Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride

New rider course

Never ridden before? Don't sweat it. The Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy New Rider Course is designed to get you comfortable on a bike and give you the skills you need to ride with confidence.


What to expect during your Riding Academy experience

Now’s the perfect time to get ready for Riding Academy. Get ready for the classroom and range experiences.


Get ready

What to do before class

Get comfortable on a motorcycle before you even walk into your first class. Make the most of your class by getting in the saddle at your local Harley-Davidson® dealership and trying a Jumpstart™ demo. Getting knowledgeable before your class begins will get you on a bike and feeling comfortable faster.

You’ll mount the motorcycle, set your boots on the foot pegs and fire up the engine under the watchful eye of our trained personnel. And then, sitting comfortably on the motorcycle, you’ll give the throttle a twist and continue to shift through the gears – all while safely and securely attached to the Jumpstart™ platform.


Iron Steed H-D Partners with CMSP

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcyclist Training Course is designed for novice riders with no (or limited) street-riding experience. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction. You will learn fundamental skills required to operate the motorcycle and progress to street riding skills and strategies.

Topics covered include fear, understanding how motorcycles turn, proper cornering strategies, and emergency crash avoidance skills. This course is based on the most current research in rider safety and utilizes modern training methods.

Though designed for new riders, any rider that has not taken a motorcycle course will benefit from this course. Motorcycles and helmets are provided in this course.


Riding training graduate financing program

Riders who complete the Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy Course can take advantage of special financing options which include no down payment or rates as low as 3.49%* and flexible terms.



Get geared up for class

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Essential gear

Having the best experience in class requires appropriate motorcycle gear. Check out what you should bring on day one.



Get ready to ride

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Need to know

The H-D®  dealer where you sign up for the course will determine the exact cost.

You'll need a valid automobile driver's license or learner's permit, and have the ability to ride a bicycle.

You'll need to bring the following:

  • Your Driver's License and/or Learner's Permit
  • Proof of completion of any pre-required course study
  • Any materials provided to you prior to or during class
  • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
  • Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas, low heel)
  • Eye protection (helmet visor, eye glasses, sun glasses, goggles acceptable)
  • Full-finger gloves (motorcycle specific recommended)
  • DOT-certified helmet style based on the requirements of your state.



For the riding portion, the H-D® dealer will provide you with a Harley-Davidson®motorcycle suited for the course.

Yes, learn more about the exclusive offers available only to Riding Academy graduates.

Contact us by phone or text at (707) 455-7000, with any questions you have about Riding Academy

You must attend the entire course and participate. You must come to class with all the required safety gear and have completed the CMSP course and pass the riding evaluation at the end of the range sessions. Upon completion of the course (Riding & Written portions), you will be issued a DL389. You will need to take that form to your DMV office where they will issue you the California Mandated DMV Written Motorcycle Endorsement Test. Upon passing, the DMV will issue you a temporary paper license, stating your M1 Endorsement and you will receive a new license in the mail. 

Yes. A lunch break is incorporated to all full days of Riding Academy.

Yes. However, we recommend that all riders take the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Class to learn the rules of the road

There will be no refunds if you do not pass the class, do not show up to the first class for any reason, or are dropped for not following all of the requirements:

  • Fees are non refundable for ANY reason once the course begins.
  • If you are late to any portion of the class for any reason, you forfeit the entire course fee.
  • Refunds and/or rescheduling must be requested at least 14 days prior to your class.

Contact us by phone or text at (707) 455-7000 as soon as possible to get rescheduled into another class. 

Riding Academy classes take place rain or shine, hot or cold. Be ready for whatever your local weather might have in store for you. In the event of dangerous weather, the class will be halted. Arrangements will be made to adjust the schedule around the weather if possible. Consult with your Coaches and or Academy Manager if weather results in a class being rescheduled or cancelled.  

Yes! The bike you try is a 100% street-ready Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

The classroom is located at 100 Auto Center Drive, Vacaville, Ca 95687. The Riding Range is located at the Solano Town Center (Solano Mall), the parking lot behind JCPenney's parking lot off of Gateway Blvd.