Gateway Harley-Davidson® New Rider Course
"When my husband decided I needed a motorcycle, I saw sheer terror in his eyes when I tried to sit on it and operate it. The day I got home from Rider's Edge (H-D® Riding Academy), I was literally able to jump on my bike and ride - first around the neighborhood, then in the parking lot of the nearby community college. He came to watch, and just kept saying "I'm impressed. I'm very impressed," over and over."
Learn to Ride
When you thumb the starter of a motorcycle, something special happens. As the pistons pump faster, so does your adrenaline. When you kick it into gear and release the clutch, your mind and body become completely focused on machine and road. And your exhilaration will accelerate with every gear shift. Welcome to the sport of motorcycling. The idea behind the Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy is simple: we want to enable non-riders to experience motorcycling while learning basic skills in a way that's fun, involving and safe.
Our Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy includes 25 hours of instruction over the course of 4 days. Weekend and weekday courses are available. In the classroom portion of the course, you will learn the basics of riding safety with group discussions, booklets, videos, and testing. For the range portion of the course, we supply you with a 500cc Harley-Davidson® Street™ 500. The Street™ is a mid-weight street bike that’s easy to handle. With this fun machine, you’ll hone in the skills that will make you ready for the road. Click here to see the dates for the 2014 schedule.Please note that exceptions to the 4-Day Schedule Format are made for classes occurring during the week. These classes typically only run 8-9 hours a day Monday through Wednesday.
MSF and Harley-Davidson® Certified Coaches
Our Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy Coaches are dedicated enthusiasts who have received certification from the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation®), as well as additional training from Harley-Davidson®. Not only that, but they are seasoned riders with years of on-the-road experience. With each class restricted to 10 students, you are guaranteed to have at least a 6 to1 Student to Coach ratio, which makes for better personal instructional attention.
"The course taught strategy and technique that can be applied in day to day traffic situations. The instructors were very helpful and positive throughout classtime and course time. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn to ride."
Getting Your License
Upon completion of the Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy, you will receive a Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion card approved by the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program.
Take this completion certificate to any DMV in the state of Missouri* and the riding test to obtain your motorcycle endorsement on your license will be waived. Most insurance companies recognize this certification and apply a discount. In Missouri, to obtain your license, you will only need to take the written test. Check out the Missouri Motorcycle Operator Manual.
*ATTENTION ILLINOIS RESIDENTS:
You many take our course. However, Illinois State DMVs do not recognize our completion card as adequate proof to waive the riding portion of the motorcycle endorsement test.
Motorcycle and Gear
We provide the motorcycle, and you provide the gear. We provide you with a 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street™ 500 for use in the course. It has a 500cc engine, and is relatively small and lightweight, perfect for the beginner rider. Each student must provide their own D.O.T. approved helmet, eye protection, long sleeved shirt or jacket, jeans, full fingered gloves, and boots that cover the ball of the ankle. Students will need to bring these in on the second day of the course to get approved by the Coaches.
"The Rider's Edge Program (H-D® Riding Academy) is a fun, educational course. Low stress and informative. This course has definitely made me a more confident, competent rider. These people fill you with encouragement throughout the course. I would highly recommend it."
Gearing Up for the Course
During your Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy Course here at Gateway Harley-Davidson®, we offer you the oppourtunity to get completely geared up for your future riding with the help of our expert MotorClothes® Specialists. Students enrolled in our H-D® Riding Academy Course can take advantage of a large selection of gear and apparel.
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Course Payment and Policies
The Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy course costs $249 per student. The course fee is non-refundable within 2 weeks prior to the course start or for non-completion of the course for any reason. Please keep in mind, that every student must attend every class. Absence or tardiness will not be tolerated. If during the course, a Coach deems that it is not safe to allow a student to proceed in the course, that person may be counseled out and will not receive a completion certificate. If a student makes it through the course safely, but is unable to pass the final evaluations, they will not receive a completion certificate. In these circumstances, the student may be given the opportunity to take the course again at the discretion of the Coaches/Program Manager. Class dates are subject to change. Classes may be canceled or rescheduled due to dealership events, weather, poor enrollment, etc. We will work with students who have signed up for a class, which has been canceled by our dealership. No cancellation fees will apply.