Riding Academy

If you’re looking to learn how to ride your Harley-Davidson®, look no further! McGrath Hawkeye Harley-Davidson® offers a Riding Academy for both new and experienced riders. Check out all that we offer to allow you to be as safe as you can be out there on the road! We also have Riders Rewards, great riding locations, and a H.O.G. chapter too! If you have additional questions, stop into our Coralville, IA dealership, call or contact us today to learn more.

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.


3Wheel Rider Course
WHAT TO EXPECT

Attention 3Wheelers…… Did you just pick up your new ride? Are you transitioning to 3 wheels? Do you just want to get a better handle on your ride and gain some confidence? Hawkeye Harley-Davidson® is now offering a 3Wheel MSF sanctioned beginning rider course. This course is open to all 3 Wheel motorcycles that utilize handlebar steering (sorry, the Polaris Slingshot does not meet the criteria for this course). This course covers basic maneuvers on your 3W Motorcycle. We also cover in class scenarios and riding strategies that can help keep you safe as your riding skills grow. Please contact Hawkeye Harley-Davidson® for more information.

When you take a 3Wheel New Rider Course at the Riding Academy you’ll:
  • Learn to ride on your own 3Wheel motorcycle (Polaris Slingshot does not qualify for this course).
  • Get in-class and on-range instruction from Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) and H-D® Certified Coaches.
  • Learn to safely weave, corner, stop quickly and shift (depending on your transmission type) on your 3 Wheeled Motorcycle

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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3WHEEL RIDER COURSE FAQs

What will I need to register?

You'll need a valid automobile driver's license, Motorcycle Learning Permit, or a Motorcycle Endorsement.

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

Do I need my own Trike?

Yes, or any 3Wheel vehicle (except for the Polaris Slingshot)

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