Welcome to Uke’s Harley-DavidsonWelcome to Uke’s Harley-Davidson. We know many of you lead busy lives and we are thrilled that you are enrolled in the Rider’s Edge New Rider Course. Thank you for giving up some of your personal time that could be spent with your family and friends to join our riding family.
By taking this course, you will be learning lifesaving skills that will help you enjoy your riding experience more fully. We look forward to sharing the camaraderie and the excitement that surrounds the sport of motorcycling. Welcome to the club! Welcome to the passion! Welcome to the ride!
We hope you enjoy our dealership and your class. Our staff, instructors and bikes are ready to help you fulfill your riding dream.
Nanc & Keith Ulicki
|"It's an amazing experience and one to be very proud of." |
|"Push through your fear because the way the class is taught, everyone can develop to become a safe responsible motorcyclist." |
|"Even being experienced, you have much to learn." |
| It is important to come to the New Rider Course with a strong desire to ride and a willingness to learn. Sometimes we have people that haven't made a personal decision and they tend to struggle. Once they've made the decision, they seem to do much better. The more committed you are to accepting the risk of riding, the easier you may find it to build your confidence. |
Riding is as much about mental skills as it is about physical skills and stress makes it more difficult to learn these mental and physical skills. You will do better if you can avoid bringing any outside distractions with you to class that can add pressure to you while you are trying to learn.
You will likely make some mistakes while learning to ride. That's part of the learning process. Remain calm and be patient with yourself during the class. The expectation is that you keep getting better and building on what you have already learned and done. Focusing on the technique you are currently learning and making it smooth will enhance your learning.
Everyone in a class learns in a different way and at a different rate and almost everyone struggles at some point. Don't compare yourself to others; rather compare how much better you have become with each step of the learning process. Occasionally take time to reflect on how far you have come in your riding journey and let your progress build and boost your confidence.
The bottom line is to relax and have fun as you learn to ride with us.
Required Riding Gear
- DOT approved helmet
- Eye protection
- Jacket - denim or better (Leather not required)
- Sturdy long pants
- Full finger gloves
- Over the ankle boots
Gear is not required the first day. If you have any questions about your gear, you may bring it on the first day and the instructor will go over it with you. Go back
|"I've been riding for twenty years. Now I know how to ride" |
| The New Rider Course uses a building block approach to learning to ride. Everything done in the classroom builds on what has previously been learned. Likewise, all range exercises build on previous range exercises and classroom activities. For example, the building blocks for the initial physical skills of riding are listed below: |
The Learning Process
- Learning and using the motorcycle's controls
- Getting the motorcycle moving
- Stopping the motorcycle
- Turning the motorcycle
- Shifting the motorcycle
| New riders who come to our classes often have several things in common. They have a passion for motorcycles and share a desire for the freedom of the road that can only be found on two wheels. Obviously they have little or no riding experience and share a desire to do it right so they’ve made the commitment to enroll in a class. |
More importantly they are all fulfilling a dream to see the world from a new perspective. This may be a lifelong vision or one that has more recent origins. Regardless of how long they’ve waited, they can picture themselves with their hands on the bars as they enjoy the full-bodied experience of riding.
|"Be patient with yourself and listen to your instructors" |
Frequently Asked Questions
|Are there tests during the course? |
The course includes both a Knowledge Test and a Skill Evaluation. The Knowledge Test contains fifty multiple choice questions based on the information in the MSF Basic RiderCourse Handbook. The Skill Evaluation is an on-bike activity that allows you to measure how much you've learned and to celebrate how far you've come during the course. There are no surprises on either evaluation.
|Is there a riding test? |
The last range exercise is a skill evaluation that allows you to measure how much you’ve learned and to celebrate how far you’ve come during the course. The skill evaluation covers four skills that you will have practiced during the riding portion of the course.
|What gear will I need? |
To ride during the range exercises, you will need a DOT approved helmet, eye protection, a denim or better jacket (leather not required), full finger gloves, sturdy long pants and over-the-ankle boots.
|Where do we meet? |
All classes are conducted entirely at our dealership. Thursday night classes meet in the deli area of our store. Daytime classes meet at the Rider's Edge classroom. Enter the classroom through the door at the southeast corner of our building closest to the range.
|What do I need to bring? |
When you arrive for your first class session, you will need your driver's license. Gear is not required the first day. If you have any questions about your gear, you may bring it on the first day and the instructor will go over it with you.
|Do we ride on the road? |
All riding exercises are conducted on our closed range area at our dealership. Although you will not be riding on the road during this course, you will learn and practice the necessary skills to prepare you for the road.
|What if it rains? |
Range exercises are conducted rain or shine. Rain gear is suggested for inclement weather.
|How big is the class? |
Most classes have eleven learners. Some classes are conducted with six learners.
|Am I going to be able to do this? |
While there are no guarantees, anyone who comes to class with a strong desire and a willingness to learn should be able to acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course. The course is designed for people who have never ridden before and new riders routinely graduate.
|I'm an experienced rider. What am I going to learn? |
Many experienced riders take this course either to get their license or to refresh their skills. Almost all are surprised by how much they learned during the class.
|Do I get my license from this course? |
After successfully completing this course, you will receive a waiver for the WISDOT Motorcycle in Traffic test. You will still need to pass the DMV knowledge test based on the Wisconsin Motorcyclist Handbook.
|What can I study to prepare for the class? |
You can prepare for this class in several ways. Try to clear your schedule so you can focus on the class without outside distractions. Come to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. You can preview the material that will be covered in class by reading the Basic RiderCourse Handbook available on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website.
|What bike will we be riding? |
The motorcycle used in this course is a Blast. This 360 lb motorcycle has a 492cc engine with a five speed transmission.