Harley Davidson wants to show its appreciation by helping police officers, firefighters and first responders learn to ride motorcycles. Beginning April 1 through September 30, eligible spouses of Eligible Service Members or Eligible First Responders can sign up for a New Rider Course at any participating Harley-Davidson Riding Academy between $99 and $300 respectively (normal cost would typically exceed this).
Bill Davidson, great-grandson of one of the founders of the company, visited Station 23 in Milwaukee Tuesday to provide assistance in keeping first responder motorcycles clean and ready for patrol or emergency calls. As part of his effort to say thank you to first responders, he offered free motorcycle cleanings as part of this gesture.
Other businesses are taking steps to recognize military and first responder service as well. Recently, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office purchased BMW motorcycles as a safer and simpler solution than Harleys used during presidential motorcades. According to their commander, these bikes provide improved handling.
Harley offers stateside military financing with no down payment and reduced rates to active duty military, Reservists, retirees, veterans and Gold Star family members. In addition, active duty police, fire and EMS veterans as well as active and retired service members receive an extended price break with verification and receive 10% discounts off purchases at retail dealerships across the country. Furthermore, orders mailed directly to APO/FPO addresses or picked up directly are shipped free.