There are many motorcycle riding training schools out there.  From racing schools to off-road schools and just plain new rider training, there are many ways to learn to ride a motorcycle and ride it better.

Harley partners with University of Wisconsin

Now, Harley-Davidson has partnered with the University of Wisconsin’s College of Health Sciences to develop a new rider course for second semester (or greater) students.

The course includes required reading and classroom lessons on the parts and function of a motorcycle suggested riding behaviors to promote confidence and on rage riding practice.  However, what’s unusual about the course is what you get if you successfully complete it.

A participant at an H-D Riding Academy. Photo credit: Harley-Davidson.

College degree credit

Upon successful completion of the course, you earn a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Riders Course (BRC) Card.  This card exempts candidates of many states from the riding portion of the state motorcycle license test.  Successful completion may also qualify a new rider for discounted motorcycle insurance.

These two things are the usual benefits of a BRC.  But the University of Wisconsin’s College of Health takes it one step further.  This course gives the successful participant 1 credit towards their undergraduate degree.

Image credit: Harley Davidson

Claudia Garber, Harley-Davidson Marketing Program Manager had this to say about the program:

“Harley-Davidson is committed to building the next generation of riders, and meeting them where they are – in this case on campus – is a natural extension of that strategy.  While many may consider college itself to be the ride of a lifetime, we’re looking forward to broadening horizons even further with a real-life skill and access to a whole new mode of transportation.”


Interested participants must have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit and possess the ability to ride a bicycle.  To register, call the Sport and Recreation Office at 414-227-3123 or email  You may also email Christopher Blanchard at for additional information.

Potential students outside of the University of Wisconsin can show their interest by posting #IwantRiding101 on social media.

The price of the college credit course has not yet been announced.

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