Riding Academy

Road Queen

GREAT RIDERS AREN’T BORN.
THEY’RE MADE.

LEARN TO RIDE – OR RIDE BETTER – THE H-D WAY.

If you’re ready to experience the unique thrill of riding your own motorcycle for the first time, there’s no better place to learn than the New Rider Course at Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy. Experienced riders, take your skills to the next level with the Skilled Rider Course. Available only at Authorized H-D® Dealerships.

NEW RIDER COURSE
WHAT TO EXPECT

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has updated its curriculum to maximize time on the bikes. With the newly designed curriculum, a 3-hour online e-course is required and must be completed from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's website. The e-course allows for a self-paced, relaxed learning environment from home. The eCourse includes several quizzes which meet Texas DPS written test requirements.

The cost of the e-course is included in your registration fee. We will send you registration instructions for the eCourse on the MSF website. The e-course must be completed within the window of 30 days before your first class. Once completed, please print a certificate and bring it to your first class. Please note - Texas DPS requires that you bring the e-course completion certificate with you for the first day of class. You will not be allowed to take the class without this certificate.

When you take a New Rider Course at the Riding Academy you’ll:
  • Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
  • Get in-class and on-range instruction from Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) and H-D® Certified Coaches.
  • Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting obstacles.
  • Earn an MSF Basic RiderCourseSM Completion Card, which may (varies by state) exempt you from the riding portion of your license exam and score you a discount on motorcycle insurance.
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NEW RIDER COURSE FAQs

What will I need to register?

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

Do I need any special gear?

You'll need to bring the following:

  • A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
  • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • A helmet that meets DOT requirements
  • Eyewear

SKILLED RIDER COURSE
WHAT TO EXPECT

Designed solely for experienced riders, this eight-hour 1- or 2-day course is taught by dedicated Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) and H-D Certified Coaches.

You’ll learn advanced tips and techniques to help you own the road.
  • Control at low speeds
  • Risk management
  • Limited-space maneuvers
  • Cornering judgment
  • Swerving and stopping quickly on straights and in curves
  • Multiple curve maneuvers and surmounting objects

When you’re done, you’ll not only ride with more confidence than ever, you’ll earn an MSF Basic RiderCourseSM 2 Completion Card that may qualify you for a discount on motorcycle insurance.

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SKILLED RIDER COURSE FAQs

What will I need to register?
  • A street-ready motorcycle
  • Motorcycle endorsement, permit or license
  • Proof of valid motorcycle insurance
Do I need any special gear?

You'll need to bring the following:

  • A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
  • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • A helmet that meets DOT requirements
  • Eyewear
What bike will I ride?

For the riding portion, you will provide a street-ready motorcycle.

The time is now.
The place is here.