We're calling all riders to our location in Grandview, MO! Whether you're a beginner or are a seasoned rider, we're here to help you refine those riding skills. We ask that you come prepared with the proper gear including over-the-ankle boots, a long-sleeve shirt, a DOT helmet, and jeans or motorcycle riding pants. Step on our lot and learn a bunch from our certified professionals! We make the process of riding easy to follow and fun! Don't be intimidated – our classes are full of like-minded individuals who want to have a good time and learn a thing or two about their bikes. Visit us today.
Riding Academy® New Rider Course Available Now
Use one of our bikes while one of our skilled instructors walks you through the ins and outs of riding. We offer a supportive atmosphere, so there's no reason to feel intimidated. Our New Rider Course is here to ensure that you're always comfortable while you learn. We recommend that you show up with the proper attire and ready to learn from the best!
After you complete our course, you'll be eligible to apply for your Motorcycle Endorsement in Missouri! We take care of the driving portion of your test with our class. You'll also complete the writing assessment with us so you'll be very prepared when you have to retake it to get your endorsement. We look forward to helping you work toward your riding goals!
Our class options vary. Choose from our weekday class which runs from Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Have to work, no problem! We also offer evening and weekend classes that start on Friday evenings at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For The Experts: Riding Academy® Skilled Rider Course
If you're looking for a challenge, check out our Skilled Rider Course! Put your ride to the test with our Saturday courses that run from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Our students use their motorcycles, and we welcome all makes! Stop in and enjoy a challenging course.
Come prepared with the following: DOT approved helmet, long-sleeve shirt or jacket, motorcycle license, proof of valid motorcycle insurance, protective goggles or glasses, motorcycling gloves, over-the-ankle boots, and jeans or motorcycling pants.
Real Reviews From Real Riders
My wife, Robin, and I completed the Basic Rider's Course at Gail's HD this past Sunday. I wanted to take a few minutes and pass on to you my impressions of the course.
Our instructor/coach, Martin Studdard, was absolutely excellent. Also, Jay Richards, who assisted on the riding range, was terrific as well. Both of your men exhibited superb instruction skills, were extremely patient, and went to great effort to make the class fun and safe for everyone. I came into the class having previous experience, but had not been on a motorcycle for over 35 years. My wife had never even sat on a motorcycle until the first day on the range Saturday. While we both passed the course, we came away with much more than a certificate. Because of the instruction we received, I feel we will both be much better riders, and have a great appreciation for being safe and responsible motorcyclists. My wife commented to me that the course was one of the hardest things she has ever undertaken, but one of the most satisfying experiences she has ever had. She is even excited about the prospect of getting her own motorcycle, and not be content to be just a passenger on our Tri Glide. The fact that she could achieve this level of confidence after just two days on the riding range is testament to the quality of your instruction program.
I thought you might like to know that your boys are doing a helluva job with the riding academy. It is obvious that Martin and Jay enjoy teaching, and are highly skilled in adult learning concepts. Thank you for what you are doing there at Gail's Harley-Davidson, and please pass along to Martin and Jay our appreciation for what they have given us...a passport to lifetime of new adventures!
Hi Larry, just wanted to thank you again for all your help and patience. I was a nervous wreck as expected throughout the whole class, but Brian and Elaine were fantastic, and I was wholly impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. The curriculum was well organized and the riding aspects well paced, and though a little anxiety provoking at times, Elaine especially managed to make them fun. The pizza party and "victory lap" were rewarding and nice surprises at the end! I felt more confident and prepared as a beginner rider, and I will definitely recommend the class!
I took the class in July of 2018. My reasons to attend were to become familiar with current best driving practices, and to understand my physical and mental ability to drive a motorcycle. I am a 64 old male, with a replaced hip, arthritis and bad knees, that needed a trial run. I also wanted to know what type, if any motorcycle would be right for myself and my abilities. I had ridden and owned motorcycles and a 3 wheeled ATV over 35 years ago, but gave them up, for family and financial reasons. I didn't want to make mistakes, and not be able to choose or make the right decisions, when driving, or when choosing the right motorcycle for myself, I didn't want, to buy one on a whim, that would just sit in storage.
Our class was a very diverse group, age ranges from the 20's on up, and with all different backgrounds, and experiences with motorcycles, and a couple people, in our class, had no experience. I was impressed and surprised how well it went! The lessons were clear, easy to understand, and at a pace that was right for everyone. Our Coach (Dan Matt) was personally asking each one 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. Along with knowing, how to handle the type of hazards, that may be out there, that affect a motorcyclist, differently than in a car.
The days consisted of lessons and actual riding experiences. We had great equipment that ran well, and had many safety bars, for the new riders. I enjoyed the riding and it reinforced my decision, to get back into enjoying life on a bike!
I was very impressed with my overall experience and thought it was a great investment in my time and my safety when riding. I couldn't wait to get started again, and stopped on my way home after graduation, at the DMV to get my license.
Many Thanks, to my Coach, my classmates, and to Gail's Harley Davidson for providing the class and the experience!
Ride Safe, Ride Smart!
*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 is a retired police officer with 27 years experience and is currently employed as a shuttle driver. He has experience in motorcycle training and operation on both the police and civilian level. and a police motorcycle instructor since 1999. He has been a trainer since 2000 and in 2008 he became one of Gail's Harley-Davidson's Riders Edge (Riding Academy) Rider Coaches.
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 Riding Academy Instructor in 2009. He also serves as the Riding Academy Manager. He rides a 2016 H-D Road Glide Ultra CVO. He is active in the American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter, serving as a road captain and safety officer.. You can find Larry at our dealership nearly every day!
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.
Greg PruittGreg retired from the Grandview Police Department after 35 years of service. During part of his tenure there he worked as a motor officer. He became a Certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and H-D Riding Academy Instructor in 2009
Calie SmithCalie is a current motorcycle OFR and has been a Motorcycle Safety Instructor since 2015. She rides a 2013 H-D Electra Glide.
Ken JusticeKen is a retired Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper with 32 years of service. He retired having achieved the rank of Captain. He became a motorcycle safety instructor in 2009 and in 2013 he became a Gail's Harley Davidson riding academy instructor. He rides a 2015 Roadglide CVO. He is active with Harley Owners Group(HOG). Where he serves as a Road Captain. He enjoys riding and having fun.
Martin StuddardMartin has been a police officer with the city of Grandview since 2009, and has been riding a police motorcycle since 2010. Martin joined Gail's Harley Davidson riding academy rider coaches team in 2017.
Jay RichardsJay has been riding motorcycles for over 30 years and really enjoys sharing his love of motorcycles with as many people as he can. He's been a Riding Academy Coach since 2015 and currently rides a Harley Davidson Electraglide Ultra Classic.