Ryp to Ryder


Harley-Davidson wants to train an entire town to learn how to ride a motorcycle.
After scouting towns across the county, the company decided on a place here in North Dakota.
Hannah Davis has more.
Ryder is a little town with a population of only eighty-five people.
Yet Harley-Davidson has taken an interest in them.
“To kick off riding season, Harley-Davidson came out here to Ryder, North Dakota with the aim of creating the first fully motorcycle licensed town in America.” said Mike Roach, Harley-Davidson Spokesperson.
The company visited other cities with names like “Independence” and “Freedom” but Ryder stood out to them.
“The water tower, here in town needed a fresh coat of paint. And we saw the water tower, it mirrors exactly like the water tower that’s on our corporate headquarters in Milwaukee. And that helped seal the deal.” said Mike Roach, Harley-Davidson Spokesperson.
Ryder residents still can’t believe it’s really happening.
“When the Mayor, Jody Reinisch, brought it to the city council, said that Harley-Davidson corporate had contacted them, and they want to come to Ryder, North Dakota we thought, ‘Really? Have they -We’re just a little town. Have they ever seen Ryder? Do they know where Ryder is?’ and they said ‘Absolutely. We want to come and be here.'” said Mary Quillin, Ryder Resident.
“It feels crazy, like this came out of nowhere. But it has been super exciting. Their name’s on my water tower, I get to admire it every time I look out the window in the morning. It’s been overwhelming, but it’s been exciting.” said Daniel Starks, Ryder Resident.
Motorcycles can be intimidating, but with Riding Academy, anyone can learn to ride one.
“We signed up with a bunch of our friends, and just did the jumpstart demo bike over there. Never rode a motorcycle before so, a little nervous, but they have a great program, so I’m excited to do it.” said Mary Quillin, Ryder Resident.
Residents were able to sign up for a two day class that will take place later in the summer.
Certified motorcycle instructors demonstrated how the classes would work.
“Since it’s Harley-Davidson doing it, you know you’re going to be taught well and right and everything.” said Mary Quillin, Ryder Resident.
To celebrate, Ryder hosted the Ryp to Ryder fest and invited motorcycle enthusiasts to come down and visit.
In Ryder, Hannah Davis, KX News.
Riders were able to participate in a bike run to fundraise for a South Prairie student who suffered a stroke earlier this year.

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