Getting Started

Ready to take the first step in a life-long motorcycling journey?

Use the steps we've listed here to help you begin that journey!

STEP ONE: MAKE A COMMITMENT

Where do you want your riding skills to be in a year? Making a commitment to a goal is often the best way to keep a plan on course over time. Whether your goal is to ride to Daytona or Sturgis or take an overnight trip to a bed and breakfast, pick a date, book some vacation time, and make some reservations.

STEP TWO: GET TO A CLASS

If you are not already a licensed rider, the next step is to learn to ride. Even if you've never swung a leg over a motorcycle before, don't worry. A New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Foundation course will teach the skills and knowledge you need to ride with confidence. The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy will even administer the New Jersey road test necessary for licensing. Click here for details.

STEP THREE: GET GEARED UP

While learning to ride, you'll need some basic gear: a helmet, jacket and gloves, over-the-ankle boots and eye protection. Gear that is designed for motorcycling not only provides great functionality, but it also offers the most comfort. Our staff is always available to share their expert advice on choosing gear that fits well and looks great!

STEP FOUR: BUY A BIKE

After completing your beginner rider safety course, you should have an idea whether you are ready to purchase your first motorcycle. Click here for advice on every aspect of the purchasing process or stop by our dealership, we would be happy to help you find the bike that's parked in your dreams.

STEP FIVE: USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM

Not everything you need to know about motorcycling is in your owner's manual. After you get your license, it's helpful to have another rider along as you hone your skills on the road, A veteran rider can offer advice on everything from picking the best route to filling the fuel tank.

Now hit the road!! You have the skills and confidence. You have a motorcycle. You have the gear. And most important of all, you have a destination. There's nothing stopping you now!

The beginning.