Riding Academy™ | Riders Edge® | Harley-Davidson® of Frederick

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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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

Skilled rider course What to expect

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.

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Skilled rider course FAQs

What will I need to register?

  • A street-ready motorcycle
  • Motorcycle endorsement, permit or license
  • Proof of valid motorcycle insurance

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

What bike will I ride?

For the riding portion, you will provide a street-ready motorcycle.

3-Wheel New Rider Course 3-Wheeled Freedom Starts Here

New to 3-wheel motorcycle riding? No worries. The 3-wheel New Rider Course is your gateway to 3-wheeled freedom. It’s designed to give you the skills and control to ride with confidence, whether you’re a first-time rider or it’s your first time on three wheels.

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Roll with Confidence, Comfort, and Style

You’re in control wherever the road takes you with premium suspension and new braking enhancements. You also get the awesome power of the Milwaukee-Eight™ engine and the custom style that puts a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle miles apart from any other machine on the road.

Get Up To Speed And On The Road

It’s never been easier or safer to earn a 3-wheel motorcycle endorsement. The 3-Wheel New Rider Course offers expert MSF-certified instruction in a classroom and on a practice track so you’re ready to hit the road with confidence. Now is the time to start riding.

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3-Wheel New Rider Course FAQs

How much time does it take?

Total course time is approximately 16–18 hours, including classroom instruction, riding exercises on a practice track, and a knowledge and skill test.

Do I need any special gear?

You'll need to bring the following:

  • A helmet that meets D.O.T. standards
  • Eye protection
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacketr

What else do I need to register?

You must be of legal age to operate a 3-wheel motorcycle on public streets. Check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles for age requirements in your state. You do not need a motorcycle. Appropriate 3-wheel motorcycles are available for training at course locations.

How much does it cost?

Course fees are determined by jurisdiction and at the site that conducts the training.

Where can I find a course?

Courses are offered only at recognized RERP (Rider Education Recognition Program) locations. Get in touch with your local Harley-Davidson dealer for more information. Or Search for Classes.

The time is now. The place is here.