Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Stop Dreaming, Start Riding

Now has never been a better time to learn how to ride a motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course gives you all you need to get your license on the road in no time. The Riding Academy at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson is open to everyone, whether you currently ride a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle or not.

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Basic Rider & Skilled Rider Courses
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Riding Academy New Rider Course

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.
  • Arizona accepts the completion card from class as proof that you have met or exceeded the state’s minimum requirements for licensing.
  • Approx 20 hours, 2.2 days weekends or 3 weekdays

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Riding Academy Skilled Rider Course

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. Approx 6 hours.

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JumpStart

Start with Jumpstart, a motorcycle mounted to a stable platform; it cannot move. You will be given helpful pointers and then you will be guided through safely mounting the motorcycle and operation of the primary controls.

You will be guided through starting the engine, operating the controls (including the throttle!), and then you will have a chance to run through the gears. Shifting will be explained and you will have the opportunity to learn in a low risk, low pressure, environment. Jumpstart is free to use and you can give it a try just about any time.

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FAQ

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 with no holes
  • 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)

WHAT BIKE WILL I RIDE?
For the riding portion you will ride the H-D® Street 500.

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