May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month — Win A Free Class!

Rider training courses to improve your ride

By Tricia Szulewski, Editor

Motorcycle Riding Courses for Beginners and Experienced Riders

There’s truly no better way to learn the basics and start your riding journey than with a well-put-together course of instruction on motorcycles that are small, light, and easy to control. The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) and  Harley-Davidson Riding Academy offers riding courses for beginners which include an online course students finish ahead of time and in-person training on relevant safety activities and lots of riding in a controlled parking lot.

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Learning to ride from trained coaches on small displacement motorcycles is highly recommended over learning from a well-meaning friend or spouse.
In addition, both MSF and H-D also offer riding courses for more experienced riders, as well as ADV (adventure riding) training opportunities. This photo is from a one-day MSF advanced training class.

There are other private motorcycle schools to check out as well. WRN Co-Chairwoman Erin Sills is not only a land speed racing legend, she also teaches at RawHyde Adventures, where she coaches riders to be more proficient in the dirt. BMW’s performance center in Spartanburg, South Carolina, offers on- and off-road training from one day to three days for all levels, including all-women’s classes!

Three-Wheeled Riding Courses

If you want to experience the thrill of riding a Can-Am or a trike, or if you have a sidecar rig, there are three-wheeled training programs out there as well. WRN’s Liz Gear is getting ready to try this out for the first time. We are looking forward to hearing about her experience and following up with a separate article about the three-wheeled course.

Harley-Davidson Academy
Several lucky WRN winners will have the opportunity to learn to ride on Harley-Davidson motorcycles this summer!

Win a Free Harley-Davidson Riding Course

To celebrate Motorcycle Safety Month this year, is giving away several Harley-Davidson Riding Academy new rider course vouchers. To be entered to win, please send us an email and include one of the following no later than May 31, 2023:

In Your Words: Tell us in 500 words or less and one photo why you think you or a woman you know should win a voucher.

On camera: Send us your short video (no longer than 30 seconds) about why you want to ride a motorcycle. Please shoot your video using your smartphone held vertically.

Send Us Your Entry

To enter, include your (and your nominee’s) name, address, phone number, and email address. Email your entries to and put “I Want to Ride” in the subject line.

All entries must be received by May 31, 2023, by 11:59 pm. Harley-Davidson winning vouchers are good through December 31, 2023, and are only accepted at participating Harley-Davidson Academy training locations for the new rider course. Other course requirements may be required by the participating dealership. All entries received become property of and are subject to being edited and shared on and our social media pages.

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