Motorcycle Rider Program
All classes and riding sessions take place at 88 Bassett Road, North Haven. Click here for directions.
Registration is held at Gateway’s downtown campus, 20 Church Street, N104, New Haven. Click here for directions and parking information.
Welcome to the Connecticut Motorcycle Rider Education Program at Gateway. If you have questions, please email GW-MotorcycleHelp@GatewayCT.edu.
Motorcycling is one of the most exciting forms of transportation around. Part of the thrill of motorcycling is to know that you are totally responsible for every action taken from timing each shift to keeping a keen eye out for other motorists. To understand these responsibilities and get the most from your experiences, the Connecticut Basic Rider Course is the place to start. This course offers expert instruction for both the beginning and experienced rider.
Motorcycle Rider Courses
Sidecar and Trike (3-Wheels) Education Program (S/TEP)
The Sidecar and Trike Education Program (S/TEP) is provided for those interested in learning to safely drive a Sidecar, Trike or Spyder. The S/TEP includes both basic level instruction (for new drivers with little or no Sidecar, Trike, Spyder or Motorcycle experience) and advanced instruction (for Sidecar, Trike or Spyder drivers with some experience). The "advanced" section is simply the second half of the basic course.
The basic program is designed to provide the rider with the knowledge, confidence and driving skills practiced in a safe controlled environment. Classroom sessions present text and lecture coupled with hands on activities. Each classroom session is followed by time spent on the riding range practicing the new skills presented in the classroom. Under the direction of skilled instructors, each student is coached through maneuvers until both student and instructor are satisfied with their progress. Students will be trained using Gateway provided training rigs, or they can use their own with proof of insurance.
Students who successfully complete the course will be provided a course completion card and a DMV waiver to make them eligible to get their three-wheel only motorcycle license after taking a written test at the CT DMV. Sidecar and trike education (S/TEP) fee: $220
Basic Rider Course (BRC)
The BRC is designed to meet the State of Connecticut Rider Education Program mandatory requirement for training in order to receive a motorcycle endorsement on a person’s Connecticut Driver’s License. The BRC begins with development of the fundamental riding skills of turning, shifting, and braking; then expands these basic skills into more advanced street riding techniques. Training motorcycles, ranging in size from 125cc’s to 350cc’s, are provided. DOT-approved helmets are also provided. All sessions are conducted at Gateway’s North Haven campus. Students must attend and participate in all sessions, in sequence, with no exceptions. Any absence or late arrival will result in the student being dropped from the course and will require the student to register for another course, pay again, and start from the beginning. Only register for a BRC section that you know you will be able to make all classes on time. Students will be registered on a first come, first served basis. Basic Rider course fee: $220
Experienced Rider Course (ERC)
Even if you've been riding for some time, there's always something new to learn in this 6-hour course. Using your own motorcycle for the ERC, you will have the opportunity to fine tune your riding skills during advanced maneuvers such as stopping in the shortest distance, cornering, swerving, and tight turns. Experienced Rider course fee: $100
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Select “Get Courses” at the bottom left hand side of page to view a list of available classes. The date and location of each class is located in the far right column. (INH) stands for North Haven Campus, which is where all classroom and on-cycle sessions meet.