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Get Ready to Ride

You've decided to stop dreaming and start riding. Make the most of your Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy by getting prepared to get in the saddle.

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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.
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Essential Gear

Having the best experience in class requires appropriate motorcycle gear. Check out what you should bring on day one.

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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR RIDING ACADEMY EXPERIENCE

Now’s the perfect time to get ready for Riding Academy. Get ready for the classroom and range experiences.
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SEE YOUR RIDING ACADEMY BIKE

Take a look at the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle that you will be riding during Riding Academy.

 

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. Check if your state requires this e-course.

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NEED TO KNOW

How much does it cost?

The H-D®  dealer where you sign up for the course will determine the exact cost.

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:

  • 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)
  • DOT-certified helmet style based on the requirements of your state.

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What bike will I ride?

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

Are there any special financing offers available to Riding Academy Graduates?

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

Who do I contact if I have questions?

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

What do I need to do to earn my motorcycle endorsement?

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. 

Do we get a lunch break?

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

I already know how to ride; can I just take the test?

Yes. However, we recommend that all riders take the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Class to learn the rules of the road

What if I need to reschedule?

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.

What about the weather?

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.