The H-D® Riding Academy® New Rider Course follows the proven curriculum of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) Basic RiderCourse tailored for beginner riders or those returning to the sport. There is an online “eCourse” to be completed before your first day of class.
During classroom interactive sessions, expectations will be set. You'll learn about the different types of motorcycles, their controls and operation, and the basic skills needed to prepare you for riding on the practice range. In this Motorcycle Safety Foundation beginner riding course, learn how to create a strategy for riding in traffic and dealing with critical situations including why proper riding gear is not only designed for comfort, but also protection. We will discuss how alcohol and other drugs may affect your operation of a motorcycle. You will also get a chance to trial fit different motorcycles and get an inside look into the Harley-Davidson® lifestyle through touring the dealership.
During the three days of range time, you will start slowly and become familiar with the controls, clutch and throttle. Next is straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping. Next, you will progress to more interactive and advanced street skills, slow-speed tight maneuvers, braking, turning, and swerving techniques. Motorcycles are ridden on a Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified range that is closed to the public.
Classes are scheduled nearly every week/weekend of the year. The course schedule consists of 24 hrs instructional time in the classroom along with range riding education combined into 3 full days. At Southern Devil, our Coaches spend more time with students than most other off-site training classes receive, giving you an opportunity to be more successful in your learning-to-ride journey.
Find class schedules by clicking “FIND YOUR CLASS”. Once there, you will see a cost for the course and the number of seats still available compared to total class size. For example, 1 of 10 means only 1 seat is available in a class of 10 students. Click “Details” to see times, location, and Riding Academy contact information. Sign up by clicking “Reserve Now”. You will need your driver's license and Visa, MasterCard or Debit card.
Attendance every day, all day, is MANDATORY. Because of State requirements, you cannot miss any portion of class, arrive late, or leave early. There are no refunds or rescheduling within 7 days of your class date. (See full disclosure under 'TUITION' below.)
What to Expect
When you take a New Rider Course at the Southern Devil Riding Academy:
- Students will learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® Street 500 motorcycle provided by the dealership
- Get in-class and on-range instruction from enthusiastic, dedicated, certified Coaches.
- Earn a MSF Basic RiderCourseSM Completion Card. (Motorcycle Safety Foundation)
- Fulfills the military & federal employee requirement for a motorcycle safety course.
- Many Insurance companies give a discount for completing this safety course.
- Earn a 90-day license waiver from the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Foundation to get your GA motorcycle Class“M” license without any additional testing by the Department of Driver Services.
Training requires physical movement of bike with engines off and ability to stand and ride for 90plus minutes between breaks. Some classes may be in extreme sun or cold or heavy rain. Please keep the physical requirements in mind when signing up. There are NO refunds or reschedules available for non-completion of the course.
Our Coaches are real motorcycle riders who are Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCourse Certified RiderCoaches with additional education and training through Harley-Davidson® University. There are two coaches provided for all group classes.
New Rider Course FAQs
What will I need to register?
You'll need a valid automobile driver's license and a Visa, MasterCard or Debit card for payment.
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 - NO HOLES
- Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear like motorcycle riding/hiking boots - NO TENNIS SHOES
- Full-fingered gloves
- A helmet that meets DOT requirements
- Protective Eyewear (This is a Georgia law.)
- We provide the motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Street 500
Tuition is required when you register to reserve your seat. DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER - classes fill quickly! There is a waiting list of 3 built in to every class, but do not rely on this. Go ahead and register in a class with an opening to ensure your spot. We can always move you to an earlier class should the opportunity arise.
CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULING POLICY: There will be no refunds for ANY cancellation or request to reschedule a class made by a student within 7 full days of the first day of class. For example, classes starting on a Friday MUST be canceled or rescheduled no later than 6:00 PM on the Friday preceding the class in order to be eligible for refund or rescheduling. Class fee is forfeited if a student is a NO SHOW or attempts to cancel or reschedule within 7 days of their class start date.
Motorcycling is not for everyone. Some students may discover this for themselves during the course. At other times, struggling or uncertain students may be counseled out and unable to continue in the riding sessions. They are welcome to finish the classroom portions with the understanding that they will not receive a class completion card or a license waiver and are welcome to retake the entire course at a later date at the regular tuition price.
Coaches are required to maintain the safety of all participants. Any student creating an unsafe condition, as determined by the Coaches, will not be allowed to continue in the course.
There are NO refunds or reschedules available for non-completion of the course.
Rider Education Department at Southern Devil H-D® 678-721-0203 Please leave a voice mail if no answer or email HDRA@SouthernDevilHD.com.
Our Riding Academy staff will contact you shortly to start the journey towards your goal.