Harley-Davidson Riding Academy
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New Rider Course
Skilled Rider Course
Learn to ride
Satisfy your passion and realize your dreams of cruising down a highway or country road on a motorcycle. Learn to ride a motorcycle this year at Pig Trail Harley-Davidson in Rogers, Arkansas.
Welcome to Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy®. Our professional and courteous instructors have been trained not only to teach you how to ride but to help you get accustomed to the world of motorcycling.
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Pig Trail Harley-Davidson's Riding Academy® instructors have received the most comprehensive and thorough training in the business. As a New Rider Course student you will receive the most classroom and range time of any civilian program in the country. Class sizes are limited to 12 students. More one on one time in the classroom and on the riding range with our instructors means you'll graduate with the confidence you'll need to make your motorcycling adventure come true.
Every student will have the opportunity to train on the all-new Harley-Davidson Street 500 motorcycle, which offers course-friendly features. You'll learn how to ride from the best trained instructors, on the best maintained bikes and using the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's curriculum supplemented by materials and activities developed by Harley-Davidson.
Make this year the year you finally take that first important step into the exciting world of motorcycling, and learn how to ride from Pig Trail Harley-Davidson/Buell.
Frequently asked questions
Get more out of your ride
Take your riding to the next level with the Riding Academy Skilled Rider Course. Because the more you know about the road, the more it has to offer. There is a better rider in all of us - no matter how long you've been riding. It's time to get more out of the road, more out of the ride and more out of yourself.
Whether you're a recent graduate of a new rider course or a seasoned road veteran, the Riding Academy Skilled Rider Course is the perfect way to brush up on your riding technique and to challenge your current skill level.
The Skilled Rider Course is an 8 hour course held entirely on our range over one day. The Course the proven curriculum of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Experienced Rider Course Suite, with some enhancement developed by Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. Participants use their own motorcycles to enhance the following skills: control at low speeds, risk management, limited space maneuvers, cornering judgement, stopping quickly in a curve, swerving and stopping quickly, multiple curve manuevers and surmounting objects.
In addition to enhanced riding skills, students who complete the Rider's Edge Skilled Rider Course receive a pin and patch set as well as a completion card from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, which may qualify riders for insurance discounts (check with your insurance provider for more details).
The Riding Academy Skilled Rider Course at Pig Trail Harley-Davidson costs $125.00 per person. Payments can be made via cash, credit card or a check payable to Pig Trail Harley-Davidson. Payment must be made in-full upon registration. Contact our Riding Academy program manager at 479.636.9797, option 6 for more information or to register.
What you need
Riding Academy® Instructors
Motorcycles have been in my family for many, many years. I began riding on my own when I was 5 years old. There are family pictures of me in diapers riding on the fuel tank holding onto the cross bar of a dirt bike. Not sure if Mom or Dad was the operator. Life has come a long ways since then. I now use a motorcycle for work. You may ask, what job allows you to work using a motorcycle. The answer is ? - Motor officer for the city of Fayetteville. I began this career in 1995 and became certified for motor patrol in 2000. The whole family rides and my father has a repair shop. Once motorcycling gets into your blood it becomes a part of your life forever. I encourage everyone who has an interest in motorcycling to get involved and give it a try. I always recommend a safety course. No matter what the outcome, you will be a much safer driver and more aware of motorcycles while on the roadways. Who knows, it may also get into your blood too.
I was born and grew up in Arkansas, bought my first motorcycle in 1967, and had a blast riding back roads and creek beds. After US Air Force careers, my wife and I settled in western Washington state in 1999 for second careers. While a beautiful area, the weather was not conducive to good riding seasons, so, since both of us are riders, in 2012 we moved to NW Arkansas where weather, seasons and roads, not to mention fellow riders, have welcomed us. I learned SCUBA diving while in Hawaii, and because I loved it so much, became an instructor. I feel the same way about motorcycle riding--I love it--so it was natural for me to become an instructor. I commit to treating every student professionally and respectfully and to do my best to provide the skills that will allow each one to ride with confidence and enjoy riding as much as I do.
My life has revolved around motorcycles, I was born into the family motorcycle business and I feel blessed to love what I get paid to do. From age 5 when I started racing motocross, my life would never be the same. I feel passionate about all things motorcycle. I enjoy watching new riders get the bug, and evolve into something they could have only dreamed about, before throwing a leg over a Harley-Davidson for the first time and experiencing that 'ah ha' moment, when they realize they have arrived to a new way of living life and being part of the motorcycle lifestyle is now in them.
Besides being a Certified MSF& Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Rider Coach I am also involved with the Harley-Davidson Authorized Rental Program and you can find me downstairs on the massive Pig Trail H-D sales floor. When I’m not at Pig Trail Harley-Davidson I’m out riding my Street Glide or hitting the Mountain Bike trails in NWA. So next time you're in the store, stop and say hello.
I'm a life-long motorcycle enthusiast and enjoy riding all types of motorcycles. I became an instructor 10 years ago and the journey it has taken me on is the greatest. I have met amazing people and the role I played in their adventure of learning to ride has been great. Two years ago, the opportunity came along for me to join the team at Pig Trail Harley-Davidson. It has been a pleasure for the last ten years and I hope to be a part of your journey of learning to ride. The best is yet to come. Remember, the expert in anything was once the beginner.