What to Expect?

After enrolling, you should be contacted by your dealership with any specifics to your course, including what to bring, what is required, and where and when to meet. Some dealers will have the coach call you, welcome you, remind you of items to bring and answer any questions you might have about the class.

What to wear?

You’ve probably heard by now you are required to wear riding gear for the class. If you are near the dealership, take what you have to the chapter manager to get it checked out. They can help you ensure that you have the right equipment.H-D gear to learn how to ride a motorcycle

Helmet

A helmet is the most important piece of motorcycle gear you will invest in. A helmet is a very personal piece of gear. Consider buying a helmet vs. borrowing one, that way it is yours and it fits you perfectly and allows you to focus on learning to ride. This is something you will want help buying – so go to the dealer and speak with the MotorClothes / merchandise team.

They are trained to fit a helmet and will ensure you get the right one. Helmet fit is so important that they will most likely suggest you wear the one you settle on around the dealer for about 15 minutes. It takes that long for the helmet to really let you know if it will be comfortable in the long run. Remember, helmets are not typically returnable once they leave the dealership, so take the time to find the right one.

Footwear 

Over the ankle footwear is essential, so get the dealer OK on the boots you intend to wear. You might want to ask to sit on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to ensure that your boots work with the footrests and controls.

Grab a pair of full fingered motorcycle gloves and try them on while testing the controls of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle - this will ensure that they will work for you.

Class Gear List

  • Your Driver's License 
  • Long-sleeve riding jacket (mesh, leather, textile or denim) 
  • 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)
  • Full-faced helmet 

About the course

This course is directed at existing riders who are looking to improve and enhance their skills and possibly road awareness.

Each exercise is designed to build on the previous exercises and allow you to learn quickly and effectively.  After every other exercise, a break will be held. This is usually an opportunity to discuss and a chance to just rest, get a drink of water and hang out with your classmates. 

This program will also focus on the basic skills of riding: cornering, swerving and maximum braking amongst others.

A group of students rididng their bikes at the riding academy

Programs typically are four (4) hours long and starts with an introductory classroom. The rest of the program is on the range (the open area).

COACH TIPS

The more helmet the better, full face is the best, followed by a modular. An open face helmet or ¾ open still provides good protection if you feel too restricted up in a full face. Half helmets, while very popular, offer the least amount of protection.

Learning to ride can be mentally and physically exhausting. Make plans to rest the night before the session – you want to be fresh for the training day.

Don’t score yourself during the evaluations. Riders that get worked up because they made a riding error often ride worse and make more errors. Ride on and do your best!

At the end of the evaluations, your coach will let you know how you did and the areas where you can work upon.

 

A woman doing the course at the riding academy

 

After Class

Students who successfully complete the classroom and range sessions will be presented a certificate. However, it does not count as a license and is not recognized by law enforcement as a license to ride. Once the class is over, get out and enjoy the ride!