New Rider Course

If you’re ready to experience the unique thrill of riding your own motorcycle for the first time, there’s no better place to learn than the Chesapeake Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy.

What To Expect

When you take a New Rider Course at the Riding Academy you’ll:

  • Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
  • Get in-class and on-range instruction from Instructors Certified by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) and H-D®.
  • Learn basic skills like clutch throttle control, shifting turning and braking and advanced skills such as corning and hazard avoidance.
  • Earn a Completion Certificate that will allow you to get the Class M license added to your current license and a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card, which may score you a discount on motorcycle insurance.

The time is now. The place is here.

New Rider Course FAQs

What will I need to register?

Anyone who is old enough to apply for a driver's license can register for a course.  Participants should be able to ride a bicycle.

Do I need any special gear?

You'll need to bring the following:

  • A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
  • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • A helmet that meets DOT requirements
  • Eyewear


Important Information:

  • Eisenhauer's Chesapeake Harley-Davidson Riding Academy is an independent training center under contract with the Maryland MVA.
  • Our curriculum is developed developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation® and the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program.
  • No Learners Permit or riding experience is required to participate in this course.
  • Successful completion qualifies you for a Maryland Motorcycle License with no additional testing at the MVA.

The New Rider Course includes 3 parts:

  1. Online eCourse- a 3-hour pre-course assignment that must be completed before class.  See eCourse instructions.
  2. Classroom Activities- 10 hours of fun, interactive learning in our air conditioned conference room and dealership.
  3. Riding Exercises-10 hours of riding experience on our closed course at the scenic Cedar Lane Regional Park.


  • Eisenhauer's Chesapeake Harley-Davidson Riding Academy allows customers to enroll online for a limited time without payment.
  • Customers are notified with a payment due date, usually by email or text.
  • Customers may be withdrawn from the course if payment is not made by cash or credit card by the payment due date.

Refund & Cancellation Policy:

  • Once the course fee has been paid, we do not offer refunds.  If you are unable to attend your scheduled class you will have the opportunity to reschedule and attend another class during the current riding season. Once the current riding season ends you will forfeit the cost of the course.
  • Review the complete Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course Schedules:

  • Find a class and enroll here.
  • Be sure you're enrolled in the correct class type and dates that work for your schedule.  A few classes include a weekday and require time off from work.
  • Most classes meet
    • Thursday 6PM-9PM
    • Saturday & Sunday 8AM-4:30PM