March 18, 2011 // Franchising.com // Hawthorne, CA – EagleRider, the world's largest motorcycle rental and tour company, is getting behind the men and women that have served in the U.S. Military. EagleRider has joined VetFran, a program aimed at helping veterans realize their dream of owning their own business. EagleRider will offer veterans a discount of 15 percent off the franchise fee.
To grow the brand, EagleRider seeks out people who are not only entrepreneurs, but who also have a passion for the motorcycle rental and tourism trade, and the freedom and self-reliance of motorcycle riding has been synonymous with veterans for generations. With a proven business model combined with the low startup cost for an EagleRider franchise, the offer makes it more accessible than ever for veterans to get into this electrifying industry.
"This isn't just a great opportunity for veterans," said Ben Amante, VP of Franchising. "It is a great opportunity for EageRider because the experience and discipline of veterans will make for a great representation of the brand."
However, for EagleRider helping veterans is also a personal affair. Amante himself is an Army veteran and has a son who is currently serving in Afghanistan.
Since EagleRider's initial launch, the company has pioneered the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle rental concept and the guided motorcycle tour business in the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. Today, the franchise offers a complete line of vehicles making virtually any traveler's idyllic itinerary possible.
EagleRider is the world's largest motorcycle rental and tour company specializing in Harley-Davidson® rentals, ATV rentals, Dirt Bike rentals and Watercraft rentals. The franchise offers bike enthusiasts the opportunity to rent the American Dream and experience the ultimate motorcycle touring adventure from worldwide locations. Whether for a weekend escape or for a cross country motorcycle tour, EagleRider provides the means to release the pent up outlaw that yearns for the open road. The franchise boasts 72 franchise locations around the world in 12 countries with plans to add 12 locations in 2011. For more information, visit www.eaglerider.com.
To honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. military, the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, known as "VetFran," was developed to help them transition to civilian life. The idea of the late Don Dwyer Sr., founder of The Dwyer Group, VetFran is a voluntary effort of International Franchise Association member-companies that is designed to encourage franchise ownership by offering financial incentives to honorably discharged veterans. To date, nearly 400 franchise companies participate in the program.