Today, in the U.S., it is Veterans’ Day. It is therefore a good today for Harley Davidson to announce that it will be offering free motorcycle training to current and former members of the U.S. Military throughout 2016.
Earlier this year (May through September), Harley Davidson ran “Mission Open Road”, during which 6.500 military people took part in free training at Harley Davidson dealerships. Following the success of that programme, they have decided to extend the offer for the entire year of 2016.
The offer is aimed at new riders seeking their motorcycle license. If the classes are not available in your area, Harley Davidson will issue a gift certificate for the cost of the certified motorcycle safety program.
Motorcycle safety is a particular concern for the U.S. Military. During a thirteen-year period ending in 2012, over 1,000 members of the U.S. Military were killed in motorcycle crashes. Military personnel often seek “high-octane” pursuits such as motorcycling when they are used to the risks and camaraderie of service. Men aged 20 to 24 have historically been the highest at risk.
“There have been so many veterans, coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, killed on a bike because they didn’t have rider training and they thought they were invincible, immortal and indestructible.”, said Christian Walters, U.S. managing director and a former U.S. Army officer.
Military personnel currently deployed outside the United States can submit a form by Dec. 31, 2016, to receive a voucher for free motorcycle safety training good through 2017 when they return home.
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