Honda Rider Education Center reopens in Irving

Photo: Curt Liles, Geo-Center Motorcyle Training, LLC, Gary Martini, American Honda Rider Education Manager and Jeff King are joined by members of the Irving Chamber of Commerce and other members of their organizations to cut the ribbon. /Courtesy Photo

TORRANCE, Calif. – During a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 30, the reopening of the Honda Rider Education Center in Irving, was celebrated by local powersports enthusiasts, and politicians as well as Honda associates and Geo-Center Motorcycle Training owner Curt Liles, who operates the facility under a lease agreement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The Honda Rider Education Center offers both classroom training and rider training, using the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® curriculum for on-road and dirt bike classes and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America curriculum for ATV classes. Side-by-side training will be offered soon, using the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association curriculum. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles waives the written- and riding-test requirements for motorcycle-license applicants over 18 who have completed the two-day Basic Rider Course, and Honda reimburses $75 of the class tuition. In addition, Honda reimburses the full cost of the ATV Rider Course for customers who purchase a new Honda ATV.

In addition to classrooms and training ranges, the Irving facility has an Environmental Learning Center, which is a unique community resource that promotes a responsible land-use ethic through a greater understanding of Texas’s varied ecology.

“Honda has owned this facility since the early ’90s, and after nearly a year of working on the reopening, we’re pleased to once again open its doors to the public,” said Gary Martini, Manager, Rider Education at American Honda. “The Irving location is one of four Honda Rider Education Centers, with the other campuses located in Troy, Ohio; Alpharetta, Georgia and Colton, California. We’re proud that Honda is the only manufacturer to offer these facilities to its customers, and we’re pleased to be working with Curt Liles and Geo-Center to educate riders in Texas.”

“This is a great opportunity,” said Liles, who has owned and operated Geo-Center since 2010. “With this facility, we can provide top-notch training to riders of every type. Response to the course schedule has been very positive, and I’m excited about what we can do with Honda’s support.”

SOURCE Honda Powersports