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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.



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:

  • Eyewear
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
  • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
  • A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • A government approved motorcycle helmet (in the U.S., a motorcycle helmet that meets D.O.T. standards)

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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.

Where can I find a course?

Get in touch with your local dealer or Search for Classes.


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

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

3-Wheel New Rider Course
The Road To 3-Wheeled Freedom

Get expert instruction on how to ride with confidence and earn your 3-wheel motorcycle endorsement, whether you’re a first-time rider or it’s your first-time on three wheels.

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harley davidson 101



H-D 101 is an introduction for anyone interested in riding. We know there are a ton of questions about how to get started, and we want to make it easy.

We'll start with the basics and go he

adlights to tailpipes, getting you up to speed on everything from learning to ride to gear that fits your style.

jump start



You may have heard people say that there’s nothing like being on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Now, you can find out for yourself – even if you have no previous experience with motorcycles.

The Harley-Davidson®  JUMPSTART™ Rider Experience combines a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a specially-designed, stationary support stand.

  • No knowledge or previous motorcycle experience necessary.
  • Motorcycle will not tip over.

You’ll mount the bike, set your boots on the foot pegs and fire up the engine under the watchful eye of trained personnel. Give the throttle a twist and hear that unforgettable Harley sound. Sitting comfortably on the bike, you’ll continue to shift through the gears – all safely and securely attached to the JUMPSTART™ platform.

Ready to try it out?  



Will I be experiencing an actual Harley-Davidson® motorcycle?

Yes! The bike you try is a 100% street-ready Harley®  motorcycle.

Is this a training program?

No. It is an introduction to the experience of riding a Harley® motorcycle.


Is it safe?

Yes. The bike is securely fastened to the JUMPSTART platform and there is no danger of tipping or damaging the bike.

Do I need any special gear?

A good solid pair of shoes is the only gear you should bring. Anything else can be provided at the dealership.

Where can I try JUMPSTART™?

To try JUMPSTART™, find a dealer near you.