I'm a huge proponent of rider training. I dove head on into motorcycling five years ago with unrelenting gusto and I have taken—and continue to take—advantage of every single opportunity to make myself a better rider.
On the day-to-day, I'm damn good at staying alive and keeping the rubber on the road. I'm by no means the fastest guy on the track, nor am I beast in the dirt, but I manage to have a great time while not destroying myself. I attribute all of that to the amazing people that have coached me throughout the years.
To get more people into motorcycling and, of course, sell more of their bikes, Harley-Davidson has extended their free Riding Academy motorcycle training to all current and former U.S. military. The program is now available to active-duty, retired, reservists and veterans Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016.
“One of our objectives is to grow the sport of motorcycling in the US,” said Walters. “Thousands of members of the military have learned to ride through the program so far. We’re proud to extend this opportunity in 2016 so even more military personnel can enjoy the very freedom they protect.”
All stateside military can take advantage of the offer by visiting a local Harley-Davidson dealer or going to https://ridefree.harley-davidson.com/americanheroes/. If Riding Academy is not available in a particular area, Harley-Davidson will reimburse the expense of attending a certified motorcycle safety program. Those currently deployed outside the U.S. also can submit the form by Dec. 31, 2016, and will receive a voucher for free motorcycle safety training, good through 2017 when they return home.