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Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy: A Vermont Motorcycle Course.

Whether you’re just getting started or just brushing up, learn the skills you need to ride with confidence. We’ve helped hundreds of riders achieve their dreams, let us help you too. Learn more about the Wilkins Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy motorcycle training courses and find a class today.  Once you've completed the basic motorcycle rider course, you will benefit from saving money on your insurance and you will walk away with your motorcycle license. This is a motorcycle beginner course, however, we welcome all skill levels who want to brush up on their riding habits.  Welcome to Wilkins Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.

VT New Rider Course

Never ridden before? Want to earn your license? The New Rider Course will lead you through the steps to learn to ride a motorcycle and get you on the road. This basic motorcycle riding course is widely rated as a favorite amongst riders.

Taking a motorcycle basic rider course is an important step for any motorcycle rider beginner, as the skills learned are vital for staying safe on the road. In addition to getting up to date on motorcycle laws, riders learn skills such as bike handling, operating at various speeds, and maneuvering in traffic.

From improving braking proficiency to proper cornering, graduates of this basic rider motorcycle course can hit the open roads feeling more confident in their abilities and ready to take on any curve motorcycle life throws their way.

Successful completion earns the MSF BRC card and in most states a license waiver that gets you a motorcycle endorsement on your license at your state DMV. Vermont residents receive their Motorcycle Endorsement right at Wilkins after successfully completing the course. We are widely recognized as the Vermont motorcycle endorsement class.

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What to Expect

Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle

Classroom and range instruction from state & Riding Academy certified coaches

Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting riding obstacles

Earn a Motorcycle Safety Course Completion Card, which may exempt you from the riding portion of your state license exam and score you a discount on motorcycle insurance

In most other states, including New Hampshire receive a license waiver to get a motorcycle endorsement at your state DMV

Important: The motorcycles we use in Riding Academy have a seat height of 30". If you have an inseam that is 28" or shorter, you may want to visit the dealership to be sure you are comfortable and flat-footed on the bike.

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Financing Available

Riders who complete the Wilkins Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy Course can take advantage of special financing options which include no down payment and or low rate financing. 

For many new motorcycle enthusiasts, getting their motorcycle license and purchasing their first bike can seem daunting. Thankfully, with the new graduate financing options at Wilkins Harley-Davidson®, those wanting to take their motorcycle dreams to the horizon have more financial options.

Those who have completed the motorcycle basics course at the Harley Davidson® Riding Academy Course now have access to competitive, low financing rates. Additionally, graduating bikers also gain access to flexible terms and no down payment options, opening up pathways for anyone looking to upgrade their motorcycle experience. So don't hesitate, get out there and experience what it feels like to ride with the wind in your hair.

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Your Journey is Just Beginning

You’re on your way to becoming a fully endorsed motorcycle rider. The open road is calling, and we at Wilkins can’t wait to help you answer the call. Check out our additional opportunities to learn and gain confidence and hear from our students about their experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Rider Course:

After enrolling, you will receive an email with specifics to your course, including what to bring, what is required, and where and when to meet. 

Many states use the Motorcycle Safety Foundation curriculum and many of those employ the MSF Basic eCourse as a component of your overall class. The eCourse replaces a classroom session and typically takes five hours to complete. Look through your welcome email for a link to the MSF Learning Center (Note: You may be required to pay a separate fee if the dealer did not include this in your class fee).

Be sure to budget time prior to the first day of class to complete the eCourse – it takes about 3 hours, and even if you have previous experience with motorcycling, you cannot fast forward through any sections of the eCourse.

You will receive a completion certificate at the end of the course, be sure to print that out and bring it to the first day of class.


You will need to bring these items to class with you:

  • Your Driver's License and/or Learner's Permit
  • Proof of completion of the E-Course.
  • Gear (see below)

Gloves and a helmet are the only essential motorcycle specific items, but we recommend that sometime before the first night of class, take what you have to Wilkins Harley to get it checked out.

They can help you ensure that you have the right equipment.


  • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
  • Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas, low heel)
  • Eye protection (helmet visor, eye glasses, sun glasses, goggles acceptable)
  • Full-finger gloves (motorcycle specific recommended)
  • DOT-certified helmet style based on the requirements of your state (3/4 or full face are recommended).


A helmet is the most important piece of motorcycle gear you will invest in. A helmet is a very personal piece of gear.

Consider buying a helmet vs. borrowing one, that way it is yours and it fits you perfectly and allows you to focus on learning to ride.

The staff at Wilkins Harley are trained to fit a helmet and will ensure you get the right one. Helmet fit is so important.

It takes that long for the helmet to really let you know if it will be comfortable in the long run. Remember, helmets are not typically returnable once they leave the dealership, so take the time to find the right one.

Coach Tip: The more helmet the better, full face is the best, followed by a modular. An open face helmet or ¾ open still provides good protection if you feel too cooped up in a full face. Half helmets, while very popular, offer the least amount of protection.

A typical course will include two days on the range. Here is what to expect.


Your first range day will focus on getting to know the motorcycle, how to properly start it up, move it from point A to point B, and shut it off. You learn the fundamentals of clutching and shifting, turning and stopping.  We will crawl before we walk.  Relax.  

Each exercise is designed to build on the previous exercises and allow you to learn quickly and effectively. Expect each exercise to take about 30-40 minutes. After every other exercise, a break will be held. This is usually an opportunity and a chance to just rest, get a drink of water and hang out with your classmates.

Coach Tip: Learning to ride can be mentally and physically exhausting. Make plans to rest the night before – you want to be fresh for the second range day.


Day 2 will focus on the skills of riding: cornering, swerving and maximum braking. Just like the first day, expect two exercises back to back with a ROADBOOK break in between. These exercises are at slightly higher speeds than yesterday's and are a lot of fun! Expect to see smiles spread across the faces of your classmates.

At the end of the second day on the range, the coaches will set up and score the five evaluation exercises. These are based on the same exercises you just rode and the same skills you learned over the last two days of riding.  Remember when you were 16 years old and getting your drivers license?  You just needed to be "okay at driving, not perfect"

Relax and be sure to breathe – This is just a fair measurement of your current abilities to ensure that you are ready to leave the range and venture out onto the open road. Listen to your coaches and watch each student ahead of you as they ride the test exercises. You want to be sure of the path of travel and the technique being scored.

Coach Tip: Don’t worry about mistakes during the test.  Just ride.  Worrying about points off causes you to lose focus. Riders that get worked up because they made a riding error often ride worse and make more errors. Ride on and do your best!

At the end of the evaluations, your coach will let you know how you did. If you did not pass, don’t freak! We have options.

Students who successfully complete the classroom and range sessions will be issued a completion document. In many states this document will excuse the person from taking a motorcycle operator skills test through the Department of Motor Vehicles.  In Vermont, you will be issued your actual motorcycle endorsement if you are successful.  

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