Riding Academy

Riding Academy

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. Questions? learntoride@blueridgehd.com


Get Ready to Ride Orientation

Excited about Riding Academy but wondering what to expect? We’re here for you! 

Get a head start before your class by joining the Get Ready to Ride Orientation.  

  • We’ll make sure you’re ready to roll with the proper riding gear like a jacket, gloves, boots, and most importantly, a helmet.
  • Receive a Discount on your Riding Gear purchase. 
  • Go on a tour of the dealership, introduce you to the staff, and get a feel for the controls on a Genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. 

This orientation will help you feel comfortable, prepared, and relaxed to get on the bike for your first class.

Give us a call or e-mail us to schedule @ learntoride@blueridgehd.com

Interested in learning how to ride? 

Here's WHAT TO EXPECT as a beginner for our RA Class:

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

For our Riding Academy alumni:

We welcome you back!

Check out these rides we have for you!

These rides have been put together specifically for Riding Academy Graduates only, ride safe! 

Alumni Rides