As part of a wider program to bring in different perspectives and news from the industry we sought the help and advice of customer and journalist Bob Pickett. Bob’s been writing for publications including Motor Cycle Monthly, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure, UBG and RiDE magazine for a while now and he’s agreed to write a few interesting tidbits from the wider motorcycling World.
This week, we have a whole town looking to get licenses and new ways to see France by bike.
Entire town aims to have motorcycle licenses!
The town of Ryder, North Dakota (population 85) is aiming to become the first town where every resident is licenced to ride a motorcycle! Ryder – just a third of a mile square – has every eligible resident (aged between 16 and 70) taking lessons.
“The town of Ryder welcomes the roar of motorcycles down Main Street,” said Ryder Mayor Jody Reinisch. “We’re excited to see several generations of Ryder residents on motorcycles learning together, trying new life experiences and enjoying the beauty of our town and surrounding area like never before.”
The scheme came about from the need to get the town’s water-tower repainted, which they just couldn’t afford. Harley-Davidson stepped in and paid for the tower to be repainted in their trademark black and orange. Harley then brought bikes to the town for residents to sit on and try, and the scheme to get fully-licenced was born.
Hertz introduces motorcycle rental in France
Want to ride in France, but don’t want to take your own bike/faff about with insurance, headlight stickers etc.? Well now you can rent a motorcycle from Hertz.
Hertz has partnered with Touratech to provide a range of bikes – including F700, R1200GS, R1200RT and R NINE T models – to rent from the Hertz Ride offices in Cannes, Nice, Orange and Paris.
Thanks again to Bob for his time!