Which motorcycle school is right for you?
A lot of things have changed since the days of Harley-Davidson, but the company’s long history remains the same: the iconic name, the iconic image of the company, and the passion and determination to make motorcycles.
Now, with the company announcing that it’s ending its motorcycle school program in 2019, we take a look at the five schools currently available to its students.
Read on to find out which one is right to you.1.
The Academy of Special Vehicles (ASV)3.
Yamaha Motorcycle School, California4.
KTM Specialty School, Oregon5.
Specialized School of Advanced Motorcycle Technology, FloridaIn 2018, Yamaha announced that it would close its motorcycle training program and move to the Academy of Sports Vehicles, which is a joint venture of Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Kawasaki America.
While the name is an homage to the motorcycle industry’s most famous brands, this school is focused on “advanced motorcycle technology,” as well as developing students who are “capable of handling the most complex, technologically advanced and sophisticated motorcycles.”
The school is open to students from grades 5 through 12, according to its website.
The academy’s first class will be a special vehicle, a Yamaha ZX-10R, which will be taught by “specialized instructors” and “professional instructors.”
The class is open during the week and from 5 to 7 p.m.
The school has a number of offerings, from its online classes, which you can take in person, to its online workshops.
The online classes cover everything from basic riding to advanced concepts, from riding to motorcycle maintenance to racing and racing simulation.
For more information on Yamaha’s motorcycle training programs, visit its website or follow @Yamaha on Twitter.2.
Yamaha Specialty and Advanced Motorcycles School, Florida3.
KZS Specialty & Advanced Motorcycling School, Georgia4.
BIKT Specialty Motorcycle Technical College, California5.
KWR Specialty Racing School, TexasIn 2018 the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $30 million grant to the Yamaha Specialties & Advanced Motorsports School to improve motorcycle training and certification for its motorcycle and motorcycle-related industries.
The new program will be designed to provide “expert, certified instructors” with the necessary knowledge and experience to teach “specialty vehicles, advanced motorcycle technology, motorcycle maintenance and motorcycle racing.”
The school also plans to provide online courses for “experienced motorcycle technicians.”
The program is open for four years, according the school’s website.
While its website has more information about its curriculum, including information on motorcycle riding, it doesn’t give a specific number of hours a class will cover.
The U. S. Department for Education also awarded $1.5 million to the KZSS School of Motorcycle Training and Technology to expand motorcycle riding and training with motorcycle related topics.
The school’s goal is to “provide students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to operate, repair, and maintain motorcycles.”
The students enrolled in the KTS program will receive training at the school, which also will provide “advancing motorcycle technology” and motorcycle maintenance, according its website .
In 2019, the school will start with two classes, each taught by two different instructors, with two hours per week for students.
The program will continue until the end of 2021.3.
Kawasaki Specialty College, Florida4.
Yamaha-PVZ Specialty, OregonThe KZZS School of Specialty Riding, Specialized Motorcycles and Advanced Technology is located in Florida, and it focuses on motorcycle-specific instruction.
It began in 2013 with about 150 students enrolled, with “a combined curriculum of advanced motorcycle riding skills and advanced motorcycle mechanics,” according to the school website.
“The focus of the school is on the development of a motorcycle rider with the ability to operate a motorcycle as safely as possible, without compromising their safety.”
The KZA Specialty is also located in the state of Florida, but it focuses more on “the development of special skills in the application of advanced technology, including motorcycle technology.”
The School has been open since 2014, and has about 900 students enrolled at the time of this writing, according a news release from the school.4.
Kawata Motorcycle College, JapanIt’s been around for more than 80 years, and its still a hot topic among the motorcycle community.
KAWA Motorcycle and Motorcycle Engineering College was established in the 1950s to train motorcycle mechanics and motorcycle mechanics to operate motorcycles.
In 2018, it was awarded a grant from the Department of Agriculture and Forestry (USDA) to expand its programs to include the “development and certification of motorcycle mechanics for use on the road and the transfer of such skills to a motorcycle.”
This new program was opened in 2020, and aims to “ensure the continued growth and development of motorcycle mechanic skills in Japan.”
The KAWAT school is also open for six months each year.5.
Yamaha’s Academy of Advanced Motorsport