The riding course
at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc is currently
under construction and without any more delays, should
be open sometime in August.
Alex Nemec/Freeman Staff
OCONOMOWOC — Wisconsin Harley-Davidson is in the process
of building a new training course behind its building at
1280 Blue Ribbon Drive in Oconomowoc so people can learn
how to ride right on site.
Oconomowoc Harley-Davidson dealership has a riding
academy that teaches new motorcyclists how to drive and
how to be safe on a bike. Upon completion, students show
are able to go to the DMV and get their motorcycle
Wisconsin Harley-Davidson Owner and General Manager
Robert Moakley said the practice course used to be at
the old YMCA.
were originally using the old YMCA on Silver Lake
Street, but the city is in the process of selling that
and so that is what drove us to move to this location,”
Moakley said the course needs unobstructed space to work
and that sort of space isn’t abundant in Oconomowoc.
“It’s very difficult to find,” Moakley said. “The range
at the Y was what’s referred to as a modified range and
it’s capable of handling only so many students. This was
the only option to add a full size range for our riding
After construction is done, Wisconsin Harley-Davidson
will be the only dealership in metro Milwaukee with an
on-site range training facility.
the change from the YMCA, Moakley said the new course
can accommodate 12 students per class rather than nine
at the previous location. Currently the construction
schedule is on pace for opening the first week of
However, Rising Academy Manager Judy Nowicki said the
opening date is extremely tentative.
“That was based on it not raining every couple of days
over the course of the last week, which I found out can
be somewhat challenging for construction companies,”
Moakley said the construction company found a 10-foot
deep vein of top soil they had to dig up.
“They had to dig it all out and fill it in so it wasn’t
squishy and the asphalt stayed flat,” Moakley said.
said the course will be open for former students who
completed the course.
“Every instructor, every coach in class that I’ve ever
seen or sat in tells these students at the end of class
that ‘You’ve passed. You have your motorcycle
endorsement. You know how to ride a bike around a
parking lot. You need to practice more,’” Moakley said.
will make the range available off hours for students to
practice as much as they want after they’ve taken the
class and if they have passed it. We will allow them to
borrow the training bike and hone in the skills before
going on the road.”