Motorcycle Riding Schools – Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle in Louisiana

Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle in Louisiana

Louisiana Motorcycle Riding SchoolsTo fully enjoy a lasting motorcycle experience, every rider should learn how to ride safely.  The best place to learn how to ride a motorcycle is at motorcycle riding schools approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

These are some of the motorcycle riding schools found in Louisiana:

Bayou Country Harley-Davidson

The Rider’s Edge of Bayou Country Harley-Davidson offers motorcycle training courses that will teach all the skills you need to hit the road with confidence.  They also provide friendly and enthusiastic Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructors. Successful completion of the course may streamline your motorcycle licensing or will help you get a discount on motorcycle insurance. For more information, please call 985-872-4380 of fax 985-872-4387.

Crescent City Motorcycle Training

Crescent City Motorcycle Training is one of Louisiana’s independently owned Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified training programs. According to their official website, it is also New Orleans’ motorcycle and scooter training destination where  motorcycles are furnished during training and students are taught the basic operation of a motorcycle within a three-day training session. For more information, please visit Class Schedule or Register Online or call (504) 442-4777 or (504) 263-5845.

Hammond Harley-Davidson

Whether you are a novice rider or have been on the road for a long time, Rider’s Edge, the Hammond Harley-Davidson’s Academy of Motorcycle has the right motorcycle training course for you. They offer New Ride Course and Skilled Rider Course approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.  For class schedules, contact (985) 345-8381, fax (985) 345-8341 or email [email protected].

New Orleans Harley-Davidson

The Rider’s Edge program is now available at New Orleans Harley-Davidson. The Rider’s Edge delivers the basics of motorcycle operation in Harley-Davidson style.  The courses they offer include 25 hours of expert guidance from Motorcycle Safety Foundation and H-D certified instructors. For more information regarding the program, contact 886-751-2691.

Renegade Harley-Davidson

With a proven blend of classroom instruction and range riding, the Rider’s Edge New Rider Course in Louisiana delivers the basics of motorcycle operation in a Harley-Davidson style. They offer courses approved by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and are taught by devoted instructors certified by both the MSF and Harley-Davidson to create a relaxed and supportive environment that fosters camaraderie and confidence.  For course schedule and registration, call 888-807-1688.


Riding is a motorcycle safety training academy serving motorcycle riders of Shreveport/Bossier City. According to their site, it is their goal to teach good riding habits, hone riding skills, and make riders aware of the hazards on the road. They offer three Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified courses: Basic Rider Course (BRC),  3 Wheel Basic Rider Course (3W BRC)  and Experience [or Advanced] Rider Course (ERC). For questions and comments, please visit

Louisiana Department of Public Safety

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety now offers Basic Rider, Intermediate and Advanced Rider motorcycle safety classes.  Courses are offered throughout the state, with most availability in: Hammond, Lafayette and Zachary (Baton Rouge).  See the weblink above or call (225) 925-6113, ext. 224, for more information.

NOLA Riding Academy

NOLA Riding Academy provides not only new motorcycle rider instruction, but also track riding instruction and track bike rentals.  They are self-proclaimed motorcycle enthusiasts that love to ride and all instructors are certified by certified the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).  The home track is Nola Motorsports Park in Avondale Louisiana.  You can check them out on Twitter also @clintaustin

These are some of  the best motorcycle riding schools and training centers in the state of Louisiana.

Are we missing a school on our list? Or did you attend one of these schools and want to leave a review for future riders? Leave a Comment and share what you know.

May is Motorcyclist Awareness and Safety Month

Motorcycle Safety Awareness

Helmet use, operator training and motorist awareness are factors that could be contributing to a three-year leveling off of motorcycle deaths in Louisiana, according to highway safety officials.

Louisiana, April 28th, 2013 – Gov. Bobby Jindal has proclaimed May as Motorcyclist Awareness and Safety Month in Louisiana. In recognition of the designation, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission on Sunday helped sponsor the annual Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Rally in front of the state Capitol.

Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, said “motorcycle safety involves operators of both motorcycles and other vehicles sharing the road.”

Preliminary data for 2012 shows that 75 people were killed in motorcycle crashes that year, down moderately from 79 in 2011. Motorcycle fatalities in Louisiana spiked in 2009 when 104 people died in crashes. In 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are final, motorcycle fatalities represented almost 12 percent of all highway deaths in Louisiana. One-third of 2011 motorcycle fatalities involved alcohol and 44 percent of the deaths involved a single vehicle.

Observational surveys have shown near 100 percent compliance with Louisianas law that requires all motorcycle riders to wear approved helmets.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety sponsors motorcycle operator training courses that, when completed successfully, facilitate the process for obtaining the required endorsement on a motorcycle operators and drivers license.

Information about the DPS courses is available at

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Louisiana Motorcycle License Practice Tests

Pass Your Louisiana Motorcycle License Test

Our primary goal here at Motorcycle Driving School Cafe is to give those with a passion to ride, help getting on two wheels. Whether that next step for you is to take a riding class and see if you will really like riding, or to figure out how to get your license.

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These guys have made state-specific exams to help you pass your Louisiana license test – hopefully the first time – and for sure the next time if you have to make a return trip to the DMV (Hey, it happened to me for my motorcycle license ‘renewal’! I already had my license for 15 years and failed the written renewal. That was embarrassing and frustrating, for sure.)

So, if you really want to get your license, and you are feeling just a little bit on edge or unsure (maybe just a little less confident than you’d like to be), then check out the iDriveSafely team and see what they have to offer.

There are 2 levels of license practice exam – a 50 question test and a 100 question test. You can start studying on-line right now and get a real multi-media course. Audio and video, practice exam, solutions and explanations. It’s all there.

You can study one question at a time or take complete virtual tests – a read-and-review study guide and unlimited practice tests.

If you are looking for an easy, effective, and practical way to study, these guys could have what you need.

The study review is your comprehensive guide through the material, question by question. The practice test gives you a graded score which allows you to practice taking the actual exam and monitor your progress as you go.

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But, to be clear, these are for ALL drivers and riders. The materials are targeted to include knowledge of your state traffic laws and rules of the road. They don’t include motorcycle specific knowledge tests.

This is where our Crush Your License Exam study guide becomes a great companion – iDriveSafely will help you get brain strong on your state traffic laws and rules of the road and Motorcycle Driving School Cafe will make sure you are master of the motorcycle license exam questions.

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How to Get a Motorcycle Driver’s License in Louisiana

Louisiana Motorcycle Driver’s License

Louisiana Motorcycle Driver's LicenseThe operator of any motorcycle or motor-driven cycle as well as of motorized bicycle/moped, that exceed 5 horsepower, regardless of its maximum speed and size of motor, must have an “M” endorsement on one of the basic classes of operator’s license.  The endorsement allows you to operate the vehicle on the streets, highways and roadways of Louisiana.

This endorsement is not required to operate motorcycles or motor driven cycles under 5 horsepower.

However, the motorcycle endorsement is only issued after the applicant has taken and successfully passed tests  specifically designed for the operation of motorcycles.

Basic Requirements for the license

In order to obtain a motorcycle endorsement, you have to go to your local license office and complete the following requirements:

  • Possess a valid Louisiana driver license or learner’s permit – Applicants who are 15 or 16 years old and hold a learner’s permit are restricted to driving within a distance of three miles from their residence, unless a parent, tutor or the other person having custody is temporarily staying at another location where the applicant would be restricted to due to the three miles from home limitation.
  • Successfully complete the motorcycle road rules test and skills test with a score of 80% – to take the road rules and skills test, applicants must furnish the motorcycle used in the test. The motorcycle must have a current license plate, insurance and current inspection sticker. A motorcycle helmet is also required.

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Avoiding the skills test

An operator’s skills test or written test is not required to an applicant who has successfully completed the Department of Public safety, Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operators Training Program on or after October 28, 2011.

Any certificate with a course completion date prior to October 28, 2011 will exempt the holder from the skills test requirement ONLY.

Note: An operator’s skills test is not required to an applicant who has successfully completed the Harley-Davidson Rider’s Edge New Rider Course. The applicant only has to present the original certificate of completion to the Office of Motor Vehicles.

If you do not meet these waiver requirement (and I guessing if you are reading this you do not meet the date deadline), you can still take the course with info and schedule found here – Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program.  After the completion of the program, applicants must provide the original certificate of completion to the Office of Motor Vehicles for the endorsement.

Once you received your motorcycle driver’s endorsement, be sure to register your motorcycle before you can start riding in the streets. You also have to follow the Louisiana traffic law they imposes on riders of motorcycles, motor-driven cycles and power cycles listed below:

      • Riders are required to wear an approved safety helmet and eye protection.
      • Motorcycles, motor-driven cycles or power cycles must be inspected yearly.
      • Riders must carry their basic operator’s license with motorcycle endorsement.
      • Riders must keep proof of current liability or other approved security in their motorcycle at all times.

Only by getting a motorcycle driver’s license or endorsement and by following the traffic rules and regulations given above,  can you legally operate a motorcycle freely and enjoy the privilege of riding a motorcycle down Louisiana’s streets, highways and roadways.