Great riders aren't born. They're made.

Learn to ride - Or ride better - The H-D® way.

If you’re ready to experience the unique thrill of riding your own motorcycle for the first time, there’s no better place to learn than the New Rider Course at Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy. Experienced riders, take your skills to the next level with the Skilled Rider Course. Available only at Authorized H-D® Dealerships.

New Rider Course What to expect

When you take a New Rider Course at the Riding Academy you’ll:

  • Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
  • Get in-class and on-range instruction from Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) and H-D® Certified Coaches.
  • Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting obstacles.
  • Earn an MSF Basic RiderCourseSM Completion Card, which may (varies by state) exempt you from the riding portion of your license exam and score you a discount on motorcycle insurance.
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New rider course FAQs

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:

  • A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
  • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • A helmet that meets DOT requirements
  • Eyewear

Skilled rider course What to expect

Designed solely for experienced riders, this eight-hour 1- or 2-day course is taught by dedicated Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) and H-D® Certified Coaches.

You’ll learn advanced tips and techniques to help you own the road.

  • Control at low speeds
  • Risk management
  • Limited-space maneuvers
  • Cornering judgment
  • Swerving and stopping quickly on straights and in curves
  • Multiple curve maneuvers and surmounting objects

When you’re done, you’ll not only ride with more confidence than ever, you’ll earn an MSF Basic RiderCourseSM 2 Completion Card that may qualify you for a discount on motorcycle insurance.

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Skilled rider course FAQs

What will I need to register?

  • A street-ready motorcycle
  • Motorcycle endorsement, permit or license
  • Proof of valid motorcycle insurance

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 helmet that meets DOT requirements
  • Eyewear

What bike will I ride?

For the riding portion, you will provide a street-ready motorcycle.

The time is now. The place is here.

RIDING ACADEMY EMPLOYEES

Riding Academy At Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

Steve McQueen

H-D Riding Academy Manager & Coach

Started riding in 1982.
Joined the ISSHD Team in February 2016.

Riding Academy At Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

Steve Lacey

H-D Riding Academy Coach

Started riding in 1998.
Started teaching rider education classes in 2001. Taught over 360+ Beginner Rider Courses and 25+ Experienced Rider Courses.
Joined the ISSHD Riding Academy Team in 2015.

Riding Academy At Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

Bob Maas

H-D Riding Academy Coach

Started riding in 1969.
Started teaching rider education classes in 2002. Joined the ISSHD Riding Academy Coaching Team in 2015.

Motorcycles Sales At Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

Eric Anderson

H-D Riding Acadamy Coach & Motorcycle Sales Manager

Started riding in 1980.
Joined the ISSHD Team in March 2011.
Retired after 30-years in the US Army and I'm an Iraq Combat Veteran.

Riding Academy At Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

Shug Shugert

H-D Riding Academy Coach

Started riding in 1968.
Started teaching rider education classes in 2015.
Joined the ISSHD Riding Academy Coaching Team in 2015.

Riding Academy At Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

William Gutierrez

H-D Riding Academy Coach

Started riding in 1978.
Started teaching rider education classes in 2016.
Joined the ISSHD Riding Academy Coaching Team in 2015.

Riding Academy At Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson

Dallas Hall

H-D Riding Academy Coach

Started riding in 2000.
Started teaching rider education classes in 2009.
Joined the ISSHD Riding Academy Coaching Team in 2017.