When you first begin to think about motorcycles, the excitement can make the idea seem overwhelming. Where do I start? How do I choose a motorcycle? Is it hard? No worries, we've all been there. Gowanda Harley-Davidson® has been helping dreamers just like you since 1947.

You can't ride a website, that's why we started the Jumpstart™ experience. Come see for yourself. No license or prior knowledge needed. During a Jumpstart session at Gowanda Harley-Davidson® you'll throw a leg over an actual Harley-Davidson® motorcycle that is securely fastened on a stationary platform. Our friendly and trained staff will coach you about the controls and inspire you. Then it's your turn! Fire up the bike, roll on the throttle, shift through the gears and know for yourself just how exhilarating riding a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle can be. Caution: symptoms of wanderlust and day dreaming may persist.

Gowanda Harley-Davidson® can then help guide you to the next steps including obtaining a motorcycle permit and enrolling in an area motorcycle training school.

Jumpstart™ is available by appointment at Gowanda Harley-Davidson®. Simply call (716) 532-4584 and ask for Sales. Gowanda Harley-Davidson® also brings the Jumpstart™ experience to several popular festivals.

Where to Experience Jumpstart

Gowanda Harley-Davidson®. Appointments appreciated. Call Gowanda Harley-Davidson®


"Exhilarating! I always admired Harley®, but actually sitting on one and rolling back the throttle really inspired me. I need to get my license!"

"I was intimidated at first. But the Gowanda Harley-Davidson® staff guided me right through it. Once I got the technique for shifting and I was like 'I can do this.' I'm going to make this happen!"

"Great way to experience a Harley® without knowing how to ride. First step to fulfilling a life long dream."


What is Jumpstart?

Jumpstart is a first step to experiencing a real legendary Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. You will sit on an actual motorcycle, run through the gears and feel what it's like. Gowanda Harley-Davidson®'s trained staff with coach you through all the steps. No license or motorcycle knowledge is needed. If you're inspired and want to take the next steps to obtaining your motorcycle license, we'll even provide you with all the contacts to area motorcycle training schools.

Yes. 18 years or older.

No. Jumpstart is a first step to become familiar with a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

Pants and closed toe shoes are required.

Yes. A JumpStart Rider Experience waiver must filled out completely, signed and dated.


Please give yourself adequate time. Our trained staff will coach you on how to operate a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, including control of the throttle, clutch and shifting. No worries, the motorcycle is securely fastened to the Jumpstart platform and is not going anywhere. You may experience high levels of heart pounding excitement and confidence during the demonstration. Symptoms of wanderlust and day dreaming may persist. Long term side effects may include lower stress, new friends and memorable stories to tell.