2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster

If you regularly wear military apparel now or did at some point in the past, and you’ve never had the opportunity to go for a motorcycle ride, May is your lucky month. Harley-Davidson recently announced that it is offering free classes to any active or former U.S. military member who wants to learn how to drive a motorcycle as part of its new “Learn to Ride” program.

“For us at Harley-Davidson this is our way to thank the millions of people who have courageously defended our country and everyone’s personal freedom to ride,” said Christian Walters, U.S. Army veteran and managing director of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Harley-Davidson, in a release.

To make the announcement, Harley-Davidson joined forces with Heath Calhoun, U.S. Army veteran and two-time Paralympic athlete. Calhoun teamed with Harley-Davidson because he felt a great sense of comfort when hitting the open road on his 2014 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide, and he wants to help other armed services members feel the same sense of calm and control by riding bikes of their own. At the same time, six Harley-riding military members were a part of the announcement, going on to perform biking fundamentals and demonstrations aboard the USS Yorktown down in Charleston, SC.

The “Learn to Ride” program kicks off on May 16 (Armed Forces Day) and will go on until September 13. It’s open to active-duty, retired, veterans and reservists, and it’s a great opportunity to learn a new skill and have some fun, too. If you go through the program and get the itch to buy a bike of your own so you can put your training to use on the open road, visit our Harley-Davidson dealership near Nashua, NH!