Mike's Famous H-D Riding Academy­ in New London CT

Mikes Famous Riding Academy New London CT 06320

There has never been a better time to learn to ride a motorcycle. Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy New Rider Course gives you all you need to get your license and on the road in no time.



Our courses at Mike's Famous® consist of a 1,2,3 or 4-day course depending on the rider and the type of class. These courses help the beginner, the seasoned rider, the rider who would like to refresh skills or those who wish to learn on a trike. The course consists of class time and actual riding time in our beautiful classroom and on our expansive outdoor training range. Students will ride and train on an H-D® Street™ 500 motorcycle, their own motorcycle, or possibly a trike, depending on the class. Classes are taught by fully trained Harley-Davidson® and MSF certified instructors in historic New London, CT.

Q: When can I sign up for classes?
A: We offer classes starting in March through the end of October. If you don’t see a class that fits your needs, please call the dealership to get details on more upcoming classes.

Q: How much does this course cost?
A: Class pricing will be available on or before January 15th.

Some restrictions may apply.  Promotional codes and discounts may not be combined. Promotions are not valid on previous purchases.

Q: Do I need to supply anything for the training?
A: Yes - Items you will need to have are:

  • Your Driver’s License and/or Learner's Permit as required in your state (MFHD does not require a permit for its course)
  • Riding Gear required for the range:
    • It is a good idea to dress in layers for comfort and bring rain gear appropriate for riding.
    • Department of Transportation (DOT) approved motorcycle helmet- MFHD can provide a helmet for you if one is not available to you. You will have a proper fitting of any helmet you wish to bring during your safety evaluation.
    • Sturdy over the ankle footwear with a low heel and rubber soles
    • Protective eyewear
    • Full fingered gloves, preferably leather
    • A long-sleeved jacket or shirt
    • Durable long pants (denim or other comparable material), non-flared and without tears or holes.

MFHD Riding Academy courses come with a free pre-class orientation where you will receive a safety gear evaluation and helmet fitting. If orientation is not completed you will be asked to bring all riding gear to the first session of class to verify that it will be acceptable and appropriate. If you do not have appropriate, well-fitting gear at the start of the first range day, you may not be allowed to complete the class.

We suggest bringing snacks & beverages, or money for our onsite drink & snack machines in the event the class runs past mealtime.

Q: Can I take the course in CT if I live in another state?
A: MFHD endorsements are accepted in CT and RI. If you are not a resident of CT or RI, please contact your state’s DMV for requirements and accurate data as some states are reciprocal.

Q: Do I have to know how to ride a motorcycle to take the course?
A: No - Our trained instructors will guide you through the entire process. MFHD Riding Academy courses come with a free pre-class orientation which includes a ride on our bike simulator, Jumpstart™ - JUMPSTART™ is an innovative demo tool that puts you in the saddle of a running Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, and lets you experience the “thrill of the throttle,” that comes with riding a genuine Harley-Davidson®. The bike is locked in place and will not move or tip over, it's 100% safe. The back tire is on a roller and allows you to start the bike and run through the gears up to 65 miles per hour. It's fun and exciting to hear the rumble and roar of a Harley® and this is just the beginning! You will be introduced to the bike, all its controls, and the thrill of the ride to come.

Q: Why must I know how to ride a bicycle to qualify for course enrollment?
A: Riding a motorcycle requires a sense of balance and coordination. Students who can ride a bicycle have demonstrated the minimum ability necessary to balance and coordinate a motorcycle.

Q: How are the classes structured?
A: We have (4) different course schedules.

  1. Basic Rider Course (BRC) is structured one of two ways. One is our weekday course, which is a three-day course held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the day from 8 am to 5 pm. We also have a weekend course, which is a 4-day course held during the evening on Thursday and Friday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and during the day on Saturday and Sunday. In total you will be spending about 21 hours learning to ride. This is best place to start once you've made the decision to ride. Covers the basics of operating a motorcycle and safety-oriented mental strategies. Successful completion of this course will earn you your motorcycle endorsement. The course may also earn you an insurance discount.
  2. Returning Rider Basic Rider Course (RRBRC) is a 1-day 8-hour course. This program combines elements of the BRC, BRC2, and includes knowledge and skill tests. It is designed for riders who already possess basic skills but have not ridden for several years. Even if you were a good rider back in the day, traffic patterns have changed, and motorcycles have evolved. For example, technology has bestowed better handling, less weight, and more power within each engine displacement category. This is a great class for someone who wants to knock off the dust.
  3. Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) is a 1-day, 8-hour course for riders who already have basic skills. Similar to the BRC except speeds are higher and you should be on your own motorcycle. An excellent refresher course for practicing and renewing riding skills. It is designed for riders who have a permit or motorcycles endorsement and possess basic skills. It is a perfect way for you to reinforce basic skills on your own motorcycle. A skill test is an option and may be provided as a self-assessment opportunity. Includes an informal classroom component for discussing safety concepts based on past riding experiences and current knowledge. It is best if you use your own street motorcycle, but a training bike may be available. This class is completed in a one day 8-hour course.
  4. 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WH) is a 2-day, 11-hour course. The best place to start once you've made the decision to ride a 3-wheel motorcycle, whether the two wheels are in the back or the front. Successful completion of this course, consisting of five hours of classroom activities and ten hours of on-cycle riding exercises, plus knowledge and skill tests may earn you your endorsement. The course may also earn you an insurance discount. You will need to provide your own 3-wheel motorcycle.

Q: How do I get the endorsement on my operator’s license after successful completion of the course?
A: Upon successful completion of the class, we will submit your information to the DMV. If you live outside of CT or RI you may need to go to your state’s DMV and take the written portion of the exam and pay the license fee(s) for your state. Some states will require a letter for proof of completion of the class. Please contact your state’s DMV for requirements and accurate data.

Q: My schedule can be unpredictable. Can I miss a class or range session?
A: No. Class time and range sessions are tightly scheduled. If a class or range session is missed, you will need to re-register for another class that works better with your schedule. Additional fees may apply, see dealer for details.

Q: What are the minimum requirements for passing the course?
A: To complete the class, each rider must attend all classroom and range sessions and pass a riding skill test and a written knowledge test.

Q: If I don’t complete the course, can I take it again?
A: Yes. Student riders, at the discretion of the rider/coach and/or the program administrator, may be allowed to take the Riding Academy® New Rider Course a second time for a lowered re-registration fee (Must reschedule within 3 months of original class).

Q: I don’t own a motorcycle. Does Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson® provide one for me to use?
A: Yes. Every student is assigned a Harley-Davidson® Street 500 ™ motorcycle to use for the duration of the course (Beginners courses only).

Q: How do I pay for the course?
A: You may pay the course fee via credit card online, or cash or credit card at Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson.

Q: How does the Riding Academy course compare to ta regular Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course?
A: Mike's Famous Riding Academy is an MSF approved course. We use much of the same curriculum as well as certified Harley-Davidson® instruction. Students who have taken both have said that they feel we offer more one-on-one personal training. We take the time to help our students grow confidence during the class. If you want to learn from the best, you're at the right place. From start to finish, students receive
a VIP experience. Our courses also include a free orientation, Jumpstart™ training, safety gear evaluation, motorcycle fitting, sales Q+A, and more. When the class is over, we're still here for you! We offer a post class follow up which includes "next step" feedback, information on financing and further advanced classes, and a big welcome to the Mike’s family! You'll be informed of all the major bike runs and activities that will help you practice and exercise your new riding skills. Furthermore, Mike's Famous® is located in a historic 1939 rustic Coca-Cola® factory building with a private classroom, large on-site riding range, comfortable lounge, clean well-designed bathrooms (seriously, they’re beautiful), complimentary coffee, tea, water and more! We could go on but we'd just be bragging.

Q: If it rains, will the class be canceled?
A: Classes happen rain or shine. If rain is in the forecast, please be sure to bring appropriate rain gear.