H-D expands rider training program into California

Harley-Davidson is taking its rider training program to California, the company said in a statement March 11. Select Harley-Davidson dealerships in the state recently started offering the Rider’s Edge New Rider Course. Additional dealerships are preparing to launch the program within the month.

The Rider’s Edge New Rider Course California premier program is based on the curriculum of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse, while offering additions that provide longer classroom and range time.

The first Harley-Davidson dealerships in California to offer the Rider’s Edge New Rider Course are Orange County Harley-Davidson in Irvine and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson in Lancaster.

Beyond additional classroom activities over the MSF course, The Rider’s Edge New Rider Course California program includes a group riding component and a Riding Straight module that focuses on the impact of alcohol and riding where students can experience simulations using Fatal Vision Goggles.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates receive a California motorcycle license waiver, relinquishing the riding test the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles gives. Licensure also qualifies riders for insurance premium discounts with some motorcycle insurers.

California is the 41st state that has added the Rider’s Edge program.

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