Motorcycles Harley-Davidson is teaching an entire town how to ride

20:39  26 june  2017
20:39  26 june  2017 Source:   MSN

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There's lucky, and then there's " Harley - Davidson wants to teach your whole town how to ride motorcycles" lucky. On June 3, Harley - Davidson will show up in Ryder, North Dakota and offer every single resident the chance to learn how to ride a motorcycle.

Seeking to kick riding season into high gear, Harley - Davidson has announced it will be teaching an entire town how to ride a motorcycle. Admittedly, the North Dakota town of Ryder (See what H-D did there?) isn’t very large.

  Harley-Davidson is teaching an entire town how to ride © Harley-Davidson

There's lucky, and then there's "Harley-Davidson wants to teach your whole town how to ride motorcycles" lucky.

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On June 3, Harley-Davidson will show up in Ryder, North Dakota and offer every single resident the chance to learn how to ride a motorcycle. That might sound like an insurmountable task, but Ryder's population hovers around 85 people, so it shouldn't be too tough.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company - Group Photo - Ryder - ND© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Harley-Davidson Motor Company - Group Photo - Ryder - ND

That's not all the motorcycle manufacturer is doing. It's also refurbishing Ryder's water tower to mirror the design of the water tower that lives atop H-D's headquarters in Milwaukee. See, bikers aren't gruff and tough all the time -- they can warm the cockles of your ice-cold heart, too.

To help memorialize the event, Ryder will also be changing its name -- to Riders, North Dakota. That's quite the change for a town that's been kicking with the same name since 1906. And while it might have a "hail corporate" air to it, admit it -- if someone showed up in your town and offered to teach you how to ride for free, would you turn it down?

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This Panhead Harley spent 30 years in a shed, but now gets ridden regularly. I grew up around people who appreciate old stuff. My dad collected barber chairs and crank telephones. He bought an old hotel just to pull out valuable items so they didn’t get destroyed. Being around this stuff gave me an appreciation for old things. The stories that they tell stop me in my tracks.I come from a multi-generational insurance-agent family, and I fought that job for as long as I could. I flew airplanes, collected skydives, and hurt myself BASE-jumping. I traveled—a year in Japan and six months in Australia.

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