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

 

Mikes Famous Riding Academy New London CT 06320

Q: When can I sign up for classes?

A:We have classes available for enrollment through the first weekend in November for the 2021 season. If no classes are listed, that means we are booked and working on adding more seats. The days on which your class is scheduled will determine your class structure and requirements. The enrollment button can be found at the bottom of this page. The classes listed are the earliest classes available. We highly suggest you book your classes in advance.

To be added to our spring notification list please email: ridingacademy@mikesfamous.com  with your Full Name AND Phone Number

Weekday classes:

Complete your online e-course, one on one in-store orientation, and two days of range instruction and classroom at the dealership.

The online e-course is a 3-hour self paced class through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and should be completed in advance of your scheduled classroom and range days.The link for this course will be in your confirmation email which is automatically sent to you when you enroll as well as in a welcome text message. 

The orientation included with this Basic Rider course will be scheduled with a team member from Mike's Famous H-D. You will get a dealership and range tour, a gear fitting and review of all safety items required while riding, an option to try our Jumpstart training tool and time for Q + A. Orientation should be completed prior to your scheduled classroom and range days.

The range will be two consecutive days of riding, training and testing on our provided training bike, the Street 500 Harley-Davidson®.

Weekend Classes:

Complete your online e-course, one on one in-store orientation, one evening of classroom and two days of range instruction and classroom at the dealership.

The online e-course is a 3-hour self paced class through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and should be completed in advance of your scheduled classroom and range days. The link for this course will be in your confirmation email which is automatically sent to you when you enroll.

You will have one 4 hour evening in dealer classroom session with any weekend course.

The orientation included with this Basic Rider course will be scheduled with a team member from Mike's Famous H-D.You will get a dealership and range tour, a gear fitting and review of all safety items required while riding, an option to try our Jumpstart training tool and time for Q + A. Orientation should be completed prior to your scheduled classroom and range days.

The range will be two consecutive days of riding, training and testing on our provided training bike, the Street 500 Harley-Davidson®.

Successful completion of this course fulfils all requirements for the state of CT to earn you your motorcycle endorsement. Additional information on getting your license at the DMV and post class follow up will be provided to you.

Q: How much does this course cost?
A: Our Basic Rider course is $349.00*. This includes a pre-class orientation, an MSF issued course workbook and a link to the MSF 3 hour self-paced online class. If your class is on a weekend you will also attend one 4 hour evenng class and your 2 days of riding, training and testing. Plus we can help you with next steps for the DMV and post class follow up.

*Failure to show up for your class, reschedule your course or cancel within our policy timeframe will result in the forfiet of your class without refund and additional fees for rescheduling.

Q: Do I need to supply anything for the training?
A: YES - Students are required to obtain all safety gear for thier riding days in advance of their class. All Mike's Famous H-D students can enjoy up to 20% off safety gear in our Motorclothes® Department. Items you will need to have are:

  • Valid Driver’s License  (MFHD does not require a motorcylce 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.
  • 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.
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) approved motorcycle helmet- *Due to COVID-19 shared helmets will not be provided. 
    MFHD Riding Academy courses include a pre-class orientation where you will receive a safety gear evaluation and helmet fitting. 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. By signing up for the course you are agreeing to attend class on time, properly geared, and ready to ride. 

We suggest bringing your own snacks & beverages on your riding days. Please arrive well hydrated and rested.

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 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?

This course consists of completing an online e-course, an in-store orientation and two days of range instruction at the dealership. If you are attending a weekend class, you will have to attend a 4 hour evening class prior to your range days. The range will be two consecutive days of riding, training and testing. The online course is a 3-hour class through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and should be completed in advance.The orientation included with this Basic Rider course will be scheduled with a team member from Mike's Famous H-D. Successful completion of this course fulfils all requirements for the state of CT to earn you your motorcycle endorsement. Additional information on getting your license at the DMV and post class follow up will be provided to you. See dealer for details. 

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. These are the DMV branches in CT that offer motorcycle testing: Bridgeport, Danbury, Hamden, Norwalk, Old Saybrook, Waterbury, Wethersfield and Willimantic.

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 successfully complete the class, each rider must complete the online e-course, orientation, 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.

Q: How do I pay for the course?
A: You may pay for the course fee via credit card or gift card online or instore at the time of enrollment. We also accept cash or money orders at the dealership. No personal checks. Payment in full is required at the time of enrollment. We cannot hold seats or take deposits. 

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.*Please see changes in course structure due to COVID-19.

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.

 

 

Some of our spring classes for the 2021 season are currently online for early registration. Please review the information page above for more details and commonly asked questions. More classes will be coming soon. Thank you.



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.