Chi-Town Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy

Chi-Town Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy

Learn to conquer the open road

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 Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy. Available only at Authorized H-D® Dealerships.

We want every new Harley® owner to have the best driving experience so our H-D® Academy will safely guide you until your ready for the open road.

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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.
  • Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting obstacles.
  • Earn an MSF Basic RiderCourseSM Completion Card, which scores you a discount on motorcycle insurance.
  • The State of Illinois requires you to perform a skill evaluation at the DMV to obtain your M Class license.  No waivers will be issued to Illinois residents, you must test with a State of Illinois Examiner.


What will I need to register?

You’ll need a valid automobile driver’s license and 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