Earlier this month, on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, Harley-Davidson announced a special offer for current and former U.S. military personnel. From now until mid-September, the company is providing those folks free enrollment in the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.
The Riding Academy is a new program aimed at teaching novices the ins and outs of motorcycle riding. It's open to all, but it will be free to military personnel for the next several months, whether they're classified as active-duty, retired, reservists, or veterans.
To enroll, just visit h-d.com/militarylearntoride. There, you'll find a short form to complete, after which you'll be given complete details about where and when classes are offered in your area. (If there's nothing nearby, the company will issue you a Harley-Davidson gift card for the amount of the program.)
Even better, you don't need to own a Harley or to buy one for the class. According to the offer's terms and conditions, you simply need to have "a valid Driver’s License, Helmet, Gloves, over the ankle footwear, long sleeved shirt/jacket and have the ability to ride a bicycle".
If you're on active duty and are deployed all summer, Harley-Davidson will happily issue you a voucher for the program, which will remain valid through the end of 2016. Just be sure to register before September 13, 2015.
Free enrollment in the Riding Academy is part of a larger Harley-Davidson initiative for military personnel called Operation Personal Freedom, carried out in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project. The program's primary focus is to better the lives of service personnel who are living with post-traumatic stress disorder. As part of that program, the company has launched a new clothing line called MotorClothes (which isn't available in the U.S. yet, but you can still peruse the store). Ten percent of sales from that line will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Not military? No worries: you can enroll in the Riding Academy, too -- though you'll need to contact your local dealer to discuss costs. Find out more here.