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May Is Motorcycle Safety Month

Harley-Davidson Skills Courses Available Nationwide

MILWAUKEE, May 3 -- Spring is in the air and more motorcyclists are on the road than ever, yet highway crashes continue to claim the lives of thousands. That's why the month of May has been designated Motorcycle Safety Month, and an opportune time to educate both new and seasoned riders about safe riding skills. Harley-Davidson invites riders everywhere to hone their skills through courses offered in cities nationwide.

   Who:          Harley-Davidson

   What:         Rider's Edge Skills Courses

   Where:        Cities across the country. For a list of cities, go to

   When:         Spring-summer 2004

   Why:          "Rider's Edge" classes teach everything from basics like
                 braking and turning to controlling skids, surmounting
                 obstacles and riding safely in groups.  Riders learn
                 through classroom and real road training.

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Per mile traveled, the number of deaths by motorcycles is about 26 times the number in cars, according to a 2003 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcycle operators in fatal crashes also had higher intoxication rates than any other type of driver, and exacerbated the problem with other risk-taking behaviors such as riding without protective gear.

As the only motorcycle manufacturer that offers a branded rider education program in more than 30 states through its authorized dealerships, the Harley- Davidson Academy of Motorcycling offers three training courses: the New Rider Course, the Skilled Rider Course, and a Group Riding Course. Each includes both classroom and real-road experience in a controlled setting.

Riders who complete the course are issued Motorcycle Safety Foundation cards, and may be eligible for a discount on motorcycle insurance coverage, depending on their state of residence and insurance provider. Course information and a Rider's Edge dealer locator are available on .