Learn to Ride

Dear Riders,

Thank you for your interest in wanting to learn to ride. Due To the current stay-at-home order, we
have had to make some temporary changes to our Riding Academy training.

What has changed?
● The in-person classroom training and knowledge test has been postponed
● The riding training/test has been postponed

What does this mean for people who want to sign up for a class now?
● The in-person classroom training is being conducted via online by our instructors. This will
allow you to complete half of the training and one step closer to completion.

What happens once the stay at home order is lifted?
● We will contact you to:

  1. Take the riding portion of the course
  2. Take the knowledge test
  3. Take the riding test

Do not hesitate to enroll in one of our online classes by clicking on “Search Course Schedule”
below and selecting a specific class date to get started.

Please consider using this time as an opportunity to develop your understanding of the
information to prepare for your future rider training.

If you have any additional questions, please contact our riding academy department at 209-941-
0420 ext 8508

We wish you and your family good health and look forward to getting you trained and ready for
the open road.

Learn to Ride at Eagle's Nest Harley-Davidson

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcyclist Training Course is designed for the novice rider with no (or limited) street-riding experience. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction. You will learn the fundamental skills required to operate the motorcycle and progress to street riding skills and strategies. From with the required course materials to Harley riding etiquette, Eagle's Nest Harley-Davidson is here to teach you everything you need to know to safely and legally enjoy your bike!

When you take the Motorcyclist Training Course at the Eagle's Nest Harley-Davidson you will:

  • Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
  • Get in-class and on-range instruction from CMSP Certified Instructors.
  • Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting obstacles.
  • Earn a DMV Completion Card, which may 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

  • Friendly, enthusiastic California Motorcyclist Safety Program® (CMSP) certified Instructors make learning a breeze.
  • Classroom time gets you familiar with the bike, its controls and the inner workings of a Harley-Davidson dealership.
  • Learn the basic motorcycling skills on the range with a Harley-Davidson Street 500 motorcycle provided by the dealership.
  • Successful course completion may streamline your motorcycle licensing process and may help you get a discount on motorcycle insurance.
  • The course is 15 hours total which includes 5-hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of actual riding.


Skilled Rider Course

  • The perfect next step for riders who are looking to improve their skills on their own bike (or a rental) as well as riders that have recently gotten back into riding after years off.
  • Topics covered include having a proper mental state, understanding two-wheeled vehicle dynamics, cornering strategies for multiple types of turns, emergency braking, and evasive maneuvers.
  • It is officially recognized for Level 2 training by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, which satisfies requirements for active duty service members to get their base sticker to ride on base.
  • Although designed primarily as a safety course, the course is both challenging and fun. The Clinics are done in one 7-8 hour day.


Motorcyclist Training Course FAQs


  • A government issued identification card
  • Be over the age of fifteen and a half
  • The ability to ride a bicycle
  • Credit card for payment


  • Helmet – Full-face or 3/4 DOT-compliant helmets. Half helmets are prohibited. Personal helmets are subject to inspection for DOT-compliance and to make sure that they are in good working condition.
  • Eye protection – Face shield, goggles or some form of shatter resistant sun-/eyeglasses. They may be tinted or clear. Ordinary prescription glasses may be worn.
  • Gloves – Must be full finger and cannot be open on the back of the hand. They must be street-motorcycle specific and/or durable leather. Mechanics gloves, batting gloves, Mom’s dishwashing gloves and surgeon’s gloves are NOT acceptable.
  • Pants – You must wear long, durable pants. No exceptions. Denim, textile or leather jeans are preferred. All pants are required to have NO holes in them and must come down to the foot. Spandex or cotton leggings are NOT acceptable.
  • Shirt – Durable leather or textile jackets are preferred but long sleeve T-shirts or dress shirts that reach the wrist are acceptable. (Shirts alone will barely protect you in a crash!)
  • Shoes/Boots – Over the ankle with little to no heel. Shoes can be an athletic or hiking shoe that provides reinforced ankle support. Boots are preferred. Your footwear should have a good rubber sole for traction and the heel shouldn’t be higher than what is commonly on a “workman’s boot”. Thin fabric shoes made of canvas or other fabrics that do not provide support are not acceptable. The classic Converse All Star “Chuck Taylor” or dress shoe are examples of shoes that DO NOT meet the requirements.

The dealership has loaner helmets available to students who have not yet aquired their own

A: The card will be available for pickup within three to five business days at Eagle's Nest Harley-Davidson.

A: The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcyclist Training Course is designed for the novice rider with no (or limited) street-riding experience. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction. You will learn fundamental skills required to operate the motorcycle and progress to street riding skills and strategies.

Topics covered include fear, understanding how motorcycles turn, proper cornering strategies, and emergency crash avoidance skills. This course is based on the most current research in rider safety and utilizes modern training methods.

Though designed for new riders, any rider that has not taken a motorcycle course will benefit from this course. Motorcycles and helmets are provided in this course.



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    13900 S Harlan Rd
    Lathrop, CA, 95330-9722 US
    (209) 307-7557
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