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Gateway Harley-Davidson®
3600 Lemay Ferry Rd, St. Louis, Missouri 63125

Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy

Whether you’re just getting started or just brushing up, learn the skills you need to ride with confidence. We’ve helped hundreds of thousands of riders achieve their dreams, let us help you too. Learn more about our Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy motorcycle training courses and find a class today.

New Rider Course

Never ridden before? Want to get your license? The New Rider Course will lead you through the steps to learn to ride a motorcycle and get you on the road.

Successful completion earns the MSF BRC card and in most states a license waiver that gets you a motorcycle endorsement on your license at your state DMV.

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What to Expect

  • Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle
  • Classroom and range instruction from state & Riding Academy certified coaches
  • Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting riding obstacles
  • Earn a Motorcycle Safety Course Completion Card, which may exempt you from the riding portion of your state license exam and score you a discount on motorcycle insurance

New Graduate Financing Available

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.

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Your Journey is Just Beginning

You’re on your way to becoming a fully licensed rider. The open road is calling, and we can’t wait to help you answer the call. Check out our additional opportunities to learn and gain confidence and hear from our students about their experiences.

Welcome Back Workshop

 The fun doesn’t stop once class ends. We offer free post class Welcome Back Workshops for all Riding Academy graduates and guests here at the dealership. Learn more about motorcycling from our trained staff and join us for demos, activities, food, prizes and more!

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Friday         5:45-8:00pm     All class-room

Saturday    7am – 1pm    Class and Range

Sunday         7am – 1pm    Class and Range


No - The curriculum is a building block learning process. 

15 ½ years old with a parent signature on waivers. *Parents must sign waivers at the beginning of the first day if participant is under the age of 18


- No, we provide Harley-Davidson Street 500s during the class

- No, they are real-world Harley Davidson motorcycles. They have modifications just for the learning environment.

1) Each motorcycle has a protective kit installed that limits damage should the bike fall over

2) a calibration unit is installed the limits the speed of the motorcycles for the course environment.

- Successfully complete the 5-hour self-paced online eCourse within 30 days of your class start date, complete all range exercise, pass the riding skills exam and the written exam.

- The eCourse replaces our classroom session and can easily be completed at your convenience, but within 30 days of the first night of class. Your enrollment email will include details.  The eCourse, takes about 5 hours, and can be paused and resumed.

 - No, we need a printed copy of your eCourse completion certificate.

- No, we provide specific Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the class. 

- No, you will have to start from the beginning and need to pay for the new class.

- While the range & class curriculum is the same our motorcycles are Harley-Davidsons and we add a H-D experience, additionally Harley Davidson Rider Coaches have additional certification.

- We ride rain or shine; consider bringing rain gear and a change of clothes. 

- You may reschedule a class one-time, within our season, if you contact the Riding Academy Manager at least 7-days before the start of your scheduled class.

- If you contact the Riding Academy Manager at least 7-days before the start of your scheduled class. 

- You will be required to hold up the weight of the motorcycle when stopped and also move the motorcycle while sitting upon it during an early exercise. 



- See the DMV for detail 

- When you successfully complete our course, the riding/skills evaluation and written exam at the DMV is waived. See the DMV for detail. Permits only require a written exam and have riding restrictions

- Check with your local DMV for the most accurate info on what is accepted by your state. For students that are residents outside of Missouri, when successfully passing our class, you will receive a Motorcycle Safety Foundation completion card for the Basic Rider Course. 

-  No, we don’t offer a 3-wheel course at this time.

- Yes, check our website for class details and to search for available classes.

- No.  There are a number of factors that can affect passing the class.  Occasionally, a student may choose to not continue after discussing their progress with our coaches.  Students also need to demonstrate basic motorcycle control skills during the skills evaluation and pass a written exam at the end of class. 

- No more than 10. With at least one Rider Coach per 5 students.

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Want to start riding but unsure which bike is right for you? We can help you choose. 

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Larry Kurtz
Riding Academy Manager  |  (847) 226-3690  |  Store: 314-845-9900