Learn To Ride – Or Ride Better – The HD® Way.

Though you may have been born to ride, you weren’t born on the back of a motorcycle. Riding is an art, and as such, it’s a genuine skill that needs to be honed, regardless of the natural talent you inherently possess. There’s no shame in learning to ride, or even learning to ride better! We have opportunities for improvement for both beginners and experienced riders.

Q&A for the New Rider Course

Q: What do I need to register for this course?
A: You need a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit, and you must have the ability to ride a bicycle.

Q: Is any special gear required?
A: You should bring a heavy long-sleeve shirt or a jacket; jeans, chaps or leather pants; over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear; full-fingered gloves; a helmet that meets Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements and protective eyewear.

For Brand New Riders

If you’re a beginner, we’re proud to offer our New Rider Course at Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy. We teach you how to ride a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, which includes instructions on how to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, as well as controlling skids and negotiating obstacles. You receive in-class and on-range direction from Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) instructors, as well as H-D® Certified Coaches. And you can earn the MSF Basic RiderCourse Completion Card, which depending on your state, may exempt you altogether from having to take the riding portion of your licensing exam and actually earn you a discount on your motorcycle insurance.

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Q&A for the Skilled Rider Course

Q: What do I need to register for this course?
A: You need a street-ready motorcycle; a motorcycle endorsement, permit or license and a proof of valid motorcycle insurance.

Q: Is any special gear required?
A: You should bring a heavy long-sleeve shirt or a jacket; jeans, chaps or leather pants; over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear; full-fingered gloves; a helmet that meets Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements and protective eyewear.

Q: Which motorcycle will I ride?
A: For the riding portion of the course, you will need to provide your own street-ready motorcycle.

For Experienced Riders

If you’re already an experienced rider, we challenge you to improve your abilities with our Skilled Rider Course. This course is designed only for experienced riders. It is an eight-hour, one- or two-day program that’s taught by Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) instructors and H-D® Certified Coaches. In our Skilled Rider Course, you’ll learn advanced techniques to help you maintain control of your motorcycle at low speeds, assess risk management, perform limited-space maneuvers, improve your cornering judgment, develop your abilities to swerve and stop quickly on straights and in curves, multiple curve maneuvers and negotiating objects. After completing our Skilled Rider Course, you will earn the MSF Basic RiderCourse 2 Completion Card, which could earn you a discount on your motorcycle insurance.

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