Riding Academy

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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Cancellation / Reschedule Policy

If you must cancel your class, you will have up to ten (10) days prior to the start date of the class to receive a full refund. If you cancel after ten (10) days, you will be refunded half of the class fee. If you cancel 48 hours or less before your class starts, there will be NO refund. 

You may reschedule your class for a ($50.00) rescheduling fee. You must contact Harley-Davidson of Bloomington to cancel or reschedule your class.

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

2020 HDB Riding Academy


New Rider Course Schedule (Coming Soon)
April May June July Aug Sept Oct
17-19 1-3 5-7 10-12 31-2 11-13 2-4
24-26 8-10 12-14 17-19  7-9 18-20 9-11
  15-17 19-21 24-26 14-16 25-27  
  29-31 26-28   28-30    
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