Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride

New rider course

Never ridden before? Don't sweat it. The Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy New Rider Course is designed to get you comfortable on a bike and give you the skills you need to ride with confidence.

The first step is stepping over

Now’s the perfect time to get ready for Riding Academy. Get ready for the classroom and range experiences.

Get ready

What to do before class

Get comfortable on a motorcycle before you even walk into your first class. Make the most of your class by getting in the saddle at your local Harley-Davidson® dealership and trying a Jumpstart™ demo. Getting knowledgeable before your class begins will get you on a bike and feeling comfortable faster.

You’ll mount the motorcycle, set your boots on the foot pegs and fire up the engine under the watchful eye of our trained personnel. And then, sitting comfortably on the motorcycle, you’ll give the throttle a twist and continue to shift through the gears – all while safely and securely attached to the Jumpstart™ platform.

MSF e-course

Get the details about the Motorcycle Safety Foundation e-course. The MSF e-course will help you feel prepared for your first day of class. Once signed up for your class, you will receive a link via email to enroll in your e-Course.

Need to know

The New Rider Course is $150.

You'll need a valid automobile driver's license or learner's permit, and have the ability to ride a bicycle.

You'll need to bring the following:

  • Your Driver's License and/or Learner's Permit
  • Proof of completion of any pre-required course study
  • Any materials provided to you prior to or during class
  • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
  • Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas, low heel)
  • Eye protection (helmet visor, eye glasses, sun glasses, goggles acceptable)
  • Full-finger gloves (motorcycle specific recommended)
  • A full face or 3/4 DOT-certified helmet 

For the riding portion, the H-D® dealer will provide you with a Harley-Davidson®motorcycle suited for the course.

Yes, learn more about the exclusive offers available only to Riding Academy graduates.

Contact your local Harley-Davidson Dealer with any questions you have about Riding Academy

You must attend the entire course and participate. You must come to class with all the required safety gear and have completed the MSF online E-Course (if required by your state) and pass the riding evaluation at the end of the range sessions. 

Yes. A lunch break is incorporated to all full days of Riding Academy.

Contact your dealer as soon as possible to get rescheduled into another class. There may be additional fees to change classes, consult with your dealer.

Riding Academy classes take place rain or shine, hot or cold. Be ready for whatever your local weather might have in store for you. In the event of dangerous weather, the class will be halted. Arrangements will be made to adjust the schedule around the weather if possible. Consult with your Coaches and or Academy Manager if weather results in a class being rescheduled or cancelled.  

If you need to cancel/reschedule you must do so within the 14 days before the course starts. Cancelling with less than 14 days notice invalidates any request for a refund.