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2014-01-27 12:59

CONQUER THE ROAD: Now anybody can learn to ride a motorcycle - even a Harley-Davidson - thanks to the brand opening its own training centre near Jolhannesburg. Image: Supplied

Harley-Davidson Africa has launched an official riding academy in South Africa to offer all riding enthusiasts of legal age an opportunity to learn how to ride a motorcycle.

The whole process, Wheels24 was told, can be very quick from obtaining a learner's licence to passing your motorcycle riding test.

The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy is located on the R3 in Hartebeespoort, an hour north of central Johannesburg and 30 minutes west of Pretoria. It will be open seven days a week from 8am-7pm.


The New Rider course costs R3 850 but that includes two full days of training, including riding a Harley-Davidson Sportster - "the perfect entry-level Harley-Davidson motorcycle", the company says.

Celine Gruizinga, country manager for Harley-Davidson Africa, told Wheels24: "The academy will be open to those passionate about learning how to ride a motorcycle to take on the open road with confidence.

“We are extremely excited about having our own professional riding school in South Africa designed to give expert guidance and training, especially to those who have never driven a motorcycle."

A learner's licence is a requirement, but inquiries at the contacts at the bottom of this report will help with that.

The course commences with a brief classroom session that looks at the theory behind riding a motorcycle for the first time. Then it's out and on to a safe range where the students learn the practical skills needed, among them machine control, braking and gear changing.

Once these skills are in place the learners will climb aboard a Harley-Davidson Sportster to put all of their new-found skills into practice. Then the open road beckons with a thorough lesson on how to ride in a real-world environment.

“Students can expect a quality riding and learning experience with professional training by Harley-Davidson Riding Academy certified coaches,” Gruizinga added.


The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy gives students the skills and knowledge to ride a motorcycle confidently as well as assistance in obtaining a learner's and motorcycle rider's licence.

Gruizinga explained: "The only requirements for the course are basic balancing skills (can you ride a bicycle?) and acceptable identification. Closed shoes and long trousers are advisable but learners will be provided with a helmet, gloves and jacket.”

The legal age to ride a motorcycle or scooter with a capacity up to 125cc is 17 as long as the driver has passed his/her motorcycle learners test. To drive a bike of any size (125cc plus) the legal age is 18.

For more information on Harley-Davidson Africa’s Riding Academy, please visit www.h-dridingacademy.co.za, call 0861 427 539 or e-mail harley@adasa.co.za.
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