H-D Riding Academy®

Learn to ride, or brush up on your skills...

Call us today to sign up for classes!

This year's New Rider Courses will be taught using the new H-D Street Motorcycles!!!


Since 2002 Faribault Harley has graduated more than 1000 students. We are very proud to say that we are one of the few Harley dealers in the state who offers the H-D Riding Academy® courses.


** We've had hundreds successfully complete courses with us every year, many of which resulting in a Minnesota motorcycle endorsement! To further riding skills of our experienced riders, we also offer a Skilled Riding course as well as a Civilian Police Motorcycle course. Dates we have scheduled so far for the 2014 season are listed below...

--H-D New Rider Course--

4/10/2014 - 4/13/2014
4/24/2014 - 4/27/2014
5/1/2014 - 5/4/2014
5/15/2014 - 5/18/2014
6/5/2014 - 6/8/2014
6/12/2014 - 6/15/2014
7/10/2014 - 7/13/2014
7/24/2014 - 7/27/2014
7/31/2014 - 8/3/2014

Sign up for H-D Riding Academy® New Rider Courses at FHD Here

    --H-D Skilled Rider Course--

    Sign up for H-D Riding Academy® Skilled Rider Course at FHD Here

    --(Approved for the State of MN)
    Civilian Police Motorcycle Course


    Call or stop in for registration! 507-334-5130

**All cancellations must be done 14 days prior to the starting date of the course.


H-D Riding Academy
® New Rider Course Description

  • Designed for someone who has never ridden a motorcycle.
  • Utilizes a “building block approach”
  • Takes you through the friction zone to passing the state test for your motorcycle endorsement!
  • All activities are done on the Buell Blast motorcycles, and starting in June this year, the all-new 2014 Harley-Davidson Street® motorcycles will be ready to take their place.
  • Courses are taught here, at Faribault Harley-Davidson, by MSF certified, state licensed coaches.
  • Courses are four days.
    Thursday and Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Held rain or shine, (except in snow or during lightning storms).
  • Courses are $300.00 per student.
    $200.00 if you purchase a new motorcycle from Faribault Harley-Davidson.
    See salesperson for details!
    See details in the Harley-Davidson website or at the store, some restrictions apply
  • Students must have:
     -A valid motorcycle permit prior to taking the class
     -Helmet that meets DOT specifications
     -Jacket or long sleeved shirt
     -Jeans, pants, or chaps over
     -Proper outer wear
     -Full fingered gloves
     -Eye Protection
     -Sturdy, over the ankle footwear



H-D Riding Academy® Skilled Rider Course Description

The course is designed for riders who have been riding and want to improve or refresh their skills. It is taken on your own motorcycle, and is designed to give pointers and tips to help experienced riders get more out of their ride!

Many people who take the course comment on how it has helped them in turning and driving through curves. Also, the course made them more aware of the traffic and has given them a heads up on tips which may save their lives!

The Skilled Rider Course is an 8 hour class (both range and classroom time) The maximum number of students is 12 per course. The cost for the course is $125.00. You must register in advance. Clubs and groups may request private courses with a minimum of 8 students. Check with Rick on available dates.

Requirements for the Skilled Rider Course are:

  • Motorcycle Certificaton
  • One year riding experience
  • Your own motorcycle
  • Proof of insurance in your name
  • Helmet that meets DOT specifications
  • Jacket or long sleeved shirt
  • Jeans, pants, or chaps over
  • Proper outer wear
  • Full fingered gloves
  • Eye Protection
  • Sturdy, over the ankle footwear


    Rick Vos, H-D Riding Academy® Program Manager & Coach. Putting on many miles each season, Rick is always eager to ride. Years of riding experience & extensive ongoing training gives Rick what he needs to be a great riding coach. Rick has been with FHD since 2003, and, as of 2014, is our new head riding coach. He brings a fresh look as we evolve with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company's riding program.


    Jeffrey Gilchrist, H-D Riding Academy® Coach. Jeffrey came to Faribault Harley-Davidson as a part-time coach in 2002 and went to being a full-time coach in 2004. His experience as a licensed police officer has helped him work with students coming through the program. He is also a network quality coach with Harley-Davidson.


    Skypp Lee, H-D Riding Academy® Coach. Skypp has been with FHD since 2001, and recently stepped back from being our manager and lead coach. His long-time training experience makes his service to our riding course programs invaluable.


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    Crystal Thomas, H-D Riding Academy® Coach.