Learn to Ride I Gold Star Harley-Davidson I Festus, Missouri

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

LEARN TO CONQUER THE OPEN ROAD

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 Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy. Available only at Authorized H-D® Dealerships.

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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.

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

THE TIME IS NOW. THE PLACE IS HERE.

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY FOUNDATION (MSF) CURRICULUM

The Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy New Rider Course is built on the proven curriculum of the MSF's Basic Rider Course™ with additional elements provided by Harley-Davidson®. You begin by learning how to start the motorcycle. By the end of it all, you're confidently handling true Milwaukee steel.

MSF AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON® CERTIFIED COACHES

Our coaches are certified by the MSF. They've also been specifically trained by the Harley-Davidson® Motor Company to deliver our unique, interactive new rider course. You learn the best when you learn from the best.

HANDS-ON TRAINING

Get ready to ride. You learn the basics in the classroom. But you spend most of the time practicing on the controlled range, developing the basic maneuvers and skills that make you ready for the road. It doesn't feel like school. It feels like freedom.

LEARN ON A HARLEY-DAVIDSON® MOTORCYCLE

We're not training people to ride motor scooters here. This is about getting on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The real look, sound and feel. When you finish, you're ready to ride the real steel.

GETTING YOUR LICENSE

When you complete the course and pass a written test. you'll receive a MSF completion card. With this card, your state may waive the riding test needed to obtain a motorcycle endorsement, and some insurance companies may offer discounts. (Missouri waves the riding test)

HELPFUL LINKS

"A Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is much more than a machine. It's the places you go. It's the things you see. It's the people you meet. It's a journey. It's an adventure. It's the timeless, ageless appeal of freedom!"

- Wilie G. Davidson

Gold Star Harley-Davidson®
2435 Highway 67 South
Festus, MO 63028
Phone: (636) 931-8700

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