not have access to a dealership, the company will provide a Harley-Davidson gift card equal to the price of the classes.
Christian Walters, managing director of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Harley-Davidson, and U.S. Army veteran, said this program is a way for the company to thank and give something back to all the brave and courageous members of the armed forces who defend the country.
With access to new motorcycle classes, veterans should shop around for the best deal to get insurance. In some instances, insurance companies provide veterans with discounted policies.
CoverHound provides inexpensive motorcycle insurance from their convenient website.