If you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle, Harley-Davidson wants to help. The American motorcycle manufacturer has announced two new rider training programs designed to get more people riding—and, no doubt, get more people onto Harley-Davidsons.
Harley-Davidson is a company in flux right now, with a new CEO, big changes to production, and lots of other background noise. For 2020, the company is basically re-inventing its business. Still, the bigwigs know they have to get more people riding motorcycles, if they want to continue selling their machines. So, the MoCo is going to continue to its rider training initiatives, as previously seen with its More Roads program, with an emphasis on flexible scheduling and a learning pace that works for the rider’s needs.
According to Harley-Davidson, the new “Experience the Ride” program “is designed specifically for those who have never ridden a motorcycle but are interested in trying.” In this program, participants get to ride a Harley-Davidson Street 500 across a practice range under guidance from a professional coach. This is provided to give a quick taste of two-wheeled life—hopefully enough to get a new rider hooked. This is intended to be a short, 90-minute program, and can be scheduled as a 1-on-1 deal, or a group session with up to four other potential riders.
There’s also the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course, aka “Learn to Ride.” This is basically the same curriculum as Harley-Davidson’s long-established rider training course, but configured to allow for private sessions with personal coaches, to “learn all the techniques and riding strategies required to earn a motorcycle endorsement.“Here’s what the H-D press release says:
“For riders that always wanted to learn but couldn’t fit a multi-day course into their schedule or prefer to learn in private session, this program is what they have been waiting for. Sessions can be scheduled 1-on-1 or as a private party with up to 4 participants. This program is a great option for spouses, friends, and individuals to finally learn and fulfill their dreams of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Benefits of the Learn to Ride program include highly flexible scheduling, learning at the rider’s pace, more focused attention from the coach, ability to repeat training modules if needed, and completion of private sessions solo or with a small group of friends resulting in lower anxiety.”
For more details, see the www.hdpersonalcoachfinder.com website.