Colonial Harley-Davidson Riding Academy

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.


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 F.A.Q

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?
1) A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
2) Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
3) Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
4) Full-fingered gloves
5) A helmet that meets DOT requirements
6) Eyewear

Select Your Skill New To Riding Skilled Rider

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Diana and I had a great experience that highlights why we love our Colonial HD family.... We attended the monthly HOG meeting last night (great turn out and we're up to 139 members) and the weather turned very bad. I rode my limited to work and would have had to ride over an hour home in wet and very cold temperatures. Diana suggested that I asked Mark/Bob if they would keep my bike in the shop so I didn't have to risk the ride. Our Colonial family did not hesitate and went out of their way to accommodate our safety. This dealership and these people truly care about bikers and will do everything they can for us.... I'm sure many know this but I felt I needed to share. Thanks guys. Your help is always appreciated. Bill and Diana

Bill and Diana, Stoney Creek, VA