Here’s some hot news for you and your students that will help make completing the Basic Rider Course easier and more attractive than ever. American Honda Motor Co., American Suzuki Motor Corp., Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.), Riders of Kawasaki (ROK) and Yamaha Motor Corp. have much more in common than you might think. Each has its own incentive program designed to benefit Basic Rider Course graduates.
American Honda offers a maximum $75 reimbursement to members of the Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA). Some limitations apply, and full eligibility rules are listed on-line at HRCA.Honda.com. This offer is limited to the MSF-recognized Basic Rider Course. Riders who own a Honda motorcycle or scooter can join on-line or by calling 800.847.4722. Single membership is $19.95.
American Suzuki offers a Basic Rider Course benefit for new “Rider Graduates.” American Suzuki will reward a Basic Rider Course graduate $50 upon verification of both the course completion and the purchase of a new street-legal Suzuki motorcycle (one reward per person annually). Purchaser must submit a copy of the course tuition receipt, Basic Rider Course completion card, motorcycle purchase invoice and a reimbursement form (given to the purchaser by the dealer at the time of purchase) to American Suzuki. Training can occur up to six months before or six months after purchase of a new street-legal motorcycle.
Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) and Buell Riders Adventure Group (B.R.A.G.) have their own special incentive for Basic Rider Course graduates who are H.O.G. or B.R.A.G. members. To receive reimbursement, members must be active in H.O.G. or B.R.A.G. on the date the course is taken. The reimbursement is up to $50, paid in the form of a bonus coupon. Reimbursement is limited to one course annually. Requests for reimbursement must be made within three months from the course date. Members who have already completed a Basic Rider Course should submit copies of their tuition receipts and Basic Rider Course completion cards to H.O.G. or B.R.A.G.
Riders of Kawasaki (ROK) will reimburse $50 for completing the Basic Rider Course to members of ROK. Reimbursement is limited to one course annually. Reimbursement will be received in the form of ROK bucks. Present them to your dealer and use them toward your accessory purchase. To receive your reimbursement, submit copies of tuition receipt, Basic Rider Course completion card, and don't forget to include your membership number to Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA/ROK.
Yamaha has taken a slightly different approach. They are offering a $50 U.S. Savings Bond to purchasers of a new street-legal Yamaha, regardless of model year, when the purchaser completes the Basic Rider Course. Training must be completed within six months of purchase. To receive the Savings Bond, customers must submit copies of their Yamaha bill of sale, their Basic Rider Course tuition receipt, their Basic Rider Course completion card and a payment request form (given to the customer by the dealer at the time of purchase) to Yamaha.
Insurance Discounts: Many insurance companies offer premium discounts to Basic Rider Course graduates. These can range from 5% to as much as 20%, depending on the insurance company. In some cases, the savings can be as much as course tuition itself. When you couple this with the reimbursements available, it may be possible for students to not only take the Basic Rider Course at (essentially) no cost, but to put a few dollars in their pockets as well.