Back From Iraq Onto A Motorcycle.

I hope that all major motorcycle manufacturers know this. I am pretty sure they know. A high percentage of soldiers returning from tours of duty abroad (not only in Iraq) buy motorcycles to help burn off adrenaline & boredom. I am sure it was exactly the same after WW2, the Korea & Vietnam wars. These soldiers have months of build-up salary that they fully deserve, and indulge themselves by buying a lot of 2-wheelers (I have no stats about which brand is their 1st choices but I would not be surprised if it would be Harley & Sport Bikes). Problem is that they are young and, may be more than others, are out to test their limits and are known to ride on a feeling of invincibility. Result: a record number of fatalities among young soldiers (the highest among bikers). So the US Army took the excellent initiative to create their own safety courses and requires service members to wear protective gear while riding on and off-base. Personnel injured as a result of not taking proper regulatory safety precautions may be required to pay for their own medical expenses. I receive a lot of emails and sell a lot of custom parts to members of the US Army. It must be the same for my fellow builders. So, why not support our troops by visiting some US bases to participate to safety classes and, at the same time, show off our customs. I volunteer. And you?  

3 Responses to “Back From Iraq Onto A Motorcycle.”

  1. 1 Chris T. Dec 11th, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    I am not sure if non-military personnel can attend the military safety courses but it is worth looking into. I agree with you Cyril, there are many young soldiers that save enough money to purchase a motorcycle upon their return to the states. The military exchange in parts of Iraq and Afghanistan actually have offices set up to purchase AMERICAN MADE cars and motorcyles (Harley Davidson). Service members can do all the paperwork in these offices, get financing if needed, etc… and order a H-D that will be waiting for them at their local dealer upon return to the states. The price of these bikes are below the MSRP, of course like any great deal there are some rules involved like having to keep the bike registered to the service member for a set period of time to avoid purchasing and selling, and you make a “Wish List” of what you want, i.e. A Black FXDG, and they may offer you a Red one, and if I remember correctly you can refuse the first bike and if you do not take the second one you get put to the end of the list. As for looking for excitement when returning to the states, I can attest to that, I am a reservist and when I came back to my civilian desk job from flying over Iraq I was and still am bored.

  2. 2 Cyril Huze Dec 11th, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks Chris for your great info. I am sure the US Army can give myself and my fellow builders clearance to enter any US army base.

  3. 3 Chris T. Dec 13th, 2006 at 11:14 am

    Check out and they have the rules, etc… on the H-D/Buell purchase program. There is also a link to the H-D Military Rider’s Academy that I feel should be mandatory for new riders.

    I love your bikes Cyril, keep up the good work…

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