Learn To Ride / Riding Academy

Riding Academy Classes Are Held at the Bootlegger Location

Riding Academy™ | Riders Edge® | Knoxville Harley-Davidson®

Great riders aren't born. They're made.

Learn to ride - Or ride better - The H-D® way.

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 New Rider Course at Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy. Experienced riders, take your skills to the next level with the Skilled Rider Course. Available only at Authorized H-D® Dealerships.

New Rider Course What to expect

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.
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New rider course FAQs

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?

You'll need to bring the following:

  • A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
  • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • A helmet that meets DOT requirements
  • Eyewear

Student Testimonies

Take a look at what our Riding Academy graduates are saying:

Zane G.

I loved this class. It was highly informative. The atmosphere was relaxed, I never felt pressured or nervous. I learned things that will make me a more cautious rider. Things that I would not have thought to be important, ended up being unbelievably valuable information.   My favorite aspect was being able to utilize Harley-Davidson’s equipment and not have to provide our own.


Charlie L.

 I had never been on a bike before and was a bit nervous. The instructor was beyond patient with all of us. He was an incredibly detailed and a hands-on instructor. He conveyed his instructions to us in a way we easily could follow. I felt comfortable the entire class. After completing it, I was proud to purchase my first Harley-Davidson.


Ronnie D.

This course was a family experience and one we will forever cherish. I took this course with my wife and son. After riding dirt bikes our whole life, we thought we knew a lot about motorcycles. We were shocked at how much new knowledge we gained as it pertained to riding street bikes. Doing it as a family helped us hold each other accountable with all the new information. We now are proud owners of a new Trike and a Soft Tail.  I would recommend to anyone, to do this together with a friend, spouse or other family member.


Candi L.

I have had a love of motorcycles my entire life. I can remember wanting to ride since I was 4 years old. When I was in the class, I was getting very frustrated with myself. I tend to be a perfectionist. So, my mishaps were bothering me. The instructor was incredible at reminding me, that is why I am in the class. Not only him, but my fellow classmates were encouraging and helped keep me positive.  As soon as I graduated, I bought myself a 1200 Custom Sportster and I could not be happier.


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