The idea behind Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course is simple.
We want to enable non-riders to experience motorcycling while learning basic skills in a way that's fun and involving. Our Riding Academy New Rider Course Instructors are dedicated enthusiast who have received certification from the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation®), as well as additional training from Harley-Davidson. Not only that, but they are seasoned riders with years of on road experience.
This review is strictly about the Riding Academy and not the other departments. It's been 15 years since I got on a bike and the instructors got me feeling confident about my riding skills. They were professional, patient (especially when some of the students were having trouble), and trained to standards set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Big thanks to Russ and Bill Leonard for doing such a great job. I would write more, but I'm gonna go ride now!
- Arvie M. via Facebook /
3 Day Course Breakdown
1/2 Day on course 1/2 Day in Classroom / Tuesday / 7am-4pm
Full Day on the course & Graduation / Wednesday / 7am-4pm
1/2 Day on course 1/2 Day in Classroom / Saturday / 7am-4pm
Full Day on the course & Graduation / Sunday / 7am-4pm
Tuition is $349 / This includes the use of our
Harley-Davidson Street 500 Motorcycles
March 30th-April 2nd
April 6th-April 9th
April 13th-16th (Easter Weekend)
April 27th - April 30th
May 4th - May 7th
May 11th - May 14th (Mother's Day Weekend)
May 15th-May 17th - Weekday Class
May 25th -May 28th - (Memorial Day Weekend)
June 1st-June 4th
June 8th - June 11th
June 15th - June 18th (Father's Day weekend)
1. DOT approved helmet
2. Protective eye-wear
3. Long sleeves and pants
4. Over-the-ankle boots
5. Full-fingered gloves
*Note: Its a good idea to bring your gear with you to the Monday/Thursday class so the instructors can approve it for your safety before riding.
What will I be riding?
What do I get from the Riding Academy Course?
The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Course is more personalized and in-depth than the state course. Our objective is to ensure riders are safe and confident on the road.
Just e-mail Hope Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-896-0111
"Hope good afternoon. I just wanted to say that I had a great time at the Riding Academy this weekend. Both instructors were fun and went the extra mile for us showing us tricks and tips to becoming better riders. Plus they calmed down some people that were having a tough time on certain exercises and even kept one person from quitting. With their patience and calm instructions the young lady passed with quite a good score. Once again thank you I had a great time." - Jeff
"Good morning!!!!! I have been back from my mini vacation for a week already and have been wanting to let you know that the class was great!!!!! The coach.... greater... he is beyond doubt an asset and he knows and is experienced. I have no regrets on anything (even when I fell lol) but only have praises ... I only do regret not dropping by to see you and say Hi, but hopefully some day. Well Thank You!!!!! and thanks to all the great people there (I do remember Sami, Al, Scott, Bernie :)" - Gregorio
"I thought that the class was first rate, and may owe my life to what I learned during the four days of class. I think this says a lot about your dealership being top-notch and I was impressed when at the dealership. Both Russ & Darrin took the time to make sure we knew how to handle a bike and why." - Tom
"I never ever thought I would drive a motorcycle. When my husband bought his first bike I wasn't even sure I wanted to ride as a passenger! Then I was told about the Riders Edge class and my husband encouraged me to take it. "You'll never know if you don't try", my husband said. The class was excellent, The instructors were great teachers and the Buell Blast was perfect for learning on. I'm hooked!" - Anita
"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Riders Edge Class I just completed. I have not had a motorcycle for over 30 years and I was more than a little nervous about getting back on a bike, especially one that is a couple hundred pounds bigger than what I have ever ridden before. The course was well designed to provide a solid base of knowledge and skills on which I will continue to build upon. I now have the confidence that I can operate my new motorcycle safety. I look forward to a long relationship with Grand Rapids Harley. Please let you instructors know how much I personally enjoyed the course and their leadership." - Mr. Howse