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Learn to Ride

Haven’t learned to ride yet? 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. The cost of the course is $340, which includes the MSF online course fees ($19.99). Learn more below, and then schedule a Harley-Davison Learn to Ride course near you in Oshkosh!

Riding Academy New Rider Course Overview

Looking to buy your first Harley-Davidson? Learn to ride from the experts! At Appleton Harley-Davidson, we want to enable non-riders to experience motorcycling while learning the basic skills in a way that is fun and involving. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Our Riding Academy New Rider Course Coaches are dedicated enthusiasts who have received certification from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Harley-Davidson and the State of Wisconsin. In addition, our Coaches are seasoned riders with years of road experience.
  • In the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy 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.
  • The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Course is more personalized and in-depth than the state course. Our objective is to ensure riders are safe and confident on the road.

What You’ll Need

  • Have the ability to ride a bicycle
  • 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
  • Protective eye-wear

What You’ll Be Riding

It probably goes without saying, but you’ll be using a genuine Harley-Davidson to learn to ride. Every student will be assigned a Harley-Davidson Street 500 to ride at each class session. The Street is an excellent bike for beginners for two very good reasons:

  1. It is easy to ride!
  2. We can change the seat to either a low or high seat to accommodate the height and build of the rider.

Getting Your “M” Endorsement

Successful completion of the Appleton Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course includes passing both a classroom portion and a riding skills test (“Road Test”). Proceed to your nearest Department of Motor Vehicles site. A 25-question computerized State of WI written test must also be taken at the DMV to receive your motorcycle “M” endorsement. After putting in your time at the Harley-Davidson riding academy and passing both tests, you’re clear to hit the road in Wisconsin!

Why Learn to Ride at Appleton Harley-Davidson?

We are committed to providing an exceptional Harley-Davidson “Learn to Ride” experience for Neenah-area riders. Here are just a few more reasons to choose our Harley-Davidson riding academy:

  • Free T-shirt after you show us your newly-earned “M” endorsement on your license
  • Mentors on-site to support you through your new riding journey
  • Learn to ride on newer Harley-Davidson Street 500 models that are inspected weekly
  • Affordable one-on-one training and retest options

 

Riding Academy New Rider Course: FAQ

Questions about our Harley-Davidson riding academy? See if your question is answered in our FAQ below, or give us a call at 920-757-1651. You can also contact the Riding Academy directly via email at [email protected], or simply visit our dealership in Appleton!

Q: What kind of riding gear will I need for the Riding Academy New Rider Course? 

A: You will need the following gear before you begin the course:

  • Properly fitted, DOT-approved motorcycle helmet
  • Eye protection such as a face shield, sunglasses, goggles, or glasses
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Long pants, preferably jeans or leather
  • Sturdy, over-the-ankle boots
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Rain gear is optional and recommended (we will ride in wet weather)

Q: Can I purchase riding gear from Appleton Harley-Davidson? 

A: Yes. While protective gear may be purchased anywhere, it must meet the minimum requirements as stated above.

Q: How do I get the “M” endorsement on my driver’s license after successful completion of the course?

A: After successful completion of the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course and riding skills test (“Road Test”), proceed to a Department of Motor Vehicles site near you in Green Bay. A computerized State of WI test (“Written Test”) must also be taken at the DMV to receive your motorcycle “M” endorsement.

Q: My schedule can be unpredictable. Can I miss a class or a range session?

A: No. Class time and range sessions are tightly scheduled. You cannot miss any range time or classroom training.

Q: What are the minimum requirements for passing the course?

A: To successfully complete the class, each rider must complete the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) E-Course provided by Appleton Harley-Davidson, attend all classroom and range training, and pass a Motorcycle Skills Evaluation.

Q: If I don’t complete the course, can I take it again?

A: Yes. Student riders, at the discretion of the rider/coach and/or the Program Administrator, may be given an opportunity to take the Riding Academy New Rider Couse a second time for a lowered re-registration fee. To do so, you must re-schedule within 3 months of the original class.

Q: I don’t own a motorcycle. Does Appleton Harley-Davidson provide one for me to use?

A: Yes. Every student is assigned a Harley-Davidson Street 500 motorcycle by Harley-Davidson to use during the course.

Q: Are class materials provided as well?

A: The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course is a multi-media program. It includes videos, classroom discussions, interactive study groups, and related learning activities. Students are provided with a New Rider Course workbook, Motorcycle Safety Foundation brochures, and other learning tools.

Q: Why must I know how to ride a bicycle to qualify for course enrollment?

A: Riding a motorcycle requires a sense of balance and coordination. Students who can ride a bicycle have demonstrated the minimum ability necessary to balance and coordinate a motorcycle.

Q: How do I pay for the course?

A: Online, you may pay the course fee by credit card only. In-store, you may pay the course fee by credit card, cash, gift card, or check.

Q: How do I know when Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Courses are available?

A: Click on the “sign up now” button. This will bring up all classes that are currently available at Appleton Harley-Davidson.

Q: I haven’t ridden a motorcycle for several years. Does it make sense for me to take the Riding Academy New Rider course?

A: The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course is a research-based curriculum. It was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and is taught by coaches who are certified by the MSF, State of Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program, and Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. Experienced riders typically benefit from the course by strengthening skills necessary for straight-line riding, turning, braking, and shifting. In addition, many insurance companies offer discounts to riders who have completed the course.

 

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