Take the Ride of Your Life

Harley-Davidson's motorcycle training program debuts in California

Published on LatinoLA: April 21, 2008

Take the Ride of Your Life

Two California Harley-Davidson dealerships are now offering the Rider's Edge?»???¢ New Rider Course motorcycle training program - Orange County Harley-Davidson in Irvine and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson in Lancaster. The course includes hands-on classroom instruction to introduce participants to the world of motorcycling and a closed range environment designed to provide students with real-road experience.

The Rider's Edge New Rider Course California program is based on the proven curriculum of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's (MSF) Basic RiderCourse, while offering additions that provide longer classroom and range time. Student riders have the opportunity to interact with dealership staff and draw from a network of experienced motorcyclists.

Classroom and skills training are held onsite at participating Harley-Davison dealers. The cost and course schedule vary by dealership, but the New Rider Course program can typically be completed in an extended weekend and outside of standard work hours. To be eligible, participants must have a valid driver's license, learner's permit or certificate showing completion of the classroom portion of driver's education. For those under 18, a waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.

"With Harley-Davidson, becoming a rider is first and foremost about motorcycle safety, but it's also about a rite of passage; an experience you'll never forget," said Julie Chichlowski, director of Rider Services. "That's exactly what we bring to our Rider's Edge New Rider Course and what we're excited to bring to the state of California."

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates receive a California motorcycle license waiver, exempting them from the riding test given by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and qualifying riders for insurance premium discounts with some motorcycle insurers.

Harley-Davidson established the Rider's Edge New Rider Course in 2000. Since then, the program has grown to include 41 states and 176 dealerships. In 2007, Rider's Edge celebrated the training of its 100,000th student. To find a dealership offering Rider's Edge, visit Harley-Davidson.com and click on Find Rider's Edge Locations in the Dealer Locater section.

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