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Riding Academy at Vandervest Harley-Davidson

Great riders aren't born. They're made.

Learn to ride - Or ride better - The H-D® way.

We would like to invite you to take the ride of your life! Learning to ride your own Harley-Davidson® motorcycle is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll have – but it is merely the beginning. The Riding Academy New Rider Course is designed to get you comfortable on 2-wheels, riding a Street® 500 as a dealer provided motorcycle. In the classroom you’ll get to know and practice how to prepare for situations you’ll encounter on the road. On the practice range, you’ll learn braking, turning and maneuvers like controlling skills, quick stops and U-turns.

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® Street® 500
  • Receive full support of the entire Dealership staff, before, during and well after your 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 (which might get you a discount from certain vehicle insurance companies)
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New rider course FAQs

What will I need to register?

You'll need a valid Wisconsin automobile driver's license and have the ability to ride and balance a bicycle.

Learners Permits

For Wisconsin, you do NOT need to hold a Motorcycle Temporary Permit before class because you are on private property. If you intend to ride on the road prior to class and over 18 years of age, it is strongly suggested you do earn the Temporary Permit to remain a legal motorcyclist. Our program WILL NOT satisfy the requirements of the State of Wisconsin for student under the age of 18.

Required eCourse

For all students it in now required that you take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation eCourse within 30 days of the last date of your scheduled class.

There is a $19.99 fee associated with this test, payable through the website to the Motorcycle safety Foundation. The website address is: http://www.msf-usa.org. Completion certificate is required at class time.

Please print, read and complete the forms below and bring them to the first night of class.

Do I need any special gear?

You'll need to brind the following:

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

3-WHEEL New Rider Course 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. It’s never been easier or safer to earn a 3-wheel motorcycle endorsement. The 3-Wheel New Rider Course is an entry-level, learn-to-ride 3-wheel motorcycle training and education course taught by expert MSF-certified and Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Certified Coach Instruction. Course time is 16-20 hours, including classroom and on a practice track so you’re ready to hit the road with confidence. 

You’ll learn advanced tips and techniques to help you own the road.

  • 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 not only ride with more confidence than ever, you’ll earn an MSF Basic RiderCourseSM 2 Completion Card that may qualify you for a discount on motorcycle insurance.


What will I need to register?

  • Valid automobile driver’s license or learner’s permit
  • A street-ready 3-Wheel Motorcycle
  • Proof of valid motorcycle insurance

Do I need any special gear?

You'll need 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 3-wheel street-ready motorcycle.

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