Skilled Riders

While motorcycle registration continues to increase, so does the need for rider training. Harley Canada, in cooperation with the Canada Safety Council and like-minded organizations such as the Alberta Safety Council, have partnered together to deliver the Harley-Davidson Rider’s Edge® “Skilled Rider” course for Canadian riders.

The Rider’s Edge® Skilled Rider Course is designed to enhance the skills of already licensed drivers, who have been riding for at least a year, in the areas of riding, steering, and stopping. Rider’s Edge® is a rider improvement course that uses proven curriculum developed by the Canada Safety Council. The program gives riders greater confidence in their riding abilities and helps to make their riding experience that much more enjoyable.

The course consists of approximately 11 hours of training – the first three hours are presentations and group discussions being offered at select Harley-Davidson retailers – while the next eight hours are on-bike training, on your own motorcycle, carried out in a safe and controlled area.

At press time only two retailers on the west-coast have provided the training – Heritage Harley-Davidson/Buell in Edmonton, Alberta and Trev Deeley’s Harley-Davidson in Burnaby, BC. Motorsport Plus Harley-Davidson in Kingston, Ontario is planning to offer their first course in September.

The in-class portion of the rider improvement course allows for group participation in discussions on everything from collision causation, selection of protective equipment, group riding to carrying passengers. Students will also learn how to safely pack a motorcycle for a road trip, and how to manage risks on the road. Specific questions posed to the instructors and Harley-Davidson experts are encouraged.

During the riding portion of the course, students learn how to manoeuvre their bikes through slow speed exercises, multiple curves at speeds up to 50 kilometres per hour, brake at varying distances and speeds, utilize risk management and good judgment to safely manoeuvre around hazards through either swerving and/or braking. Each student will learn about the capabilities of their own motorcycle, to help improve upon their skills.

Riding a motorcycle is both art and science. No one rides a motorcycle perfectly all the time, not even professionals. There is always room for improvement.