Learn to Ride


Welcome to the sport of motorcycling!

Every year, across the U.S., hundreds of thousands of people learn to ride motorcycles. For many, getting into motorcycling is not only
exciting, it can be DAUNTING. Harley-Davidson of Utica is your trusted resource. We will help you gain confidence and skills and assist you throught the unique journey to becoming a motorcycle owner and rider. Far too many people begin their riding journey and then abandon it if they don’t have the support they need. Go Motorcycling is the "go to" organization in central New York to begin your Learn to Ride journey. We've referenced several areas from their website to make it easy for you! Below you'll find the resources you need to successfully complete your motorcycle training course!

To learn more about Go Motorcycling, please visit their website here.

Your Best Introduction to Riding 

The Basic RiderCourse is aimed at beginning riders. The fun and informative 3-hour Basic eCourse, taken online prior to the start of class, prepares you for five hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment – typically a parking lot that is free of obstacles and traffic. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use during the course and included in the fee. Learn More Here

Next Level Riding

The Basic RiderCourse 2 – License Waiver is for individuals 18 years or older that already have some street riding experience and have held a valid New York State Motorcycle Permit for at least one riding season.  Participants must also possess a valid New York State car driver’s license.  Junior Operator license holders are not eligible to participate. Learn More Here

3 Wheeled Riding

The 3 Wheeled Basic Rider Course or 3WBRC is an entry level course comprised of 8 hours of interactive classroom learning and about 8 hours of hands-on riding instruction on automatic transmission 3-wheeled motorcycles (two wheels in front and one in back). Learn More Here

To connect with Go Motorcycling, please fill out the information below to see the available dates and times, and begin your journey of freedom. Once you've completed your courses, return to Harley-Davidson of Utica and let us put you on the road. We'll reimburse you the cost of your training course when you purchase a motorcycle from us!

Basic Rider Course
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A view of the open road.

The New York State DMV provides free access to a wealth of free online motorcycle tests based on the actual contents of each State’s Motorcycle Manual. The database is completely free and requires no registration. Their aim is to make the road a safer place. Click the image above to begin!