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[June 20, 2014]

GEICO Honda Team meets with U.S. servicemen and servicewomen to share valuable riding skills and safety tips

WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--

GEICO Honda (News - Alert) Team road racers Jake Zemke and Chris Ulrich recently visited thousands of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen stationed at Camp Roberts near San Luis Obispo, Calif.

GEICO Honda Team road racers Jake Zemke and Chris Ulrich teach motorcycle safety skills to U.S. serv ...

GEICO Honda Team road racers Jake Zemke and Chris Ulrich teach motorcycle safety skills to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen stationed at Camp Roberts near San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Photo: Business Wire)

The two decorated pro riders took time off from preparing for an AMA Pro event this weekend to teach an important course on motorcycle safety and spend quality time with members of the armed forces.

"I raced for the National Guard in 2010, giving them their first ever AMA Pro Superbike wins, so I know firsthand how cool it is to give back to our military," said Zemke. "I couldn't be more excited to teach this class and to be able to hang out with the brave men and women of our Armed Forces."

"I learned from a very young age the proper precautions to take when riding a motorcycle. I want these soldiers to enjoy their experience but I also want to help keep them safe so they can continue to keep us safe," said Ulrich. "I am honored to be a part of the GEICO Honda team and to have the opportunity to help these men and women because I hold them in such high regard."

GEICO recommends the following safety checklist before taking the road:

  • Always wear a helmet - Make sure your helmet is DOT approved and includes a face shield or protective eyewear to help protect against a critical head injury.
  • Wear protective clothing - Goggles, leather gloves and riding boots can help protect and minimize severe injuries in case of an accident.
  • Take a safety course - Safety courses such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's (MSF), will help sharpen your riding skills.
  • Don't drink and ride - It's illegal to operate a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol affects judgment, vision and decreases your ability to ride and react defensively.
  • Follow the rules - Obey the speed limit and local traffic laws. Remember to always pass vehicles and other bikes on the passing lane and give yourself enough time to break.
  • Ride defensively - Ride with your headlights on and signal well in advance of any change in direction. Always watch for turning vehicles and be extra careful in inclement weather.


For more information, please visit GEICO.com for a motorcycle safety video and safety tips.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 20 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available. For more information, go to www.geico.com.


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