Learn To Ride / Riding Academy

Riding Academy™ | Riders Edge® | DX1 Harley-Davidson®

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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 New River Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy. Available only at Authorized H-D® Dealerships. Sign up online or at the dealership.  

Excited about Riding Academy?  We can't wait to help you start your journey.  Before the class begins, we invite you to join the Get Ready to Ride Orientation at our dealership to get a feel for the controls and shifting on an H-D motorcycle, take a tour of the dealership, meet the staff and ensure you have all the right riding gear for class.  This orientation will help you quickly get comfortable and relaxed on a bike before you ever start the course.  Contact us today to sign up for the Get Ready to Ride Orientation Or use the link to sign up below.

Space is limited to registered Riding Academy students only.










  • 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 RiderCourse 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

Our Motorclothes® Department is fully stocked to get you the required gear to take the New River Harley-Davidson New Rider Course.

What Bike Will I Ride?

For the riding portion, New River Harley-Davidson will provide you with a Harley-Davidson® Street 500.

When Can I Take A Course?

We offer classes almost every week. Click on "Find A Class" on this page.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of the class is $250.

Payment must be made at least seven days in advance in order to complete the confirmation process!

What is your cancellation policy?

A full refund is available up to 14 days before class begins. After that time, only $100 of the price of class will be refunded. Once class begins, no refund will be available. Students who wish to reschedule, must do so 14 days prior to the first day of their scheduled class. You must provide written or e-mail notification of your intent to cancel your class reservation no later than 14 days prior to the scheduled start time in order to receive full refund. If you fail to provide the required notice, or if you elect to drop from the class at any time during its presentation, you will not receive any refund. Occasionally, an instructor must council a student on if he/she feels that the student is not meeting the objectives of the class and/or is a potential danger to themselves or other students. If you are asked to leave the class due to a disciplinary problem, you will not receive any refund. You will need to re-register and pay again. If you are asked to leave the class by one of the instructors for safety or performance concerns, you will not receive a refund. However, you will be able to re-enter another class at no charge. Additionally, New River Harley-Davidson reserves the right to cancel any scheduled class for any reason. All efforts will be made to reschedule the class at a later date, or place any registered student in the next available opening. A full refund will be given if a class is canceled and the student is unable to reschedule.