Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey
5817 State Rd 54, New Port Richey, FL 34652
Harley-Davidson Riding Academy

Harley-Davidson Riding Academy

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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.

Complete an online e-course prior to your first night of class.

Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like quick stops, swerving and surmounting obstacles.

Earn an MSF Basic Rider Course SM 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.

You must hold at least a valid Class E operator’s driver license.

Be at least 16 years old, and if under 18, hold at least a Learner’s License for one year with no traffic convictions.

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 (BRC2) > WHAT TO EXPECT

Take your riding to an all-new level with the Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy Skilled Rider Course. Created for experienced riders, it offers advanced tips and techniques that help you own the road.

The course runs 1 day and is built on the curriculum of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) Basic Rider Course 2 Suite. It is taught by devoted MSF and H-D® Certified Instructors.

The course focuses on improving these skills:

  • 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 earn a MSF Basic Rider Course 2 completion card that may qualify you for a discount on motorcycle insurance.

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.

ADVENTURE TOURING RIDING COURSE > WHAT TO EXPECT

This 1-day course includes on-bike exercises that will introduce you to new skills needed for Adventure Touring riding. Exercises will include basic control, use or controlled loss of traction under braking and acceleration, standing and pivoting postures, counterweighting, rear wheel steering and surmounting obstacles. Range-side demonstrations and discussions also cover risks, traction, surface conditions, gearing up for the ride, and overall adventure preparation. This course is also a great primer for those interested in a full off-road training or experiences, setting you up for success in those advance off-road riding opportunities. Bring your owner’s manual, and any motorcycle tools and parts you may need for range-side fixes.

WHAT SKILL WILL I LEARN >

Basic off-pavement skills include standing postures for straight-line riding, turning and tighter turns. More complex off-pavement skills include rear-wheel steering, crossing over obstacles, irregular terrain, and riding on hills.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR >

•      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 are recommended)  

•      DOT-Certified helmet style based on the requirements of your state  

•      Other: pads, kidney belts, etc.  

*Specific Adventure Touring gear is not required for this course, but it is specially designed for the type of riding you will be doing off-road. Here are some benefits of Adventure Touring specific gear:  

Helmet: Choose a full-faced helmet. Those featuring a sun visor, room for goggles and an integrated dust filter work the best.  

Boots: Over the calf boots provide stability and protection. They can also reduce fatigue from standing for lengthy periods while riding.  

Jacket and Pants: Adventure Touring jackets and pants are abrasion resistant and feature pockets for body armor. They are cut to let you move freely in both the standing and seated position.  

Gloves: Adventure Touring gloves are vented and abrasion resistant. They are designed to let your hands move freely because riding off-road may require greater control manipulation than riding on the street. 


3-WHEEL BASIC RIDER COURSE (3WNRC) > WHAT TO EXPECT

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 to ride with confidence, whether you’re a first-time rider or it’s your first time on three wheels. The 3-Wheel New Rider Course is an entry-level, learn-to-ride 3-wheel motorcycle training and education course taught by MSF and Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Certified Coaches. 

Total course time is approximately 18-20 hours, including classroom instruction, riding exercises on a practice track, and a knowledge and skill test.

You will need a 3-wheeled motorcycle. In some instances, your dealer can provide you with a bike to train on. Contact your dealer to see if they can provide a bike for the range sessions.