Harley-Davidson didn't forget the veterans and prepared a special event for them on Daytona International Speedway to celebrate the 75 years of the Daytona Bike Week. The military personnel and first responders rode around the circuit and enjoyed the honors. The company went even further and started to offer the free learn-to-ride program in its Academy for law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS professionals.
The Great Days of Veterans
Daytona Speedway was a venue of a spectacular event. The group of soldiers and other peacekeeping personnel rode a lap around the circuit led by Karen Davidson, who is, as the name suggests, a grand-granddaughter of the company's co-founder. The company also introduced its new "Comeback Chapter" film promoting the beneficial effects of the riding for one´s health and personality. The clip was centered around the former members of the military or police forces who became passionate riders.
The visitors of the event could also admire the vast collection of Harley-Davidson bikes throughout the history of the brand. There were also the most recent models as the CVO Pro Street Breakout or the Low Rider S. The 113-year history and rapid development of the machines was presented in the collection.
Honoring the Heroes
The company also decided to thank those who care for the safety of the society every day by teaching them how to ride a bike. It opened the free riding course for the military personnel, active and inactive people working for the service of first response, as well as policemen and firefighters.
The only thing that people have to bring to the course is proper clothing, which means a jacket or at least a long-sleeved shirt, jeans or leather pants, sturdy boots, and eyewear. Harley-Davidson provides the rest - a motorcycle, helmet and the certified instructor who teaches the class. Classes have enough space for 12 - 14 people per course and the learners use the huge tract behind the dealership where the courses take place.
Classes are as longs as eight hours, and the whole course is three days long. There is a possibility to choose between two schedules: Wednesday to Friday or Friday to Sunday. The participants learn the basics of controlling the bike, like how to accelerate, brake and turn but also more advanced techniques which should help them to control the vehicle in the complex situations and traffic. The instructors also want to teach their clients to decide properly on the road as they consider this fact the most essential for the safe riding.
The course is naturally limited for the US residents and the class availability is first come, first serve.
About the Provider of the Courses
The courses are provided by the Great Southern Harley-Davidson dealership owned by Gene Evans. He is the long-life lover of the riding and his first experience with riding is dated back to his early childhood. He also owned the Ford dealer company, but he started to cooperate with Harley-Davidson brand. The owner´s original assumption is that the riders are a far-reaching group which is opened to everyone and wants to benefit the whole society.
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