Harley-Davidson is expanding its rider training program into California. Select California Harley-Davidson dealerships are offering the Rider's Edge New Rider Course motorcycle training program. Additional dealerships are preparing to launch their program within the month, according to H-D.
The Rider's Edge New Rider Course California premier program is based on the proven curriculum of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's (MSF) Basic RiderCourse, while offering additions that provide longer classroom and range time.
The first Harley-Davidson dealerships in California to offer the Rider's Edge New Rider Course premier program are Orange County Harley-Davidson in Irvine and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson in Lancaster.
Beyond additional classroom activities over the MSF course, The Rider's Edge New Rider Course California program includes a group riding component and a Riding Straight module that focuses on the impact of alcohol and riding where students can experience simulations using Fatal Vision Goggles.
The cost and course schedule vary by dealership, but the program typically can be completed in an extended weekend and outside of standard work hours. To be eligible, students must have a valid driver's license, learners permit or certificate showing completion of the classroom portion of driver's education. For those under 18, a waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Upon successful completion of the course, graduates receive a California motorcycle license waiver, relinquishing the riding test given by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and qualifying riders for insurance premium discounts with some motorcycle insurers.
Harley-Davidson established the Rider's Edge New Rider Course in 2000. Since then, the program has grown to include 41 states and 176 dealerships.