Gail's Harley-Davidson® Learn to Ride
Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy by Gail's Harley-Davidson®
Whether you're a novice or a seasoned rider, Gail's can help you shift gears to more fun!
Don't get caught without your motorcycle endorsement.
Contact Larry Parks at 816-966-2222. All classes are held at Gail's Harley-Davidson.
Riding Academy® New Rider Course
With the use of our motorcycles, established curriculum, skilled instructors, and a supportive atmosphere, the New Rider Course is designed to teach those new to motorcycling how to feel comfortable and confident, and ride safely. Come prepared by bringing the following: DOT approved helmet, protective eyewear, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle leather boots, jeans, heavy long-sleeved shirt, valid automobile driver's license or learner's permit, and the ability to ride a bicycle.
Upon completion of the course and you are applying for your Motorcycle Endorsement in the state of Missouri, the class qualifies as the driving portion of your Motorcycle Endorsement Test. You will then ONLY need to go to a local testing office to take the written portion of the test in which you already took and passed in order to complete the course.
Class options are as follows (unless otherwise indicated). You may choose one of the following. Classes total 22 hours; there is a weekday class which runs Tuesday through Thursday 8am-5pm, or an Evenings and Weekend class which runs Thursday and Friday evening 6:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm.
Riding Academy® Skilled Rider Course
For riders who want a challenge, the Skilled Rider Course will put you and your motorcycle to the test. Courses are offered on scheduled Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants use their own motorcycles. All makes are welcome.
Come prepared with the following: DOT approved helmet, motorcycle license, proof of valid motorcycle insurance, protective eyewear, motorcycling gloves, long-sleeve shirt or jacket, over-the-ankle boots, and jeans or motorcycling pants.
*Please be aware that we have a "no refund" policy less than 30 days prior to your scheduled class. All attempts will be made to reschedule for situations that apply.*
Meet Our Instructors
Brian has been a police officer with the City of Olathe since 1988, was a police motorcycle operator from 1997-2006, and a police motorcycle instructor since 1999. He became a motorcycle safety inspector through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in 2001. In 2008 he became one of Gail's Harley-Davidson's Riders Edge (Riding Academy) Rider Coaches.
Dan is a retired KCMO police officer with 27 years experience as a motorcycle officer. He is a Nationally Certified Motorcycle Instructor for KCMO, has been a Motorcycle Safely Foundations Ridecoach for eight years, a Riders Edge (Riding Academy) Instructor for three years, and a motorcyclist for over 50 years.
Larry is a retired police officer with 29 years of service and a background in training and education. He has been a Motorcycle Safety Instructor since 2005 and became a Gail's Harley-Davidson Riders Edge (Riding Academy) Instructor in 2010. He rides a 2008 H-D Street Glide and is active in the American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter, serving as a road captain. You can find Larry at our dealership nearly every day!
Kathy is a retired elementary school teacher and is currently a Missouri Western University Adjunct Instructor. She has been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Ridecoach for six years and a Riders Edge (Riding Academy) Instructor for three years. She has been a motorcyclist for over 40 years.
Greg worked at the Grandview Police Department for over thirty years. His desire to become an instructor and teach motorcycle classes comes from some of the unpleasant sights that he has observed over the years.
He first taught the Basic Rider Motorcycle course at the Missouri Safety Center located on the campus of CMSU (now UCM). Several years ago he went through the Harley-Davidson Instructor Course to teach Riders Edge at Gail's Harley Davidson. "I enjoy teaching new riders who have never been on a motorcycle in their life, or have very little experience."
Greg also teaches the Riders Edge Experienced Rider Course ERC (Riding Academy). He enjoys showing riders something new or just giving them the opportunity to smooth out their techniques during class.
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