Desperado Harley-Davidson®
1201 S BENTSEN RD, MCALLEN, TX 78501
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New Year, New You

New Year, New You

We know what you're thinking.. "New year, new me" is the typical cliché when it comes to the first day of another revolution around the sun. But finding your freedom by exhilarating your senses through stress-free cruising is anything but typical. Luckily, Desperado Harley-Davidson can help you make sure your resolution to ride means more than just a two-week-long hope lost in the wind.

When it comes to H-D Riding Academy (also known as HDRA), our goal is to both educate and excite through the sport of motorcycling. And while to some it might seem daunting, taking on two wheels is a lot easier than you think. Dedicated coaches with extensive knowledge build the foundation for your future as a rider in just a few days on the agile Harley-Davidson Street 500. With a liquid-cooled V-Twin engine and classic styling, you'll feel like a true biker from the first time you swing your leg over the seat.

A balance of both working in the classroom and rolling around the range help you understand and recognize the standard features and functions of a Harley. From the gear shift to the throttle and how it's meant to feel, you'll learn the fundamentals of riding and be ready to hit the streets. But before all that happens, you'll have to make sure you've got the right gear to keep you comfortable and protected. Check out a list of essentials to make your Riding Academy course a breeze:

  • 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


Once you're prepped with the right equipment, the last thing to do is sign up. So, you think you're ready to take the leap and roll with a new year's resolution you can stick to? See our full list of upcoming classes by clicking here.