Harley Davidson is well-known for its riding program in the USA which hopes to act as a reliable initiation into the world of motorcycle riding. The program has gotten a thorough makeover, including a new name. Harley-Davidson Riding Academy is the sole national-level riding program that is held across all of the companies dealerships in the USA, and on new Harley’s to boot. Since its introduction in 2000, the Harley Davidson program has given its seal of approval to 350,000 initiants. Emphasis is placed on helping trainees gain real-world knowledge but there is theory-based coaching as well in this Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)-certified course.
Harley Davidson’s New Rider Course equips entrants to the field with most everything they will require to get their life on to wheels started off on the right note. Instructors are certified by the MSF, Harley provides the bikes, and the total duration of the training lasts 20 hours. There’s one instructor for every six students of the course, ensuring that there is a healthy amount of interaction between experts and tyro. All students need to bring to this patently Harley is their riding gear, and the rest will be taken care of by the program. And that isn’t even the best part.
Students at the riding academy get to take their first baby steps in the motorcycling world on a Harley-Davidson Street 500. This is the newest Harley bike on the block and its entry-level underpinnings mean that students get to experience the Hog without being overcome by it. Just so that the first-timers don’t get carried by the grandeur of the occasion, a Power Limit Calibration unit is installed on all Street 500s, capping the speeds that can be done on low gears. Vehicle Protection Kits are used to protect the bike and allay students’ fear of damaging it.
There are a number of benefits associated with being a graduate of the Harley Davidson Riding Academy. Some states in the USA exempt students from having to undergo another test to get their license. Insurance providers are also known to extend discounts to pass-outs. HD plans on taking the course to Mexico, China and South Africa. Let’s hope India figures on that list soon.