Appalachian Harley-Davidson®
6695 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Appalachian Harley-Davidson® Rider Training

Appalachian Harley-Davidson® Rider Training

Stop Dreaming... Start Riding!

Never ridden before? Have been wanting to learn to ride for a long time?  Ride but want to be more comfortable with riding?  Well we want to help those who own a Harley® or any other motorcycle to ride with confidence and style.

The Appalachian Harley-Davidson® Rider Training New Rider Course is designed to get you comfortable on a bike and give you the skills you need to ride with confidence, and upon a successful completion receive your license.  Appalachian Harley-Davidson® is an approved motorcycle training provider for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP). 

If you are looking to take the Basic Rider Course, please click here, and it will take you to our reservation system.               




What To Expect

When you take a New Rider Course at Appalachian Harley-Davidson® you’ll:

  • Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
  • Get in-class and on-range instruction from Instructors Certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF).
  • Learn basic skills like clutch & throttle control, shifting, turning and braking and advanced skills such as cornering and hazard avoidance.
  • Earn a Completion Certificate that will allow you to get the Class M license added to your current license.

Classes include 3 parts:

  • Online eCourse.  This is a 3-hour pre-course assignment that must be complete before class.  We will send you instructions on this once you are signed up for your class.
  • Classroom Time.  This is a 3 hour evening class to complete interactive learning activities in our pavilion.
  • Riding Exercises.  10 hours of riding experience broken down into two days on our closed course, right here at Appalachian Harley-Davidson®.



Having the best experience in class requires appropriate motorcycle gear. Be sure to have all of all of this gear prior to coming to your first 'Range' class. 

  • DOT approved full face or 3/4 helmet
  • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
  • Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas, low heel)
  • Eye protection (helmet visor, eye glasses, sun glasses, goggles acceptable)
  • Full-finger gloves (motorcycle specific recommended)


Get comfortable on a motorcycle before you even walk into your first class. Make the most of your class by getting in the saddle at trying a Jumpstart™ demo at Appalachian Harley-Davidson®. 

You’ll mount the motorcycle, set your boots on the foot pegs and fire up the engine under the watchful eye of our trained personnel. And then, sitting comfortably on the motorcycle, you’ll give the throttle a twist and continue to shift through the gears – all while safely and securely attached to the Jumpstart™ platform.


This course is FREE of cost to residents of Pennsylvania.

  • Valid Drivers License
  • Current/Valid motorcycle permit

You'll need to bring the following:

  • Your Driver's License and/or Learner's Permit
  • A copy of your eCourse completion certificate.

For the riding portion, we will provide you with a Harley-Davidson®motorcycle suited for the course.

Contact our Rider Training Team at or 717-766-4094.

You must attend the entire course and participate. You must come to class with all the required safety gear and have completed the MSF online E-Course and pass the riding evaluation at the end of the range sessions. 

Yes. Your instructors will give you adequate breaks during each day of the course.

Contact our Rider Training Team at or 717-766-4094.

Rider training classes take place rain or shine, hot or cold. Be ready for whatever your local weather might have in store for you. In the event of dangerous weather, the class will be halted. Arrangements will be made to adjust the schedule around the weather if possible. Consult with your Coaches and or Program Manager if weather results in a class being rescheduled or cancelled.  

Yes! The bike you try is a 100% street-ready Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

Yes.  In compliance with the PA Department of Health Mask Order, a mask must be worn for the classroom portion of the training.  You will not need to wear a mask in your helmet during the training, but when your helmet is off, we ask that you put your mask back on.  

  • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
  • Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas, low heel)
  • Eye protection (helmet visor, eye glasses, sun glasses, goggles acceptable)
  • Full-finger gloves (motorcycle specific recommended)
  • DOT-certified helmet style based on the requirements of your state.

Yes.  Our Motorclothes® team is ready to assist you!