Learn to Ride

Now has never been a better time to learn how to ride a Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle! There are different options that will give you what you need to get your license and on the road in no time. Harley-Davidson® offers its own "Riding Academy" at select dealerships for you to learn to ride. Alternative options to learn, include courses at many of the local and surrounding community colleges.


Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy

New Rider Course Overview

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.

Offered at select H-D® dealers, the new rider course provides you with expert guidance from H-D® certified coaches. In the classroom, you'll get to know the motorcycle you'll be riding and learn the basics of rider safety skills.

On the practice range, you'll learn braking and turning, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting obstacles. When you're finished you'll get a completion card. Depending on your individual state this card may exempt you from having to take the riding portion of your motorcycle license test and may also score you a discount on motorcycle insurance. Ask your H-D® dealer and insurance provider for details.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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 government approved motorcycle helmet (meets D.O.T. standards)
  • Eyewear

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Local Motorcycle Rider Courses

Cape Fear Community College - Motorcycle Safety Courses

Wilmington, NC

Basic Motorcycle Rider
This course is designed for new riders who have never ridden a motorcycle and for re-entry riders who need a refresher course. Students will learn about the different types of motorcycles, layout and operation of the basic controls, and how to become a safer, more responsible rider. Successful participants will receive a NC DMV skills waiver card.

Experienced Rider Course
Please contact CFCC at (910) 362-7219

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Brunswick Community College - Motorcycle Safety Courses

Supply, NC

New Riders Classes (BRC)
The “Riding & Street Skills” (RSS) class is designed for riders with little or no experience or those who want to become safer riders. Motorcycles are provided by Brunswick Community College. The registration fee is $157.00. Classes run Thursday, 6p-10p, and Saturday and Sunday 8a-6p (riding time both days). Classes meet in the Applied Plant Sciences building (building K) and the adjacent parking lot.

Experienced Rider Class (ERC)
This class will enable you to be a safer, smarter rider. You must have an “M” endorsement on your driver’s license. Classes run from 8a – 5p. The registration fee is $85.00. There are a limited number of spaces in each class. Pre-registration and Pre-payment are required for all classes. High School students must provide permission forms from their schools.

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Coastal Carolina Community College - Motorcycle Safety Courses

Jacksonville, NC

Basic Riders Classes (BRC)
The MSF BRC is the best place for a new rider to start once they’ve made the decision to ride. The course consists of approximately 5 hours of formal classroom activities and 13 hours of riding instruction. Practical riding skills are developed in a controlled off-street environment.

Basic Riders Classes (BRC2)
Prerequisite: MSF BRC eCourse
Requirements: A motorcycle learners permit or full endorsement. Riders must provide their own two-wheeled single track motorcycle.

The MSF BRC2 is for riders who already have basic skills. It is similar to the BRC except the speeds are higher. There’s always something new to learn. This course allows you to hone your riding skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed to survive in traffic. This class will enable you to be a safer, smarter rider. You must have an “M” endorsement on your driver’s license. Classes run from 8a – 5p. The registration fee is $85.00. There are a limited number of spaces in each class. Pre-registration and Pre-payment are required for all classes. High School students must provide permission forms from their schools.

Advanced Rider Course (ARC)
Requirements: A motorcycle learners permit or full endorsement. A motorcycle endorsement and provide your own two-wheeled single track motorcycle.

The MSF ARC is a one-day course that complements a rider’s basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness with focuses on the behavioral aspects of riding such as attitude and personal risk assessment, and includes discussions about braking proficiency, cornering techniques and traction management.

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