Free Motorcycle Safety Courses for Military Members and Veterans

Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycle safety courses to all current and former members of the military.

The announcement from the motorcycle manufacturer came from aboard the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier. A U.S. Paralympian and Alpine skier injured in Iraq gave the announcement. The Paralympian was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in 2003, and had both legs amputated above the knee, but still rides his Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide as a therapeutic hobby.

According to Harley-Davidson, the classes are a way of saying thank you to all active-duty, reservist and retired members of the U.S. military. Learn to Ride classes last for three to four days and are targeted at novice motorcyclists in need of safe riding skills. Experienced motorcyclists are also encouraged to attend.

Members of the military and veterans can submit an application before September 13 and receive a voucher that will remain valid through 2016.

What will members of our military be instructed on during the Learn to Ride program? During the class, motorcyclists will be instructed on safe acceleration techniques, shifting, braking, turning and how to control skids.

What Motorcycle Safety Courses Are Offered to Members of the Military?

In addition to classes offered by private businesses and public organizations, motorcycle safety courses are also mandatory for riders in the U.S. military. During the last few weeks, we have written about courses offered by the U.S. Air Force, which has a high number of motorcycle accidents.

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