Riding Academy I Doc's Harley-Davidson I St. Louis, MO

Riding Academy



  • Learn to ride on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.
  • Get in-class and on-range instruction from Motorcycle Safety Foundation® (MSF) and H-D® Certified Coaches.
  • Learn to safely accelerate, shift, brake, and turn, along with maneuvers like controlling skids and surmounting obstacles.
  • Earn an MSF Basic RiderCourseSM Completion Card, which may (varies by state) exempt you from the riding portion of your license exam and score you a discount on motorcycle insurance.
  • Small class size of 6 people to have more individualized attention.
  • Classes start from mid-March to early November depending on St. Louis weather.
  • Doc's has weekend classes along with Monday-Wednesday three-day classes.
  • Every coach has had to pass both the MSF Training Classes and H-D Certified Coaches Classes.
  • Doc's has a JUMPSTART to learn some of the aspects of riding to help before the class.
  • Doc's Riding Academy Manager, Grace Bobrinitz, has been teaching for over 15 years.
  • Doc's has special Ladies Only Classes too.
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What will I need to register?

You'll need a valid automobile driver's license or learner's permit, and have the ability to ride a bicycle.

Do I need any special gear?

You'll need to bring the following:

  • A heavy, long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Jeans, chaps, or leather pants
  • Over-the-ankle, sturdy footwear
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • A helmet that meets DOT requirements
  • Eyewear
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Dear Beth,
I wanted to take a moment to write about the wonderful service your employees have provided me. From the moment I walked in, to the moment I walked out, I found them - from the salespeople to the riding coaches - to be so exceptional in their friendliness, their professionalism, their feeling of family and of course, their knowledge and willingness to go the "extra mile" for me.

In particular, I must start with Grace whose name could not be more fitting. She was not my first contact but she was my last. I was asked to leave the program and by the way my hand got stuck on the throttle when it should have been the clutch I can understand why. It was Grace who lifted my spirits at that moment for I was very disappointed I was unable to complete the course. She was so encouraging and immediately gave me a fuel injection to energize my confidence. She took unplanned time to allow a red-faced woman to get on the moto treadmill! It was Grace who took at look at my gloves and boots telling me it MAY have been a contributing factor to a very sudden stop by your fence though I suspect it was all on me. Seriously, where do you find employees like that these days?

I must mention the wonderfully outgoing Lindsay who was my first contact - the one who took the time to laugh with me and invite me into Doc's living room making me want to be a family member. He took the time to tell me of his inspiring journey on becoming a safe rider and he took the time to share his love of his child with me it was delightful to hear and if I were younger I would have wanted a dad like Lindsay.

I will also mention - I'm afraid I do not remember her name the salesperson on the first night of class who when I did not have change for the vending machine literally gave me a soda from an office refrigerator. I thought for a moment I was a guest in her home. And finally, I commend you for having Kent and John in your employ. What an honor to be in their company - secret service men who make me feel so secure and looked out, not only for my safety, but that of the class when I lost control of that beautiful Harley. They were so knowledgeable and had so much experience that today I was able to say about a rider passing me out loud ATGATT when I saw he was only wearing shorts, a tank top and flip-flops! They were delightful and funny. It has been said that which you learn with humor you learn forever. They were both so tender when they corrected me that I wanted to do better (they might make fun of that compliment but it makes it no less true). And when Kent asked me to leave he immediately asked me to come back the next day to take the written test with my class. Now, that's tender!

I do believe from my experience you are very fortunate to have employees such as this and I have a feeling they are fortunate to have you!

Thank you for taking the time to read this note and I was glad I had the opportunity to be a member of Doc's family.

-Rosanne Ellis


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