New Rider Course




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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.

>> All of the 2020 Riding Academy classes have been filled & are no longer available for registration. <<

If you are interested in joining the 2021 Riding Academy next year, email or complete the form below!

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    When you take a New Rider Course at the Riding Academy you will:

    • Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
    • Receive full support of the entire Dealership staff, before, during and well after your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle class
    • Learn systematically how to accelerate, shift, brake, turn from a stop, along with maneuvers like controlling skids, swerving and multiple-curves.
    • Earn a Wisconsin Motorcycle Skills Waiver Form (exempting you from the WI DMV road test)
    • Receive a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF®) Completion Card (may get you a discount from certain vehicle insurance companies-check with your agent for clarification)

    New Rider Course FAQs

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

    If you have a valid non-Wisconsin driver’s license, you are responsible for checking with your state to confirm they will accept a waiver from the state of Wisconsin.

    You do NOT need to hold a Wisconsin Motorcycle Temporary Permit before class because you are on private property. If you intend to ride on the road prior to class, it is strongly suggested you do earn the Temporary Permit to remain a legal motorcyclist.

    After the course is completed and Waiver Form earned, you WILL need to complete the Motorcycle Temporary Permit test before the M endorsement will be given at the DMV.

    A: You’ll need to bring the following:

    • Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
    • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear, preferably boots with a very low heel
    • Full-fingered gloves(preferably leather)
    • A DOT approved helmet(preferably three-quarters or full-faces)
    • Eyewear, including sunglasses, prescription glasses or clear glasses

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, H-D of Madison will NOT be supplying any loaner gear for forgotten or incorrect gear. Purchases can be made at the Dealership for these items.

    A: You’ll receive the following:

    • Harley-Davidson Street® 500 training motorcycle
    • Highly trained and certified MSF and Harley-Davidson Coaches
    • Water and Soda
    • MSF Rider Handbook
    • Riding Academy® Roadbook
    • Rainsuits (During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Rainsuits will not be offered.)


    H-D of Madison Waivers Wisconsin Motorcyclists’ Handbook Confirmation Letter 2020 Refund Policy – Updated 6/17/20


    • Completion Certificate from the MSF e-Course: This Completion Date MUST NOT be dated more than (30) days of your class start date.
    • There is a fee of $19.99 associated with this course, payable directly to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
    • Compliance is a state of WI requirement
    • The course takes approximately (3) hours to complete, but you are able to take at your own desired pace and not in one session.
    • You may print the completion certificate or email to


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