Riding Academy

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 local Virginia Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy. Colonial Harley-Davidson® offers regularly scheduled Riding Academies throughout the riding season.


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 may (varies by state) exempt you from the riding portion of your license exam and score you a discount on motorcycle insurance.


What will I need to register?
You'll need a valid automobile driver's license or learner's permit, and have the ability to ride a bicycle.
Do I need any special gear?
1) A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
2) Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
3) Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
4) Full-fingered gloves
5) A helmet that meets DOT requirements

6) Eyewear


Dealer Cancellation and Refund Policy:  

Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. If, in the professional opinion of our instructors, you are performing poorly and endangering either yourself, other students or our instructors, you will be advised of this performance and be asked to withdraw from the course. You may voluntarily withdraw from the course at any time if you feel uncomfortable enough not to continue. No refunds can be given for any type of withdrawal or notice of termination. 

Tuition for the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course is $349 and is payable in full at the time of enrollment. 

Colonial Harley-Davidson/Buell requires a 1 week cancellation notice. With a 1 week or greater cancellation notice, you will be refunded all but a $100 cancellation fee or you may re-enroll in another class scheduled within 30 days without penalty. Less than a 1 week notice will result in a forfeiture of all monies paid. Classes are held “rain or shine” regardless of weather. Should a class be cancelled by Colonial Harley-Davidson/Buell, students will have the option of receiving a refund (given in the same manner as the original payment) or re-enrollment in an available future class. 

By state law, a student enrolled in a motorcycle safety class must attend all classroom units and range activities in their entirety. If you are late on any day of your scheduled course and miss any portion of a classroom unit or range activity, you will be considered withdrawn and no tuition refund will be made. 


Accommodations for deaf students:  

Following the guidance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Colonial Harley-Davidson Riding Academy will make every reasonable accommodation for a student that requires an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter that you, the student provides during the course. 

Due to the undue financial burden to obtain/employ/contract an ASL interpreter, Colonial Harley-Davidson Riding Academy cannot pay for an interpreter. However, we can provide informational resources from which a prospective student may obtain ASL services. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) may be able to provide grant funds to assist. You may contact the MSF:?www.MSF-USA.org?for more information 





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