Irving, Texas Honda Rider Education Center Reopens
The Honda Rider Education Center in Irving, Texas, officially reopened on Wednesday. Yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by local powersports enthusiasts, politicians, and media, as well as Honda representatives and Geo-Center Motorcycle Training owner Curt Liles, who operates the facility through a lease agreement with Honda.
The Honda Rider Education Center provides classroom training and rider training, using the Motorcycle Safety Foundation curriculum to teach on-road and dirt bike classes, and using the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America curriculum for ATV instruction. Honda says the Center will soon offer side-by-side training, using the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association curriculum.
“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 of 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.”
Honda offers to reimburse the full cost of the ATV RiderCourse for customers who purchase a new Honda ATV, and reimburses $75 of the class tuition for motorcycle-license applicants over 18 who have complete the two-day Basic RiderCourse course.
The Irving facility also has an Environmental Learning Center, a unique community resource that encourages responsible land-use by providing a better knowledge of Texas’s varied ecology.
“This is a great opportunity,” said Curt Liles, who has owned and operated Geo-Center since 2010. “With this facility, as well as a fleet of nearly 50 Honda vehicles—including street bikes, dirt bikes and dual-purpose bikes, ATVs and side-by-sides—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.”