Harley-Davidson rolls out Riding Academy, expands abroad

Publish Date: 
Apr 25, 2014

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Harley-Davidson has formally unveiled the new Riding Academy rider training program hosted by Harley-Davidson dealerships and conducted on all-new Street 500 motorcycles.

"For years we've been delivering a life-changing, freedom-inspiring training experience," said Angela Thundercloud, Harley-Davidson rider training manager. "Now, we're taking rider training to a new level by incorporating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that students will want to keep riding long after class is over."   

Since its inception in 2000, Harley-Davidson's rider training program has successfully trained more than 350,000 new riders with a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)-approved rider training experience that guides students on their journey from the classroom to the street with an emphasis on building student confidence on their road to independence.

The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy's New Rider Course provides nearly everything students need to take the first step on their motorcycle riding journey, including MSF-certified instructors, use of a motorcycle to learn on, and a minimum of 20 hours of combined classroom and range training with a guaranteed 6:1 student/instructor ratio. All students need to bring to class is appropriate riding gear.

"Instilling confidence is vital to preparing new riders to move from the classroom to the open road," Thundercloud said. "We designed everything – the experience, the curriculum and the equipment – to inspire that needed confidence and empower new students to have a ton of fun learning to ride on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle."

In many states, completion of a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy course can exempt riders from needing to take an additional road test before becoming licensed, and many insurance providers offer discounts to graduates.


In addition to changes in the United States, where more than 180 Harley-Davidson dealers offer training courses, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy is expanding globally into Mexico, China and South Africa.

Posted by Holly Wagner