Gail's Powersports
5900 MO-150, Grandview, MO 64030
Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

ADVANCED MOTORCYCLE RIDING COURSES & BEGINNER MOTORCYCLE CLASSES IN KANSAS CITY

Ready to ride? Come out to Gail’s in Grandview, MO for our Riding Academy® motorcycle training courses. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned rider, our certified instructors can help you refine your riding skills so you’re ready to cruise down the open road.

Our motorcycle classes are full of people like you, looking to have a good time while learning about their bikes. We make the riding process easy-to-follow and fun as you work toward earning your motorcycle endorsement in Missouri or motorcycle license in Kansas, or improve your technique as an advanced rider.

All motorcycle course participants are asked to come prepared with the proper gear, including over-the-ankle boots, a long-sleeved shirt, a DOT helmet, and jeans or motorcycle pants.

RIDING ACADEMY® NEW RIDER MOTORCYCLE COURSE IN GRANDVIEW, MO

Our introductory motorcycle riding class is designed to equip new riders, or those who haven’t ridden in a while, with basic skills needed to ride a motorcycle. 

After you complete the course, you are eligible to apply for your motorcycle endorsement. We take care of the driving portion of your test during class. You’ll also complete a practice written assessment with us, so you’ll be prepared when you take the official version to secure your endorsement.

Gail’s is pleased to offer women-only New Rider Courses, where strong women are invited to learn to ride in a supportive, positive environment!

To accommodate your busy schedule, our class times vary. Choose from our weekday classes, which run from Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or our evening and weekend classes that start Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

REGISTER FOR NEW RIDER COURSES 

RIDING ACADEMY® SKILLED RIDER MOTORCYCLE COURSE

If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast looking for a challenge, put your ride to the test with our one-day Saturday courses on your own motorcycle. Get ready to master advanced tips and techniques that help you hammer down and stay vertical. Any make of motorcycle is welcome!

The Skilled Rider course focuses on improving your control at low speeds, cornering judgment, swerving, and stopping quickly on straights and in curves. You’ll also learn about risk management, limited space maneuvers, multiple curve maneuvers, and surmounting objects.

When you complete the course, you’ll earn a MSF Basic Rider Course 2 completion card that may qualify you for a discount on motorcycle insurance.

In addition to our basic equipment requirements, Skilled Rider participants should bring their motorcycle license, proof of valid motorcycle insurance, protective goggles or glasses, DOT-approved helmet and motorcycling gloves.

REGISTER FOR SKILLED RIDER COURSES

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 unavoidable circumstances.

REAL REVIEWS FROM KANSAS CITY MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

“My wife commented to me that the course was one of the hardest things she has ever undertaken, but also was one of the most satisfying experiences she has ever had. The fact that she could achieve this level of confidence after just two days on the riding range is a testament to the quality of your instruction program.”

“The curriculum was well-organized and the riding aspects well-paced. I felt more confident and prepared as a beginner rider, and I definitely recommend the class.”

“The lessons were clear, easy to understand, and at a pace that was right for everyone. Our coach personally asked each of us, as we advanced through the lessons, if we had clarity and had picked up the practices that would keep us safe on the road.”

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

BRIAN HEINEN

Brian Heinen is a retired police officer with 27 years of experience. He has been a police motorcycle instructor since 1999 and joined Gail’s Harley-Davidson in 2008 as a Rider Coach. Brian also drives professionally for a shuttle service.



LARRY PARKS

Riding Academy Manager Larry Parks 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 joined Gail’s Harley-Davidson as an instructor in 2009. Larry rides a 2016 H-D Road Glide Ultra CVO and is active in the American Heartland H.O.G. chapter, serving as road captain and safety officer.

DAN MATT

Dan is a retired Kansas City police officer with 27 years of experience as a motorcycle officer. He is a nationally-certified motorcycle instructor for Kansas City, has been a Motorcycle Safety Ridecoach for eight years, and a Riding Academy instructor for three years. In total, Dan has more than 50 years of motorcycle experience.

GREG PRUITT

Greg Pruitt is a retired Grandview Police Department officer with 35 years of service. During part of his tenure, he worked as a motorcycle officer. He became a Certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and Riding Academy instructor in 2009.


CALIE SMITH

Calie Smith is a current motorcycle officer and has been a Motorcycle Safety Instructor since 2015. She rides a 2013 H-D Electra Glide.





KEN JUSTICE

Ken Justice is a retired Kansas Highway Patrol trooper with 32 years of service. He retired after achieving the rank of Captain and became a motorcycle safety instructor in 2009. In 2013, he joined Gail’s Harley-Davidson as an instructor. Ken rides a 2015 Road Glide CVO. He is an active member of the H.O.G. group, where he serves as road captain. Above all, he enjoys riding and having fun.

MARTIN STUDDARD

Martin Studdard has been a police officer in Grandview since 2009, and has been riding a police motorcycle since 2010. Martin joined Gail’s Harley-Davidson as an instructor in 2017.

JAY RICHARDS

Jay Richards has been riding motorcycles for more than 30 years and enjoys sharing his love for them with as many people as he can. Jay has been a Riding Academy coach since 2015 and currently rides an Electra Glide Ultra Classic.


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